By Hayden Wright
It’s hard to believe that My Chemical Romance’s The Black Parade was released one decade ago: Their sound helped define “emo” for a generation of high schoolers and late adolescents and the album’s title track, “Welcome to the Black Parade” is a cornerstone of its era. However, that launchpad for the band’s mainstream success started out as a collection of sounds and ideas, not yet refined into the throwback you know and love today.
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“Welcome to the Black Parade” started out as a song called “The Five of Us Are Dying,” which opens with a similar, spare piano intro building into its screaming chorus. My Chemical Romance released the “rough mix” in anticipation of The Black Parade‘s 10-year-anniversary re-issue in September. Though MCR disbanded in 2011, it’s nice to see emo kids of the aughts leaning into their “legacy phase.”