2009 Scream Awards Nomination

October 10th, 2009
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Vote for “Desolation Row” in the 2009 Scream Awards!

posted by Jeff Watson on Oct 05, 2009 6:40pm

“Desolation Row” has been nominated for the Song Of The Year in the 2009 Scream Awards. Click Here to vote for My Chemical Romance!

Watchmen Soundtrack and Score releases!

March 4th, 2009
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WATCHMEN SOUNDTRACK AND ORIGINAL SCORE RELEASED

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Highly Anticipated Mystery Adventure Film Watchmen
Features New Music From My Chemical Romance
Original Score Album Features Music Composed By Tyler Bates

March 3, 2009 — Burbank, CA — Warner Sunset / Reprise Records released both the soundtrack and original score to the feature film Watchmen today, March 3rd. The highly anticipated feature film hits theaters this Friday, March 6th.

Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen, the film’s official soundtrack, includes My Chemical Romance’s powerful reinterpretation of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row,” recorded exclusively for the film. The soundtrack also features a collection of classic songs by such artists as Nat King Cole, Leonard Cohen, and Jimi Hendrix that, once heard in the context of the film, will never be thought of the same way again.

Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score features music by recording artist, composer, and music producer Tyler Bates, who was asked to score the film by Watchmen director Zack Snyder. Tyler, who also scored the Snyder-directed films 300 and Dawn of the Dead, has also scored the soundtracks to The Day the Earth Stood Still, Showtime’s Californication, Slither, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and The Devil’s Rejects. He is known for his surprising juxtapositions of music styles and flair for delicate, atmospheric touches, as well as stressing emotional vibrancy over traditional formulas of music compositions. Bates has also been chosen to score the Watchmen’s DVD added story, “Tales From The Black Freighter.”

Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen and Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score are being released in multiple fan-friendly configurations: The physical CD, and a digital album are available on March 3rd, and a vinyl edition of the soundtrack will be released on March 17th.

Watchmen Singles Box Set will be released on March 24th. The box set contains seven 7-inch vinyl picture discs, one for each Watchmen, plus the original Silk Spectre. The picture discs come inside a hardbound book packaged in a special slipcase. Each picture disc has their image and unique saying. The Watchmen Singles Box Set will include My Chemical Romance’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row,” plus 13 hand-selected tracks from Tyler Bates’ Original Motion Picture Score.

The Watchmen Singles Box Set available exclusively at www.watchmenmusic.com and is now available for pre-order.

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” — which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union — moves closer to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the outlawed but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion — a disbanded group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers — Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the Watchmen?

Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay by David Hayter and Alex Tse, based on the graphic novel co-created by Dave Gibbons, published by DC Comics. The film is produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, and Deborah Snyder. Herbert W. Gains and Thomas Tull are the executive producers, with Wes Coller serving as co-producer. The film stars Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Patrick Wilson.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures present, in Association with Legendary Pictures, a Lawrence Gordon/Lloyd Levin Production, a Zack Snyder Film, Watchmen. Watchmen will be released nationwide on March 6, 2009. It will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures and internationally by Paramount Pictures.

Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen track-listing is as follows:

  1. Desolation Row – My Chemical Romance
  2. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  3. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
  4. The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
  5. Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
  6. I’m Your Boogie Man – KC & The Sunshine Band
  7. You’re My Thrill – Billie Holiday
  8. Pruit Igoe & Prophecies – The Philip Glass Ensemble
  9. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  10. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
  11. Ride of the Valkyries – Budapest Symphony Orchestra
  12. Pirate Jenny – Nina Simone*

* – used in the end credits of the “Tales From The Black Freighter” DVD.

Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score track-listing is as follows:

  1. Rescue Mission
  2. Don’t Get Too Misty Eyed
  3. Tonight The Comedian Died
  4. Silk Spectre
  5. We’ll Live Longer
  6. You Quit!
  7. Only Two Names Remain
  8. The American Dream
  9. Edward Blake – The Comedian
  10. The Last Laugh
  11. Prison Fight
  12. Just Look Around You
  13. Dan’s Apocalyptic Dream
  14. Who Murdered Hollis Mason?
  15. What About Janie Slater?
  16. I’ll Tell You About Rorschach
  17. Countdown
  18. It Was Me
  19. All That Is Good
  20. Requiem (Excerpted from Mozart’s Requiem)
  21. I Love You

MCR’s Watchmen movie screening

February 15th, 2009
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Who watches the Watchmen…

posted by Ray on Feb 13, 2009 11:07am

We did! Went to a screening a few days ago at WB. The movie turned out great. Anyone who’s read the book knows how complex the plot is, so that in and of itself is a challenge, but really what makes the book great are the characters. Each of the Watchmen has multiple layers themselves.
Throughout the book you learn more and more about their motivations and how they ended up where they are. Its like the slow peeling of an onion, and getting this across in a film is a tough feat.

Zack and crew managed to do just that. The way they handled Rorschach and Manhattan felt the best to me, as these two characters I feel are the most interesting in the book. Rorschach is amazing because he is very one track. His sense of justice is absolute, and never falters from that. With Manhattan, you’re asked an important question. What if you had the power to save the world, but didn’t want to? You will feel sorry for this man with infinite powers, yet no desire to use them.

They also amped up the action sequences, which was a smart move. In the book, you get a sense that even though the Watchmen aren’t true “super-heroes” in the expected sense, they know how to fight. These fight scenes and the violence overall are brutal and bloody. I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie in a real theater when it comes out to hear the reactions from the audience on some of these shots.

I think you guys will really love the movie.

In other news, we’ve been writing for the past week. Things have been moving fast, and are feeling really good. I think we’ll soon be hitting our stride, and can’t wait to see what comes out of that.

Oh and check out Flower on PS3. If you ever feel the need to get away from the world, load up this game. Take to the winds and enjoy.

“Desolation Row” video preview

January 30th, 2009
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Check out a preview of the video for Desolation Row!

posted by Jeff Watson on Jan 29, 2009 10:32am

The new video for “Desolation Row” will be available at iTunes tomorrow, but you can get a taste of it by heading over to this MTV.com article now.

A Note From Gerard – new song today!

January 28th, 2009
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Yay new song!

posted by Gerard on Jan 26, 2009 9:54am

Actually it’s not a new song, it’s a cover song, but it’s the first music we’ve recorded since Black Parade. As we are gearing up to start the next album I wanted to pop in and talk about the track we were asked to cover for the Watchmen film by Zack Snyder, which you can get here.

Firstly, I’d like to point out that we have never recorded a song for a film. We have allowed a couple of our songs to be used in trailers or end-credits, but since we are usually pretty busy with either recording or touring there has never been time to do something like this before, and even this was kind of tight, as we started it before even finishing our last tour. There have been other offers to do this kind of thing, and usually the timing always made it impossible, but more often than not the project never seemed to fit the band, and we have always passed. But when the chance came to do a cover of one of my favorite artists, Bob Dylan, for a film version of my favorite work of fiction of all time we had to jump at the chance.

Sometimes an interviewer will ask a musician “What’s the one record or musical experience, like a concert, that made you want to make music?”. Usually people will mention some sort of 7 inch record or a show they saw in a basement that really changed their lives, got them into punk rock, and shaped the way they looked at the world. For me it was Watchmen. At 15 years old, just as I was discovering The Misfits “Walk Among Us” I was reading the first chapter of the graphic novel. It is the one thing I can pinpoint that shaped my views and aesthetics, even down to the way I dressed at the time, not that I walked the hallways in a stained brown trench coat, but I definitely chose more antisocial articles of clothing, like an army jacket, picked up after watching Taxi Driver for the twentieth time, a film I was lead to by the comic. So I would definitely say it’s pretty important to me and the band.

The talks started about the same time as Projekt Revolution, and I remember getting on the phone with Zack, who was as excited as I was, somewhere in the middle of the desert as out bus rolled to the next venue. We talked about the comic and he asked what I felt the approach
to the song should be, which was to take a cue from Jim Carroll, who is not only the author of The Basketball Diaries but also a musician, and a pretty great one at that. On his album, Catholic Boy, he has a song called “People Who Died”, which I love, as does Frank, as he always includes it in our “Front Of House Mixes” you would hear during set-change during one of our concerts. Zack responded to this approach right away, as he actually used that song to end his remake of “Dawn Of The Dead”, which I had totally forgotten about, even though the whole band saw it on opening night and loved it. So the tone was decided upon and then came the length, which initially Zack wanted to be the full version of Dylan’s.

Now, I would consider myself a pretty big Dylan fan, especially after having worked with Scott Allie on my comic, as he really got me into him even more than I was before. And while I didn’t want to alter the song at all, I found that I had to, due to the new approach and the aggressive nature of the cover. There was simply no way I felt you could make it feel like a trashy punk song and play it for ten minutes…I think it’s impossible to keep that kind of energy up without either burning out or boring yourself, as anyone will note that most Ramones songs don’t exceed three minutes, and there’s a reason for that. Down-strummed til your wrist breaks! Fast and fucking hard!

So back at a hotel in Arizona I sat in a hotel and did a rough arrangement, which clocked in at around 2:40, and I paid careful attention to the lyrics, while losing some of my favorite verses I managed to keep the ones I felt were represented by Alan Moore in the comic. We then started playing the song at sound check, and had so much fun doing it that we decided to play it live, to get warmed up for the recording.

We did some initial tracking in Nashville and then just lived with it for a while. When crunch time came, and after seeing some of the film, I became increasingly unhappy with my vocal performance, and we felt we could get more out of the guitars. So we asked our friend Rich
Costey to help us finish the track and get some new sounds, which he did, in NYC at Electric Ladyland, with the addition of some sweet old Marshall Plexi’s, to get a kind of Sex Pistols tone, and we had a blast.

And thats pretty much the story of the song. We’re really proud of it, and really excited you finally get to hear it.

Hurm,
G

PS- Special thanks to Bob Dylan for letting us cover the song and for not getting really mad at us for hacking out some of the best lyrics ever written.