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Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is the fourth and final studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance. Released on November 16, 2010 by Reprise Records, its songs are associated with the band's well known sound of alternative rock and pop punk, as well as new elements, including power pop, pop rock, and electronic rock. The inspiration for the album comes from contemporary rock, psychedelic rock, and protopunk bands of the sixties and seventies. In addition, the group has stated that there is a strong influence of cinema on the disc. Like its predecessor, The Black Parade (2006), it was produced from Rob Cavallo.
The album's recording process took over a year, in which the band recorded more than thirty-six songs, most of which were discarded because the band felt they were not a contribution to the genre. The final edition of the album and video clips created a theme for the album, similar to the movie Blade Runner. The album's story line follows a city in post-apocalyptic California in 2019, where a few outsiders called Killjoys fight against a corporation that controls the people. In 2013, frontman Gerard Way published a comic that continues the story described in the album.
To promote the album, the band embarked on a world tour, titled The World Contamination Tour. It lasted from October 2010 to February 2012, and included concerts in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania; the band also co-headlined the 10th Annual Honda Civic Tour with Blink-182. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, and at number 10 on the Billboard 200; it also appeared in the music charts in several other countries. By February 2011, Danger Days had sold over a million copies worldwide.
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
The Kids From Yesterday
The Only Hope for Me Is You
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When My Chemical Romance said they wanted their fourth album to be a stripped-down affair, warning sirens went off. You could imagine the huge choruses of their previous albums gone smudgy and restrained, sucked of life. For a band that has always prided itself on histrionics, on passion, on creating a show, it was an unnerving proposition. Would they become the latest thrilling punk band to drift helplessly towards the middle of the road?
Fortunately, what My Chemical Romance meant by "stripped-down" was getting back to the basics of what they love about making music. And you can understand why they wanted to. Perhaps when they were knee-deep in the controversy they faced while promoting The Black Parade - especially in this country, where they were accused of being behind an "emo cult" that glamorised suicide - perhaps they decided they'd had enough of all the posturing, all the judgement, and focusing on the music again was the only way to escape the madness.
Danger Days is the result: a fiendishly entertaining, brash and intelligent record that is shaped by the music they love: Queen, Green Day, Black Flag, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure… even Bon bloody Jovi. All classic influences, all bleeding together in an album that does that rare thing: combining the past to create something new, rubber-stamped with My Chemical Romance's unique vision.
This is an album of ambition and contrasts. For every fuzzy punk blur (Na Na Na, Party Poison, Vampire Money) there is a monumental, stadium-pleasing, hair-raising rock anthem (SING, S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W) that will get thousands of hands lifted into the air and voices singing in unison. There are synths and electronic bleeps (Planetary (GO!), The Kids from Yesterday), a shimmering pop song that Robert Smith would be proud of (Summertime), and one of the band's heaviest tracks to date (DESTROYA). Everything sounds fresh and reinvigorated. It sounds like it was fun to make.
My Chemical Romance have marked themselves out from their contemporaries with this release by being prepared to take risks, and by pulling it off. This is a band that never rests on its laurels, a band that embraces new ideas but also knows how to write killer choruses. The worry was that this record would turn out dull; the reality blows that concern out of the water.