The Story Behind ‘Electric Touch’ By Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy
A Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy collaboration has really been a long time coming.
On Friday, July 7, the “Lover” hitmaker released a new version of her album Speak Now. The record features updated recordings of the songs from her original 2010 record. This also included “from the vault” tracks. In addition to the re-recorded tracks, the album also included new songs and collaborations. This included Taylor Swift’s first official recording with Fall Out Boy. While the specific songwriters for the duet have not been confirmed, we do know that Aaron Dessner and Taylor Swift co-produced the track.
This recent collaboration between Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy is not their first time working together. They initially joined forces at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where they performed the song “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” as a five-piece ensemble. Furthermore, during Swift’s Red Tour stop in East Rutherford on July 13, 2013, at MetLife Stadium, lead singer Patrick Stump made a special appearance. The two artists performed the same duet, albeit without the other three members of Fall Out Boy.
Swift introduced him by stating that the song they were about to perform was one of her favorites from the year.
The Collaboration Has Been a ‘Long Time Coming’
It was 2005’s From Under The Cork Tree’s hit “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” that influenced Swift the most.
“I love Fall Out Boy so much,” she told Rolling Stone. “Their songwriting really influenced me, lyrically, maybe more than anyone else. They take a phrase and they twist it. ‘Loaded God complex / Cock it and pull it‘? When I heard that, I was like, ‘I’m dreaming.'”
Swift admitted that her 2019 song on Lover, “Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince,” was titled due to her Fall Out Boy fandom slipping out of her.
Additionally, Swift revealed to Apple Music Beats that it was a dinner party with her “ME!” collaborator, Brendon Urie, which cemented her FOB admiration even more. Pete Wentz, who toured with Urie, was in attendance and she was able to pick his songwriting brain.
She added, “If I had to pick a favorite lyricist, it’d be a tie between him [Pete Wentz] and Lana Del Rey. Swift went on to reveal that her song “Blank Space” was inspired by FOB’s classic lyrical zingers.