My Chemical Romance

“We all love to play, but that’s really not why we started all this. It wasn’t because we wanted to play, it was because we had a purpose […] We’ve always been pretty adamant and vocal about our message. It’s just to know that it’s okay to be messed up because there are five dudes that are just as messed up as you and we’ve overcome that in order to do what we do.”

– Gerard Way.

Before I go on I think I ought to say that I feel entirely underqualified for writing a proper blog post about My Chemical Romance. My knowledge stems from a minor obsession with 3-4 songs way back when I was 17, reading the posts from the week when OWOB covered them, and watching a LOT of videos on YouTube over the past week. In a lot of ways I feel like I missed out by not being involved in online fandom in my teens, especially when I start reading about bands that are no longer together anymore. This was similar to how I felt when I started to really listen to The Libertines about a year ago, and while they are now getting back together to make new music, it doesn’t seem like that’s in the plans for MCR, at least not right now.
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Reflecting on Glee

As everyone who listens to the podcast I contribute to, Glee Review, is likely to have figured out by now, I have not been a fan of season 6 of Glee. I have reasons. Most of them I have discussed, and some I haven’t because they’re petty and unnecessary and I won’t be addressing them here either. I don’t know if I have stated this on the podcast, but I have slowly over the last couple of seasons grown really disillusioned by the show as a whole. One of my not so fortunate personality traits is a tendency to really love something to the point where I spend all my time either doing things related to it, or at the very least thinking about it, only to lose interest and only nostalgically appreciate it in hindsight. The only real exception to this that I can think of is Harry Potter, which I attribute to the fact that it was a huge part of my childhood, it played a great part in my interest in reading as well as learning English, and I was never involved with the fandom side of things, and therefore never got to a point where it was too much. Which has happened at least once with literally all the other fandoms I’ve been a part of (more than that with Glee).
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One Direction: ‘Four’


Today One Direction released their fourth studio album, aptly titled ‘Four’, and it is in my opinion the best album they’ve done to date. As a more recent fan, I am most likely biased in favour of their more recent releases, but I stand by the opinion that this is the first album that properly showcases the full range of their talents, both vocally and lyrically. Which is not to say there’s no merit to their earlier work; I love Midnight Memories, and the mere play count on my iTunes proves that I really enjoy listening to their early works (how weird is it that you can say early work about a band that’s been around for 4 years?) But ‘Four’ caters to my interests in a way none of the others have managed, at least not as cohesive album.

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Music Monday: Banks ‘Goddess’

I’ve recently become completely obsessed with Banks’ album ‘Goddess’. I’ve had mixed feelings about her when hearing her played on the radio previously, but I really love the cover she did in the Radio 1 Live Lounge of ‘Are You That Somebody?’ and I started hearing a lot of good things about her around tumblr so I thought I’d give her album a chance.
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Taylor Swift: 1989

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‘Heartbreak is our national anthem, we sing it proudly’

If I was to use one word to describe 1989 it would be uplifting. It is a very happy and joyful album, and it contrasts Red which (for me anyway) aside for a few exceptions was a very melancholy album. Claiming that 1989 is the best album of the year is probably a bit premature, but it’s close. It was just released and I have not yet had time to see if it has longevity like the rest of the fantastic albums released this year, but if Red is anything to go by, then I’m optimistic.

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One Direction: ‘Four’, ‘Fireproof’ and Rebranding

I’m a pretty huge fan of One Direction. I’ve gone through phases, some of them denial, but a while back I just sort of accepted it and moved on with my life. It’s fun being a One Direction fan, for the most part. You get to enjoy the music, they’re pretty cool people, and I personally have a lot of fun with the section of the fandom that I find myself interacting with. Anyway, none of that is really all that important, it’s just ingrained in me to always do an intro for my posts.
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One Direction: Favourite Songs

tumblr_n55ush0lLg1rnntmfo1_500The way I see it, there are four main responses to One Direction. The haters, the people who for whatever reason can’t stand them and spend more time hating on them than actually just avoiding them (which I will never understand). Then there are the people who are indifferent or think it’s uncool to like a bunch of British not-quite-teenagers-anymore who sing poppy music and have constant preteen craziness surrounding them (yes I’m generalizing). There is the group of insanely intense fans who give the rest of us a bad reputation, by sending invasive messages, showing up outside their houses etc. And lastly we have the people who found it silly to begin with, got curious and checked them out and sort of never went back because it turns out they’re actually quite a charming bunch of characters and their music is catchy. Guess which I am?
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Music Monday: My Moody Teenager Playlist

Recently I’ve been looking back at my past musical choices and reminiscing. This has been particularly fun because while my sister and I get all nostalgic about it, my “new” London friends have not even heard about half the artists and bands I’m playing. Since I’m finally done withe uni for the summer I thought I would take the time to try to remember some of the stuff I used to listen to on repeat. I think I’ve already mentioned that my computer crashed a few years back, taking with it my entire iTunes library, so some of it is probably gone and forgotten about forever, but a few left a lasting memory.
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Music Monday: Fall Out Boy

As promised (sort of), this post is about Fall Out Boy. It’s the same old story with this band: I started listening, got obsessed, my computer crashed and the songs disappeared, I stopped listening, then rediscovered them when they reunited. A fun-fact about this band is that I found out about them through One Tree Hill, a show I once loved but now can’t stand to watch. In interest of honesty, I don’t know a whole lot about the background and dynamic of this band, and this might show throughout the post. I know that Fall Out Boy has a massive following from way back when they started, who will get annoyed when I inevitably get facts wrong, so I’m just letting you guys know now. My knowledge (aside from their time on One Tree Hill) is mostly that they took a break in 2009 due to, amongst other things, excessive media attention and lack of creative ideas, and then reunited recently to make Save Rock and Roll. I will predominately be writing about Save Rock and Roll in this post, but I urge everyone who hasn’t already to go back and listen to the older albums as well. They’re what got me to listen in the first place, and definitely worth checking out.
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Sweat the Small Stuff

It’s not a secret to anyone who knows me (or who follows my tumblr blog) how big a fan I am of Nick Grimshaw’s career. It’s become ‘A Thing’ in our house, much like it was when my “One Direction infection” reached a peak back in December. I’m a fairly calm person, not really excitable, but I’m thorough and attentive when I’m really into something, and I talk about it…a lot! Which I’m sure is sometimes really annoying to my housemates and friends, but also something they’ve learned to tune out over the months/years I’ve known them. All of this is neither her nor there, really, but is sort of relevant for why I started watching this show. It’s a good example of my thoroughness, I think, since I basically just went back to the backlog of things Grimmy’s done aside from the Breakfast Show. Since this is new – and now current – it wasn’t too hard to find.
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