day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure

Frankly, I don’t think anything I’ve ever done is wrong…

My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade

…You might disagree.

Of all the music I like, this is probably the most incomprehensible. Of all the songs, it’s the one I’ve been genuinely a bit wincey about putting up. It’s just … not very good.

But, oh, it is. I disliked MCR from the start, on principle. I loved indie, and they were silly emo, like Fallout Boy and Panic! At The Disco. Their videos were …pretty cool, actually, in a silly, gothy way.

Then, something magical happened: I stopped taking My Chemical Romance – that band of obsessive followers, literary pretension and theatrical ambition – seriously. I don’t know how I’d never seen it before: The costumes. The Queen-grave-robbing guitar solos. The face-paint. Gerard freakin’ Way. They were just pure, stupid Pop. They were silly, and on the other side of the looking glass, there was something brilliant about them that way.

I don’t love Black Parade, really. I rarely listen to it on my own, more commonly using it as an irritant at parties, or when I find it on the iPod of someone who I know thinks they should know better. But it is a pleasure, even on repeat as I write this. And I feel a little guilty. With lyrics like

A world that sends you reeling from decimated dreams
You’re misery and hate will kill us all
So paint it black and take it back
Lets shout it loud and clear
Defiant to the end we hear the call
To carry on

it’s almost definitely for the best that I do. But, in the words of that guy falling off a bridge in the Simpsons: I regret nothing!

(…Oop. I think my housemates might’ve heard me listening to this. Best scarper!)

2 Thoughts to “30 Days of Music: #013”

  1. Everything that is wrong about MCR is what is so right about Gerard Way's comics.

    They're deriviative, pop-disguised-as-alternative, melodramatic, "ironic" and their influences are so goddamn obvious. And suddenly when you change the influence from Queen to Grant Morrison everything becomes alright.

    I will admit that I nod my head along with "Teenagers" or "Mama", but they are the very definition of a guilty pleasure for me.

  2. I was going to mention, actually, that the brilliant Umbrella Academy makes me cut MCR a bit of slack.

    I find Gerard Way quite interesting in interview and stuff.

    That's a good line about swapping out Queen for Grant Morrison. I shall try my hardest not to steal it.

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