Obsessive fans will do anything to get closer to their favorite artists. There is even a black-market for over enthusiastic fans to buy used pieces of clothing, half-eaten sandwiches and even snotty tissues so long as they were blown by “so-and-so.” The collector’s item that typically divides the true-blue fans from the shady stalkers is the lock of hair.
Which is exactly what certain fans of Fall Out Boy will receive if they preorder the band’s new album, Believers Never Die. The select group of superfans, known as the “Overcast Kids,” will receive a lock of bassist Pete Wentz’s hair along with a special gift package if they cough up the $130 for the special edition package of the band’s greatest hits album.
Wentz, who has been known for rocking the emo-haircut for nearly a decade, recently had his head shaved during a Fall Out Boy/Blink 182 show at Madison Square Garden. During the show, Blink’s Mark Hoppus brandished a pair of hair clippers and did away with the doo. Wentz referred to the process as the “D.O.E.: Death of Emo Haircuts.” It’s better that he did away with the straightened swoop before it turned into another emo hairstyle that is pessimistically known as the “Hitler-youth;” a terrible hairstyle for even the most self-deprecating emo-phile.
On a related note, a clump of hair that was cut from the head of Elvis as he received his army haircut is on a list of items for an Elvis Presley auction. The pile of hair, which was gathered from the barbershop floor over 50 years ago, is expected to pull in at least $14,000 for the auction. The sad, lonely old woman who will most likely buy the hair will finally be able to “complete” her Elvis facsimile so that he can join her for dinner along with her 17 cats.