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My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way Shares ‘Intense,’ Decade-Old Carpenters Cover

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Gerard Way dug through My Chemical Romance’s archives and pulled out a Black Parade-era cover of the Carpenters’ “Superstar.”

In a series of tweets, Way detailed how the cover came to be. The singer reveals My Chemical Romance recorded this particular take during their sessions for 2006’s The Black Parade, when Way would sing Carpenters tunes as vocal warm-ups. He noted the song recalls the “intense” period of time surrounding their third full-length.

“It brings back a lot of memories, and in context of us making the album it’s kind of intense, when you think about how hard BP was to make,” Way writes. “And when you think about all the crazy stuff that was about to happen to us when we released the album.”

Certainly, Way’s singular delivery evokes the resonance of Karen Carpenter’s original. MCR’s version even almost made the final track list for The Black Parade. “There was one point where we toyed around with putting a cover song on the album, because that would have been kind of next level,” he tweeted. “But we already had too many tracks. Realistically, BP could have been, and almost was, a double album.”

Hear Way’s rendition at the top of the page and then listen to the Carpenters’ original for comparison below.

My Chemical Romance released their final album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys in 2010. Way made his solo debut, Hesitant Alien, in 2014.

The Carpenters, “Superstar”

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