This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race (3:32)

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“This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” (also known as “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s a Goddamn Arms Race”) is the first single from pop rock/pop punk band Fall Out Boy’s album Infinity on High. It was first played on November 16, 2006, on Indianapolis radio station, 93.1, and leaked onto the Internet soon after. It was officially debuted on November 21 at the American Music Awards and was shipped to radio stations that night (with an impact date of December 5 in the United States). This song was #42 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.

The song is reportedly about lyricist/bassist Pete Wentz’s frustration with the ever growing ‘emo scene’. As he told Rolling Stone, “There may be other songs on the record that would be bigger radio hits, but this one had the right message.” Wentz got the idea for the arms-dealer metaphor from the Lord of War movie.

The website that bassist Pete Wentz promotes,, made “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” available to the internet community on November 17, just after its radio debut in Indianapolis.

The single was released as a CD single and also as a 7” blue vinyl and 7” purple vinyl. There is an official remix featuring Kanye West.

The song was released as a downloadable track for the video game Rock Band on May 6, 2008.


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