I like the idea of any artist trying to escape the trajectory of a successful career. The Used's Bert Mc Cracken has officially crossed two names off his Christmas list: President George W. It's really no surprise that Bush won't be getting so much as a card from the Used lead singer, thanks mostly to the ongoing war in Iraq ("It's f---ing bullsh--," Mc Cracken opined), but Way ... It wasn't that long ago the two were exchanging verses on a charity version of the Queen/ David Bowie classic "Under Pressure" (see "My Chemical Romance Cover 'Under Pressure,' Plan 'Big Rock' LP"). I'm completely comfortable with where our band is at. But I'd prefer to say nothing more about My Chemical Romance." While he might be mum on his feelings about Way, Mc Cracken is more than happy to let it rip on President Bush, especially with his side project, the Street Drum Corps, which he started with his friends in S. They contributed a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" to the just-released Taste of Christmas comp and recently shot a politically charged clip for the song at a church in Brooklyn, New York.Both play a role in the singer's understanding of timeless art and emotions greater than the confines of song.
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In their 12 year career, My Chemical Romance did the unthinkable.
But those days are ancient history now, according to Mc Cracken. "Um, I'd prefer not to say anything about My Chemical Romance, except that we did have a falling out. "The video is about a family, and the dad goes off to war, and it shows how big of a bummer it could be to have someone fighting in a war that makes absolutely no sense to anybody, especially us Americans who would love to see the rest of the world have an idea about how good America could be, as opposed to how rotten it actually is," Mc Cracken said.
The rest of my band, they're still mates with all the guys in that band. N., Circus Minor and the Start (see "Used Frontman Warms Up For Tour By Playing With 'Punk-Rock 'STOMP' ' ").
Perhaps most importantly, it’s the first time frontman Bert Mc Cracken has written, in aesthetic detail, about a particular and fresh loss of great magnitude: is for and about his childhood friend Tregen Lewis, who tragically took his life a little over a year ago.
The record details the story of Lewis, and Mc Cracken’s ex-girlfriend Kate, who overdosed while pregnant with his child 13 years ago.Eldest son of the household, Bert enjoyed a happy home life as a child, but as he grew into a teenager his and his parents' views conflicted.He rebelled against his parents and against their Mormon religion. It’s their largest body of work to date, and in many ways, their most important. The Used’s seventh studio album is their first without founding guitarist Quinn Allman and their first with new instrumentalist Justin Shekoski, formerly of the post hardcore band Saosin.Produced by legendary hard rock innovator Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot, At the Drive-In) is their first full-length endeavor recorded totally on tape, without the fixtures and overcorrection of modern digital production.In 2004 Mc Cracken's ex-girlfriend died of a drug overdose while pregnant with his child.