Produced by Rob Cavallo, who also produced platinum records from Phil Collins, Shinedown, Goo Goo Dolls, and many more, My Chemical Romance’s 2006 album The Black Parade propelled the young band into arena-level status upon its release. Debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week of release, the concept and story-driven record wore its Queen, David Bowie, and Beatles references on its sleeves in the form of a rock opera.
Featuring popular MCR tracks like “Teenagers”, “Famous Last Words”, and of course the title track (which is a meme in itself), the album is among the defining albums of the mid-2000’s. Revisit it below right along with us, and if you’ve never listened to the record in its entirety, it’s admittedly pretty solid, even if you’re not a huge fan of the band.
16 years ago today, My Chemical Romance unleashed their debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love on an unsuspecting public. The Geoff Rickly (Thursday, No Devotion) produced effort, which had a clearly defined hardcore punk influence, saw the band touring with Misery Signals, Every Time I Die, Remembering Never, and eventually The Used in support of the record. Released on Eyeball Records, the release was a slow burner – but word of mouth caught fire quickly, and the band would soon sign to major label Reprise Records for the release of their sophomore full-length, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.
Selling over 3 million copies in the USA alone, My Chemical Romance’s sophomore album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge was the band’s initial mainstream breakout record. Containing massive singles like “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”, “Helena”, and the iconic “The Ghost Of You”, it saw the band expanding their growing songwriting ambitions and Gerard Way improving his vocal abilities into an album that struck a chord with millions of fans, young and older, alike.
The album, which celebrates its 14th anniversary today, remains a relevant cultural touchtone, even after the band’s breakup earlier this decade. And while MCR may not be a band anymore, there are plenty who still feel TCFSR is an important record in alternative culture.
While speculation has been flying regarding which bands are taking part in the final cross-country Warped Tour in 2018, it’s likely Kevin Lyman will go full-stop in ensuring its final lineup is one to remember. And while there are undoubtedly certain bands that fans would love to see reunited, the fact is that some reunions just aren’t happening.