I'm not proud to admit this, but my favorite band of all time when I was growing up was My Chemical Romance
. No, I didn't just like
them, I loved
them. I owned their entire discography, including b-sides and unreleased demos. I bought every live DVD along with special edition box sets that came with those Black Parade masks
. I attended every show in the tri-state area. My friend and I filmed ourselves dressed up as Gerard Way, with slicked back hair, blood red ties, and smudged black eyeliner as we lip synced to "Helena" and acted out the scene where Way carries a coffin out in the rain. I knew every detail of every band member's life. They were genuinely my favorite band of all time. It was some dark shit. And my mother -- she never expressed any fear of me staying that way forever, because I guess she just knew that this was a normal phase for teens. It's totally cool if that's actually who you are, but personally I'm happy to have grown out of that stage.
The broken-up band tweeted this mysterious teaser a few weeks ago and naturally, 12 year old Kirsten was internally freaking out:
And now, the secret is out. Unfortunately, they're not getting back together *a single tear runs down the emo girl's cheek*, but it's been 10 years (10 years? 10 YEARS?!) since MCR released their extremely successful concept album, The Black Parade,
and now they're celebrating its anniversary. With MCR opening up the vaults, I started reminiscing about all of the other emo band ghosts in my closet and thought it'd be fun to have a nostalgic throwback session. Here are 10 songs that made me want to dye my hair black and pierce my tongue.
1. "Mama" by My Chemical Romance
Well since we're already on the topic of MCR, might as well start with this. When I was younger, I loved The Black Parade
in its entirety, so it was hard to pick one track. But I went with this because I love how theatrical it is, Liza Minnelli's small part is super special, and it is sooo much fun to sing... No, I don't sing along to this when I'm alone...
2. "Situations" by Escape The Fate
This song is easily another classic for me -- I remember screaming along to this with my friends in the basement (seriously, where was my mom during all of this?) and it's still so catchy. I don't see why this ever went out of style, I could see Robin Thicke singing something similar to this today...
3. "crushcrushcrush" by Paramore
When Paramore was just beginning to blow up -- what a great time in our lives it was. They had so many hits, like "Ignorance," and "That's What You Get." In a land filled with death black suits and ties, Hayley Williams was one of the few powerhouse frontwomen to break through the noise and actually continue to stay on top.
4. "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers
I'm sure you saw this one coming, didn't you? It's a no-brainer. I remember reading magazines like J-14 and Seventeen (because they totally loved featuring emo artists, right?) and seeing tabloid pics of Brandon Flowers sporting guyliner... That's not relevant to the music at all. I'm just reminiscing.
5. "I Miss You" by Blink-182
The video for this song played on MTV only about a hundred times a day when I was growing up. Mark Hoppus wearing nail polish, everyone dressed like vampires, spiders, and some creepy doll-like women kissing in a haunted house... Once again, WHERE WAS MY MOM WHILE I WAS WATCHING THIS?
6. "Untitled" by Simple Plan
I remember watching this on MTV and bawling my eyes out. It's pretty gruesome for a young girl to watch someone get in a car accident and then get taken away in an ambulance in the pouring rain while Simple Plan is screaming this very emo-tional song.
7. "Sugar, We're Goin Down" by Fall Out Boy
OHHHHH #TBT. I have to say that the one thing all of these songs have in common is that they're all really catchy. I can still remember each lyric like it was yesterday.
8. "Jude Law and A Semester Abroad" by Brand New
I don't think Jesse Lacey ever quite grew out of this phase, since he's still making incredibly emo music, for lack of better words. "I hope the next boy that you kiss has something terribly contagious on his lips,"
So angry, Lacey...
9. "Timberwolves at New Jersey" by Taking Back Sunday
In response to The Echoplex's emo night, "Taking Back Tuesday," TBS frontman Adam Lazzara said
, "I don't want to become a parody of something I take real seriously. That's the line that those people are walking. They need to understand that they've got to take care with that sh*t. You don't make shirts that say, 'Sad as f*ck.' Like you're making a f*cking joke out of it? F*ck you." We don't know, Lazzara, you do
sound pretty sad right now.
10. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" by Panic! At The Disco"
Another video that made quite a few rounds on MTV. Between Brendan Urie's voice, theatric acting, and masquerade costume, it was the perfect 2005 emo hit.
*BONUS*: "Shake It" by Metro Station
This is a bonus because it can pass for "emo dance pop." The lyrics and music aren't necessarily emo, but Miley Cyrus' bro is hardcore and it came out around the same time as all the other emo stuff.