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“Overcoming darkness is a beautiful thing”: How My Chemical Romance battled ghosts, addiction, the Daily Mail and Kasabian to take over the world with The Black Parade



My Chemical Romance, Halloween 2006


In 2006, My Chemical Romance was already one of the biggest little cult bands in the world. Their first two albums – 2002 I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love and 2004 Three cheers for sweet revenge established the band as a leader in the burgeoning emo and post-punk scene of the early 2000s.

MCR’s album three was an altogether different beast, with an ambition, scope and musical range that went well beyond punk rock ghettos. A concept album in its own right, The black parade presented a grand, epic feel that broke any stylistic and generic shackles they might have once had and established the New Jersey quintet as one of the greatest bands in the world.

Where they had previously channeled more punk influences like Misfits and Black Flag, The black parade saw them give vent to their love of Queen and expansive 1970s rock. In particular, they identified two classic concept albums from that era in David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars and Pink Floyd The wall.