The Worst Albums Ever Made – ‘The Black Parade’ (2006) by My Chemical Romance

19 Mar

By Slick Nick

If I want to listen to retro rock, I may delve into my immense iTunes library and put on a bit of Journey or Cheap Trick. If I want to hear a bit of generic pop-punk then Blink182, Midtown or Lit usually does the job. If I want to listen to some piano-driven pop that uses minor sevenths, some Paul McCartney hits the spot. Then, if I fancy hearing some terrible singing, I’ve been known to enter ‘X Factor shit auditions’ into YouTube’s search bar. Luckily, if I ever want to hear all that at once, I can turn to this 2006 release by My Chemical Romance, one of the worst ‘alternative’ bands to make it big in the noughties.

After starting their career as a pretty bog-standard pop-punk group with a slightly different sound to all the billions of Greenday/NFG clones, something triggered MCR to become ‘artists’ rather than ‘dudes prolonging the inevitable despair-ridden office-driven existence by being in a band’. They started pulling in a plethora of musical influences largely favoured amongst the Dad community, whilst still underpinning their music with the generic, twenty year old riffs that all their peers had been using all along.

The Black Parade‘ is supposedly a concept album about someone passing away due to cancer, which is enough to put me off even playing it in the first place to be honest. I’m pretty sure in modern times, naming something as a ‘concept album’ is simply a way to protect bad music from harsh critics, who wouldn’t understand what these artists set out to achieve.

Musically, it’s not too far off from the likes of Cheap Trick and Kiss, if the former forgot how to write good songs and the latter wrote even worse songs. There’s also some masturbation over the likes of Lennon and Bowie, which is to be expected, and at least the songs do have one consistent quality running through them in that they are all for the most part total dogshit, particularly the lead singles.

The music is generally staggeringly mediocre at best. It’s not that catchy, it’s not that heavy, it’s not that fast. It’s just there to bolster camp, shrieking monstrosity Gerard Way’s irritating-as-fuck vocals, whilst ripping off Queen‘s harmonic guitar sound. Chord changes can be predicted a mile away, which leaves the album as tedious as wading through a thread about Blade Runner on an internet forum, which is in itself only slightly more tedious than watching the actual film I might add.

Hit single ‘Welcome To The Black Parade‘ was notable only for the music video, which looked to have cost the GDP of Paraguay to make and saw the group dress up as the evil sports jocks from the first Karate Kid movie, an idea that will surely be regretted by everyone involved for the rest of their lives. It’s an interesting song which opens with a minute or so of this album’s few bars of tolerable music, before delving into the group’s roots with an interlude of shitty pop punk before building to an irritatingly over the top chorus seemingly hellbent on ripping off their own breakthrough hit ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’.

MCR rough up a fan for not paying for autograph backstage at the London Astoria in 2006

Other single ‘Teenagers’ is far worse; the kind of garbage you’d expect to be playing at the end of an Adam Sandler movie.

Aside from the music, one of the worst things about MCR is watching their press interviews. The band take themselves very seriously considering their childish, stage-school schtick, and hearing them dissect their own body of work and influences you’d think they’d just released the next fucking Sgt. Pepper or Nevermind. This behaviour, from a group that featured Lisa Minnelli on one of their songs, is fucking laughable.

 

We’ll caaaaaaarrrryyyyyy oooonnnn, we’ll wriiiiiiiiiiiiite shit sooooo-oooooongssssss.

 

10 Responses to “The Worst Albums Ever Made – ‘The Black Parade’ (2006) by My Chemical Romance”

  1. mady February 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    THEY ARE THE BEST BAND EVER DO NOT DISS

  2. Kristina April 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    And you have how many albums and how many fans? Oh right, cool story bro.

    • poppeelings April 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

      Why does one need albums released to critique music?

  3. YouBettaWatchYoselfLilBoy March 23, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    im discovering this so late but like… bro. u can’t do this to my chem. they’re iconic. one of the greatest bands of this time. don’t fight me on it. this is disrespectful

    • MCR fans are insufferably stupid, annoying and devoid of any taste. October 16, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

      Shut the fuck up, they were always garbage music for garbage teenagers without any semblance of musical knowledge. It’s why you favor turds like this in the first place.

  4. JENNIFER D BLAKEMAN June 18, 2018 at 1:45 am #

    Agree. Do these kids have their parents pay people to play this shit ? How does this even happen? I also get pissed off when I find out Fiona Apple (one of the best singer songwriters) is opening for some 20 year old. She was 19 herself when she wrote excellent music. Her music has only gotten better. Bjerk, PJ Harvey, and Fiona are so talented and feminists. . . Now it’s whoever some record company rapes and forces to dance on stage for money. Why are we going backwards? The pop genre is the worst. Fans of actual music and strong musicians should run the music industry instead of gross old dudes (aka these kids dads)

  5. J June 18, 2018 at 1:49 am #

    Agree. Do these kids have their parents pay people to play this shit ? How does this even happen? I also get pissed off when I find out Fiona Apple (one of the best singer songwriters) is opening for some 20 year old. She was 19 herself when she wrote excellent music. Her music has only gotten better. Bjork, PJ Harvey, and Fiona are so talented and feminists. . . Now it’s whoever some record company rapes and forces to dance on stage for money. Why are we going backwards? The pop genre is the worst. Fans of actual music and strong musicians should run the music industry instead of gross old dudes (aka these kids dads)

  6. Carter August 5, 2019 at 10:56 pm #

    At least respect Gerard Way’s wish that a critic would call his album “The Whack Parade”

  7. Ebenezer Stooge August 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm #

    My Chemical Romance are worse than Nickelback

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