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Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
is the second studio album by American rock band My Chemical Romance, released on June 8, 2004.[1] It is My Chemical Romance's first release through Reprise.[2] Their first and previous album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was released through Eyeball Records.[3][4] It is the band's final release to feature drummer Matt Pelissier, who would later be replaced by Bob Bryar.[5] The album was certified platinum in less than a year from its release.[2] The album has sold over three million copies in the United States.[4] In Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
produced a cleaner sound than that of I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love.[6] The album was a success for both the band and the label,[4] although it only received mixed reception from critics.[7] The album lifted the popularity for My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
more than I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love had.[6] Gerard Way has described the album as a "pseudo-conceptual horror story".[6] The album's concept is described as "A story of a man, a woman, and the corpses of 1000 evil men" on the back cover of the album. Way has stated that "The concept for the record Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, was the story of a man and a woman who are separated by death in a gunfight and he goes to hell only to realize by the devil telling him that she’s still alive. The devil says he can be with her again if he brings the devil the souls of a thousand evil men and the man agrees to do it, and so the devil hands him a gun. That was the idea behind the concept, the record ended up being much more about loss and real life than anything, so I would say it’s a good split."[8] The four released singles from the record included "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)", "Helena", "The Ghost of You", and in the United Kingdom, "Thank You for the Venom". The non-single tracks on the album have been praised as some of the album's "bests" as well, such as "Hang 'Em High" and "The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You".[6] Gerard Way, the lead singer of the band, drew the album's cover artwork himself, as well as other items, such as the art for the "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" Single, which was then turned into a sticker which is featured in the "Helena" Music video, on Mikey's bass..[9]

Contents

1 Music 2 Reception

2.1 Accolades

3 Legacy 4 Track listing 5 Personnel 6 Chart positions

6.1 Singles

7 Certifications 8 Release history 9 References 10 External links

Music[edit] Musically, "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" has been described as alternative rock,[10] emo,[11][12][13] pop punk,[14][11][12] post-hardcore,[15] and punk rock.[16][17] While I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was considered "a particularly strident entry in that shifty genre of bands tortuously slamming together elements of emo, hardcore, and even metal",[18] Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge "both showcased their songwriting skills and gave them much-deserved attention".[11] Moving away from the "screamo parts"[19] and "the more complicated structures"[20] of their first record in favor of a sound that "skirts the line between pop punk and edgy, theatrical, emo"[11] while being "strongly influenced by hardcore punk".[20] Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
has been variously compared to The Misfits,[21] AFI,[18] and Thursday.[18] Lead singer Gerard Way
Gerard Way
has referred to the first single "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" as a "self help pop song"[22] while also being called "a surging piece of emo-pop with a hook as ridiculously catchy as it was ridiculous"[23] and a "moving anthem for the young and depressed"[24] by Allmusic and Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
respectively. This single went on to be nominated for the Kerrang! award for best single[25] and reached #86 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[26] The album opener "Helena" has been referred to as an "album highlight and smash hit". Gerard has claimed that the song "shaped what the album is about" and "revealed their darkside" in comparison to the first single.[22] Its lyrics mourn the loss of Gerard and Mikey's grandmother,[22] Elena Lee Rush, and was their first entry into the top 40.[26] Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [27]

Alternative Press [11]

Blender [28]

IGN 7.1/10[29]

Kludge 7/10[30]

Melodic [31]

Rolling Stone [32]

The Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
Album
Album
Guide [33]

Stylus Magazine B[34]

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."[27] Andy Greenwald of Blender noted Way's integration of elements of his life into the songs on the album and remarked that his "gulping, gasping whine turns stompers like 'I’m Not Okay (I Promise)' into after-school poetry".[28] Ian Mathers of Stylus Magazine felt that the 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",[34] while Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
described it as "a hell of a good time."[32] IGN
IGN
critic JR was more reserved in his praise, calling Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
"a good album" that nonetheless "isn't nearly as varied or daring as it could have been".[29] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
gave it a "dud" rating.[35] Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank

Rock Sound UK Top 50 Albums of the Year 2004 5[36]

Spin US The 40 Best Albums of 2004 34[37]

Kerrang! UK Kerrang! Albums Of The Year 3[38]

Metal Hammer UK Metal Hammer Albums Of 2004 7[39]

Legacy[edit] NME listed the album as one of "20 Emo
Emo
Albums That Have Resolutely Stood The Test Of Time".[40] The album was ranked at number 260 on Spin's "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list.[41] Rock Sound
Rock Sound
wrote that the album is "an era-defining release", striking "a nerve both musically and emotionally with millions around the world."[42] In 2016 Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
declared Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
the tenth greatest Emo
Emo
Album
Album
out of 40, saying that "Three Cheers wasn't just a concept record, it was a concept sequel, expanding the small-screen story of 2002's I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love into a big-budget production, complete with ruminations on life and death ("Helena") biting kiss-offs ("I'm Not Okay") and a series of dramatic music videos that made them MTV darlings."[13] Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
has sold over one million copies to date in the United States and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[43] By February 2006, the album had sold over 1,356,000 copies in the U.S.[44] It has also been certified Double Platinum in Canada, Platinum in the UK and Gold in Ireland, Chile[45] and Argentina. Track listing[edit] All tracks written by My Chemical Romance.

No. 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" 3:22

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" (listed as "It's Not a Fashion Statement, It's a Fucking Deathwish" in the album liner notes) 3:30

12. "Cemetery Drive" 3:08

13. "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living" 3:51

Total length: 39:36

Additional tracks

Japanese edition

No. Title Length

14. "Bury Me in Black" (Demo) 2:37

Japanese special edition DVD
DVD
– live from Summer Sonic 2004 in Tokyo on August 8, 2004

No. Title Length

1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (music video version 2)  

2. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (music video version 1)  

3. "Thank You for the Venom" (live)  

4. "Helena" (live)  

5. "Give 'Em Hell, Kid" (live)  

6. "The Ghost of You" (live)  

7. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live)  

8. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (live)  

Personnel[edit]

My Chemical Romance

Frank Iero
Frank Iero
– rhythm guitar, backing vocals Matt Pelissier
Matt Pelissier
– drums Ray Toro
Ray Toro
– lead guitar, backing vocals Gerard Way
Gerard Way
– lead vocals Mikey Way
Mikey Way
– bass guitar

Additional musicians

Bert McCracken
Bert McCracken
– additional vocals on "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" Keith Morris
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, mixing Rich Costey – mixing Craig Aaronson – A&R Brian Schechter – management Stacy Fass – legal Matt Galle – booking Mike Plotnikoff – recording Eric J. Miller
Eric J. Miller
– additional engineering Paul Decarli – Pro Tools
Pro Tools
and programming Jon Nicholson – drum tech Keith Nelson – guitar tech Howard Benson – 1958 Hammond B3 Tom Baker – mastering Matt Griffen – production coordinator Dana Childs – production coordinator Runners: Arturo Rojas – runner Fernando Diaz – runner Mike Gardner – runner Chris Ozuna – runner Bryan Mansell – runner Mark Holley – design assistance

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak Position

Australian ARIA Albums Chart 38

Austrian Albums Chart 73

German Albums Chart 57

Irish Albums Chart 36

Japanese Albums Chart 73

New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 30

Scottish Albums Chart[46] 46

UK Albums Chart 34

U.S. Billboard 200 28

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions

US US Mod [47] US Main [47] UK [48] NZ [49] AUS [50]

2004 "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 86 4 — 19 38 65

2005 "Helena" 33 11 — 20 27 78

"The Ghost of You" 84 9 38 27 — —

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Argentina
Argentina
(CAPIF)[51] Gold 30,000^

Australia (ARIA)[52] Gold 35,000^

Canada
Canada
(Music Canada)[53] Platinum 100,000^

Chile[45] Gold 7,500

Ireland
Ireland
(IRMA)[54] Gold 7,500^

Mexico (AMPROFON)[55] Gold 50,000^

New Zealand (RMNZ)[56] Gold 7,500^

United Kingdom (BPI)[57] Platinum 300,000^

United States (RIAA)[58] 3x Platinum 3,000,000^

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue

Australia April 11, 2005 Reprise CD 9362486152

Japan July 22, 2004 WPCR11890

January 26, 2005 CD+DVD WPZR30075

June 24, 2009 CD WPCR13504

United Kingdom September 3, 2004 9362486152

United States June 8, 2004 486152

December 16, 2008 Vinyl LP 148615

References[edit] Footnotes

Citations

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My Chemical Romance
signed with Reprise in 2003. After a major tour with Avenged Sevenfold, the band started to work on their second album. The album went platinum in less than a year.  ^ "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". Drinking Souls. Drinkingsouls.com. Retrieved 7 April 2015.  ^ a b c Martens, Todd (14 October 2006). "Up from the Underground: Expensive Spectacle and Innovative Viral Marketing Help My Chemical Romance Graduate from Internet Buzz to Platinum Stardom". Billboard (Vol. 118, No. 41). Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
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p. 26.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Joel Hoard. " My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Biography". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 April 2015. On the strength of tracks like the pummeling 9–11 lament "Skylines and Turnstiles," the band quickly signed with Reprise Records. 2004's Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
(Number 28) went platinum and featured singles "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (Number 86, 2004) and "Helena" (Number 33, 2005). Pelissier left the band shortly after the release of Three Cheers and was replaced by Bob Bryar, a sound tech for the Used.  ^ a b c d Zemler, Emily (22 June 2010). "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge". Alternative Press. Retrieved 7 April 2015.  ^ Andrew Leahey; Alex Henderson. "About My Chemical Romance". MTV.com. Viacom. Retrieved 12 April 2015. Although critical reactions were mixed, the record produced several radio singles and popular MTV videos, including "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," "Helena," and "The Ghost of You."  ^ "THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE". Drinking Souls.  ^ Andrew Leahey; Alex Henderson. "About My Chemical Romance". MTV.com. Viacom. Retrieved 12 April 2015. The following year, they released Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, a platinum-selling album that featured cover art by Way himself.  ^ " My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
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My Chemical Romance
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My Chemical Romance
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My Chemical Romance
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
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Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
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My Chemical Romance
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My Chemical Romance
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Sources

Bird, Ryan, ed. (June 2015). "The 200 Moments that Defined Our Lifetime". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (200). ISSN 1465-0185. 

External links[edit]

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
at YouTube
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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