As it gets closer and closer to the month of the MCR shows I'm going to... I feel compelled to just voice all my emotions and feelings out about My Chemical Romance. Normally, the things I write are the rantings of a disgruntled older fan, but I realized that I hadn't written a real review of Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys. Since I am filled with so much emotion about MCR and their music, I've decided that I would like to write a reflection about my adoration for MCR as well as a review of Danger Days. My feelings for MCR fluctuated a lot in the time that I've liked MCR, and I'd like to reflect on it. I'm a very nostalgic person, so I like to reflect from time to time (aka all the time.) So yeah. I suppose I could start now...
Look alive, sunshine... 109 in the sky, but the pigs won't quit, you're here with me, Dr. Death Defying. I'll be your surgeon, your proctor, your helicopter... Pumpin' out the slaughtermatic sounds to keep you live. A system failure for the masses, anti-matter for the master plan. Louder than God's revolver and twice as shiny. This one's for all you rock n' rollers, all you crash queens & motorbabies. LISTEN UP! The future is bulletproof. The aftermath is secondary. Its time to do it now, and do it loud. Killjoys. Make some noise!
Just from that opening bit, you can honestly tell that you're somewhere else. Somewhere that feels free. 'Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)' gives me a feeling of like riding fast, and having a good time. Its something a bit more open. I genuinely like this song, mostly because I've always been partial to MCR songs that are catchy and are a lot of fun. I think this is due to how much fun I've had at live shows with the fun songs (I'm Not Okay, Headfirst For Halos...). However, it leads into 'Bulletproof Heart,' which I have nothing against the song itself. The music in the song is really catchy, and the lyrics aren't bad. However, it doesn't sound like a My Chemical Romance song. It sounds like My Chemical Romance covering a Green Day song that they have never written or anything. But that's my opinion. I don't care for it myself. 'Sing' is an amazing track that has an amazing message in its lyrics, although some primetime musical shows on certain networks took the message literally from what I read other people said about it because I am damn sure not watching that shit. -cough.- Anyway. I really like 'Sing.'
Sell it till your last days. Buy yourself the motivation. Generation nothing. Nothing, but a dead scene. Product of a white dream. I am not the singer that you wanted, but a dancer. I refuse to answer. Talk about the past, sir. Wrote it for the one's who want to get away. KEEP RUNNING.
When MCR creates songs with such emotion attached to them, they always give me a sense of peace in a chaotic situation. I first experience this emotion when I heard the opening line of 'Skylines & Turnstiles' almost six years ago. "You're not in this alone..." The same emotion was felt when I first hear the chorus to 'Famous Last Words' back in 2006. "I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone..." This is one of the reasons I really love My Chemical Romance. They have the ability to make me feel better through their music, no other band or artist has been able to do this, and I appreciate MCR more for this reason.
'Sing' leads into 'Planetary (GO!)' I had been so excited to hear 'Planetary (GO!)' when I first read its name, and when I heard the song, it exceeded my expectations. Every since, MCR got James Dewees to play keyboards for them on the road, I've been dying for them to write a song that he could rock the hell out of live. And they did it with 'Planetary (GO!)' and the song also contains more good philosophies in its lyrics. I honestly cannot wait to hear this song live and jump forever during the chorus. I can't wait to dance, I honestly can't. You can't dance to very many MCR songs, but you can bust a move to Danger Days.
'The Only Hope for Me Is You.' -affectionate sigh.- I absolutely adore this song. I'm partial to electronic sounds, and this song has a lot of them. The lyrics are beautiful as always, and I read in an article that Gerard wrote this song for Bandit, his daughter. That made me tear up, because if my dad wrote me a song like this, I would be so proud, and I'm sure she will be when she grows up. :) "If there's a place that I can be, I'd be another memory. Can I be the only hope for you? Because you're the only hope for me. And if we can't find where we belong, we'll have to make it on our own. Face all the pain and take it on, because the only hope for me is you alone."
Bad news from the Zones, tumbleweeds. It looks like Jet Star and The Kobra Kid had a CLAP with an exterminator that went all Coasta Rica, and got themselves ghosted. DUSTED out on Route Guano. So its time to hit the red line, and up-thrust the volume out there. Keep your boots tight, keep your gun close, and die with your mask on if you've got to... Here's the traffic.
I enjoy and appreciate how the traffic sounds at the end of Dr. Death Defying's news break lead into 'Party Poison.' 'Party Poison' is one of my favourite tracks from the record, and I feel in love with it when it was called 'Death Before Disco.' The added Japanese talking in the song, really makes me happy, because I've always had a love for anything Japanese. The sound of the song is amazing, I absolutely love it. Its another song I really would like to hear live because I want to dance to it. You can really feel the influence they got from Iggy Pop in this song, as it really feels like a call back to Iggy Pop & The Stooges' 'Search & Destroy.' One example of this is the line, "Street walking cheetah with a captial G..." which parallels 'Search & Destroy's' "I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm." I like when MCR does punk songs, it makes my heart happy inside.
I didn't much care for 'Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back' when I first heard it. I don't know why. I really enjoy it now. It has its place as another one of my favourites. I am very partial to the line, "I'm the only friend that makes you cry, you're a heart attack in black hair dye," which I like to change the ending to "You're a derp attack in red hair derp" about Gerard. I saw it on a LOLMCR picture. xD I also like the line, "Be a burning star if it takes all night."
Ugh. 'S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W' Ugh. I do like the song, kinda. Its good, but like... When they premiered the album on YouTube, and I was watching it, my computer fucked up on this song... and it took me forever to get through it. I was not happy and it made me not like the song. I also have a tendency to get bored during slow songs. So yeah. I do like the song though.. just.. meh. LOL. Yeah, see it took me half way through the song to type this and I am ready to skip it cause I am bored.
Oh, god. Ugh. 'Summertime.' Its the most beautiful MCR song to me. I really love the song's lyrics, its sound. And it made a lot of sense when Gerard said that he wrote it about Lindsey (err.. the summer when they toured together on Project Rev), which is the most romantic thing ever. I love Gerard and Lindsey together. However, it makes me feel really lonely... because I don't have anyone like that. But yeah, so... now 'DESTROYA!'
'DESTROYA's' title always intrigued me, and when I heard the song... I fell in love. This song is my favourite song on the entire album. Gerard's voice is different, and its in a good way. The music is amazing.. the guitars sound good against the obvious synth you can hear. I don't care for those noises Gerard makes, but whatever. My favourite parts are when the words "DESTROYA, DESTROYA, DESTROYA, DESTROYA" are repeated. The music and vocals mix crazily well there and it makes me flail in happiness. If they don't play this song when I see them live.. I'm gonna be very mad at them for like 5 seconds.
'The Kids From Yesterday.' I love this song. I really do. Its among my favourites. My favourite part about this song is how it sounds a lot like an 80's song. More amazing electronic sounds. The lyrics are amazing. I don't normally like the slower songs, but with Kids... I don't know what it is, but I really like it.
Alright, children. The lights are out and the party's over. Its time for me, Dr. D, to start running and say goodbye, for a little while. And I know you're gonna miss me, so I'll leave you with this: You know that big ball of radiation we call The Sun? Well, it'll burst you in to flames if you stay in one place for too long, now if the static don't ya first... So remember: Even if you're dusted, YOU maybe gone, but out here in the desert... YourSHADOW lives on without you. This is Dr. Death Defying, signing off.
Yeah. How about that? How about that? I saw people complaining about American flags on the merch, don't think that just because I'm a moderator I don't actually do stuff, cause I do. They're an American band, so boom... National Anthem. I mean, don't get me wrong, our county IS an asshole, so don't worry about it. I'm just saying, hey... we're just glad they mentioned us. They always say how much they love the UK and Japan. Anyways, this sign off leads us into a song that makes me happy on so many levels. When I first head MCR's cover of 'Desolation Row' for the Watchmen Soundtrack... I wanted MCR punk songs. MCR gave me the ultimate punk song.
'Vampire Money' is the most amazing MCR song ever. The end. ROFLMAO. Imagine if I actually said that and ended it. So yeah. Basically, the intro is win because 1) people apparently cannot understand Frank to clearly here him say, "Oh, I'm there, baby." Don't say it doesn't make sense, cause it does.. You're just not old enough to remember that saying, "I'm there" means "I'm ready." [/end rant.] 2) the way Gerard say "Mikey," and 3) the way Mikey says "READY!" in the edited version of Danger Days. The song is awesome because it is. So yeah. I'm done reviewing this for now. I remembered now why I don't really like to blog. Maybe I should do video blogs or something. Anyway. Yeah. I'll do a part 2 or something.