"My Chemical Romance is this generation's Nirvana"

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She's being willfully controversial, but reading Ultragrrl's recent post on My Chemical Romance and the out-of-touchness of the music press, I can't help but wonder - is there a chance that she's right? That would be embarrassing. I am a 24-year-old writer who I don't think has ever heard a single note of My Chemical Romance. Is this really music that's changing the outlook of a generation?

Much more likely she's totally wrong and a buffoon. But the "if" is bothering me a little. I certainly don't troll MySpace like the kids do, and the favourite bands of my little cousin are Green Day and A Simple Plan. (Of course Green Day was the favourite band of lots of my peers, back in junior high.) So Chemical Romance's impact is not out of the question...

Most music journalists have no clue whatsoever what kids like. They're 35 year old men writing for other 35 year old men who think they're actually writing to 21 year old college kids.

The idea that My Chemical Romance is this generation's Nirvana is ridiculous to them. It's probably ridiculous to most of the people who read this blog, but to the average 16 year old kid, Nirvana is irrelevant in comparison to My Chem.

Don't believe me? Go to myspace. The 3rd most search topic is My Chemical Romance. Myspace is the place where teenagers are hanging out and spending all their time, trying to meet other people like themselves. It's where many people live their life.

I find it incredibly hard to imagine that the average 35 year old rock journo can relate to MCR. But you know, it's not for them to understand or relate to. It's for them to accept, and until they do, they will be absolutely irrelevant to anyone who matters.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 10:25 (fourteen years ago) link

see also:

"I really, really dislike Ultragrrl [edited title - mod]"

sean gramophone (Sean M), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 10:26 (fourteen years ago) link

I wish I were 8 years younger. MCR would be a fine soundtrack to difficult high school years, I'd have enjoyed it much more than Nirvana in that context. Also, "I'm Not OK" and "Helena" are, to me, better songs than anything Nirvana have done, but that's a minority opinion.

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 10:30 (fourteen years ago) link

ha ! this is the funniest article I have read this year / decade !

is this the most moronic statement EVER:

"I find it incredibly hard to imagine that the average 35 year old rock journo can relate to MCR. But you know, it's not for them to understand or relate to. It's for them to accept, and until they do, they will be absolutely irrelevant to anyone who matters."

LMAO

MCR = streaming pile of cliched crap

by the way I am 35 !

When I was teenager I was listening to Big Black, The Pixies, Husker Du and Masters of Puppets

DJ Martian (djmartian), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 10:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, we're really impressed, Martian. I suppose we should now get rid of this music that this group of people really like and force them to listen to stuff that they won't. Musical crusades, let's wipe out moshercore and mall-core and spread the gospel.

MCR are GRATE.

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 10:58 (fourteen years ago) link

i don't give a toss about myspace mallcore / emo sheep consensus.

I have spotted some smart youngsters on rateyourmusic.com but they are few and far between.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:03 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, i'm w/edward on this one. need to go & see if they've got any cheap MCR cdsingles at thee warehouse, ha.

etc, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:03 (fourteen years ago) link

(btw martian, are you a fan of crude/the aesthetics/&c?)

etc, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:04 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah they probably are. but big fucking deal, nirvana are bullshit.

When I was teenager I was listening to Big Black, The Pixies, Husker Du and Masters of Puppets

don't see why this is superior to listening to MCR, really.

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:05 (fourteen years ago) link

never heard of em

DJ Martian (djmartian), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Most music journalists have no clue whatsoever what kids like. They're 35 year old men writing for other 35 year old men who think they're actually writing to 21 year old college kids.

This strikes home because I am a 37 year old person who works in an indie record store on a college campus and writes for two outlets that cater primarily to college-aged human beings so I do feel that I have a clue about what kids that age dig. Mainly because I ask them and observe. This isn't rocket science; I can't believe I am the only one.

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:06 (fourteen years ago) link

my angst > your angst

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:07 (fourteen years ago) link

(martian - yr sort've thing - here's an article - y'know, post-dead c nz noize)

etc, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:12 (fourteen years ago) link

the only person i know who likes MCR is a 35-year-old mother of two teenage girls. i don't even think her daughters like them that much.

just because "the kids" on "the internet" quite like them, they don't necessarily have any artistic validity. mind you, i always thought nirvana were vastly and enormously over-rated too.

grimly fiendish (grimlord), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:19 (fourteen years ago) link

hmmmn. the whole cultural shift towards mall-emo or whatever seems interesting & & & um I haven't really stumbled across much writing addressing it. so many teenagers around here wearing eg:

etc, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:29 (fourteen years ago) link

um

etc, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:29 (fourteen years ago) link

let's come back when the music industry have spent the last 10 years chasing the MCR sound after the singer shoots himself in the head and has been deified by youth culture and the media, and we'll see if they're this generation's nirvana.

xp grimy OTM

xxp etc also OTM actually because this is obviously a popular movement, but y'know my parents knew who nirvana were! I doubt MCR have that sort of recognition.

electrogrouse (haitch), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:34 (fourteen years ago) link

grimly OTM re: just because "the kids" on "the internet" quite like them, they don't necessarily have any artistic validity is what I meant to put, though I'd say it's more like "just because myspace kids like them doesn't mean they're huge", myspace is just as much as subset of youth culture as anything else, so I don't think you can use what mysapce kids like as the arbiter of what ALL kids like.

electrogrouse (haitch), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:36 (fourteen years ago) link

i don't give a toss about myspace mallcore / emo sheep consensus.

Well, why are you offering your own musical youth as a beacon unto the sheep?

They're big on myspace, but they've shifted a lot of units too, so they're popular. I'm a poptimist, and I believe that they are popular with reason.

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:47 (fourteen years ago) link

haha walking around melbourne & SO MANY EMO SHOPS - toxic, alternative glow, victorian gothic, um . . .

the whole illicit (t-shirt i tried to post upthread), emily strange . . . everyone has a black hoodie these days, don't they? remember that video for that p-m0ney & scr1be goth-hop track where they had the drummer from 8 ft s4tiva (popular metal band) & the guitarist from elem3nop (chart-topping punkpop band) playing!

etc, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:50 (fourteen years ago) link

hmmmn. the whole cultural shift towards mall-emo or whatever seems interesting & & & um I haven't really stumbled across much writing addressing it.

OTM.

FWIW the little of it I've heard repulses me not cos its boring or played out or whatever but because it is so authentically, unfilteredly, painfully, selfishly adolescent.

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Tom, are you sure you don't like "I'm Not OK (I Promise)"? It's totally your thing. I mean, you like "Teenage Dirtbag"!

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I'M NOT TRYING TO CAUSE A BIG SEN-SEN-SEN-SSSSSSSSATION...

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:52 (fourteen years ago) link

I dunno Edward, I think I've only heard "Helena" maybe.

"Teenage Dirtbag" is funny! I guess some of this stuff is funny too. But musically it's structured more round a punchline so the funny-ness is to the fore.

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:54 (fourteen years ago) link

There's nothing wrong with having no concept of what the youth of today are listening to (I think this is why Word magazine works, to be honest), but when you start playing that "I know what ver kidz are listening to" card, and in your mind Britain's youth all spend six hours a day listening to Bruza, then it becomes an issue.

I would like to see more writing about MCR and FOB and PATD and whoeverthefuck, and less writing about whateverthefuck.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Tom, "I'm Not OK" is fast and hilarious, with a comedy piano bit and some ace screaming. You will adore it. Seriously, it's one of the funniest rock records ever made.

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:56 (fourteen years ago) link

OK I will d/l.

I looked at the original post and comments - the Nirvana thing is a red herring and actually weakens what she's saying at the same time as the reactions to the N-reference kind of demonstrate it.

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 11:58 (fourteen years ago) link

How *important* were Nirvana seen at the time though? Because you look back over old music magazines from 1991, and there's more space given to Jesus Jones than there is to Nirvana.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Nirvana was seen as pretty important at the time, says this person who was 22 in 1991.

Brian O'Neill (NYCNative), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:03 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't think I've ever consciously listened to anything by My Chemical Romance.

From a British perspective, Nirvana were only seen as important (onj a wider scale as opposed to a 10-out-of-10 from ET in Melody Maker scale) after they'd been on The Word.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I've only seen the "Helena" video out of the corner of my eye - was it some sort've FatBob does Busby Berkeley affair?

. . . maybe I shld go & have a listen before saying anything else.

etc, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:09 (fourteen years ago) link

dom when will you learn that bruza's fans are realer than mcr's: that counts for more than numbers.

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:09 (fourteen years ago) link

You spelt "Man like Dom" wrong.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Nirvana were seen as important when they played Reading in 1991 and everyone went 'what the fuck was that?'. The mass media never did catch up, except for Francis Wheen.

MCR are huge, just like many of their fans. Who doesn't know this?

snotty moore, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't think there's any one big band (or set of) who occupy the lanscape quite like Nirvana and the acts broken in their wake did with Grunge.

The whole emo thing seems like millions of micro acts, and a few commercial pastiches picking up the signifiers on top (MCR).

fandango (fandango), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I was at Reading '91 and can testify that the act considered far and away the most "important" there by the audience was Carter USM, who were second top of the bill on the Saturday and James might as well not have bothered turning up.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:14 (fourteen years ago) link

(x-post)

But that's the thing. Were Tad really any more dominating to the landscape than Something Corporate are now?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

The mass media jumped onto Nirvana a lot quicker, and with more complicit approval than they did with (for example) Rave & House exploding. Where they covered it hugely, but as a *scandalous* thing.

fandango (fandango), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

The landscape re: the media and on the ground (what actually happened) really shouldn't be thought of as representative of each other (Dom and Marcello's point I think).

fandango (fandango), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Also, at the time Tad were the media tip for the big act to come out of Sub Pop.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I sense a double meaning there.

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I was at Reading '91 and can testify that the act considered far and away the most "important" there by the audience was Carter USM, who were second top of the bill on the Saturday and James might as well not have bothered turning up.

OTM, but that was pre-Nevermind. Compare: Reading '92.

s1.c@rter, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 12:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Most importantly, why should music journos necessarily care what 16-year-olds think? And do they really think they're writing for them? My guess is that most are just writing about music that they like and see value in.

Another question is what does "this generation's Nirvana" mean? As someone who felt pretty in touch with the zeitgeist in 1991, left the US a few months before Nirvana broke, and returned a couple of years later and felt completely lost, I find the claim pretty hard to swallow. Beyond whatever quality judgment you may make about Nirvana, they were the poster boys for a huge change in radio and popular tastes.

Following that (Sean is actually younger than ultragrrl, if I read everything correctly) the fact that he (and I for that matter) has never heard a note of MCR suggests that their "historical" role isn't really comparable to Nirvana.

I think it's just using the sacred Nirvana cow -- I guess she doesn't like them -- that makes this controversial. If we picked a slightly different generation for comparison I think we "MCR is this generation's Bon Jovi" and it would be equally true and feel a lot less argumentative.

mitya is really tired of making up names, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 13:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Most importantly, why should music journos necessarily care what 16-year-olds think? And do they really think they're writing for them? My guess is that most are just writing about music that they like and see value in.

well, they're paid by either money earned from advertisers who want 16-year-old kids to buy their warez OR by 16-year-old kids buying their magazines. they probably have some commercial considerations in mind beyond "about music that they like and see value in".

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 13:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Actually the funniest part is the 'MySpace searches sez they're popular' claim. That thing she refers to had (or maybe had) been unchanged for months in *all* categories, which likely bears as much comparison to reality as our own statscock. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 13:21 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, MCR rank only 74th at last.fm

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Well, yes, obviously, but the market is larger than just 16-year-olds. Also, presumably, those commercial considerations would actually drive more media coverage (which is not necessarly the same thing as music journalism) of MCR if they were really as popular as Britney et al.

(And maybe I'm just proving that I'm 35 here, but the "commercial considerations" that drive Pitchfork and Stylus, Sean Gramophone and Matthew Fluxblog, Chuck and Xgau, Robert Hilburn and Ann Powers, etc. are very different.)

mitya is really tired of making up names, Wednesday, 8 March 2006 13:24 (fourteen years ago) link

i suppose the more subjective answer is that many music hacks still see pop and rock music as essentially 'youth' forms, not without reason, really, and that youth phenomena are important, a sign of the times. probably this is because more music obsessives are teenagers than 35-year-olds.

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 13:27 (fourteen years ago) link

"MCR is this generation's Bon Jovi"

Bon Jovi were the Nirvana of hair metal.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 13:31 (fourteen years ago) link

I read the linked article, I didn't like it much b/c I don't like the "voice" she writes in, but as far as it went, I didn't think she was totally wrong.

What did occur to me was that, uh, there is this assumption that MCR "mean" s.th. to "this" generation, but when Nirvana were active & Cobain alive, I don't recall them "meaning" anything like that to the equivalent generation back then, though obviously layers of "meaning" have been applied to Nirvana & Cobain in the intervening years. Perhaps.

I've heard MCR on the radio a bit, but I didn't think they were particularly, well, particularly anything, really. Then again, I'm 40 and I like Hawkwind.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 13:32 (fourteen years ago) link

nirvana meant a lot to the sensitive people with curtains in the years above me.

The Man Without Shadow (Enrique), Wednesday, 8 March 2006 13:33 (fourteen years ago) link

which tbh is all I care about cause I can't do big/pricey gigs anyway

Simon H., Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:41 (nine months ago) link

that’s a quote from when they disbanded

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:52 (nine months ago) link

it’s a confusingly ordered pfork news post tbf

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:52 (nine months ago) link

Ahhhhh I see. Durrr.

Simon H., Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:54 (nine months ago) link

the best mcr song is still "summertime"

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 1 November 2019 01:58 (nine months ago) link

I've been drafting a list of my favourite songs of the 10s and "Summertime" is in the top five.

Tim F, Friday, 1 November 2019 02:01 (nine months ago) link

i stopped short of calling it the best song ever but......................it is

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 1 November 2019 02:01 (nine months ago) link

the other best mcr song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQndQV9E8C8

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 1 November 2019 12:18 (nine months ago) link

i didn't end up voting for three cheers or black parade in the '00s poll because, like, no mcr album is perfect, but the cumulative effect of their work is more powerful than any album

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 1 November 2019 12:34 (nine months ago) link

I fell asleep right before the announcement yesterday, but it looks like I picked a good year to become an MCR stan. (Always liked them but didn't get heavily into the records until earlier this year and am pretty obsessed now).

My current jam is Destroya! (destroya, destroya, destroya, destroya, ah ah ah ah, ah, ah)

Roz, Friday, 1 November 2019 12:35 (nine months ago) link

the second half of danger days >>>>>>>>>

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 1 November 2019 12:35 (nine months ago) link

ya, basically that entire stretch from "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W" to "The Kids of Yesterday" rules

Roz, Friday, 1 November 2019 12:38 (nine months ago) link

we can leave this world leave it all behind
we can steal this car if your folks don't mind
we can live forever if you've got the time
YOU MOTHERFUCKER
(whoaaaaa)

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 1 November 2019 17:19 (nine months ago) link

help i've fallen down an MCR youtube hole and can't get out

need to stop myself before I get to the Frerard corner so here's "Summertime" acoustic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGh6xxr7UJI

Roz, Friday, 1 November 2019 19:32 (nine months ago) link

dreaming of a new album produced by justin meldal-johnson

ufo, Saturday, 2 November 2019 03:00 (nine months ago) link

judging by the reunion related tiktok activity this post’s inciting statement was otm

maura, Monday, 4 November 2019 04:16 (nine months ago) link

tried to take a stab at a POX for fun but realized it literally had to be at least a POXV just to scratch the surface. insane density of great songs.

Headfirst for halos
I never told you what I do for a living
You know what they do to guys like us in prison
Hang 'em high
Helena
Teenagers
This is how I disappear
Disenchanted
Kill all your friends
Bulletproof heart
Save yourself, I'll hold them back
s/c/a/r/e/c/r/o/w
Summertime
We don't need another song about california
Make room

Simon H., Monday, 4 November 2019 05:25 (nine months ago) link

i love how every song on Danger Days sounds completely different from the one preceding it but as an album, is laserlike in concept and execution. really wish i had given them a chance sooner.

Roz, Monday, 4 November 2019 06:09 (nine months ago) link

The idea that My Chemical Romance is this generation's Nirvana is ridiculous to them. It's probably ridiculous to most of the people who read this blog, but to the average 16 year old kid, Nirvana is irrelevant in comparison to My Chem.

I don’t think it’s that ridiculous to compare My Chemical Romance to Nirvana, but I do think that the notion that Nirvana should be somehow more relevant to a 16 year old in 2006 than My Chemical Romance is. Is the writer expecting music to get stuck in 1993 for the rest of its existence?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 4 November 2019 06:55 (nine months ago) link

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The idea that Billie Eilish is this generation's Madonna is ridiculous to them. It's probably ridiculous to most of the people who read this forum, but to the average 16 year old kid, Madonna is irrelevant in comparison to Eilish

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 4 November 2019 06:59 (nine months ago) link

In light of last week's announcement, I have been listening to Danger Days and I'm finally coming around on MCR being something more than just the prequel to Gerard Way's solo career. Otoh, I tried getting into I Brought You Bullets and it still reminds me of budget Thrice.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:56 (nine months ago) link

i brought you my bullets is the worst mcr album easily. it sounds like those were the first eleven songs they wrote together, which iirc was the case

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:56 (nine months ago) link

three cheers, black parade, and danger days are all differently amazing

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:57 (nine months ago) link

the only record i can think of that matches three cheers's manic energy is i get wet

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:58 (nine months ago) link

Also, hey they are headlining the Download Festival next year, which seems like more evidence in favor of "oh wow, I keep forgetting that these guys are fucking huge."

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:59 (nine months ago) link

I will move on from Bullets and try out Three Cheers again, then. Thanks Brad.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 12:59 (nine months ago) link

The lineup for that festival is nuts.

Simon H., Wednesday, 6 November 2019 15:23 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Show is tonight.

https://i.redd.it/hsrn8hwnop541.jpg

In the past couple months I've become a huge fan of Black Parade and Danger Days. Really excited to hear what they've come up with now. Apparently this has been quietly in the works for about 2 years.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 20 December 2019 13:17 (seven months ago) link

meant to post this piece here the other day https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/18/arts/music/my-chemical-romance-black-parade.html

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 20 December 2019 14:59 (seven months ago) link

Cool! I remember reading something about the Black Parade when it came out, how it mixed emo (which I liked, although was pretty much over at the time) with musicals and Queen and Pink Floyd The Wall and cancer. On paper that just sounded like the worst combination for me.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 20 December 2019 15:44 (seven months ago) link

I'll be sure to check out the post-Black Parade stuff on there that the article recommends. Most of which I haven't heard.

I remember not so long ago WGW did a similar feature with the B-52s first album. Has he done any other articles like that? The format is pretty cool and they're great tributes.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 20 December 2019 15:47 (seven months ago) link

rock sound is livetweeting the show:

My
Chemical
Romance pic.twitter.com/fxNYxqCjtN

— Rock Sound (@rocksound) December 21, 2019

Roz, Saturday, 21 December 2019 05:40 (seven months ago) link

they're playing Mariah's "Fantasy" as warm up music <3

Roz, Saturday, 21 December 2019 05:46 (seven months ago) link

i bet they do their mariah cover. also they debuted “make room!!!” tonight !!!

maura, Saturday, 21 December 2019 07:05 (seven months ago) link

Great setlist:

What a band.

What a show.

What a setlist.

It's good to have you back, My Chemical Romance. pic.twitter.com/OAGxZfipXA

— Rock Sound (@rocksound) December 21, 2019

Roz, Saturday, 21 December 2019 09:37 (seven months ago) link

'summertime' made the setlist! i really hope they come to europe.

Nourry, Saturday, 21 December 2019 22:18 (seven months ago) link

if I had to pick an ideal 20-song setlist mine would be almost identical, goddamn

Simon H., Monday, 23 December 2019 14:23 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

It’s been months and I literally cannot stop listening to these guys now wtf. Can’t imagine how insufferable I would have been if I had discovered them when I was 15 like I was supposed to.

Also as a new-ish fan, I’ve been low-key fascinated by their viral marketing strategy - all the cryptic posts and elaborate teasers designed to generate as much discussion and conspiracy theorising as possible. It’s kind of k-pop ish too, having distinctive visual and sonic concepts to mark each era of the group (which explains why so many kpop fans are former emo kids I guess).

Roz, Thursday, 23 January 2020 13:41 (six months ago) link


It’s been months and I literally cannot stop listening to these guys now wtf. Can’t imagine how insufferable I would have been if I had discovered them when I was 15 like I was supposed to.

Yeah, coming from the same place basically and they are so good it's ridiculous.

☮️ (peace, man), Thursday, 23 January 2020 13:54 (six months ago) link

I finally got around to the Conventional Weapons stuff this week and jesus, I can't believe they scrapped that album - most of it is as good as anything else they've ever done. But at the same time really glad that they did? Because freaking Danger Days.

"Boy Division" is the best track title in the world lol.

Roz, Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:05 (six months ago) link

two months pass...

let's hope for a new gerard way solo album:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-kuORqpAFK/

Nourry, Sunday, 5 April 2020 18:31 (four months ago) link

That's what I was genuinely hoping for prior to the reunion announcement. The way that's worded, and with an MCR record probably coming soon as well, I don't think we'll be seeing a full record in the near future. But maybe? I love the new song.

☮️ (peace, man), Sunday, 5 April 2020 22:08 (four months ago) link

You busy yourself with fashion
I busy myself with fun
I’m busy painting these mini metal skeletons and
You say I’m dressed like a bum

☮️ (peace, man), Sunday, 5 April 2020 22:08 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Fiiinally checking out Black Parade after years of only hearing a song now and then in the wild. Pretty great album! But I also like Panic at the Disco so I suppose that makes sense

Vinnie, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 07:51 (one month ago) link

I think Three Cheers is my favourite now. Black Parade has some of their best songs (Teenagers, Mama, Sharpest Lives) as well as some of their worst (Cancer, WTTBP, Disenchanted). Danger Days with a few songs replaced by some of the Conventional Weapon tracks would have made a killer album.

sucks that their reunion plans had to be put on hold - was supposed to go see them in March but of course it didn’t happen.

Roz, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 11:05 (one month ago) link

"WTTBP" and "Disenchanted" are probably my two favorites haha! "Cancer" is not great, but I think it's a really solid album otherwise. I'll check out Three Cheers next

Vinnie, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 12:49 (one month ago) link

"Sleep" is my least fave just because the climax sounds hopelessly squashed to me. (good song tho)

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 12:56 (one month ago) link

I get what you mean about squashed but I blame the production for that - "Sleep" sounds great live. 

"WTTBP" kept me from actively checking them out for years lol. I like it when they lean more T. Rex/Bowie than Queen, though I've come to accept that the Queen influence is a huge part of their sound.

It's amusing how blatant they were with their hero worship too - Gerard's vocal runs at the end of "The Sharpest Lives" are a pitch perfect impression of Matt Bellamy/Muse, who I suspect he was listening to a lot while they were recording this. But not terrible! One of their best choruses. And then there's like "Kill All Your Friends" which is so clearly "Where is My Mind?" run through a Britpop filter lol.

Roz, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14:05 (one month ago) link

anyway at their best, MCR takes a lot of things that on paper should sound terrible and somehow makes them good.

Roz, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 14:09 (one month ago) link

Hard to unhear the squashing on "Sleep" now that you point it out. It starts right out with it. Good song still

Vinnie, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 11:39 (one month ago) link


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