5 Movies My Chemical Romance's "Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys" is Reminiscent Of
Sat, 20 Nov 2010 13:13:11
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My Chemical Romance's latest album, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, is a lot more engrossing, engaging and entrancing than most big budget studio films.
It's very rare in this day and age that movie theaters are treated to a deep, dark story with a message in every frame. The '70s film renaissance of Taxi Driver, Chinatown, The Exorcist, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Alien, Jaws, Star Wars and every other movie that audiences still obsess over seems like such a distant and fading memory. However, pumping through iPods, CD players and stereos worldwide is a new kind of tale from My Chemical Romance.
Available on Monday November 22, 2010, the band's Danger Days has all the trappings of a great film—brilliant writing, bombastic action, a cliffhanger story and all kinds of explosions. As much as Danger Days nods to The Who, it nods to Ridley Scott and George Lucas, and that's what makes it an undeniable masterpiece of the highest sort. God knows, the world could use more stories and journeys like this in any and all genres and art forms. Hopefully, My Chemical Romance starts the artistic revolution that pop culture so desperately needs…
In honor of Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys dropping on Monday November 22nd, ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino has compiled a list of five films that the album instantly brings to mind. Check it out below and also be sure to read our in-depth review of the album here!
The Road Warrior
Given the album's setting of a post-apocalyptic wasteland, The Road Warrior immediately comes to mind. During the video for "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)," the band engages in some gritty battles in the California desert of 2019, while blazing down the road. Gerard Way, Frank Iero, Mikey Way and Ray Toro all look as tough as Mad Max as they fight with a whole crop of psychos and bad guys under the sweltering sun. Of course, their ray guns are a little different from Mel Gibson's double-barrel sawed-off shotgun, but they're still just as awesome.
Star Wars: A New Hope
That Danger Days desert also conjures Tattooine from Star Wars: A New Hope, and there's a symphonic brilliance to the new music that's very evocative of Luke Skywalker's journey to saving the galaxy. Plus, check the 2019 garb My Chemical Romance is rocking, it wouldn't be out of place at the Mos Eisley Cantina. The "Sing" video has that space-y feel too…
In the film set to The Who's classic Quadrophenia, Jimmy doesn't want to simply follow the status quo and do what he's told. He strikes off, cruising on his own while one of the greatest albums of all time plays. He ends up in some strange places as well. Sonically and lyrically, Danger Days might as well be Quadrophenia for the iPad age.
Take another dystopian vision of the future, add fashionably battle-ready attire and more brilliant commentary on the collapse of heroism in America, and you've got Watchmen. Director Zack Snyder definitely brought Alan Moore's legendary graphic novel to life brilliantly, and there's a certain darkness to it that Danger Days shares. Plus, Snyder used the band's fiery cover of "Desolation Row" in the film, obviously illuminating the correlation even more.
Danger Days has the most in common with Ridley Scott's futuristic noir classic, Blade Runner. Not only, do Gerard Way and Co. capture the same tension, paranoia and frustration that Scott does, they also create anti-heroes definitely recall Harrison Ford's Replicant-hunting Rick Deckard. In addition, both Danger Days and Blade Runner take place in 2019. So many of Gerard's lyrics like "Fame is now injectable" and "Truth is unavailable" mirror the nihilistic sentiment of Scott's vision as well as the questions of "What it means to be human?" You could hear Gaff or Deckard spouting off Gerard's lyrics seamlessly. Danger Days is the Blade Runner of rock records…
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