My Chemical Romance‘s 2006 LP The Black Parade was incredible for many reasons.
Not only did it make military jackets cool again, it was more than just an album. It was a fully-fledged rock opera packed with incredible songs that were wringing with raw, tactile emotion.
And none more so than the disc’s title track, Welcome To The Black Parade.
The number #1 charting single is a poignant and dark epic that begins wistfully and nostalgically before soaring to a huge, rousing climax. And the biggest reason it’s so affecting is because of frontman Gerard Way’s insane vocal performance.
Way’s voice cracks and breaks with heart-wrenching emotion as he repeats the powerful lyrics in verse 2: “When I was a young boy / My father took me into the city / To see a marching band / He said, ‘Son when you grow up / Would you be the saviour of the broken / The beaten and the damned?'”
And as if it wasn’t already amazing enough in the context of the song, a new recording that isolates Way’s vocals shines even more light on the fucking heart and fucking soul that one of rock’s most theatrical frontmen put into this single performance.
Listen: My Chemical Romance – Welcome To The Black Parade (Gerard Way Isolated Vocal Track)