Week 9 Recommendations: Helena – My Chemical Romance, Rose-Colored Boy – Paramore, The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

Helena – My Chemical Romance:

“What’s the worst thing I can say, things are better if I stay, so long and goodnight, so long and goodnight…”

Gerard Way’s eerie vocals starts the song off, with the distorted guitar, bass, and drums coming in soon after. With a stadium-ready chorus and hook, Helena is a song that will definitely get your blood pumping and head bobbing.

This song is off their second studio album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. The song spans genres of punk rock, emo, and hints of gothic rock. NME described the song as “[spawning] a hybrid that ensured black clothes and eyeliner became, once again, teenage rebellion’s default setting.”

Listen here on YouTube: here

Listen here on Spotify: here


Rose-Colored Boy – Paramore:

“Rose-colored boy, I hear you making all that noise, about the world you want to see, and oh, I’m so annoyed, ’cause I just killed off what was left of the optimist in me…”

Behind this upbeat and bouncy piece is lyrics that reflect Hayley’s dark and intimate thoughts about her relations with others (especially Jeremy Davis, Paramore’s former bassist)…

‘Rose-Colored Boy’ is off Paramore’s latest album, After Laughter. This song, with its choppy sampling and bright synth tones, is considered synth-pop and pop rock. Like the rest of the album, the song also contains hints of influence from new wave music from the 80s.

Listen here on YouTube: here

Listen here on Spotify: here


The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance:

This album contains the average emo’s essential and favorite songs…

The Black Parade is the third studio album of American rock band My Chemical Romance. It was released on October 24, 2006, and was critically acclaimed by many critics at the time. MCR combines their signature ‘screamo’ sound with crunchy, distorted 70’s rock guitars, producing a record that will ‘carry on’ in all the scene kid’s hearts…

Notable Songs:

Welcome to the Black Parade: Spotify / YouTube

Famous Last Words: Spotify / YouTube

I Don’t Love You: Spotify / YouTube


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