My Chemical Romance: Broken But Remembered

William J. Brown

The world of rock n’ roll shook recently as alternative rock band My Chemical Romance (MCR) announced its break up on March 22, 2013 via website after 12 years of hardcore music making. If there was ever time to reflect and remember the band’s accomplishments and great music, now is that time.

It is hard to believe that less than seven years ago I was locked in my room enjoying the artistic sound of MCR’s album The Black Parade on my portable CD player while tossing a football in the air. I remember first hearing the song “Welcome to the Black Parade” and instantly dropping the ball on my face and hitting the repeat button; I had never heard a song so eye-opening and entertaining. To hear that they are no longer together leaves a hole in my heart that will never be filled.

The band’s reason for breaking up was posted on LoudWire.com:

“Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would.  We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible.  We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end.  Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”

My Chemical Romance has a long list of accomplishments to show off as listed by LoudWire.com:

The Black Parade winning a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package, the Kerang! Award in 2006 for Best Band in the World (beating out Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold), the Kerang! Award in 2007 for Best International Band, the Kerang! Award for best album (“Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”) and best video (“Helena”) in 2005, nominated in 2005 for the MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist, Best Rock Video (“Helena”), and Best Choreography in a Video (“Helena”), nominated for the TRL Italy Award for Best New Artist, the TRL Award in 2006 for Best Group That Actually Plays, nominated in 2006 for the MTV Asia Awards for Favorite Rock Act, Favorite Breakthrough Artist, and Favorite Video (“Helena”), NME Award in 2007 for Best International Band, and two 15th Annual Music Video Production Awards won for Best Colorist/Telecine (“Helena”) and Best Styling (“Ghost of You”)

But this list, as most true fans would agree, is not the reason MCR will have a special place in the hearts of so many. The reason is because their music is gratifying and distinctive. My Chemical Romance held onto the hearts of fans with lyrics such as “And through it all, the rise and fall, the bodies in the streets. And when you’re gone we want you all to know, we’ll carry on,” from the song “Welcome to the Black Parade,” and “Well if you wanted honesty, that’s all you had to say. I never want to let you down or have you go, its better off this way,” from the song “I’m Not Okay (I Promise).”

Even though they are no longer together, their music will be successful and remembered. MCR is truly a band of unique posture and electrifying sound. They will may be broken, but they will always be remembered.