We thrive on conflict, opposition… everything. At first it felt like us versus New York City. Then it felt like the band versus America. The song that started it all. All of his fear and uncertainty, urgency and hope is poured into the tellingly-titled Skylines And Turnstiles. The tale of a woman who has been cheating on her husband but opts to take her own life rather than admit her wrongdoing, it could feel like a misery dirge — or distastefully lurid — in the hands of a lesser outfit. For Three Cheers-era MCR , however, it was the perfect showcase of their dark Tim Burton-esque talents, building on a propulsive drumbeat with dark romance and a poignant sense of tragedy. Oh, and did we mention that Hollywood legend Liza Minnelli crops up to chuck on her uber-distinctive vocals and cry all over the end? She does.
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19. Skylines & Turnstiles (I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, 2002)
After spending 12 years together, My Chemical Romance have called it a career, but not without leaving fans with a decade's worth of inspired, passionate and frequently uplifting music. The band may have began their career being lumped into the popular emo movement of the time, but they evolved over the years to include elements of punk, hard rock and pop that helped them branch out and create their own unique sound. The boys muster a full-on sneer with this cut, which was their dig at bands that were selling out to be on a 'Twilight' soundtrack when they resisted the lucrative lure. This raucous effort features Mikey Way pounding away on the bass, with Ray Toro and Frank Iero unleashing the fury with their guitar work. Singer Gerard Way penned this track about his past substance abuse. By the time My Chemical Romance hit the 'Danger Days' album, they had the uplifting rock anthem thing down. This euphoric rocker is a call to arms, urging listeners to seize the day. The inspirational message was later adopted on Twitter as a show of support for those affected by Japan's 's earthquake and tsunami and the band re-envisioned the song as a benefit single. This good-time rocker is presented with panache and had a bluesy swing to it, but the light and bouncy sound is contrasted with a more serious message. Gerard Way says it was inspired by being on a subway with a bunch of teens and feeling like more of a target than a peer.
My Chemical Romance fans around the world are rejoicing, as the rock band is finally, officially back together and playing shows again soon. Though we have no idea whether or not their reunion means new music , the long-awaited return has inspired us to dive back into their catalog and remind ourselves of the glory that was to After opening with thumping percussion and a slow-burning guitar lick, this I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love track picks up the second the first chorus hits and never looks back. And as far as send-offs go, this track off of Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys encapsulates the bittersweet feeling of saying farewell. Writing a song about the September 11 attacks is a difficult feat for any artist, and to have it be released just months after the attacks took place as one of your first songs as a band is downright gutsy. Thirteen years later, those teenage fans finally understand the fear the MCR guys were feeling as late twentysomethings in , and now the song slaps even harder. The music video also finds them burning down of the fictional band The Black Parade, all while they refuse to leave and keep on playing. Way does some of his best work as a frontman, milking every syllable with a fiendish glee, but the true MVP of the song is lead guitarist Ray Toro, who shreds his way through.
They signed with Reprise Records the next year and released their major-label debut, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge , in Shortly after the album's release, Pelissier was replaced by Bob Bryar. A commercial success, the album was awarded platinum status over a year later. The band eclipsed the success of their previous albums with their concept album , The Black Parade , which gained generally favorable reviews among music critics and was certified double platinum in the United States and the United Kingdom, the band's only double platinum. After the departure of long-time drummer Bob Bryar in March , the band released their fourth studio album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys , in November that same year, to positive reviews. After the addition of touring keyboardist James Dewees in and the release of Conventional Weapons , a series of singles recorded in , released over the course of five months, the band announced its breakup on March 22, , one month after the final release in the Conventional Weapons series. The band reunited out of the public eye in  and announced a reunion show on October 31, , which took place in Los Angeles on December 20, , extending this to a small tour consisting of dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan a week later. The band refers to those sessions as "The Attic Demos. Following Pencey Prep's split in , Iero became a member of My Chemical Romance, just days prior to the recording of the band's debut album.