A phenomenon like My Chemical Romance only comes along once in a generation. It’s no exaggeration to say that their songs changed lives and continue to resonate with a power that’s sewn them into our collective cultural fabric. Even if you don’t like the band you’ll know the one about not being okay, the one about carrying on, and the one that goes ‘na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na’. That’s just what happens when artists get so big their ubiquity turns the music into a shared lived experience.
But we’re not here for that. We’re here digging for jewels buried deep in the darker recesses of their catalogue. We’re here to shine a light on those songs that even fans of the band might not know so well. If you are a fan, hopefully you’ll discover at least one ‘new’ favourite among them. Beyond these, there are apparently countless lost MCR songs out there still. Existing largely as just titles with lots of associated rumour and speculation, one day we might come to know more about the mythical Nine Volt Heart, First Chance or the scrapped songs of The Paper Kingdom project. Maybe one day we’ll even hear something.
Until then, here are 10 dusty gems from the My Chem vaults you can listen to, each one of which we reckon is worth a little more of everyone’s time and love.