22. October 2006 · Comments Off on They Have My Attention (MCR Edition) · Categories: Rant, That's Entertainment!

I caught My Chemical Romance on SNL last night performing, “The Black Parade.” I don’t know their music. I’m not an emo/goth kind of guy other than I think Goth Chicks are hot around this time of year…okay, any time of year, I’ll admit the fetish. If they weren’t all children I’d be in a lot of trouble. I’ve said too much haven’t I?

From the clips I’ve just sampled I don’t think I’ll be picking up their earlier albums to get caught up. I don’t think I’m going to try to make it to one of their shows because…everyone would assume I’m a ticket taker or security guard.

They do however have my attention and I’m probably going to be picking up this album once it’s available for download. The reviews I’ve read compare it to, “A Night at the Opera,” “American Idiot,” “Sgt Pepper(!!!!),” and “The Wall.” Other than “The Wall” that’s some amazing company. I’m not going to bore you yet again with my opinion of what’s wrong with “The Wall.” Just accept that I think it’s crap, ‘k? The thing that worries me most about “The Black Parade” is that the “hero” seems to have daddy issues and you know…Everclear already has a new album out. I’m going to give this a chance though because musically, I liked what I heard.

So “The Black Parade” is a concept album, and possible even the new name for My Chemical Romance if this new sound works for them. Concept albums, for good or evil, are back. I think that’s a good thing. I mean think about some of the great concept albums. I’ve mentioned a few already, but how about “Breakfast in America,” “Leftoverature,” “Children of the Sun.” You know and I know that we spent wayyyyy too many hours listening to those albums with headphones firmly around our ears. It’s good that the youngsters have some headphone earbud candy, and it’s also nice that something from today’s music has risen from the clutter to get my attention. I find most current music absolute dreck.

Face it, when Tenacious D is in the top 10 on iTunes, for a pre-release, music has issues. Tenacious D are so funny my ribs hurt, they’re even musically pleasing, but how the HELL did they rise to the top? It’s October. All the good “school’s in” albums should be out by now and Jack Black’s humor is outselling Rod Stewart. Granted, Rod Stewart has become Barry Manilow, but do you understand the inherent wrongness there?

Anyway, you can probably catch the video for “The Black Parade” on almost any video site this weekend. If you’re a Tim Burton fan, you’ll love the look of this thing, and if you’re not give it a listen anyway.

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