As we approach the 20th anniversary of My Chemical Romance I brought you my bullets, you brought me your love, we recalled a trifle in the CD’s liner notes. Among the dedications from singer Gerard Way was an apology that raised eyebrows: “I’m sorry I wrote all this stuff about killing you.”
balls began the story of Demolition Lovers, a concept that has continued Cheers to sweet revenge. Fans will surely be familiar with the second album’s tagline: “The tale of a man, a woman, and the corpses of a thousand evil men.”
one thousand? Not as a whole Halloween We’ve seen such a high number of kills in the franchise and we’re only two albums into it! So what exactly is the body count in the MCR catalogue?
We went album by album to count actual deaths (music video portrayals, direct song lyrics) and estimated the implied ones using researched averages (average number of people in a wedding party, average number of friends, house show capacities, etc.) Find Find out how deadly the MCR collection is.
Note: for the purposes of this article, we will only be discussing the conceptual “death”, in the spirit of horror movie kill count videos. The members of My Chemical Romance are very open about actual violence.
Album: “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love”
“We can wash down that engagement ring / With poison and kerosene / And we’ll laugh / When we die / And we’ll celebrate the end of things with cheap champagne.” – “Drowning Lesson”
Dear diary, basically every track on this album has a body count – usually at least two per song. However, most of the songs seem to refer to the repeated death(s) of the Demolition Lovers, so we’ll try to avoid double counting. The track “Drowning Lessons” is the first to mention “a thousand bodies piled up” without intending to stop.
Additionally, the album explores how to kill a zombie lover, get gunned down in the desert, and stake vampires – making it hands down the album with the highest mortality rate.
Deaths: Impaled Vampire, Man in “Honey” Video, Woman in “Vampires” Video, Zombie Lovers, “1,000 Piled Bodies”, “Think Happy Thoughts”, Demolition Lovers
In total: ~1,007
Album: ‘Three Cheers to Sweet Revenge’
“Well, never again / And never again / They shot us two in the back of the head / And we’re all dead now.” – “I never told you what I do for a living”
Let’s elaborate on the concept of the “corpses of a thousand bad men.” Basically, one of the demolition lovers makes a deal with the devil to bring him the bodies of a thousand bad men to be reunited with his dead lover.
Spoiler alert: after doing all that nasty shit, he ends up being number 1,000 and is reunited with her in death. Methods of murder used on this album include death by cyanide, stabbing and – of course – the heartbreaking moment in The Ghost Of You video when Mikey is gunned down during WWII.
Deaths: A wedding party, “they”, dying wish, Hotel Bella Muerte, coffin door, bathroom floor, us
Total kills: ~14
Album: ‘The Black Parade’
“Did you hear the news that you are dead?” -“DEAD!”
The Black Parade follows the story of The Patient entering the afterlife after dying from cancer. Presumably many of the characters he meets on his journey are either also dead or memories. If we count the patient’s death just once, we have whole groups of people going to hell and others making people “pay for the things they did.”
Fatalities: Patience, she, you, shit I done, we (troupe), “make ’em pay”
Total Kills: ~38
Album: ‘The Black Parade is Dead!’
“So we want to let you know that we are filming this tonight because this is the final performance of The Black Parade… FOREVER! And we wanted to come here, to Mexico, to kill them properly!” —Gerard Way, introduction to “Disenchanted”
As the title suggests, in this 2007 live performance DVD, the fictional band The Black Parade “died” in Mexico.
Deaths: The Black Parade (band)
Total Kills: 5
“Sparks against the rail / Distant phantoms howl / Sail through the windshield / With these airbags now failing” —“Give up the night”
Conventional weapons make death counting much more difficult because of a specific song. “Make room!!!” alludes to the dystopian overpopulation in the 1966 science fiction novel Make room! Make room! By Harry Harrison. In said novel, New York’s population reaches 35 million. Resources are limited and many corpses are piling up. According to Cinemorgue, there are 6 verifiable kills in the film Soylent Green based on said novel, so let’s just go with it.
Deaths: “Pistol.” (uncountable, war), friends/tragic ending, me, “kill the girls”, stacked coffins, car crash
Total kills: ~19
“Danger Days: The Real Life of the Fabulous Killjoys”
“I hate you/kill everyone!” —“Zero Percent”
My Chemical Romance broke fans’ hearts in 2010 when they killed all four of their Killjoys’ alter egos in the “SING” music video. However, they gave as best they could, beaming at at least 16 members of Better Living Industries. It also hints (albeit in Japanese) that the Killjoys are bombing an entire party, that there is nuclear war and self-sacrifice, and that the B-side “Zero Percent” literally talks about killing Everyone.
Fatalities: Jet Star, Kobra Kid, Party Poison, Fun Ghoul, Music Video Draculoids (34+), kill every (uncountable), kill the party
Total Kills: ~58
Album: ‘The Mad Gear And Missile Kid’ EP
“Yes, I drink juice when I kill/because it’s freaking delicious” —“Black Dragon Battle Society”
There are no verifiable published lyrics for this three-song EP, so we had to make some guesses here. The line above is taken directly from a panel in the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys Comic delivered by Val Velocity after dusting off at least two Draculoids. There are also possible references to drowning and a nice nod to mafia violence in Mastas Of Ravenkroft.
Deaths: “The Cosa Nostra Steakhouse”, Draculoids
Total Kills: ~10
Combined kill count from each release
So that brings us to a total kill count of at least 1,151 across the entire My Chemical Romance oeuvre.
Eat your heart out, Michael Myers.