You may have heard that over the past year or so emo has returned to the scene.
Thanks to artists such as Olivia Rodrigo and Willow Smith who have channeled the production of pop-rock artists like Paramore, My Chemical Romance and Panic! At The Disco in the mid-2000s, rock music (especially the ’emotional’ subgenre of a certain type of punk-pop mixed with hard rock instrumentals and pop melodies) made a mainstream comeback in charts.
So it seems fitting that this week in 2006, US emo writers My Chemical Romance won their UK No.1 debut single, as Welcome To The Black Parade climbed 22 spots to the top of the official singles charts.
A 5-minute pop-rock opus; Welcome To The Black Parade opens with Gerard Way vowing to be the savior of the “broken, beaten and damned” before the production of Bohemian Rhapsody-esque abruptly plunges into a blast of frenzied pop-punk energy. âWe will continue,â Way cries, âand even though you are dead and gone, trust me, your memory will continue. “
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It’s an apt recap of the band’s third studio album, The Black Parade, a record breaking concept about death and the afterlife that saw My Chemical Romance rise to the faces of the emo music movement. Welcome To The Black Parade topped the official singles charts with 34,000 chart sales in its opening week and topped the charts for two weeks. The track’s influence continues as well – according to data from the Official Charts Company, it still airs an average of 300,000 times per week in the UK in 2021.
It would be My Chemical Romance’s first and only UK number 1 single, although they won two other Top 10s (Famous Last Words and Teenagers), both singles from The Black Parade, which itself has peaked at number 2 on the official album chart. After releasing just one other follow-up album – 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys which peaked at number 14 – the band broke up in 2013. A world reunion tour was slated for 2020, but now has been postponed to 2022, thanks to the pandemic.
Elsewhere on the chart that week in 2006, Beatfreakz’s Superfreak climbed 36 spots to a new high of number 7 before Halloween, while there were new entries from James Morrison’s Wonderful World (number 20), Placebo ft. Allison Mosshart with Meds (issue 35), Lonely At The Top by Ordinary Boys (issue 36) and Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind by Badly Drawn Boy (issue 38).