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Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Studio album by My Chemical Romance
Released June 8, 2004
Recorded October 2003 - January 2004
Genre Post-hardcore[1], alternative rock
Pop Punk [2]
Length 39:42
Label Reprise, Eyeball
Producer Howard Benson
Professional reviews
My Chemical Romance chronology
Like Phantoms, Forever
(2002)
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
(2004)
Warped Tour Bootleg Series
(2005)
Singles from Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
  1. "Thank You For The Venom"
    Released: November 1, 2004
  2. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
    Released: December 4, 2004
  3. "Helena"
    Released: March 3, 2005
  4. "The Ghost of You"
    Released: August 30, 2005

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is the second album by American rock band My Chemical Romance. Released on June 8, 2004 through Reprise Records, it was produced by Howard Benson. This was the bands first album to be released through Reprise Records.[3] The previous album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was released through Eyeball Records.[4]

Four successful singles were released from this album: "Thank You for the Venom", "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)", "Helena" and "The Ghost of You".[5][6]

Contents

Reception

Johnny Loftus of Allmusic wrote that "with the aid of production major-leaguer Howard Benson, they've edited the slight rookie excesses of I Brought You My Bullets You Brought Me Your Love, resulting in a rewarding, pretty damn relentless product." The album was awarded 4 out of 5 stars by Loftus.[7] Andy Greenwald of Blender thought that "Way’s gulping, gasping whine turns stompers like "I’m Not Okay (I Promise)" into after-school poetry". Greenwald praised the fact that Way integrated elements of his life into the songs on the album. He awarded the album 3 out of 5 stars.[8] JR of IGN wrote that it was "a good album" but "isn't nearly as varied or daring as it could have been". He ranked the episode 7.1 out of 10.[9] Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone said that "Revenge is a hell of a good time."[10] Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine wrote, that this album contained "twelve near-flawless songs and an interlude in thirty-nine minutes" and that "even when it lets up, [it] doesn’t let up".[11] Robert Christgau declared Three Cheers a dud. [12]

Response and band image

After the release of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, My Chemical Romance received an extremely positive response from mainstream communities, as shown by the popularity of their music videos on MTV, etc. However, they received some negative responses from the underground music communities. Factors that may have contributed to this shift in fan base are hypothesized to include: the band replacing Matt Pelissier with Bob Bryar on percussion; the band signing to a new label, Reprise Records; a change in image and style; and the fact that they had gained a measure of mainstream popularity.

It has been implied by the underground fan base that the band has abandoned their original stylistic roots. While critics categorized their previous album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, as alternative rock, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge has been alternately called punk, and emo by many reviewers, fans, and critics. Notably, My Chemical Romance's image changed right after the video shoot for "Helena" when they decided that they wanted to be a band with a uniform, from a post-hardcore image to a more punk fashion. Critics note their music video for "The Ghost of You", and the increase in amount of cosmetics the group uses when performing as evidence of this shift.

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge has sold over 1 million copies to date in the U.S. and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[13] It has also been certified Double Platinum in Canada and Gold in Ireland. In addition, a vinyl version of the album was released December 16, 2008. The album has received a Platinum sales certification in the UK. Unlike their previous album, this does contain the Parental Advisory label.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by My Chemical Romance

# Title Length
1. "Helena"   3:22
2. "Give 'Em Hell, Kid"   2:18
3. "To the End"   3:01
4. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison"   2:53
5. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"   3:08
6. "The Ghost of You"   3:23
7. "The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You"   3:37
8. "Interlude"   0:57
9. "Thank You for the Venom"   3:41
10. "Hang 'Em High"   2:47
11. "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Deathwish"   3:30
12. "Cemetery Drive"   3:08
13. "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living"   3:51
B-sides
# Title Appeared on Length
1. "Bury Me in Black" (Japanese version bonus track; demo) Japanese Edition, I'm Not Okay (I Promise), Life on the Murder Scene 2:37
2. "Jack the Ripper" (live; originally by Morrissey) Thank You for the Venom 4:02
3. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (radio edit) I'm Not Okay (I Promise) 3:16
4. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live from BBC Radio 1 Lock Up session) I'm Not Okay (I Promise) 2:51
5. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (live from MTV $2 Bill) I'm Not Okay (I Promise) 3:24
6. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (live from Sessions@AOL) Helena, Life on the Murder Scene 3:06
7. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us In Prison" (live from Sessions@AOL) Helena, Life on the Murder Scene 3:10
8. "Helena" (live from the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey) Helena 4:14
9. "The Ghost of You" (faded ending) The Ghost of You 3:16
10. "Helena" (live from San Diego on June 30, 2005) The Ghost of You, Warped Tour Bootleg Series 4:22
11. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (live from San Diego on June 30, 2005) The Ghost of You, Warped Tour Bootleg Series 2:59
12. "Cemetery Drive" (live from Las Cruces on June 28, 2005) The Ghost of You, Warped Tour Bootleg Series 2:58

Chart performance

Album

Chart Peak position
ARIA Charts 38[14]
Billboard 200 28[15]
RIANZ 30[16]
UK Albums Chart 34[17]

Singles

Year Song Peak chart positions
US US Mod
[18]
US Main
[18]
UK
[17]
NZ
[19]
AUS
[14]
2004 "Thank You for the Venom" 71
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 86 4 19 65
2005 "Helena" 33 11 20 27 78
"The Ghost of You" 84 9 38 27

Notes

The 11th track "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Deathwish" has the word 'fucking' in the title in the booklet but it is not shown as having that title on the back of the album.

Personnel

Band

Additional Musicians

Production

  • Howard Benson - Producer
  • Rich Costey - Mixing
  • Howard Benson - Mixing
  • Mike Plotnikoff - Recording
  • Paul Decarlli - Editing
  • Eric Miller - Engineering
  • Jon Nicholson - Drum Tech
  • Keith Nelson - Guitar Tech
  • Tom Baker - Mastering

Design

  • Photography: Justin Borucki - Photography
  • Gerard Way - Art
  • Mark Holley - Design Assistance

References

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:x28ibkd9sakz
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:x28ibkd9sakz
  3. ^ "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romance". Rhapsody. http://www.rhapsody.com/mychemicalromance/threecheersforsweetrevenge. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  4. ^ "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love by My Chemical Romance". Rhapsody. http://www.rhapsody.com/mychemicalromance/ibroughtyoumybulletsyoubroughtmeyourlove. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  5. ^ "My Chemical Romance: Singles and EPs (Page 1)". MSN. http://music.msn.com/music/artist-albums/my-chemical-romance/?gtm=3&si3=1&ipp=25. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  6. ^ "My Chemical Romance: Singles and EPs (Page 2)". MSN. http://music.msn.com/music/artist-albums/my-chemical-romance/?gtm=3&si3=26&ipp=25. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  7. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge: Review". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:x28ibkd9sakz. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  8. ^ Greenwald, Alan. "Emo goes to Broadway on New Jersey rockers’ histrionic second album". Blender. http://www.blender.com/guide/reviews.aspx?id=2561. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  9. ^ "My Chemical Romance — Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge". IGN. 2005-09-20. http://uk.music.ign.com/articles/652/652354p1.html. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  10. ^ Miller, Kirk (2004-07-08). "Album Reviews: My Chemical Romance". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/mychemicalromance/albums/album/6087106/review/6185205/three_cheers_for_sweet_revenge. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  11. ^ Mathers, Ian (2004-08-19). "My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge". Stylus Magazine. http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/my-chemical-romance/three-cheers-for-sweet-revenge.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert. "My Chemical Romance". robertchristgau.com. http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?id=5571&name=My+Chemical+Romance. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  13. ^ RIAA certifications for My Chemical Romance
  14. ^ a b "My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (album)". ARIA. http://www.australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=My+Chemical+Romance&titel=Three+Cheers+For+Sweet+Revenge&cat=a. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  15. ^ "Artist Chart History — My Chemical Romance". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.chartFormatGroupName=Albums&model.vnuArtistId=489806&model.vnuAlbumId=798775. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  16. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". RIANZ. http://www.rianz.org.nz/rianz/chart.asp. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  17. ^ a b "everyHit.com - UK Top 40 Chart Archives". everyHit. http://www.everyhit.com/searchsec.php. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  18. ^ a b "Artist Chart History - My Chemical Romance". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=489806&model.vnuAlbumId=1144893. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  19. ^ "My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade". New Zealand Charts. http://charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=My+Chemical+Romance&titel=The+Black+Parade&cat=a. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 

Simple English

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge is the second studio album by band My Chemical Romance. Released on June 8, 2004 through Reprise Records, Four singles were released from this album: "Thank You For The Venom", "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)", "Helena" and "The Ghost of You".[1][2]

Contents

Track listing

All songs written and composed by My Chemical Romance
# Title Length
1. "Helena"   3:22
2. "Give 'Em Hell, Kid"   2:18
3. "To the End"   3:01
4. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison"   2:53
5. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"   3:08
6. "The Ghost of You"   3:23
7. "The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You"   3:37
8. "Interlude"   0:57
9. "Thank You for the Venom"   3:41
10. "Hang 'Em High"   2:47
11. "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Deathwish"   3:30
12. "Cemetery Drive"   3:08
13. "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living"   3:51
14. "Bury Me in Black[3]" (Japanese version bonus track; demo) 2:37

Singles

Year Song Peak chart positions
US Mod
[4]
US Main
[4]
UK
[5]
NZ
[6]
AUS
[7]
2004 "Thank You for the Venom" 71
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 4 19 38 65
2005 "Helena" 11 20 27 78
"The Ghost of You" 9 38 27 39

Notes

The 11th track It's Not a Fashion Statement it's a Deathwish has the word 'fucking' in the title on the CD itself but it is not shown as having that title on the back of the album.

Staff

Band

Additional Musicians

  • Bert McCracken - Additional vocals on "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison"
  • Keith Morris - Additional Vocals on "Hang 'Em High"
  • Rinat - Additional Vocals on "The Ghost of You"
  • Howard Benson - 1958 Hammond B3

Production

  • Howard Benson - Producer
  • Rich Costey - Mixing
  • Howard Benson - Mixing
  • Mike Plotnikoff - Recording
  • Paul Decarlli - Editing
  • Eric Miller - Engineering
  • Jon Nicholson - Drum Tech
  • Keith Nelson - Guitar Tech
  • Tom Baker - Mastering

Design

  • Photography: Justin Borucki - Photography
  • Gerard Way - Art
  • Mark Holley - Design Assistance

References








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