How My Chemical Romance’s Welcome To The Black Parade Became The Emo Anthem


October 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

My Chemical Romance in their Welcome To The Black Parade video.

Image: YouTube / My Chemical Romance


MCR discussed the 15th anniversary of The Black Parade and revealed how their title track almost never made it onto the album.

My chemical romance The black parade album was released this week in October 2006.

The third studio effort to come Gérard Road and co, the concept album is considered one of the group’s most accomplished works. It also gave the band their first UK number one single, Welcome to the black parade.

The album’s main track was not just a sound show, but also a visual one, with its video of a patient being carried away to death in the form of a parade.

It’s hard to imagine the album without its lead single, but did you know that it hardly appeared on the album at all AND that it originally had a totally different name?

Learn more about Welcome To The Black Parade here.

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Welcome to the black parade was released on September 12, 2006, with the studio version available on the band’s Myspace (remember?) on September 2.

Its backing video, which was directed by Samuel Bayer, is considered one of the most memorable rock videos of the decade, and in 2017 was dubbed MTV’s Greatest Music Video of the Century.

However, the song actually started life as a song titled The five of us are dying, which we think has a little less gravity.

Speaking on The Travis Mills lounge, Singer Gerard Way revealed, “This song was originally called The Five of Us Are Dying.

“We played it and we really liked it, and I felt we needed this song on the record, this touchstone that kind of introduces your concept, and the lyrics and the themes of that. song somehow embody the themes of the disc. “

However, they didn’t always feel that way …

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Before the group – completed at the time by Mikey Way, Ray toro, Frank Inero and Bob bryar – reworked their now classic song, they didn’t want it on the album because they thought it was “about nothing”.

“All the other songs had really strong themes and titles and things like that,” Way revealed. would just kind of just chase him about that and say, ‘Yeah, this song isn’t about nothing. I’m not interested in that one.

It took reworking the song and fully incorporating the album’s theme (as well as nailing that iconic piano introduction) into it, which changed my mind.

“… We didn’t just want to give up the song,” Way continued. “So I started to bring the concept into the musical side of things, where I was like, ‘I want to call this’ Black Parade ‘, I want there to be a parade on the record’, and we have started to break the song and rebuild it.

He added, “Once we approached it again from the perspective of starting with a whole new intro and a new way to start the song, it helped us fix the rest.”

15 years later and it’s hard to imagine The Black Parade without its flagship single. What was once a throwaway song has now grown into one of the band’s most famous works to date.

We’re not sure exactly what made Gerard Way and the band persevere on The Five Of Us Are Dying, but we’re glad they did!


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