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Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge



Dark power-punk is violent but also makes teens think.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The protagonist of nearly every song is some sort of outlaw. Romanticizes killing, suicide, and going down in flames with guns ablaze.

Positive role models

Not a lot of behaviors you would want your kid to emulate.


Extreme. Many songs contain blood-soaked imagery, and there is a lot of focus on death.


Some vague "laying down with you" references. Nothing overt.


Many songs use profanity.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple brief mentions of drugs and alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some of the songs here romanticize killing, suicide, and going down in flames with guns ablaze. The cover is representative of the content, showing blood-splashed lovers. My Chemical Romance can make violence and funeral homes seem sexy, especially to teenagers; make sure you talk to your teens about the music, and ask them what they think the songs are about. Stories often revolve around Bonnie and Clyde-type themes. There's also cursing in four or five songs for dramatic effect.

What's the story?

My Chemical Romance is a very powerful band, which explains why they're so popular with kids interested in guitar music. Too few bands actually bother telling vivid stories in their lyrics, while setting them to exciting music. THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE is aimed squarely at teenagers who believe their lives are over with every breakup, or simply feel like outsiders. \"To the End\" deals with the protagonist taking cyanide, and mixes the imagery with a wedding becoming a tomb. \"The Ghost of You\" finds the protagonist pondering whether to join his dead girlfriend. \"Cemetery Drive\" mentions suicide and drinking in a cemetery.

Is it any good?


The band makes loud, focused, driving music that's much better than most of the power-punk out there. There's the intensity and fashion sense of goth music, combined with the musical force of punk-metal. The language isn't gratuitous, but it can be severe. Nearly all the tracks are violent or deal with death (or both). Bottom line: This dark CD is solid, but make sure to talk about it with your teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about putting the stories in context, that they're fictional and not representative of real life. In what ways are these modern tales similar to classic romantic tragedies where love gets cut short needlessly? Why would anyone find "romance" in violence?

  • What do you like about this band? What do you think they are saying in their songs?

Music details

Artist:My Chemical Romance
Release date:June 8, 2004
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byJacq426 March 31, 2011

This Band Saves Life.

Here's the thing you have to understand about MCR: if you love them, and trust love for them is near utter devotion, then you know that their message is not about death and blood soaked revenge and violence: it's about finding hope even in the darkest situations. Ask any devote fan of MCR and they will tell you: this band saved their life. It held their hand during their darkest hours and told them to just hold on a little bit longer. That's the real MCR message.
Teen, 13 years old Written byVenganza August 29, 2010


You've got to be joking. 17+? This band is absolutely amazing. Compared to the typical sex filled Z100 songs, I'm really horrified at the rating. Come on.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 13 year old Written byConcernedDad27 March 28, 2010

Perfect for the Scene/Emo group.

Yeah, the lyrics can be obscene and if your too simpleminded to see past the lyrics, then this is a very frightening cd of suicide and death, something you don't want your kid to listen to. But these are teenagers. If they're listening to this band, they're most likely not trying to fit in. They're dealing with life in their own way. They like this kind of music because its never talked about. I mean, when was the last time you went up to your spouse and said "Lets talk about suicide." It just doesn't happen. And thats what makes My Chemical Romance such a great band. When teens are depressed, they don't want to sit there and listen to "Pocket full of sunshine;'' They'd rather empty their emotions while listening to "I'm Not Okay, or Helena." All in all, this is an amazing album by an outstanding artist.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing