Fall Out Boy Bassist Pete Wentz’s Embarrassment Over Def Leppard

Music has a way of sinking its hooks into us during our formative years, often leaving a lasting impact. We all remember those songs that our parents dismissed as ‘just a phase’ as we blasted them on repeat from our bedrooms. While most of them could have been simply a phase to go through depending on what matches your mood at the time, others can stick with you throughout your life. Those seemingly fleeting obsessions could be the start of a lifelong love affair with a band or artist.

Take Pete Wentz, for example. The bassist of Fall Out Boy was an ardent fan of Def Leppard in his younger days, particularly their mega-hit ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me.’ While listening to rock at the tender age of 10 would have been perceived as cool, Pete Wentz’s love for the song is something he is currently embarrassed about.

‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ was and still is one of Def Leppard’s most acclaimed songs, so it’s not surprising that it found its way into Pete’s life. The song’s delayed success sent ‘Hysteria,’ the album it was featured on, soaring to number 1 on the charts, and its playfully sexual lyrics might have played a role in its success. However, young Pete Wentz was clearly not aware of the lyrics’ meaning.

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott once admitted to Louder Sound:

“The lyrics are clearly about sex. Pour some sugar on me is a metaphor for whatever sexual preference you enjoy.”

This revelation makes it all the more amusing to think about a young Pete Wentz rocking out to the song, blissfully unaware of its sexual undertones. Not only did he love it and listen to it, but he also wanted to perform it on a talent show with his friend Mick. Looking back now, it’s fair that it might have been a bit of an embarrassing memory for him, but he seems to have dodged a cringe bullet by not performing a sexual song onstage as a 10-year-old child.

Wentz himself reminisced about the song, saying:

“This may be embarrassing! I was maybe 10 or 11. It just sounded so awesome to me. I remember me and my friend Mick were going to be in a talent show, and we were going to play cardboard guitars and to that song and just run around. I know that it didn’t end up happening, but I remember how awesome we thought it was going to be.”

In the end, we all have our musical guilty pleasures and awkward memories associated with the songs we loved growing up. Pete Wentz’s youthful passion for Def Leppard’s ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me’ was apparent. But who can blame him? After all, he was just a kid discovering the irresistible allure of rock ‘n’ roll.