My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (2010)
I'm gonna say it... This is the best album by Gerard Way and co. I was 12 when 'The Black Parade' came out, many of my friends were going through their 'scene/emo' phase, yet I just never fell in love with it. The singles are great, I love everything I have ever heard Rob Cavallo produce and it is a fantastic album, but it's still not in my record collection. In 2011 I went with a mob of 50 school friends to Leeds Festival, headlined by MCR on the Saturday night. 48 of my alcohol-soaked, constipated cohort insisted on watching The Horrors elsewhere. I hadn't listened to The Horrors and I wasn't the biggest MCR fan, but I did like them, so myself and a lad called Frankie Jackson, who I haven't seen properly for about six years, decided to stand at the back, give it a few songs and if they were pants, sack it off and join the others at The Horrors.
After a countdown of ten seconds by an Asian lady on the screens, the lights lifted and the psycho child-like riff of 'Na Na Na' emerged from the center of the stage and when the drums entered, they punched everyone in the face sending the crowd into a rawkus frenzy of unexpected elation. We turned to each other and just said 'Ohhh this is gonna be good' and charged to the very middle and it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. A few songs later, the sirens sounded and the party jam of 'Planetary [Go]' erupted, converting us all into hardcore dance fans. It was at this point I knew I had to go back home and listen to 'Danger Days' from start to finish and I really appreciated the combination of MC5-like rock 'n' roll meets sci-fi themes, with great credibility. Set in a post-apocalyptic California in 2019, it's experimental, it's loud and it's playfully angry. Other highlights include 'Party Poison' and 'Vampire Money'.
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