Announcing The Black Parade: Doing My Part For My Chemical Romance

October 24th, 2006

I love boys who wear makeup.

Seriously, all it takes is a thick slash of eyeliner and I’m like ooh la la.

The only thing that’s better than boys who wear makeup is boys who wear makeup while singing punk rock songs of the macabre …

Oh and organic raisins kick ass too.

But anywayz …

Today is a very special day, dear hannihaus readers. Today, My Chemical Romance—my very favorite boys who wear makeup—released their stellar third album, a goth opera called The Black Parade.

And like the , the album is *awesome.*

In honor of this momentous occasion, I will do as I did for National Day of Slayer (6.6.06) and I will rock.

I will rock like my name’s Gwen Stef-hänni.

And when I feel like I can’t rock any longer, that’s when I’m gonna start rocking even more.

Because that’s what being a fan is all about.

… Unless you’re made of metal and you have paddles. In which case, being a fan is all about swooshing air around.

Of course, if you’re my Popi you do a good job of swooshing air around *without* the aid of paddles. The aid of broccoli, cheese and eggs, however, seems to be requisite.

Life is a real gas at Popi’s house. But I digress.

Anyhow, my plan for this most exciting of days is to spend the next 8+ hours streaming My Chemical Romance. If you’d like to join along, —->click here and listen to the new CD<----.

Tell me what you think in comments.

Or just talk to me about your underwear or something.



31 Haus Calls for “Announcing The Black Parade: Doing My Part For My Chemical Romance”

  1. mmat Says:

    i didn’t realize that there was a national day of slayer, though that day is pretty much every day for me.

    but if slayer knew that you listened to My Chemical Romance, they’d probably tear you a new one.

    though you may find that interesting. all depends on what you’re into i s’pose.

  2. Hänni Says:

    mmat–You don’t think Slayer would like My Chemical Romance with their girl jeans, eyeliner and emo haircuts? Unbelievable!

  3. mmat Says:

    well, they might like them if they were all in prison eh?

  4. MTV Intern Says:


    I’m an intern working at MTV and I came across your blog. We’re doing a lot of promotion for My Chemical Romance and their CD that came out today, The Black Parade, and I noticed you were into it. John Norris did an interview with MCR on Friday, and we just put it up on our Web site:

    See it featured on:

    Here’s a link to the online feature/transcript (which also has links
    to the video):

    Here’s a link straight to the Overdrive show/video interview:

    Check it out, or even post the links on your site if you want, and enjoy TBP!

  5. DaReaVeRoFBiTS Says:

    you really didnt call this emo crap punk rawk did you?

  6. Hänni Says:

    mmat–Interestingly enough, My Chemical Romance has a song called “You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison.” A key lyric involves doing pushups in drag. I’ll send it to you, if you’d like.

    MTV Intern–will post your links more prominently. Thanks.

    DaReaVeRoFBiTS–My Chemical Romance *is not* emo. Dashboard Confessional, Yellowcard, Jimmy Eat World, Bright Eyes <—- that crap is emo. (But I still really love it). Let’s meet in the middle. We’ll call MCR “screamo,” k?

  7. Amber Says:

    WHAT THE HELL IS EMO anyway? I’m so (sob) confused (sniff)!

    I don’t know about the national day of slayer, I’m more of a national day of Tool kinda girlie. The eyeliner weirds me out…BUT there is something about Gerard and his makeup habits that makes me weak. (I’m not allowed to admit that at home though!)

  8. mmat Says:

    hmmm… well, i s’pose i can’t say that they suck before i actually hear any of the music right? send the track over.

  9. popi Says:

    PpfffffrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuP. OPPS! Was that me?? Yer Maaa says: “It’s not the broccoli that gives you gas, my love. It’s life that gives you gas.” I say nothing wrong with life being a gas. I figure as long as one of us is reasonable about it then let er rip. I taught someone not to put her head under the covers once. Well, OK, maybe more than once. At least she’s not mad at me anymore. Hmmm. Wait a minute. On second thought, maybe she is still mad at me. She made chili for dinner with a side of collard greens. Then she left for the evening but not before asking me to install a new light in the closet. And, she specifically said to wait until after I ate dinner. Paranoid, you say?? Well maybe so but if Lincoln had been paranoid he might still be alive today. So, they’re not a blues band, eh?

  10. Cze-Johnson Carrie Says:

    and alllllllll I can really say now is that I heart popi.

    (we’re more of a metallica and rob zombie house, with a whole lotta disco on the side… but I’ll give a listen to MCR.)

  11. DaReaVeRoFBiTS Says:

    To all the emo kids… look at your shoes!!!

  12. spanky Says:

    hanni, hanni, hanni, boys in makeup…just not right. now boys with muscle and are o’natural, now thats what i call good looking!! no smeared eyeliner for me. do u think blake would ever wear makeup for u?? that would be funny.
    much love!!

  13. spanky Says:

    oh ya and boys that dont wear tight pants are also on my list..haha
    there’s just something about boys in skinny strectch pants that makes me laugh. it’s NOT o’natural. hahaha

  14. kerrianne Says:

    Is it just me, or does the lead singer look like he just walked off the set of “Children of the Corn: The Angsty Teenage Years.” ?

    * ducks *

    For those about to rock. We (or you know, I) salute you.

  15. mmat Says:

    k, i’ve listened to the track. kind of reminds me of some old-school rock with unnecessary guitar solos. figure i’ll download the album and give it a try (just don’t tell Kerry King i said that cuz he’d probably head-butt me).

  16. meno Says:

    My daughter had me stop on the way home from school yesterday so she could buy the CD. The first song is called “The End” followed by “Dead!” So it’s an album of tender love songs, near as i can figure.

  17. ScottyGee Says:

    Well, I bought the album because the reviews were praising the album like mad. It has a lot of variety and it’s produced well. My problem with it is that there are no real sing along songs or songs that really move me. It’s just sort of there. It’s not moving. It’s well done and some of the tracks are good, but Green Day’s concept album was much better. I am not a Green Day fan, but they did well with that album and it had some rock to it. This album sort of just meanders between sounding like Queen or Thin Lizzy. I was hoping for a lot more heavy stuff from them. Teenage girls will dig this. I’d give it a 6 out of 10. The last album was better.

  18. gary Says:

    Is your name really Gwen Stef-Hanni? I never knew that. Cool.

  19. mmat Says:

    well - because i’m such a rebel i decided not to get the new album, but grabbed the album for the track you sent me. on the 1-10 scale - 1 being Mr. Big and 10 being Slayer - i’d have to say they rank at a 7. not too bad, but kind of like listening to the same song with different lyrics a whole lot. If i were to pay for one of their albums, i think it would have to be a Greatest Hits album.

    though if you like these guys for their music, and not just because they’re pretty boys, then try listening to Billy Talent. Canadian band that sounds just like these guys, but i think they try a little bit harder.

  20. Erin Says:

    Hmm…boys in make-up aren’t really my thing, but the guy with the white hair looks a little like Jonny Lee Miller’s character “Sick Boy” in Trainspotting.

  21. Hänni Says:

    Amber–hey girlie! Emo is short for emotional music–that is, teeny rocker music that usually involves skinny boys singing about breaking up with their girlfriends. I’ve known about emo as a genre since like 1998 back when it was underground, only because I was dating a little Art Star back then who was all into that stuff. Here’s urban dictionary’s take.

    As for Gerard Way’s droolworthiness, I second it. There’s something really special about guys who wear hot pants and horror makeup…

    Popi–Nope, not the blues … or the greens either … but sometimes they’ve got a case of the mean reds.

    Cze-Johnson Carrie–I can’t fault you for metal/industrial/disco habits. At least you aren’t listening to Mariah Carey!


    Spanky–Boys who have muscles? Blah! I’ve *never* been into that. And as to your question if Angelface would wear makeup, I think that’d be a big no. But that’s why we’re fun. He’s a little bit country, I’m a little bit rock n’ roll.

    kerrianne–Actually, the lead singer, Gerard (or as I call him, Geeheart), used to have gorgeous black hair. He dyed it blonde so he would look “sickly” b/c he was kind of channeling the main character on the new cd who is “The Patient”, a boy who dies tragically young from cancer.

    mmat–Sweet! Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is a great place to start, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t really get into them until I saw them perform live. If you get the opportunity go to a My Chem show. It’s very theatrical and high energy. You will thank me and then you’ll *really* understand why I love boys who wear makeup (esp. the boys from My Chemical Romance).

    I will give Billy Talent a try. Are they goth inspired as well? (I love the dark imagery. Case in point: Alkaline Trio’s This Must Be Love is one of my favorite songs. Nothing says “I love you” like a song about dismemberment)

    Meno–Your daughter sounds like such a cool girl and what excellent taste she has in music! lol about the love songs!

    ScottyGee–I personally think The Black Parade is better than American Idiot, but that’s b/c–while I agree with the statement American Idiot made–in general I’m not much of a political person.

    True, the new MCR isn’t as hard-charging as Bullets or Revenge, but I’m digging concept and theatrical elements very much!

    gary–I only go by Gwen Stef-Hänni on days when I really need to rock… which is basically like every day.

    Erin–Yeah I know you’re into sports dude-type guys. So is that good he looks like Sick Boy or not?

  22. Janet Says:

    I always felt the same way about boys who wore makeup. The right boys that is. I dont know what that says about me.

  23. Erin Says:

    I’ve liked all types in my day. It is definitely good that he looks like Sick Boy because dirty slacker is still hot, especially if they have British or Scottish accents.

  24. Erin Says:

    Lol …I like how I get 2 asterisks next to my link at the haus ;)

  25. stampydurst Says:

    So, I totally ignored this post originally b/c I really can’t stand the emo boys with their eye-liner and thin pants. But then I heard “My Black Parade” on the radio and fell in love. Just one more lesson that first impressions aren’t always right.

    p.s. I think I love Scotty Gee for his reference to Thin Lizzy. I still have a Thin Lizzy cassette.

  26. Amber Says:

    Hanni-San, thank you oh wise one for your confirmation of what I had believed to be Emo. And sadly, thank you for confirming that I find it to be one of the most annoying genres in music. HA!

    A 17 year old angsty boy in skinny jeans and eyeliner? Get that boy dirty and hand him a pair. Then maybe I’ll listen to his sad song.

    You, however ROCK! and I think everyone needs a little country (only a little) in their lives!

  27. JB Says:

    I’m not wearing any underwear. However, I *am* wearing pajama bottoms. They’re green-and-blue plaid. I wouldn’t be wearing them either, but the nice men who are waterproofing my basement showed up unexpectedly and I had to move my car.

    Yes, that’s right, I went outside commando in pajama bottoms. Because I am a risk-taker. A rebel. You really never know what to expect from me, I’m just that unpredictable. They should think about locking me away, I’m so out there on the edge.

    Oh, and a pair of navy-blue Crocs, because it’s chilly and my tootsies are delicate.

    I saw My Chemical Romance on the SNL that John C Reilly hosted, and all I can say is that Beck was better because he had marionettes, and what is up with the vocal miking on that show? It always sounds like crap. They have umpteen thousand effects on the guitars and synths, and everything is tweaked up the freakin’ wazoo, and then it sounds like they just plug an sm-57 right into the board, shove it in front of the first person they see who has their mouth open, and call it a day.

  28. tea Says:

    I would have loved to hear them. Like 80`s style and music, byt my connection was just too darn slow so I gave up.


  29. tea Says:

    I would have loved to hear them. Like 80`s style and music, but my connection is just too darn slow so I gave up.


  30. Cody Says:

    Seriously, Hanni, the first minute of this song is sooo Meatloafesque. I felt like busting out into “I’ll do anything for love.”

  31. chazz Says:

    whats the goss on gerards gf. it is olivia right? ive been struggling to find anything apart from mentions on the album insert for 3 cheers. I love gerry and if he’s happy rock on! Ps this site rox x

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