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10 Rock and Roll Jams To Replace Your Boring Christmas Playlist
Are you sick of the ho-hum standards usually played during the Holiday season? Have no fear! Your amazing new Christmas playlist is here! Tune in rock out and get rid of those winter blues, because these highly original christmas songs are going to knock your socks off. Get modern, get cool, and get all ready for Christmas! 1. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out / Fall Out Boy This song is everything. And if you've never heard it before, you're in for a treat. Vengeful, cutting and completely clever it's the kind of Christmas song you can stomach over and over without throwing up. Get your Santa hats out, because you've got a new Christmas jam. 2. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) / The Ramones This punk rock classic is perfect for that moment when you're forced to decorate the tree with family members that don't necessarily get along. You know...all of them. So for your next Christmas gathering...just play them this, "Come on guys. It's Christmas time, don't fight. The Ramones said so!" Right? That's all it'll take. 3. Don't Shoot Me Santa / The Killers I wrote an entire list of all the great Killers Christmas songs. They're seriously all remarkable. I had to include my personal favorite, "Don't Shoot Me Santa" the catchiest, funniest most edgy Christmas song around. Play this video for your friends and watch them fall in love. Seriously. 4. I Wish It Was Christmas Today / Julian Casablancas The lead singer of The Strokes gives you this Dean-Martin-esque Christmas neo-classic. It's smooth and classic, but still has that classic Casablancas sneer. It's magic. So play this for your parents at their boring Christmas party, and just bop along. Because it's kind of like you're listening to The Strokes without offending old people right? 5. All I Want For Christmas Is You / My Chemical Romance This is my favorite version of this song. Your friends are probably all like..."What about Mariah Carey! She's the Christmas queen!" No. Gerard Way is the Christmas queen damn it. Trust me. This is the best version of this song you will hear. 6. All I Want For Christmas / The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Karen O's distinct vocals coupled with this rockabilly vibe make "All I Want For Christmas" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is the perfect song to listen to while you're contemplating your existence during the holidays. Rock music just does that. 7. Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass / All Time Low Much like Fall Out Boy's Christmas tune, All Time Low bring the spiteful part of the season to light. For some, the Holidays aren't a beautiful, golden time filled with presents and chestnuts and all that. For some, they're cold, lonely and a reminder of all the things you continuously screw up. This one's for you. Play it loud, even if you're a Grinch. 8. White Christmas / Panic! At The Disco Let Brendon Urie's velvety smooth vocals lull you into Christmas bliss with this lovely cover of a classic. Probably the most traditional on the list, its something you can jam with your grandma to, and have a little laugh to yourself because it's Brendon Urie not Bing Crosby. 9. The Flaming Lips / Christmas at the Zoo I had the distinct pleasure of seeing The Flaming Lips this summer at the Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio. It was one of the strangest experiences of my life. The scene was madness: big rock hooks with neon lights, swinging strings of lights, giant balloons, various strains of marijuana smoke flying through the air and the crazy presence of lead singer Wayne Coyne. This Christmas song is nutty, just like the band. It's also the perfect thing to play during one of your young, hip Christmas gatherings...if you have one. 10. Won't Be Home For Christmas / Blink 182 Rock and roll can be bitter business, but the truth is, that some people just can't get home for Christmas and others just don't want to. Whatever your reason for being away from home, you're not alone. You've got Blink 182 to lull you into holiday submission. Which Christmas song was your favorite!? If you like this playlist, or want to make one of your own, be sure to hang around the Alternative Rock community here on Vingle! And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
10 My Chemical Romance Songs You'll Never Forget
Some songs live in your head forever. They're the tunes you hear late at night when you turn off your mind and close your eyes. Most of the songs I hear are MCR songs. During a very specific time in our lives, My Chemical Romance filled the voids left by our friends, families, teachers and anyone else we felt alienated by. They saved our lives. Whether you were a fan, musician or just an observer: MCR became your strength. It is extremely hard to narrow it down to 10, and I'll probably regret not recognizing a few more songs since their entire catalogue is a testament to greatness...but I tried. In the dark days of teenage angst, missed love connections and general confusion about life itself My Chemical Romance called us to arms: We are stronger than we think, and we will never let them take us alive. Here are 10 MCR songs that had a profound impact on me, I'd love to hear yours. 1. Famous Last Words / The Black Parade This song was the anthem. The song that we could all turn to when everything else was lost in the shadows. Whatever got us down, high school, family, other people or the future: we had Famous Last Words. The legendary chorus screams, "I am not afraid to keep on living / I am not afraid to walk this world alone." And those words helped us validate ourselves. Things are not as scary if we can own our independence. Realizing that you're incomplete, or working on something is the first step into the light. These words are our weapons. This song is a powerful message that some of us tattooed on ourselves, wore on shirts, and committed to memory. There is nothing we can't do. 2.Headfirst for Halos The catchy beat and poppy chorus of this tune gave us an intimate look at the duality of MCR. Most people have two sides to them, the one they show the world, and the one they keep to themselves. Most of us have a little bit more going on inside than we like to admit, and Headfirst For Halos proves we're not alone. Depression, anxiety, and other internal struggles were talked about by this band. They helped us fight. Whether we were on the brink of a breakdown or just struggling for a moment, we realized that nothing is ever so bad that it can't change. 3. Desert Song / Life On The Murder Scene (Bonus Track) Arguably the darkest song the band ever released, Desert Song is never far from my memory. It describes something very close to me, the idea of mortality. I fight it every day. Most of my anxiety stems from the feeling of running out time, the feeling of not ever being able to live. One sequence of lyrics sets itself apart as the though I can never seem to verbalize myself, "From the lights to the pavement / from the van to the floor / from backstage to the doctor / from the earth to the morgue." It's madly melancholy. It alludes to the idea of performance as an escape, or a way to avoid the inevitable. I know a lot of musicians, actors and entertainers can feel this. It's a musical representation of the hollow feeling you get after you leave the stage, or the place you really belong. It's inhuman. Sad. Longing. Desperate. It's remarkable. 4.Early Sunsets Over Monroeville / I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love This was actually the first track Frank Iero tracked with the band, and it's truly unique. We get introduced to the macabre, gray world of MCR and we get a sense of the band's identity. Hauntingly beautiful, Monroeville is a stand out track because of its personality. You can imagine two ghosts dancing to its beat in the moonlight, their steps treading lightly on a concrete floor. The chorus moves them unlike any earthly thing could. That is the essence of MCR. 5.This is How I Disappear / The Black Parade This song appeals to that carnal side of us that just wants to destroy things. It's angry, brash and more akin to the hardcore side of the band. You can feel the influence of The Misfits and other Jersey bands that ended up shaping the vibe of MCR. "Away with the boys in the band." We all wanted to go away with them. There is still that theatricality to the song, which lets us know that we're in the middle of a rock opera, and not just another run-of-the-mill rock record. The Black Parade as a unit could not have worked without this song. It is an essential moving part. 6.Kill All Your Friends / The Black Parade (B Side) I have a very specific memory associated with this song. You ever remember exactly where you were when you listened to a song? I remember being on the bus, headed to school in 8th grade. I was fighting with a few of my friends. My world was changing. I was about to enter high school and I had a lot of thinking to do. This song made me feel better about leaving people behind. Although it was blunt, a little brash and altogether emotional, I knew that this time would prepare me for crazier times as an adult. 7. I Never Told You What I Did For A Living / Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge As macabre and theatrical as this song is, it's rooted in reality. I think it takes the idea of who you are when the lights go off and magnifies it. What is our reality? Who are we when nobody is around. There's a lot of mischief and mayhem that happens when you're figuring out who you are, and this song made us feel more included. Plus, it was incredibly energetic, loud and everything we wanted out of an MCR song. 8.Helena / Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge Yes, this was the single that everyone knew, and yes it was commercial, but it reached millions because it was passionate. An ode to Gerard and Mikey Way's grandmother, this track opened every wound and helped it heal, by exposing real, genuine sorrow. Losing things or people can lead to a lot of heartbreak. It can force you into the dark corners of your mind that you didn't even know existed. MCR made you realize that all of the darkness is okay. Most of us realized when we saw this music video, that MCR was not your typical band. They were on our side. In order to move forward we must use our issues, our sorrow, our setbacks. We ignite them. We can survive. 9. The Only Hope For Me Is You / Danger Days This is one of those songs that a lot of people missed. Danger Days was an album that a lot of people missed. I remember listening to this when I felt as if nothing could be done about my life. Darkness comes to mind. The lyrics describe a desperate call for comradeship in a cold, cruel world. It's a masterfully written rock and roll track with a swelling, emotional chorus. It uses all the elements that make MCR so relatable, and swirls them around in a blender, creating this devastating track. The desperation you feel when you're trying to connect can be felt in each word. It's beautiful. 10. The Kids From Yesterday This is my favorite My Chemical Romance song, hands down. Coming out near the end of their career, The Kids From Yesterday is the perfect blend of melancholy and joy. It sheds light on the reverence you have for the times you were innocent, carefree and genuinely excited about life. Admitting that something is over can be the saddest thing in the world. How we get out of that by having the ability to look back without anger is the real goal. When the band said their goodbyes, lead singer Gerard Way saith that MCR can live forever, because it is not a band, it's an idea. That idea stays with us to this day. MCR will never die, and the words still mean something. Everything goes away, but music is eternal.
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I'm sorry to inform all those MCR fans but....if you read the description of his video...officially MCR is not having a tour or Reunion....it's just a-release for the anniversary of the black parade at the 10 year mark of its first release.....I was so upset after reading it...like I still freaked when I watch the trailer thinking yes my number 1 group is coming back after 3 years....I started getting teary eyed....but no...they are hitting me hard with the feels... Man they are just like BTS on getting me to cry and feel things...lol Who else was as excited as I was about them possibly getting back together #: @21francoamberco @93yogurt @4dalientae A: @AbbyRoscoe @AimeeH @applecake452 @AdreannaLyn @aliahwhbmida @AmiArt @AyameTenchu @AshleyAndino @amberg171997 @anarose @Alyessiazavala @AlisonYui @ArmyVIPKayla @ammagrande @AlexisRiver @AvisSpirit @AnnieGoodman @aliendestina B: @BtsIsLife @BrendaPham @BetseyBleau @BelencitaGarcia @BulletproofV @BridgetJara @BetseyBleau @baileykayleen @bubblekookie C: @Cassierchiqua @CreeTheOtaku @ChelseaAustin @cutiepandacat @chisom756 @CheyenneJessee @CamrynCherry @CallMeMsDragon @Choijiah @CrystalV @ChelseaJay @CrystalGuerra @catchyacrayon @conversehigh D: @DekaraMiller @DanaAmoi @DiamondGregory @DanaMichelle @DawanaMason @DeyaniraEstrada @drummergirl691 @DesireeChucklez @DestinaByrd @Defy24601 @disorono @DonnaLykaRoxas @divanicola05 E: @EXOAsf @Emealia @EWillsea @elizabeth1234 @Ercurrent @EmilyCayetano @EwSeungkwan @EniorehFrancois @Eliortiz13 @EmmaJolie @exobts947 @EverieMisfit F: @Falselove @funfunbunbun @fionafifimonkey @faith92 G: @gyapittman @Gaarita100 @Gaehwa @Gladness @GeniferEskue @GreciaFlores H: @Helixx @HopeAndSunshine @hopekookie @HyunnieKim @HopeYoongi @heidichiesa @HayleyEastman @hyunsaeng638 @hanheeyoung1126 I: @Ilikepancakes @inuyashagal @IsoldaPazo @IsisMayaVelasco @Ivonvons @Izzy987 J: @jeonjungkook8 @JessicaSchnipke @JayDaeKang @justcallmekyki @JasmineGregory @jojojordy2324 @jjrockstar @jaebumbae @jiminakpop @JackieG1617 @JessicaFigueroa @janessaakemi @JessicaEvaristo @JasminMartinez @jessicacheung97 @JinsPrincess86 @Jinnyrod3 @jgallegos222 @jazzymgriff @JenelleEspinoza @janellym123 @JeniseRamos K: @KatiePrihodiko @Kiyofugi @Kira9404 @KaeliShearer @KaitlynHewitt @KendraReeve @KellyOconnor @kmeier230 @KristinaCaron @KayLeeRose94 @KayLeeRose94 @KassieXiong @klpowell7813 @kcastaneda170 @kpossible4250 @kmayong @KassandraSosa @KarlythePanda66 @KoreanDramaMaMa @KrystaDaricek @KeraDelatorre @KpopQueenaBee L: @LizzyRubyCiss @leelee12 @luna1171 @LemonLassie @lopleaf19 @lashonda0917 @LaurenDimalanta @LysetteMartinez @LunaFergus @Lindseypls @LizaNightshade M: @MaritessSison @MelissaGarza @merryjayne13 @Misschimchim @MykelHobbs @Mikim000 @MichelleRosa @MalihaAhmed @Maddie27 @mrsjeon @MariaMontoya1 @minyoongii @Mikim000 @MichelleIbarra @may99 @MrsChanyeol @MomoChamie @MsLoyalHeart @milcalopez963 @MadAndrea @megancurrent9 @MichelleMonroe @Msrayray95 @mellyortiz @mrsyookihyun @myylifeisnow N: @Nikolmaii @NicoleJolly @ninjamidori @narutobandgeek @NicoleFireRose @NaBi7 @NaimaJeune O: @OliviaZenger @OhItsJas @Orihemay P: @PatriciaS @priscy513 @ParkHwaYoung @Princessunicorn @Princess2328 @pharmgirlerin Q: @QueenLee @QueenLele R: @resavalencia @ReynadeKpop @RKA916 @raenel @RandomName @Rosa420 @RedChord S: @SherrySahar @SugaOnTop @StefaniTre @SummerWhipple @SierraBecerra @SarahIvester @SeventeenBias @shelbiisonfire @syodii @SugaMint @SugalessJams @Sugajin94 @summerblack2 @SindyHernandez @shellyfuentes70 @staceyholley @SusiBosshammer @SugaMint @SaraHanna @szewwy @saraortiz2002 @SamanthaRamdath @sutcheks3 @sarahdarwish @Starbell808 @StephanieAyalah @Stephany123 @Saeda1320 @shelby101 @SamanthaAcosta @SweetDuella @Saeda1320 @SerenaArthurs T: @Tigerlily84 @tiffany1922 @tayunnie @themrshongki @TracyLynnn @TaraJenner @TesneemElAlami @thePinkPrincess @tinathellama @terenailyn @torchix U: @unnieARMkey @usagichan20104 @UnnieCakesAli V: @Valerie816 @VeronicaArtino @vipgirl5 @vlargo @viviano6 @VKookie47 @VIPFreak2NE1 @VatcheeAfandi99 @ValerieAlissaPa @VikaAlex @VixenViVi @VictoriaRose217 W: @wordlesseyes X: @XergaB20 Y: @yaya12 Z: @Zephoria
10 Alternative Bangers That Turn 10 This Year
Here it comes, the flood of you feeling really effing old. 2006 was an incredible year of music in my 8th grade opinion. It was the year of MCR, 30 Seconds To Mars (Before they started spelling it out completely), Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday and so many more. Let's take another ill-fated trip down memory lane shall we? Here are 10 unforgettable Emo/Pop/Punk/Alternative tracks that are turning 10 this year. Hey 13 year old self...this one is for you. 1. MakeDamnSure -- Taking Back Sunday You're a complete liar if you don't still sing this song at the top of your lungs when it comes on in the car. It's a testament to the devotion you felt to some hapless high-school fling no doubt. Why couldn't they love you back? Because you were 12 and they didn't know what love was. It still hurts though. 2. The Kill -- 30 Seconds To Mars Jared Leto at his finest in my opinion. Yes, since this song came out he's won an Oscar, released 2 more multi-platinum albums with his band, and became the Joker...but who cares. This is his crowning glory. This video is pretty badass too, The Shining anyone? Leto never ceases to amaze, and this was when I fell in love with Shannon and Tomo too. You know, the rest of the band? These guys are highly underrated. COMMMMEE BREEAKK MEE DOOOOOWWWWNNNNNN. 3. Welcome To The Black Parade -- My Chemical Romance I remember the day this album came out, I made my poor mother go to the store and buy it for me. I couldn't wait a day to get the damn thing. Then, I rigged up my CD player under my clothes and listened to it all day in school. Before iPhones and headphones were a thing, you had to sneak your music around. I remember walking down the halls of my middle school in a handmade T shirt that said, "We Are The Black Parade". I hope I still have it somewhere. 4. Lying is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off -- Panic! At The Disco I had no idea what the hell was going on with boys until I heard this song. I was changed forever. Damn you Brendon Urie. Seriously, though...this video blew my mind too. So different than my little mind imagined it. I guess my love affair with lead singers fully matured with this track. 5. When Your Heart Stops Beating -- +44 I'm sorry, but the best Blink 182 side project of all time is +44. Mark and Travis slayed their only album, "When Your Heart Stops Beating". It was the soundtrack for a really painful time for my young heart, and honestly I wouldn't have wanted any other band around. This album has so many incredible tracks on it including one of my favorite songs of all time, "No It Isn't." Seriously, look that song up, it'll change your life. 6. The Phrase That Pays -- The Academy Is... I saw this band play at The Regency in San Francisco as one of my first outings in the city. It was for the "Almost Here" 10th anniversary tour, and if you want to read more about that experience you can click here...that being said, The Phrase That Pays is one of the most amazing songs to ever hit my eardrums. It's all about that illusive concept of constantly running out of time. And as a crazed person with artist brain and anxiety for ages...it connected with me on a more visceral level than any other song on this list. Check them out if you've never heard them before. It's a shame they don't make music anymore, but hey, that's besides the point. 7. Alive With The Glory of Love -- Say Anything A lot of the older kids at my high school were obsessed with Say Anything. I kind of missed the Max Beemis train, but this song still comes to mind when I think of really great tracks from 2006. It's one of those ridiculous songs with really deep lyrics and an incredible beat. Romantic and fatalistic, it's honestly a really beautiful tune that anybody would be happy to hear during a particularly dark time. 8. Bring It! (Snakes on A Plane) -- Cobra Starship feat. William Beckett, Travie McCoy and Maja Ivarsson This is the go-to karaoke track for my friends and I, partly because it's ridiculous, and partly because there's a part for everyone's vocal range. Those who seek to sing the glorious chorus of this song have to know that it's high AF. And William Beckett of The Academy Is... really delivers. This is a totally outrageous song that was released as the theme to the famous "Snakes on a Plane" movie starring Samuel L Jackson. Yes, it's lame and yes it's not exactly the most artistic or profound track on this list...but it's a rip roaring good time. Put it on at your next party and see what I mean. 9. Sowing Season -- Brand New As an album, "The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me" is as solid of an emo record as you can get. Rife with religious guilt. heartbreak and life's questions it's one of those albums you can't forget easily. Snowing Season, the lead track, assaults you in the best way when you put this record on. It'll bring up some old emotions and some new ones, and that's the best kind of nostalgia, where the past meets the present and you realize you're actually not as different of a person as you thought. 10. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me -- Fall Out Boy This song came with an 11 minute video. It was like the emo version of Thriller. Fall Out Boy got my attention with the release of their 2nd major label record, "From Under The Cork Tree" and I never looked back. Hopefully, I'll be seeing them this week for a special Super Bowl concert in downtown San Francisco. Anyway, they're a band that changed my life, and I will never forget this song, because in the midst of teenage angst and heartbreak they kept me looking toward the future, and all the sorrow that would be in store.
MCR Broke Up 3 Years Ago Today, And I'm Still Not Over It
"The Kids From Yesterday" describes a generation of MCR fans who went through the break up of the century. Yes, we got solo albums from Frank Iero and Gerard Way. Music from Ray Toro and Mikey Way is on the horizon, but what lacks is not the presence of the members, but the presence of the band. When My Chemical Romance called it quits I was a sophomore in college. Long gone were the days of Warped tour and late night listening sessions and here to stay was work, worrying about money and the idea that the future was coming too quick enough for me to catch. Transitional periods are always difficult, no matter where you are or what you're doing. It just so happened that while most of the hardcore fans were just entering college or leaving it. My best friend from high school was visiting for the weekend and when the message went out on MCR's website, a carefully penned letter from lead singer Gerard Way, I broke down into tears. It hadn't been an easy year for me. Lots of new "adult" problems had arisen for me, just like every college kid, and I had been feeling that illusive notion that my childhood was officially over. I remember hugging my MCR poster on the wall, which I had cherished for years before. Nothing could console me. It was like I was mourning the death of everything I had known. Music has that effect on people. When the chips are down, we can always count on our favorite bands to see us through. And though most of us masked our pain in various ways: by drinking a bit too much or partying too long with our friends, it was still there. Visible in many ways. When the shuffle of an iPhone caught the first notes of The Black Parade I had to skip it, because I knew that in the middle of College green, I would be destroyed. Yes, they were a band, and now they are an idea, but they still live on in the times we hear their songs in the car and in the voices of our friends. Don't act like you weren't there too, because MCR fans are a unit, and we still feel each other's pain. Call me emo, call me a baby, but that band had a magnificent impact on my life, and despite what all the people say about growing up and getting over things...I will never get over My Chemical Romance.
Funko Pop To Release My Chemical Romance Figures!
The MCRmy loves to consume everything and anything related to our heroes My Chemical Romance. This year, just in time for the Holidays Funko Pop, a brand famously known for creating vinyl toys are releasing adorable My Chemical Romance figures. Pictured above, the "Revenge Gerard Way" figure, which recreates a classic look from the "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge" era, has already sold out of pre-orders on Hot Topic.com. Obviously, because it's sporting the trademark mask that Gerard famously drew on for the Taste of Chaos Tour in '07. Yeah, we know our MCR history. Anyway, The only designs that have been released are of lead singer Gerard Way, and boy are they adorable and collectible. I kind of want all three. Take a look! There are several designs of Gerard from "The Black Parade" as well. Here is the skeleton make-up he wore for a lot of the TV appearances surrounding the release of the record. Look at its cute little Black Parade jacket. I bet we all wish we had one! The next design is a clean faced figure, with the soulless eyes of "The Patient" (the main character from the band's Black Parade, a concept record released in 2006). Whatever your favorite era of Gerard is (Danger Days doesn't make an appearance, although we'd love to see the red-haired Party Poison figure, complete with lazer gun!), there will be something for you. Hopefully you can snatch up one of these figures before they sell out completely. Which design is your favorite? Shout out to all my MCRmy on Vingle: @heyrenee22 @dunckleemichael @JeaniLuvsFoxes @Tamsinsky @YugyeomBjArmyIC @ALEXCAMACHO @alexismchange @caricakes @NekioOken @SarahRoot @basquiatorsamo @amerie3991 @JosephAcostaIII @PurpleChick @MCR14 And if you want more be sure to hang out in the Alternative Rock community for more news, rankings, lists and more surrounding your favorite bands.