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I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
is the debut studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance, released on July 23, 2002 by Eyeball Records. The album was produced by the band Thursday's vocalist Geoff Rickly
Geoff Rickly
at Nada Recording Studio in New Windsor, New York.[2]

Contents

1 Background and recording 2 Music and lyrical themes 3 Release and promotion 4 Track listing 5 Personnel 6 Chart positions 7 Certifications 8 Release history 9 Notes 10 Citations 11 Sources 12 External links

Background and recording[edit] I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
gave My Chemical Romance an underground following. However, the band did not break into the mainstream with the album; that came with their second album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. During the recording of I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, lead vocalist Gerard Way
Gerard Way
had to perform vocals while having a dental abscess, making vocal work difficult for him.[3] Music and lyrical themes[edit]

"Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us"

According to Jesse Lord of IGN, "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us" is "for the most part", "one of the more 'conservative-emo' tracks on" I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.[4]

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Categorized into genres such as emo,[5][6][7] post-hardcore,[8][9][10][11] screamo,[12][13][14] punk rock,[15][7] gothic rock,[16] pop punk,[7] and garage punk,[10] I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love has a raw sound featuring guitar riffs, very energetic vocals and occasional screaming. Despite being sold under the post-hardcore and alternative rock genres,[17] it is considered an emo album with strong influences from punk rock, hardcore punk and heavy metal.[4][18][15][19] Songs on I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love such as "Skylines and Turnstiles" and "Our Lady of Sorrows" have been described as hardcore punk songs.[20][16] I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
is often regarded as a concept album. It involves two Bonnie and Clyde-esque characters who are eventually gunned down in the desert. On My Chemical Romance's next album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
(2004), the unnamed man supposedly then finds himself in purgatory, where he makes a deal with Satan: his hellbound lover for the souls of a thousand evil men. He is then resurrected and sent on his gruesome task.[21] Though it is generally accepted by the group's core fanbase, this has led some to attribute its supposed existence to over-analysis on the part of hardcore fans.[22] The alleged storyline is not confirmed by the band, but some evidence includes:

The following album's cover, named "Demolition Lovers" (As is the final song on I Brought You My Bullets...) and its interior artwork (including the text that reads "The story of a man, a woman, and the corpses of a thousand evil men.") The lyrical themes of the final songs on both of the band's first two albums, which are "Demolition Lovers" and "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living". The lyrics of the latter include "They gave us two shots to the back of the head and we're all dead now" suggesting that the character (if it is linked to the storyline) has been killed and has failed in saving his lover from Hell. The song "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish" from Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
also includes themes of a man rising from his grave, who suggests that his purpose in doing so is to commit a murder.

Another theme apparent on the album is the nature of vampires, as in both the undead creatures and, metaphorically speaking, those who seek to corrupt and exploit others.[23] The song "Skylines and Turnstiles" was written shortly after the September 11 attacks
September 11 attacks
and expressed feelings of sorrow and loss,[24] and "Early Sunsets over Monroeville" was inspired by the George A. Romero
George A. Romero
film Dawn of the Dead. Gerard himself describes it as "a sweet song about Dawn of the Dead", with the lyrics using references from the film. Before the September 11 attacks, Gerard was working as a comic book writer and animator. He was working on a vampire comic (which he never completed), and has also said that is the reason for the vampires in the lyrics. Release and promotion[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

Allmusic [1]

Alternative Press [7]

Drowned in Sound [25]

IGN 7.9/10[26]

Rolling Stone [20]

The Guardian [5]

Text on the album's disc reads, "Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws and will result in Gerard coming to your house and sucking your blood."[27] In December 2002, the band went on tour with Misery Signals, Remembering Never and Every Time I Die.[28] In May and June 2003, the band went on tour with Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die
and Give Up the Ghost.[29] To promote the album, My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
played in bars and clubs around New Jersey. Tour manager Brian Schechter noticed the band performing and thought the band would be perfect for opening for the band The Used. Eventually, Schechter became the manager for My Chemical Romance and I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was noticed by Reprise Records, a major record label connected to Warner Bros. Records. Reprise Records
Reprise Records
signed My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
in 2003.[30] The 2005 and 2009 re-releases of the album contain a bonus Eyeball Records sampler CD. There are several different versions of the sampler, and each one contains different tracks. Since the closure of Eyeball Records, this album is currently out of print on every format. The album was re-released on vinyl on February 3, 2009, with a clear as well as white and red edition. It has sold over 300,000 copies in the USA as of February 2009, also achieving a Gold sales status certification for sales of over 100,000 copies in the UK. The album is very rare in the United States, however it returned to iTunes in on September 23, 2016; the album was also brought to Spotify
Spotify
and Google Play the same day. Track listing[edit] All tracks written by My Chemical Romance, except for "Romance".

No. Title Length

1. "Romance" 1:02

2. "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us" 3:51

3. "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" 5:26

4. "Drowning Lessons" 4:23

5. "Our Lady of Sorrows" 2:05

6. "Headfirst for Halos" 3:28

7. "Skylines and Turnstiles" 3:23

8. "Early Sunsets Over Monroeville" 5:04

9. "This Is the Best Day Ever" 2:12

10. "Cubicles" 3:51

11. "Demolition Lovers" 6:06

Total length: 41:11

Re-release/iTunes deluxe edition bonus videos

No. Title Length

12. "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us" (video) 3:53

13. "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" (video) 5:37

Total length: 50:42

Personnel[edit] My Chemical Romance

Gerard Way
Gerard Way
— lead vocals Ray Toro
Ray Toro
— lead guitar, backing vocals; rhythm guitar (on tracks 3–7, 9–10) Mikey Way
Mikey Way
— bass guitar Matt Pelissier — drums, percussion

Additional Musicians

Frank Iero
Frank Iero
— rhythm guitar, backing vocals (tracks 2 and 8 only)[nb 1]

Production

Produced by Geoff Rickly Tracks 3 and 8 Produced by Geoff Rickly
Geoff Rickly
and Alex Saavedra Recorded and mixed by John Naclerio 5/15/02 – 5/25/02 at Nada Studios, New Windsor, NY Mastered by Ryan Ball at Checkmate Sound & Recording, Suffern, NY Original artwork, layout, and design by Marc Debiak and Gerard Way Photos by Alex Saavedra

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position

UK Albums Chart 129

Chart (2009) Peak position

Japanese Albums Chart 250

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 100,000^

United States (RIAA)[32] Gold 500,000^

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue

Japan March 25, 2009 Warner CD WPCR13347

United Kingdom April 12, 2004 Eyeball, 20:20 9866233

United States July 23, 2002 Eyeball EYE20022

June 21, 2005 7200222

February 3, 2009 LP EYE20059

October 9, 2015 Reprise 550187-1

Notes[edit]

^ Frank Iero
Frank Iero
was a full-fledged member at the time, however, he joined after the other four already started recording.

Citations[edit]

^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love – My Chemical Romance". AllMusic.  ^ "Chemical reactions". Kerrang!. London: Bauer Media Group. 1425: 21. July 28, 2012. ISSN 0262-6624.  ^ Garland, Emma (January 30, 2015). " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
and Geoff Rickly Reflect on the Intertwined History of My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
and Thursday". NOISEY.  ^ a b "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". IGN. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 4 April 2013.  ^ a b Sullivan, Caroline (April 9, 2004). "Pop CD: My Chemical Romance, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". The Guardian. Retrieved February 23, 2012.  ^ Michel, Sia (October 22, 2006). "Fresh From the Garden State, in Black Leather and Eyeliner". The New York Times.  ^ a b c d " My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
– I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love – Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 24, 2015.  ^ Clarke, Betty (February 6, 2005). "My Chemical Romance, Academy, London". The Guardian.  ^ Manley, Brendan (February 26, 2016). "Worst to First: Every My Chemical Romance Album
Album
Ranked". Diffuser.  ^ a b Anderson, Kyle (April 9, 2010). "Happy Birthday, Gerard Way: Wake-Up Video". MTV. Retrieved April 24, 2015.  ^ "An Obituary For My Chemical Romance". NME. Retrieved April 24, 2015.  ^ Sherman, Maria (September 30, 2014). "Which Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Are You?". Fuse. "My Chemical Romance's first album, 'I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love,' was their first before reaching mega-fame. It was abrasive, dark and fully screamo".  ^ Edward (May 11, 2006). "Sun God 2006". UCSD Guardian.  ^ "Dusting 'Em Off: My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
- Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge". Consequence of Sound. June 8, 2014.  ^ a b Ritt, Megan (July 5, 2009). "Guilty Pleasure: My Chemical Romance – I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". Consequence of Sound.  ^ a b Haag, Stephen (December 1, 2003). "My Chemical Romance: I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". PopMatters.  ^ "My Chemical Romance: I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love: Music". Amazon.com. ASIN B00006EXL5.  Missing or empty url= (help); access-date= requires url= (help) ^ " My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
– I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". Alternative Press. 23 July 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2013.  ^ Loftus, Johnny. " Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
– My Chemical Romance". AllMusic.  ^ a b "My Chemical Romance: Album
Album
Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on January 6, 2013. Retrieved 2012-04-29.  ^ Demolition Lovers song meanings (imnotokay.net) ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Black Parade
The Black Parade
review at Allmusic ^ " Gerard Way
Gerard Way
Biography". Mcraddiction05.tripod.com. 1977-04-09. Retrieved 2012-02-23.  ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited, 2005. ISBN 0-9582684-0-1. ^ "Reviews – Albums – My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
– I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2012-04-29.  ^ Jesse Lord (2004-08-04). "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love – Music Review at IGN". Music.ign.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-02-23.  ^ Music with a Warning Label (amiright.com) ^ "ETID, Misery Signals, Remembering Never tour". Lambgoat. Blast Beat Network. November 5, 2002. Retrieved July 14, 2017.  ^ "Give Up The Ghost, Every Time I Die
Every Time I Die
tour". Lambgoat. Blast Beat Network. April 24, 2003. Retrieved July 14, 2017.  ^ La Bella 2008, p. 23. ^ "British album certifications – My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
– I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in the search field and then press Enter. ^ "American album certifications – My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
– I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

Sources[edit]

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
interview, Life in a Bungalow, 2008-03-16, archived from the original on 2007-10-24  "Bullets" My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Film, Andy DeAngelo, 2010-06-22, archived from the original on 2009-02-07  La Bella, Laura (2008). My Chemical Romance. The Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 9781404218185. 

External links[edit]

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
at YouTube (streamed copy where licensed)

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My Chemical Romance

Bob Bryar James Dewees Frank Iero Matt Pelissier Ray Toro Gerard Way Mikey Way

Studio albums

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge The Black Parade Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Compilation albums

Conventional Weapons May Death Never Stop You The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts

Video albums

Life on the Murder Scene AOL Sessions The Black Parade
The Black Parade
Is Dead! ¡Venganza!

EPs

Like Phantoms, Forever Warped Tour Bootleg Series Live and Rare The Black Parade: The B-Sides The Mad Gear and Missile Kid

Singles

"Vampires Will Never Hurt You" "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the Two of Us" "Headfirst for Halos" "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" "Thank You for the Venom" "Helena" "Under Pressure" (with The Used) "The Ghost of You" "Welcome to the Black Parade" "Famous Last Words" "I Don't Love You" "Teenagers" "Desolation Row" "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" "The Only Hope for Me Is You" "Sing" "Planetary (Go!)" "The Kids from Yesterday"

Tours

Warped Tour 2005 Projekt Revolution The Black Parade
The Black Parade
World Tour The World Contamination Tour 10th Annual Honda Civic Tour

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