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Artist of the week - My Chemical Romance

Artist name: My Chemical Romance

No. Of Albums: 19 (including EPs)

No. Of Singles: 15

No. Of UK number 1s: 1

My favourite album: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

My top 5 songs (no particular order):

I’m Not Okay (I Promise)


Famous Last Words

Welcome to the Black Parade

Give ‘Em Hell, Kid

Most recognisable song: Welcome to the Black Parade

Song that deserves more recognition: Vampires Will Never Hurt You

My Chemical Romance are an American “emo” rock band whose debut album was released in 2002. The self-produced album, titled “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love”, had three singles and 13 tracks (on the deluxe version). It hit its peak in the UK album charts in 2007 when it hit 129th in the charts. Shortly after the release of this album they signed with Reprise Records and were able to release their next album in 2004.

“Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” was their first album to achieve platinum status as well as their major-label debut. It peaked in the UK album charts at 34 and the first of its four singles, “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)” peaked at an impressive number 19.

The band are probably most well known for their concept album “The Black Parade” which came out in 2006. It became the bands only double platinum album. The main single on the album was titled “Welcome to the Black Parade” and it peaked at number one in the UK singles chart. The whole album was designed to tell the story of “The Patient”, an otherwise unidentified terminal cancer patient. Despite debuting at number one in the Billboard top 200, it peaked at number two in the UK album charts and is the bands highest charting album to date.

Between 2006 and their split in 2013, the band would say goodbye to more members and released another two studio albums. After their split they would release a compilation album as well as a 10th anniversary re-release of “The Black Parade”. This re-release would include live tracks and never before heard early versions of some of the original tracks.

The band would disappear off the radar again until October 31st 2019, when they announce their official reunion show, and they currently have a (rescheduled) world tour planned for the summer of 2021, which I am very lucky to have tickets for and am ridiculously excited to see, having been an MCR fan for such a long time.

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