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Encyclopedia > Famous Last Words (song)
"Famous Last Words"
Single by My Chemical Romance
from the album The Black Parade
Released January 22, 2007
Format 7" vinyl
CD
digital download
DMD
Recorded 2006
Genre Alternative rock
Disputed subgenres
Length 4:59 (album version)
4:18 (soundtrack version)
3:07 (finale soundtrack version)
0:43 (end title soundtrack version)
Label Reprise
Writer(s) My Chemical Romance
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo
Peak chart positions
My Chemical Romance singles chronology
"Welcome to the Black Parade"
(2006)
"Famous Last Words"
(2007)
"I Don't Love You"
(2007)
Additional covers
CD cover
The four sides of the vinyl release

"Famous Last Words" is the second single and thirteenth track from My Chemical Romance's third studio album, The Black Parade. It was released on January 22, 2007. It is also the band's tenth overall single. The music video premiered on December 12, 2006 on MTV Two and on December 13, 2006 on the Much Music program, and on MuchOnDemand in Canada. The video was officially premiered in the United States on the January 11th episode of Total Request Live, and debuted on the countdown the following Tuesday at #5, the band's highest TRL debut for a video. It went onto become their third #1 video on the countdown (following "Helena" and "The Ghost of You"). On March 26, 2007 the video retired at #5 on TRL. On March 12, 2007, they performed this song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Image File history File links Famous_Last_Words. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... 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Rob Cavallo is a music producer who has produced several well-known albums. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The Pop 100 is a songs chart created in February 2005 and released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ... My Chemical Romance are an American rock band formed in 2001. ... Additional covers CD cover Welcome to the Black Parade is the first single and fifth track from My Chemical Ballss third studio album, The Black Parade. ... Alternate cover Promotional cover I Dont Love You is the third UK and Australian single and sixth track from My Chemical Romances third studio album, The Black Parade. ... Image File history File links My_Chemical_Romance_-_Famous_Last_Words_-Single-_(2007). ... 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In the United Kingdom and other territories, the single was released as a two-part square shaped vinyl picture disc. Part one came in a gatefold stickered clear sleeve, with a space to 'slot' part two into.

Contents

Track listing

Version 1 (promotional CD)

  1. "Famous Last Words" (album version) – 4:59
  2. "Famous Last Words" (alternate version) – 4:18

Version 2 (CD and 7" vinyl)

  1. "Famous Last Words" – 4:18
  2. "My Way Home Is Through You" – 3:00[1]

Version 3 (7" vinyl)

  1. "Famous Last Words" – 4:18
  2. "Kill All Your Friends" – 4:31[2]

Version 4 (Australian-released CD)

  1. "Famous Last Words" – 18
  2. "My Way Home Is Through You" – 3:00
  3. "Kill All Your Friends" – 4:31[3]

Version 5 (iTunes Stores)

  1. "Famous Last Words" (live) – 4:53
  2. "My Way Home Is Through You"– 3:00
  3. "Kill All Your Friends" – 4:31

Overview

The music videos for "Welcome to the Black Parade" and "Famous Last Words" were filmed back to back. Originally, MCR dubbed the second video as a "secret" that they couldn't reveal yet. It was later announced that the "secret" second video from the new My Chemical Romance album The Black Parade would be "Famous Last Words", directed by Samuel Bayer, the same director that worked on "Welcome to the Black Parade". When the video was being filmed, the band still hadn't decided on the song title. This is the video that caused vocalist Gerard Way and drummer Bob Bryar to sustain severe injuries. Bryar received a bad burn to the leg which subsequently turned into gangrene, then into a staph infection, and Way tore all of the ligaments in his foot when Frank Iero got spooked by the bursting flames and tackled Gerard when Gerard was kneeling on the floor. The aftermath of these injuries forced the band to cancel a handful of their 2006 dates. Additional covers CD cover Welcome to the Black Parade is the first single and fifth track from My Chemical Ballss third studio album, The Black Parade. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Alternate cover Black cover, slipcase, available alongside white cover. ... Samuel Bayer (born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York) is an American music video director. ... Additional covers CD cover Welcome to the Black Parade is the first single and fifth track from My Chemical Ballss third studio album, The Black Parade. ... Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is the front man, lead vocalist and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance; he is also elder brother to the bands bass player, Mikey Way. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Look up burn in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Gangrene is necrosis and subsequent decay of body tissues caused by infection or thrombosis or lack of blood flow. ... Binomial name Rosenbach 1884 Staphylococcus aureus , (literally Golden Cluster Seed) the most common cause of staph infections, is a spherical bacterium, frequently living on the skin or in the nose of a person, that can cause a range of illnesses from minor skin infections (such as pimples, boils, and cellulitis... A ligament is a short band of tough fibrous connective tissue composed mainly of long, stringy collagen molecules. ... Frank Anthony Iero (born October 31, 1981) is the rhythm guitarist and back up vocalist for the alternative rock band My Chemical Romance. ...


The song was recently used for a commercial HBO's upcoming season. The song was featured in a downloadable track pack for the Xbox 360 version of Guitar Hero II, along with Teenagers and This Is How I Disappear. HBO (Home Box Office) is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Guitar Hero II is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems and published by RedOctane. ... Teenagers is the fourth single and eleventh track from My Chemical Romances third studio album, The Black Parade. ...


Charts

"Famous Last Words" debuted at #68 on the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone on January 14, 2007. It was physically released as a single on January 22. It climbed to #38 in its second week, still on downloads. "Famous Last Words" is My Chemical Romance's second Top 10 hit in the UK, so far reaching #8, but the song has already reached #1 on the UK Physical chart. On January 24, 2007, the video for "Famous Last Words" reached the #1 spot on TRL after a seven day climb to the top from their debut at #5.[4] In early February, the song debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 93 before reaching its peak at number 88."[5] “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...

Chart Peak
position
Dave's Show Top 50 7
Billboard Hot 100 88
Billboard Pop 100 87
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 4
UK Singles Chart 8
Peru Singles Chart 18
UK Physical Singles Chart 1
Poland Singles Chart 50
TRL Countdown 1
Canadian Singles Chart 52
Galgalatz Israel Top 20 4
Portugal Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart 4
Mexican Singles Chart 169
ARIA Singles Chart 20
ARIA Physical Singles Chart 18
Latvian Airplay Top 50 25
Poland Singles Chart 38
Chile Singles Chart 5
Czech Singles Chart 84
Philippines Singles Chart 1

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Pop 100 is a songs chart created in February 2005 and released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Galgalatz Top 20 is a israeline officel music chart. ... The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ... The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ... The Latvian Airplay Charts first began in April 1994. ...

Music video

A screenshot of the video.

The music video shows the Black Parade float that My Chemical Romance were performing on in "Welcome to the Black Parade" burning, while looking like it has been through a substantial amount of wear and tear. The rest of the background is scattered with burning props from the video of "Welcome to the Black Parade", and fire is seen all around. All of the followers of The Black Parade have abandoned the band, and the band seems to be in a desperate state. Gerard Way looks particularly rough, and he appears to look like he is dying or is very ill because of the make up he is wearing, especially around his eyes. This make-up is similar to that worn by "The Patient" in the Welcome to the Black Parade video, albeit without the hospital gown. He also adopts a wide eyed, insane-looking facial expression. The band's 'condition' gets worse as the song goes on until the band revert to thrashing around in the dirt whilst performing. Although this video was a fairly basic concept compared to past videos, it is regarded by fans as by far the darkest video the band has created. A shortened edit of the song is used in the video with one bridge and two chorus repeats removed. The instrumentals at the end of the song are continued in the video with a sustained guitar chord accompanying the last few vocal lines, whereas, in the album version, they were faded out by engineer Chris Lord-Alge until only lead singer Gerard Way's voice can be heard. Drummer Bob Bryar received burns on his leg from being too close to the fire in the video. Afterwards he is seen pulling up his left pant leg to see the burn on his calf. Bob was out of the tours for a while due to the severe burn on his leg. Gerard also got hurt in this video due to guitarist Frank Iero tackling him. Image File history File links MCRfamousvid. ... Image File history File links MCRfamousvid. ... My Chemical Romance are an American rock band formed in 2001. ... Additional covers CD cover Welcome to the Black Parade is the first single and fifth track from My Chemical Ballss third studio album, The Black Parade. ... Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is the front man, lead vocalist and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance; he is also elder brother to the bands bass player, Mikey Way. ... Chris Lord-Alge is a mixer who has worked on various albums including Bad Religions No Substance, Darren Hayes Spin and Underoaths Define the Great Line, My Chemical Romances The Black Parade, Rise Againsts The Sufferer and the Witness. ... Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is the front man, lead vocalist and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance; he is also elder brother to the bands bass player, Mikey Way. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The video premiered in the United States on Total Request Live on January 11, 2007. On January 24, 2007, the video reached the #1 spot on TRL, and spent nine days at the top of the countdown, before becoming the band's first video to retire on the countdown, on March 26, 2007. The U.S. version of the video is mostly the same as the version first seen in the UK, the only difference being that it completely cuts out Bryar's incident with the heat at the end of the video. This version has started to air on British television, or at least on the music channel Scuzz TV, and Kerrang! TV. The video has also been viewed over 34 million times on YouTube. As of August 17th, it is the second most-viewed clip in the "music" section (behind "Girlfriend", by Avril Lavigne), and the 3rd most-viewed clip on the entire site, behind (in order), "Girlfriend", and "Evolution of Dance", by Judson Laipply. Total Request Live (commonly known as TRL) is the flagship television series on MTV that features popular music videos. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Kerrang! TV is a digital television station owned by EMAP, which is loosely connected to the EMAP owned magazine, Kerrang!. As of 2005, all of its programme content is music videos, the majority of which is open scheduled, for text requests from their playlist. ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Girlfriend is a song by Avril Lavigne, and was the lead single from her third album, The Best Damn Thing (2007). ... Avril Ramona Lavigne Whibley[1] (born September 27, 1984) is a Canadian rock singer and musician. ... Judson (Jud) Laipply is an American motivational speaker and comedian from Cleveland, Ohio. ...


Meaning

In an interview with The New York Times, singer Gerard Way was quoted as saying, "At first I thought [the patient died], but the more I think about it, the more I think he's not dead. Maybe this is all in his head. Maybe he can fight. Now I think he has a choice to live."[citation needed] The song's meaning is generally open to interpretation, as said before, because its lyrics never really tell one way or the other whether the patient dies. Some fans speculate that this song was really written about Gerard Way's secret love for velocipedes. The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... A velocipede is the predecessor of the bicycle, introduced in the Victorian age. ...


References

  1. ^ "Famous Last Words" in the U.S. Amazon.com Store
  2. ^ "Famous Last Words" in the Interpunk.com Store
  3. ^ "Famous Last Words" in the U.K. Amazon.co.uk Store
  4. ^ TRL Archive - January 2007, Popfusion.net.
  5. ^ Katie Hasty, "Beyonce Stays Ahead Of Fall Out Boy Atop Hot 100", Billboard.com, February 1, 2007.

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