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One for the Teenagers…

James Brown gets an utterly forgettable score:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

So lets move on

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  • 5

0 voters

  • I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
  • Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
  • The Black Parade
  • Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys

0 voters

  • Vampires Will Never Hurt You
  • Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough For The Two Of Us
  • Headfirst For Halos
  • I’m Not Okay (I Promise)
  • Thank You For The Venom
  • Helena
  • The Ghost Of You
  • Welcome To The Black Parade
  • Famous Last Words
  • I Don’t Love You
  • Teenagers
  • Desolation Row
  • Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
  • The Only Hope For Me Is You
  • Sing
  • Planetary (Go!)
  • The Kids From Yesterday
  • Boy Division
  • Tomorrow’s Money
  • Ambulance
  • Gun.
  • The World Is Ugly
  • The Light Behind Your Eyes
  • Kiss The Ring
  • Make Room!
  • Surrender The Night
  • Burn Bright
  • Fake Your Death

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Can’t really give them more than a 3. Three Cheers was a decent pop punk album with a goth twist, but I haven’t listened to it for a long time. Black Parade was quite exciting at the time, felt like they were attempting something quite outrageous and dramatic, but aside from a couple of songs it hasn’t held up at all, just feels like a drama school project. Actually might vote 2.

Fucking loved these lads as a teenager - exactly the right age for Black Parade - and not ashamed to say I still enjoy their first 3 albums. I will return in due course to elaborate and/or perk up the thread after a dozen joyless 1/5s have been doled out.

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Also, I may or may not have written a series of light hearted scripts as a teenager (I think they were called Fame School) where I went to school alongside an array of celebrities and all the men from bands I fancied were in my classes and, astonishingly, fancied me back. Gerard and Mikey Way were involved in an interfamilial war for my love. I am definitely ashamed of this.

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Three Cheers is one of my all time favourite records. So many bangers.

I was a bit past it by the time Black Parade came out and not listened to anything else, but a generous 3 on the strength of Three Cheers

I haven’t heard a full song of theirs. What I did hear I didn’t like.
Abstain.

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Inexplicably, metalcore, hip-hop and D’n’B loving housemate got massively into them in uni. I think it started off as a joke to piss the rest of us off, but then he accidentally converted himself.

2

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One of those bands whose best song captures what they’re about so perfectly and wholly that there’s really no need for them to have made any other music. 2 on the strength of Helena though

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Never a fan but, Teenagers was a fun song back in the day. 2/5

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Gonna give them a 3 I think. Three Cheers is a good record and Black Parade is ridiculous in a good way with great singles. They always seemed to be in on the joke which I like.

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I remember Three Cheers… being just such a fun pop punk record, flowing so well with so many great tunes. I loved how hammy the vocals are, it really pushes it over the edge.

Didn’t really listen to anything else as I think The Black Parade came out right when I stopped getting into that kind of stuff, but I’ll give Three Cheers…another go over the next two days, and if it still lights up my cold, 33-year old heart, I’ll give them a 3.

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Only know one of their songs, which is Black Parade (sic)- which sounds like something The Arcade Fire wish they’d written. Can’t really give them a mark on the one song I’ve heard so abstain/5

Giving them a 5 to balance out the inevitable low scores. Absolutely adored them 2004-2006ish when I was 16-18, Helena was by far the most played song on my iTunes at the time

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First album is a solid punk rock album. Geoff from Thursday produced it ao I give it a bonus point for that

I remember seeing the original video for i’m Not Okay on either p rock or Scuzz and loving it. Went out and bought 3 Cheers and they were ‘my’ band. Then they rmade a new video and went huge. 3 Cheers still holds up, the first half is great.

Black Parade (aside from the title track) and everything since is terrible.

Give them a generous 3

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Really?! Arcade Fire? Not sure that’s who I would have gone with, they’ve never really done glam rock, why them?

One of the guitarists was in Give Up The Ghost/American Nightmare for a bit which still amuses me

Oh it’s a 5. Mutes thread

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