If you were born in the early 90s and remembered what MTV2 was, then I’m sure you’ve already heard the news that My Chemical Romance, after 12 (!) years together, have called it quits this weekend.
These New Jersey boys have been through many dramatic changes throughout the years, but most of us remember their early to mid 2000s incarnation when Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge was one of the biggest albums of the emo era and “Helena” was dominating MTV.
The band had consistency made good albums (though some noticeably better than others) and they gained a lot of popularity and a devoted following, even though they were a part of a much hated genre that was put down in its short existence for being too whinny (which is somewhat true).
On a personal note, the band’s 2006 concept album The Black Parade was one of my favorite albums growing up, and the great ballad “Disenchanted” became one of the most meaningful songs from my teenage years. But putting my bias aside, the album was one of the few great rock and roll records that was both critically acclaimed and sold millions of records in the 2000s, and the music has aged surprisingly well. I will always love The Black Parade and I will always love this band, and I know that I am not alone.
So ladies and gents, I give you the band’s “Famous Last Words”.
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