Tune Talk Battles: My Chemical Romance vs. Panic! At the Disco

Willie Williams , Staff Writer

Now I’ve always had my mind set that Panic! At the Disco was better than My Chemical Romance. But that was about 2 years ago whenever I was dumb and HATED My Chemical Romance. But I’ve really changed my mind and realized that I was wrong about everything that I thought was true to my head and opinons. I’ve realized that I was extremely wrong about what I said between these two bands and that Panic! At the Disco comes nowhere CLOSE to where My Chemical Romance still stands today. Sure Panic! At the Disco is still a band and whatnot, but they didn’t permanently change the emo side of the world with marching in a black parade.

Let’s kick it off with the beginning of both of these bands’ albums. My Chemical Romance released their first album in 2002 and Panic! At the Disco released their first album in 2005. Now before I start, don’t get me wrong here. I love both of these bands to death, they’re both my favorites. But there’s very clearly a better band between these two bands. Anyways, back to these guys’ albums. My Chemical Romance’s “I Brought You my Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” album was released in 2002 and gave us some classic “my parents don’t understand me” songs for teens that everyone my age loved and still loves currently. This album gave us some great songs like “Vampires Will Never Hurt You,” “Cubicles,” “Drowning Lessons,” “Honey This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Both of Us,” and “Demolition Lovers.” All of these songs are great. I couldn’t love any of these songs I don’t like. And just remember, I don’t list all of the songs from the album on here. I want you guys to listen to them yourselves so that you’ll be intrigued to take a listen for yourself. Anyways, onto Panic! At the Disco’s first album. “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” was released in 2005 and this song gave us “London Beckoned Songs about Money Written by Machines,” “Build God, Then We’ll Talk,” “Time to Dance,” “Camisado,” and of course the classic song off the album, “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies.” I understand that everyone is more familiar with Panic! At the Disco’s “A Fever You Can’t Sweat” rather than My Chemical Romance’s “Bullet’s” album. But now if you took a listen to every song on both albums, you’d realize which one is better than the other. And in that case, that would My Chemical Romance’s album. It’s classier and has more adrenaline pumping like songs that get your emo heart going. My Chemical Romance won this one. MCR-1 P!ATD-0

Onto these bands next albums. We got My Chemical Romance’s second album “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge,” and Panic! At the Disco’s second album “Pretty. Odd.” This one is going to be quick. Let’s face it right now. Panic! At the Disco’s “Pretty. Odd.” album was the worst thing that they had ever released. We all thought it was cool at first that they decided to go more of a classic rock genre, but the way that they portrayed in this album was pretty bad. I honestly don’t even think I should really compare My Chemical Romance’s “Helena,” “I’m Not Okay (I Promise),” or “The Ghost of You,” to Panic! At the Disco’s “Folkin’ Around,” and “We’re So Starving.” Come on now. Obviously My Chemical Romance won this one. MCR-2 P!ATD-0

The third albums for these guys weren’t horrible. Both of these were actually my favorites…Well at least the My Chemical Romance album was. Panic! At the Disco’s third album was my 2nd favorite of their work. My Chemical Romance’s third album was the legendary album known as “The Black Parade.” And Panic! At the Disco gave us “Vices and Virtues.” It’s very clear which one of these albums is the winner of this round but let’s have some fun and talk this one through. My Chemical Romance gave us some classics like “Mama,” “The Sharpest Lives,” “This is How I Disappear,” “Teenagers,” “Dead!” and of course the one that everyone knows, “The Black Parade.” No more words need to be said. This album was just the greatest the band could possibly think up. Now Panic! At the Disco’s album wasn’t horrible as I’ve already mentioned before. “Vices and Virtues,” gave us some good songs like “Memories,” “Trade Mistakes,” “Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind),” “Let’s Kill Tonight,” and the one that everyone knows, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa.” Let’s just end this debate right here. MCR-3 P!ATD-0

Number four albums for these guys. “Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys” for My Chemical Romance and “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die” for Panic! At the Disco. Now let me just get one thing straight. Neither one of these were really a good hit for either band. But there actually IS a much better between these two. There are a lot of things wrong with albums. The problem with My Chemical Romance’s album was mostly that it just wasn’t the same as their original work. They turned a little tiny bit pop. Almost as if they were trying to become like Maroon 5 with their songs like “Planetary (GO),” and “Sing.” But that isn’t as bad as Panic! At the Disco who became full on pop. “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die” gave us “This is Gospel,” sure. But didn’t you notice that the entire album just went POP?!?!? Like come on. These guys went from baroque pop and pop rock, to complete pop. I don’t know about their old fans, but I was very disappointed with this. At least My Chemical Romance didn’t become a COMPLETE disappointment. “MCR-4 P!ATD-0

Here we are, finally at the end of me trashing one of my favorite bands. The final album for My Chemical Romance and the 2nd most recent album for Panic! At the Disco. Of course it’s only 2nd most recent since “Pray for the Wicked” was released this past summer. Anyways, back on track. My Chemical Romance came out with their final album before their breakup in 2013, “Conventional Weapons.” This album was much better than “Danger Days,” and actually featured a lot better songs, alteast in my opinion I think so. Both of these albums are pretty good, and it’s actually really difficult for me to pick which one is better than the other. It’s only hard for me simply because both of these albums are good, they just aren’t the best of the best. My Chemical Romance released their final album just before their breakup in 2013 titled, “Conventional Weapons.” This album is my 4th favorite of the My Chemical Romance era. Obviously that means “Danger Days” is my least favorite. Anyways, this album featured some pretty good songs like “AMBULANCE,” “Gun.” “Boy Division,” “The World is Ugly,” and “Burn Bright.” On the other hand, Panic! At the Disco released their first album with only one member, Brendon Urie. For one man to make an album, it’s very clearly extremely impressive. Unfortunately between these average albums, only one of them is the winner here. I have to give this one to “Death of a Bachelor” simply because it’s much more creative with how Brendon developed his work into this magnificent album. Sure it may be more pop than any of their other stuff, but this album was mind blowing whenever it was first released. MCR-4 P!ATD-1

Some of you may disagree with me, some of you may not. But let’s face it. My Chemical Romance stuck to their genre of rock. And before you Panic! At the Disco fans say Brendon Urie and Ryan Ross “swore to shake it up, if you swear to listen,” you have to look deeper into that. They swore to shake up the STYLE of the album, not the genre. Therefore, you’re all wrong. My Chemical Romance is better than Panic! At the Disco.