Fifteen years ago, a scruffy band of punks emerged from Newark, New Jersey, armed with an album that would change the scene forever. That band was My Chemical Romance, and their debut LP, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, was the first step in a musical career unlike anything we’d ever seen before. From grandiose gothic anthems (“Vampires Will Never Hurt You”) and tender ballads (“Early Sunsets Over Monroeville”) to rip-roaring punk jams (“Headfirst For Halos”) and solo instrumentals (“Romance”), this album — and this band — had it all. Here are some facts about each of the songs on this modern classic you might not know:
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love’s opening track, “Romance,” is the only instrumental piece of music the band ever released, and its origins purportedly lie in the 19th century. A style of parlour music associated with Spain and South America, its original composer is unknown; but despite not being written by the band, “Romance” provides a perfect, eerie opening to the album and sets the scene for My Chemical Romance to explode into life on track No. 2.
“Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two of Us”
The video for “Honey…” is pretty unsettling and follows a storyline inspired by 1999 Japanese horror film Audition, in which a man interviews a series of women with the hopes of finding a wife, before one of the women tortures him and cuts off his foot. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? It makes sense as the inspiration for the video, though, as Gerard Way and co. have often spoken of their love for the horror genre.
“Vampires Will Never Hurt You”
Probably the best-known song from the album, “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” tells, rather unsurprisingly, a story about our bloodthirsty friends. Before starting the band, Way had been working on some comic ideas revolving around vampires, but after leaving his job as a writer, he decided to take those ideas and apply them to some of the songs on My Chem’s debut, including “Vampires Will Never Hurt You.”
The band seldom played this song live, and it turns out there are multiple reasons for that. In a Reddit AMA in 2014, Gerard Way explained that not only was the track personally difficult for him to perform live given the subject matter, but also when the band did play “Drowning Lessons,” things would always go wrong. “Various stuff would go wrong, from starting the song at different times, to amps and drums breaking.”
“Our Lady Of Sorrows”
A fan-favorite throughout MCR’s lifetime, “Our Lady Of Sorrows” remained on rotation in the band’s set until their split in 2013, with My Chem occasionally offering fans to vote, mid-set, on which song they’d rather hear: “Our Lady Of Sorrows” or The Black Parade’s “House Of Wolves.” Only “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” and “Our Lady Of Sorrows” from I Brought You My Bullets… were getting airtime at MCR shows at the time of the band’s breakup, and both were played at their final gig at Bamboozle 2012 in New Jersey.
“Headfirst For Halos”
Despite its OTT intro and upbeat instrumentation, “Headfirst For Halos” is a song that gets pretty dark, with Way’s lyrics tackling his addiction to pills. “The red ones make me fly/And the blue ones help me fall/And I think I’ll blow my brains against the ceiling,” he sings. Still, the album’s midpoint at least ends on a (kind of) happy note, with Way imploring us to “Think happy thoughts.” PMA, folks.