Tune Talk: My Chemical Romance


I’ve already talked about this band back whenever I decided to begin the “Tune Talk Battles,” and I put these guys against Panic! At the Disco, but that was a while before I even got into this band, in fact, I was even a firm hater of My Chemical Romance before my friend, Lordin Williams, showed me a few of their greatest songs and I was instantly hooked on their music and all of the sudden they were the greatest band in my eyes. I even catch myself constantly listening to their music over and over again in my car.

Off with a very strong start was My Chemical Romance’s first album, “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” was released in 2002. This punk rock album is where it all started for My Chemical Romance, and it’s also the next Chemical Romance album that I really really want, this and their newest album which came out in 2013 but we’ll save that topic for later. On this album we got some great song like “Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough for the Two of Us,” “Vampires Will Never Hurt You,” and who am I kidding…I can’t just select specific songs, this entire album is just awesome in my personal opinion, that is if you’re into post-hardcore and basically pure emo music.

In 2004, My Chemical Romance just became bigger and bigger with their best album they every released, “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,” and this time we got huge hits, not just a bunch of songs that are all great, even though they ARE all great songs, but I’ve actually got specific hits for this one. We’ve got “The Ghost of You,” “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” “Thank You for the Venom,” “To the End,” and everybody’s personal favorite including mine, “Helena.” I literally can’t say any more about this album, it was just true greatness to all punk fans around the world.

2 years later My Chemical Romance came out with yet another successful album, “The Black Parade,” and this is apparently what everybody got to know them for. I was extremely surprised to hear that nobody really paid any attention to “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” whenever it came out, by nobody I mean teenagers, and by teenagers I mean kids who don’t know what music is, and by kids I mean the younger 13 year olds. I’m definitely not bashing “The Black Parade,” don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic album, I just think “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” is much better. Anyways, focusing on this album, we got some great songs like “I Don’t Love You,” “Famous Last Words,” “Cancer,” “Dead!,” “Welcome to the Black Parade,” and my all-time favorite off this album and actually the first album I ever listened to by these guys, “Mama,” in which I would like to credit Lordin Williams for introducing me to this song first and foremost.
And now for the disappointment. Don’t you hate it whenever your favorite rock band/emo band goes mainstream and completely forget what they did originally that made them so successful? Well welcome to the world of disappointment because that’s exactly what My Chemical Romance did in 2010. “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” was released and my god was it horrible. I don’t know about you, but I can’t got from listening to “Helena” and blasting it every chance I get, to listening to “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na).” Yeah, that song is exactly how its song title sounds….pure garbage. I tried so hard to get into this album but I just physically can’t do it, it’s not okay…”I’m Not Okay (I Promise)…see what I did there?? But yeah, I highly recommend NOT buying this mainstream garbage if you’re into My Chemical Romance’s classic songs back in the 2000’s.

Thank goodness we got one last final taste of good Romance the year they broke up, we got “Convential Weapons” was released in 2013. I still can’t say this is their best work, and I honestly can’t recommend any of the songs off of this album because it was an average album overall, but it was definitely a huge improvement from their disappointing album in 2010 that actually tanked and got them a very bad look from all of their fans, not just me, and the band was slowly dying. So with this new album came the sad end to My Chemical Romance. With this came the solo career of Gerard Way as well as Ray Toro doing their own things, and actually what is really cool is that Gerard Way has been writing for DC comics ever since the bands breakup back in 2013. It may still be sad that the band is over but alteast everybody is staying consistent in their own things.