MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE – HELENA

First time covering this band for me, in my attempt to mix it up a bit.



Album: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

Released: June 8, 2004
Label: Reprise

Album Cover – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

My Chemical Romance (often abbreviated as MCR) was an American rock band from Newark, New Jersey, active from 2001 to 2013. The band was formed by frontman Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier soon after the September 11 attacks. Witnessing the World Trade Center towers fall influenced Way’s life to the extent that he decided to start a band. Way wrote the song “Skylines and Turnstiles” to express his feelings about September 11 and shortly thereafter, Ray Toro was recruited as the band’s guitarist because at the time Way could not sing and play the guitar simultaneously. The name of the band was suggested by bass guitarist Mikey Way, younger brother of Gerard, who was working in a Barnes & Noble when he was struck by the title of a book by Irvine Welsh named Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is the band’s second studio album, released on June 8, 2004. It is My Chemical Romance’s first release through Reprise. Their first and previous album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was released through Eyeball Records. It is the band’s final release to feature drummer Matt Pelissier, who would later be replaced by Bob Bryar. The album was certified platinum in less than a year from its release. The album has sold over one million copies in the United States.

My Chemical Romance and Green Day at The Recording Academy Honors in 2006


In Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, My Chemical Romance produced a cleaner sound than that of what they produced in I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. The album was a success for both the band and the label, although it did meet with mixed reception. The album lifted the popularity for My Chemical Romance more than I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love had. Gerard Way has described the album as a “pseudo-conceptual horror story”. The album’s concept is described as “A story of a man, a woman, and the corpses of 1000 evil men” on the back cover of the album. Way has stated that “The concept for the record Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, was the story of a man and a woman who are separated by death in a gunfight and he goes to hell only to realize by the devil telling him that she’s still alive. The devil says he can be with her again if he brings the devil the souls of a thousand evil men and the man agrees to do it, and so the devil hands him a gun. That was the idea behind the concept, the record ended up being much more about loss and real life than anything, so I would say it’s a good split.”

My Chemical Romance


Fun Fact

This song is partially about the death of lead singer Gerard Way’s grandmother, Elena Lee Rush. She taught Gerard how to draw, paint and sing, and she gave him his first car. The song is dedicated to her, as is the CD. She is mainly who the part “Can you hear me? Are you near me?” is for. But this song also starts the concept of the CD. A man and a woman (Helena) die in a car crash (“When both our cars collide”), except the woman doesn’t really die, the man only thinks she has. The man is sent to Hell. This song is a mourning for Helena’s “death” by the man. He is wishing he could see her again and is giving his last goodbyes (“So long and goodnight”).

My Chemical Romance performing live in the rain in Memphis, Tennesseeduring the last leg of their Black Parade World Tour (2008).


Video Credits

Filmed by Marc Liscio @ 1st Degree Entertainment
Drums Mixed by Kevin Majorino
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