Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nothing New Under The Sun

Message boards are abuzz with opinions regarding My Chemical Romance's first single, "Na Na Na" off their yet to be released album, Danger Days: True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys. While the banter includes "diehards" claiming which of MCR's old stuff was best, you wouldn't be hard pressed to find comments of the following nature:

"New MCR rocks!" or "This is so different, but so amazing" or even, "So different, yet so My Chemical Romance"

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on, kids. Different? New? No.

While, yes, "Na Na Na" is a step in a new direction for the band, the truth is that this song is nothing new. In fact, you, or even your mother, may have heard something oddly similar before.

First off, have a listen to the MCR version. Note the signature guitar and bass line. Get it stuck in your head.

Now, check out the tune, "I'm a Mess" off the EP by the Michigan band, Elm Street Riot. And something of note, this song was released in early 2010, well before the MCR version.

Weird, huh? Just wait, there's another shocker coming. In fact, go get your parents. You guys may find out that your musical tastes aren't that different after all.

Ever heard of the Easybeats? They're from way back in the '60s (hence why you should get your parents). Take a listen to their 1966 single, "I'll Make You Happy", and see if it sounds familiar.

And there you have it. New? Soooo My Chemical Romance? No. Sorry, not at all. "Na Na Na" is a good song, but don't kid yourself. It's all been done before. MCR have just put a fresh spin on it, and it's up to you to decide whether or not this recycled tune is worth your money.

*Backstage Press would like to thank our correspondent J.A. for the reporting on this post*


  1. Unbelievable how the guitar riffs, rhythm and melody from Elm Street Riot and "I'm a Mess" sound to "Na Na Na". That's the underlining structure that MCR uses. Hmmm.

  2. Elm Street Riot must be so mad, their song is so much better, they are unknown of course a larger known band would be able to remake their song like theirs.


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