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Album of the Week: Walking in The Black Parade with My Chemical Romance

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We nearly cannot consider that it has been 14 years since we picked up My Chemical Romance‘s seminal third album The Black Parade, and but a few of us nonetheless haven’t any hassle singing the lyrics to each single tune. It was the head of our emo fantasies and, whereas we have moved on since then, really price celebrating.

My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade

It was the 12 months of Evanescence’s Call Me When You’re Sober, AFI’s Miss Murder and Fall Out Boy’s Dance, Dance, nevertheless it was Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance which stole our hearts away.

Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Goo Goo Dolls), The Black Parade is a rock opera about a person with most cancers (“The Patient”), reflecting on his sickness, his death, the afterlife and certainly the best way he lived his life. The idea of a Black Parade represents the thought of a fond childhood reminiscence symbolising the arrival of death; on this case, watching a marching band along with his father.

The Black Parade offered extra theatrical however no much less lugubrious themes than their earlier album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, and reached quantity 2 in each the US and UK charts with single Welcome to the Black Parade topping the latter’s singles chart.

Perhaps probably the most memorable facet of the album was the video for the hit tune directed by Samuel Bayer, which debuted an iconic search for My Chemical Romance; particularly frontman Gerard Way’s cropped blonde hair and the band’s quite dapper army drummer uniforms within the vein of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Every teenager needed a black jacket with too many buttons, and gold-embroidered epaulettes after that.

More memorable moments got here from I Don’t Love You, the particularly rowdy Teenagers, and naturally Famous Last Words. Not solely was the latter one of the infectious tracks on the report, it additionally become fairly the bodily trauma for the band who sustained numerous accidents whereas filming the video. From drummer Bob Bryar’s third diploma burns and subsequent gangrene to Gerard Way being hospitalised with muscle tears, it landed them in a most ironic predicament.

The album offered four million copies worldwide and was adopted by their largest ever tour at that time. In 2016, they celebrated the album’s tenth anniversary with a particular re-release entitled The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts which featured numerous beforehand unreleased demo and stay tracks.

For its time it was the right teen rock album and can at all times stay a part of the soundtrack of the mid to late 2000s, even when it is not probably the most timeless of information.

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