My Chemical Romance

"Boy Division"

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November 12, 2012

Ditched during the glitter-glam reinvention that produced 2009's Danger Days, this punky outtake smokes like an imminent burnout (it's one of 10 orphaned tracks the band is releasing over the next five months in a kind of singles series titled Conventional Weapons). Frontman Gerard Way scrupulously reanimates late-Nineties emo punk at its slickest and least coherent, imagining what "bathroom walls" with eyes might witness, while his band pummels at the stall door. 

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