Joe GransingerMonday,25 March 2013

The Snap:

After 12 years of creating emo-fueled alternative rock, My Chemical Romance has decided to call it quits by posting a farewell message on their official website. The band has had many songs hit high up the charts over the past decade including “Welcome to the Black Parade”, “Teenagers”, “Famous Last Words” and their debut breakthrough single “I’m Not Okay”.

The Download:

I’ve always been a big My Chemical Romance fan. Whew! It feels good to get that off my chest. No more hiding my CD’s in my car or praying to the Gods that the ‘random’ feature on iTunes doesn’t choose a MCR song when my friends are over! I’m not entirely sure why people dismissed MCR as a garbage band, because honestly, a lot of their music is pretty damn good. If nothing else, it’s very catchy, and I still find myself enjoying their older stuff whenever I hear it.

My fascination started in high school right when their platinum (and best) album “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” came out. I was watching MTV (probably TRL or some Spring Break Karaoke show – don’t make fun) and I saw this commercial, and dammit I wanted that CD! I did eventually grow out of my MCR phase and into a less angry-teen-hates-his-life atmosphere, but for the time, I rocked MCR like it was no ones business.

So naturally, now that the band has split and things have ended, I have plenty of memories and mixed feelings about it. I was a little confused with the band when lead singer Gerard Way – who was an awesome don’t-give-a-fuck looking mofo – decided to transform into a blonde little pixie that looked like he belonged more in the back yard picking daisies than on a rock stage. However, regardless of appearance, they’ve consistently put out great music that appeals to a large number of people (slightly depressed teenagers who want to rebel against their parents but are too scared to do it) and had an extremely successful career that 99% of bands in the world would kill for.

They’ve toured with bands such as Green Day, Linkin Park, Mindless Self Indulgence, Alkaline Trio, and The Used, while also opening for Bon Jovi. It’s kind of a bummer to see them go, as they were finally starting to mature and grow out of the teenage-angst genre, and I would have loved to see that develop.

I’ll leave you with a video that is the true MCR in my eyes, and the video that originally got me interested in the band.

Hat Tips:

MCR, Stereogum, Image Credit: Flickr


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