Pete Wentz: Saving Music Videos

Pete Wentz must be one TIRED dude these days. He has his Fall Out Boys duties, pregnant wifey Ashlee Simpson, and now a gig with MTV. No, it’s not a reality show, thank the LORD. On Fridays this summer, Pete’s hosting “FNMTV,” (Friday Night MTV) a show that aims to take MTV back to its music video roots.

Newsweek’s Oscar Raymundo did a little Q&A with Pete, and Pete’s pretty funny! When asked how he got MTV to do a show with actual music videos, he said that “Most people pitch reality shows to them, like, ‘Check this out. My friend is going to live in a bucket for a week.’ It’s kind of a novel concept to have music videos.” Ha! Tragic but true!

Which artists may get played on his show? “We like to have at least one that you might not expect, like the Ting Tings or No Age.” Oscar digs deeper: “So not, like, the Pussycat Dolls.” Pete allows that “Obviously, you have to deal with the network. MTV has given me full access to their video vaults. I’m allowed to play a couple of videos that I just want to play.” Wow. That’s REALLY nice of MTV. Pete says if he played one of Ashlee’s videos, he’d probably play La La, although he thinks that Invincible had the best direction.

Pete says that the reason he owns bars in New York and Chicago is that most of his friends aren’t famous people, and it’s hard for him to talk his way into getting them into the clubs. So, he said it was more fun to make his own club! On not going out much:

I could, but don’t really like to anymore. A lot of times it feels like you’re the nocturnal animal in the zoo, and it’s 12 noon and there’s a group of schoolkids staring at you, asking why you aren’t dancing and eating bananas.

Pete says the thing he misses most about being single are the ants in his house (!), because he ate Pop-Tarts in bed. Ashlee’s wisely put a stop to that. Oscar didn’t avoid the elephant in the room, and asked Pete if he missed making out with guys. Pete says:

This is what is going to be put on my tombstone, ’cause I said it, like, one time. But no, I will not miss it.

Here’s hoping Pete CAN save music videos, and prove to MTV that there ARE people out here who actually like them instead of shows about people living in a bucket.