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Pete Wentz's Protégés

by Evan Lucy

Pete Wentz's Protégés

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During his time in the spotlight, Pete Wentz has been any number of things, including, but not limited to, Fall Out Boy bassist (and de facto frontman), TMZ headline-starter and fashion designer. But there's another very important part of Wentz's day-to-day responsibilities: label boss. In 2005, he founded Decaydance, his own label imprint; since then, he's helped discover and groom some of the biggest names to hit the scene. As legend has it, Wentz signed Panic! At the Disco before they'd ever played a show, and he guided the Vegas teens to a platinum-selling debut album (2005's A Fever You Can't Sweat Out) and a hit single ("I Write Sins, Not Tragedies") in the process. Add in his association with Gym Class Heroes, the Manic Panic-specked electro-pop of Cobra Starship and mall-emo group Hey Monday (whose singer, Cassadee Pope, would go on to win The Voice), and Wentz's true eye for talent becomes apparent. He also successfully revived seminal post-hardcore band Lifetime for their first album in a decade (2007's Lifetime), undoubtedly leaving legions of punk fans conflicted but ultimately thankful.

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