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While nostalgically browsing pictures of Paris, I was struck by the similarity of

these two pictures )
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Day 5- Favorite MCR music video

True to form, I'm going to cheat - just slightly - on this one. I can't separate the Na Na Na and Sing videos, nor would it make sense to do so when they're two installments (so far!) of the same story. It's funny - with TBP, I love the music but was distinctly underwhelmed by the videos. For Danger Days. it's completely the other way round, and I just wish they'd come up with a third video. I'm still hoping! Come on, Gerard - I know you're all being zipped into BLInd bodybags at the end of Sing, but surely a trivial technicality like being dead isn't going to stop you?





Bonus: download link for a 4-minute 'making of' video for Na Na Na. They're so clearly having a great time, messing around in the desert with costumes and props. And if you watch very very carefully, Gerard's extra short shorts make a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance...
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Day 4- Favorite song off of Danger Days

I quite like Danger Days but I don't feel I ever really got it - I never went through the magical stage where you can't listen to anything else and each consecutive listen adds to the joy and wonder as you start to recognise more and more of this fantastic new material you're hearing. It's sad because this was MCR's first album release after I discovered them in early 2008, and I really wanted to fall in love with it. I wonder if too much anticipation is what ruined it for me. It seems [livejournal.com profile] yekith had a similar experience with TBP, so I'd be interested to know, did it happen to anyone else?

It's not that I don't enjoy listening to this album - but it's a very different, lower key sort of enjoyment. Let's just say that, unlike with Revenge and TBP, the earth doesn't move for me. *sigh*

My favourite track is probably Planetary (Go!). I like the beat and the energy. And maybe it's not a coincidence that it's one of the few songs where the title doesn't appear in the lyrics. LOL, how predictable am I?
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Day 3- Favorite song off of The Black Parade

So having waxed lyrical about Revenge yesterday, today it's TBP's turn. The Black Parade was the first MCR album I ever listened to, followed within a couple of weeks by Revenge and by Bullets shortly after that, all in the first few months of 2008. Perfect reverse order. And while I adore Bullets and can happily lose myself in its fantasy world of revenge, bullets and blood, TBP grabs me by the throat and says "THIS is it. THIS is what it's like". It's about being broken but defiant, acknowledging that life is fucked-up and then fucking CARRYING ON with courage and with wit and (black) humour. There's an honesty to it that bowls me over. So no, I don't find it depressing in the least and yes, I've never had the slightest difficulty in seeing TBP's positive message.

Heh, I'm using these "favourite song off of" posts to talk about the albums rather than attempting the impossible task of choosing a favourite track. And I think I'll treat the whole meme as an excuse to talk about MCR. Just the thing to get me posting again after so long. :)

Grandiose. Playful. Theatrical. Over the top. Musically, all things I love about TBP, and I do agree with the Queen comparisons. And Brian May himself said the nicest things about Gerard after performing with MCR recently at Reading. In particular: "Gerard as a front man is magnificent, of course - his honesty and vulnerability - along with the right kind of instinct for being a hero - connects instantly with the audience, reminding me quite a bit of a certain other great front man I worked with for many years." Awwww.

Favourites are probably The Sharpest Lives, Welcome to the Black Parade, House of Wolves, Mama and Sleep. But like with Bullets, the whole album works so perfectly as a coherent whole that I’ll rarely, if ever, just listen to individual tracks.

Love love LOVE the first line of The End. Used to be this journal's title: "So come one, come all to this tragic affair". It's an invitation to life! And then "You've got front row seats to the penitents' ball; When I grow up, I want to be NOTHING AT ALL". ::shivers::

Just the fact of having Dead! as a song title is a stroke of genius. With a cheery exclamation mark, no less! And "Have you heard the news that you're dead? No-one ever had much nice to say, I think they never liked you anyway". They sound so happy about it!

I always think the lyrics of The Sharpest Lives must be autobiographical, the first verses in particular... And I LOVE this bit:
"There's a place in the dark where the animals go
You can take off your skin in the cannibal glow
Juliet loves the beat and the lust it commands
Drop the dagger and lather the blood on your hands, Romeo"

Welcome to the Black Parade is the album's heart. The anthem of the broken, the beaten and the damned:
"Do or die, you'll never make me, because the world will never take my heart
Go and try, you'll never break me; we want it all, we want to play this part
I won't explain or say I'm sorry; I'm not unashamed, I'm gonna show my scar
Give a cheer for all the broken."

I love the drums in the intro to House of Wolves. And the lyrics. Too many lines to quote.

Mama is crazy and beautiful. I can remember sitting in my car in traffic soon after I got the album (no cd player so no music in my old car) and singing Mama to myself and being ecstatic when I could remember all the lyrics.

Sleep:
"Don't you breathe for me, undeserving of your sympathy
'Cos there ain't no way that I'm sorry for what I did"

Teenagers I like, but Disenchanted I never really got. I'm sorry I don't like it more because it's apparently one of Mikey's favourites.

Oh, and Blood makes me giggle. EVERY TIME. And sing along, of course.

One more thing I love about this album is how clearly Gerard's voice can be heard. I suppose it's a mixing choice during production, but it's one of the things I don't much like about Danger Days is that his vocal aren't clear. I want to hear Gerard singing, dammit!

And last thing I'm going to say: I am SOOOOO glad that Gerard has finally admitted that dissing his previous work is the way he lets go so he can move on to the next thing. I mean, I get that they wore themselves out touring with TBP and that they hated the negative reaction it got from some quarters, but I was sad when they seemed to not want to have anything to do with it any more. Because it will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart.
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Day 2- Favorite song off of Three Cheers

This is really really hard. Because more than their other albums (except maybe TBP), Revenge feels like a coherent whole to me. And if this is what's meant by a concept album, then hurrah for concept albums. Which doesn't make it any easier to identify a favourite track...

I love how fast many of the songs are. I love Gerard's screamy vocals, and the guitars are just fantastic. I remember it taking me some time to get really familiar with all the tracks, because the album as a whole was so very different from anything I'd ever listened to before. And I like that. I like having to work at things that end up deserving the input - and this album does, in spades!

This isn't hard, it's impossible. No, really. Can I maybe identify my less favourite songs? Helena (I love the video but that's not what today's question is about), The Ghost of You (though the live version on Life on the Murder Scene is a favourite - I said this was impossible), and Cemetery Drive. And I always think that I don't like To the End as much as I actually do. The rest of the tracks? Sheer utter brilliance and I refuse to choose.

Standout moments? The beginning of Hang 'Em High. ALL of Prison. And I'm Not Okay - I still find having an agressively belted out chorus of "I'm Not Okay" audacious and fucking amazing. The lyrics are magic on this album. "Gaze into her killing jar, I sometimes stare for hours. She even poked the holes so I can breathe." - The Jetset Life is Going to Kill You. "Don't I look pretty walking down the street in the best damn dress I own?" - Give 'Em Hell Kid. Also "Love is the red, the rose on your coffin door, what's life like bleeding on the floor?" and "Preach all you want but who's going to save me? I keep a gun on the book you gave me. Hallelujah, lock and load."- both from Thank You for the Venom. "Another knife in my hands, a stain that never comes off the sheets. Clean me up I'm so dirty, babe" from I Never Told You What I Do for a Living and the whole glorious blood-soaked second half of this song.

Oh, and the looong song titles that don't actually appear in the songs? For some reason, that thrills me as much as anything. I know. I'm weird. *g*

In short, a perfect collision of amazing music and inspired fucked-up lyrics delivered with passion and conviction. This is the band that saves lives.

ETA: a gorgeous bit from The Jetset Life is Going to Kill You: the unexpectedly quiet half-minute or so between 02:07 and 02:38. Wonderfully allusive lyrics - and a brief interlude of sweetness, musically if not lyrically:

"Pull the plug - well, I'd like to learn your name.
When holding on, I hope you'll do the same, aww sugar.
Slip into the tragedy, you've spun this chamber dry."
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Red Haired Killjoy Gee icon in honour of his changing back to black. Do I like it better? Yes? No? I really don't know what I think!

And in honour of a post from me after so long that I can't even remember how long it's been, here's an MCR meme that [livejournal.com profile] yekith is doing and that I thought looked fun:

Day 1- Favorite song off of Bullets

Without looking at the track list ('cos that'd be cheating!), I have to say Demolition Lovers. It's one of Gerard's "telling a story" songs - or maybe it would be better to say that it conjures up an atmosphere, because the story is largely left to the imagination... That's one of the things I absolutely love about their music, whether they call them concept albums or not, the worlds they evoke are fascinating. And Demolition Lovers sums up the star-crossed lovers on the run vibe of the whole album. Doomed to end their days "in a hail of bullets"... Here, have a listen.

Close second favourites are Our Lady of Sorrows and Headfirst for Halos. Can I have two second favourites? Of course I can!

I love this album. I'm a huge fan of the darkness of pre-Killjoys MCR.


Rest of the questions for later... )
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From [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako:

Ask me seven questions. Not just any seven questions though. No, to keep it interesting, use the seven questions as per below - just copy and paste the following, replace the blanks with something you want to know/ask (e.g. 3. Donkeys or sandcastles and why?), anything you want, personal, silly, surreal or deep, comment away and I'll answer honestly as I can!

1. What do you think of _____________ ?
2. When did you last ____________?
3. __________ or ___________ and why?
4. What did you ______________?
5. What is/are your favorite ______________?
6. How would you ______________?
7. Who would you most like to ________ ?

Have at it! *g*
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From [livejournal.com profile] fajrdrako:

Ask me seven questions. Not just any seven questions though. No, to keep it interesting, use the seven questions as per below - just copy and paste the following, replace the blanks with something you want to know/ask (e.g. 3. Donkeys or sandcastles and why?), anything you want, personal, silly, surreal or deep, comment away and I'll answer honestly as I can!

1. What do you think of _____________ ?
2. When did you last ____________?
3. __________ or ___________ and why?
4. What did you ______________?
5. What is/are your favorite ______________?
6. How would you ______________?
7. Who would you most like to ________ ?

Have at it! *g*
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I was listening to this the other day on my mp3 player and maybe it was the combination of using earphones and being in bed at the time, but it came across as weirdly personal and intimate. As if I was listening to the boys chatting among themselves. Or as if I had Gerard's voice (and Frank's, and Mikey's, and Ray's) in my head. *g* And listening to it again today, on speakers this time, it's still completely awesome, if no longer quite as personal. *g*

Thots and flaily squee - behind a cut-tag because it turned rather more epic than expected! )

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I was listening to this the other day on my mp3 player and maybe it was the combination of using earphones and being in bed at the time, but it came across as weirdly personal and intimate. As if I was listening to the boys chatting among themselves. Or as if I had Gerard's voice (and Frank's, and Mikey's, and Ray's) in my head. *g* And listening to it again today, on speakers this time, it's still completely awesome, if no longer quite as personal. *g*

Thots and flaily squee - behind a cut-tag because it turned rather more epic than expected! )

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It all started when [livejournal.com profile] nokomis305 brightened my morning with this pic that I'm reposting here of one of Gerard's favourite poses. The outflung arm with the mic, the cocked hip, the little smirky smile on his face all conspire to reduce me to a happy puddle of goo...

Photobucket

Now I have a fairly (cough cough) extensive collection of MCR pictures which are just crying out to be picspammed...

This picspam WANTS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE )

NB: Image-heavy and really REALLY not dialup-friendly. Trust me.
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It all started when [livejournal.com profile] nokomis305 brightened my morning with this pic that I'm reposting here of one of Gerard's favourite poses. The outflung arm with the mic, the cocked hip, the little smirky smile on his face all conspire to reduce me to a happy puddle of goo...

Photobucket

Now I have a fairly (cough cough) extensive collection of MCR pictures which are just crying out to be picspammed...

This picspam WANTS TO SAVE YOUR LIFE )

NB: Image-heavy and really REALLY not dialup-friendly. Trust me.
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I've been tormented for weeks by the knowledge that a local record shop had a different version of My Chemical Romance's debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, with videos of two of their earliest songs on it. Irresistable, no? Even though I already own the album on cd, bought from Play back in May during my first flush of enthusiasm for the band. I finally gave in to temptation on Saturday and went shopping. I do this with Dunnett and Tolkien books, but this is the first I've been compelled to acquire multiple copies of a cd!

My new purchase seems to be the original 2002 release - it comes with an Eyeball Records sampler on a separate disc - and is copyright Eyeball Records 2002. The one I got from Play also has Polydor in the copyright info, with 2004 as the year, so I think it must be a re-issue. The cd inserts are identical and apart from the videos, the disc content appears to be the same. The videos, to my disappointment, can only be viewed in a little window that has resisted all my efforts to enlarge it. Sad. But then I discovered one small difference on the disc itself.

The 2004 Polydor disc, the one that I imagine most people have, has the usual copyright and all-rights-reserved spiel in tiny print running round the edge of the disc. The one I bought on Saturday has this:

"Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws and WILL RESULT IN GERARD COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AND SUCKING YOUR BLOOD."

Um, Gerard? That is NOT a deterrent. AT ALL. ::flails::

Please, please can I make an appointment for Vampire!Gerard to come to my house? PLEASE, can I? )

I just know that it was his idea to tweak the copyright information on the disc. &hearts
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I've been tormented for weeks by the knowledge that a local record shop had a different version of My Chemical Romance's debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, with videos of two of their earliest songs on it. Irresistable, no? Even though I already own the album on cd, bought from Play back in May during my first flush of enthusiasm for the band. I finally gave in to temptation on Saturday and went shopping. I do this with Dunnett and Tolkien books, but this is the first I've been compelled to acquire multiple copies of a cd!

My new purchase seems to be the original 2002 release - it comes with an Eyeball Records sampler on a separate disc - and is copyright Eyeball Records 2002. The one I got from Play also has Polydor in the copyright info, with 2004 as the year, so I think it must be a re-issue. The cd inserts are identical and apart from the videos, the disc content appears to be the same. The videos, to my disappointment, can only be viewed in a little window that has resisted all my efforts to enlarge it. Sad. But then I discovered one small difference on the disc itself.

The 2004 Polydor disc, the one that I imagine most people have, has the usual copyright and all-rights-reserved spiel in tiny print running round the edge of the disc. The one I bought on Saturday has this:

"Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws and WILL RESULT IN GERARD COMING TO YOUR HOUSE AND SUCKING YOUR BLOOD."

Um, Gerard? That is NOT a deterrent. AT ALL. ::flails::

Please, please can I make an appointment for Vampire!Gerard to come to my house? PLEASE, can I? )

I just know that it was his idea to tweak the copyright information on the disc. &hearts