“Bloody Valentine” could’ve been called something else if MGK went with this original line
The 10-minute film also gives fans an exclusive look at the first studio session MGK had for his forthcoming album Tickets To My Downfall, the follow-up to Hotel Diablo. He was joined by blink-182‘s Travis Barker for the Dec. 1, 2019 session, who is also producing the record.
Longtime friend and collaborator Mod Sun also helped out with “Bloody Valentine” in the lyrics department. At 3:33 a.m. one evening, MGK and Mod Sun worked through the song and scrapped some words.
“Nah we can beat the whole last cadence– more iconic,” Machine Gun Kelly said.
Beyond this change, Machine Gun Kelly shared his idea for lyrics including, “Bloody massacre tonight.”
“Or just ‘my bloody valentine’ tonight is tight,” Mod Sun replied. The two settled on this final lyric change. On Twitter, Machine Gun Kelly and Barker even laughed at the original lyric set when the song was first released.
🤣🤣 the biggest mistake we never made thank god
— blonde don (@machinegunkelly) May 1, 2020
Overall, the video shows how the single came together, as well as the time and stress it took to perfect the final product. “I’m just trying to do something that no one’s ever done yet,” Machine Gun Kelly says.
Mod Sun and Machine Gun Kelly celebrated release night by making a circle pit at home.
Check out the full video below.
Originally, MGK’s record was thought to be released in early 2020 after plenty of teasers in December and early on in 2020. Those included but were not limited to clips of ongoing collaborations such as that with Bert McCracken of the Used or YUNGBLUD and Mod Sun. Interviews were done where Barker and MGK talked about the record and how the name came about and discuss ongoing studio sessions.
MGK extended the wait, but at least gave an update when dropped another teaser that Tickets To My Downfall would be coming this summer.
If you haven’t heard Machine Gun Kelly’s absolute ripper of a new track yet, you’re in for quite a treat. Check it out below.