Party Poison

Album: Danger Days: True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from New Jersey rockers My Chemical Romance's fourth album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. The band debuted the song during a secret show at the Roxy in Los Angeles on July 31, 2010.
  • This straightforward punk tune features a shout-out to the MC5's 1969 proto-punk classic "Kick Out The Jams." "This was the cream of the crop of the stripped-down style we were going for," guitarist Ray Toro told Spin Magazine. "And just the spirit and energy of the MC5 - that fuels this song."
  • Toro told Spin that he and his bandmates met up with MC5 frontman Wayne Kramer and played him this track. "We actually got to play that song for Wayne Kramer [of the MC5] in our pre-production, which was awesome. He wanted to come by and visit us, and we said, 'Hey, can we play you this song? I lyric-check you guys in it. You know your band is a huge inspiration for our sound on this record.'"
  • Toro explained the song's meaning to Spin: "That song is truly about the power of working class rock'n'roll versus the power of fame. It's working class rock versus Chanel f--king handbags and red carpets and all that bulls--t."
  • The song's opening features a vibe similar to Judas Priest's "Living After Midnight." "That's my favorite Priest song," front man Gerard Way told Spinner UK.
  • Way commented to Rolling Stone regarding this song prior to the album's release: "It brings back, lyrically, some of that wonderful fiction from the first album. I think we wrote our 'Born To Run,' and I'm so amped about that. It's a completely different sound for the band - it's like an anti-party song that you can party to. I can't wait for people to hear it. To me, it's the greatest song we've ever written - it's my favorite MCR song."
  • The song was originally titled "Death Before Disco."
  • The concept of Danger Days: True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys is based around the lives of the "Fabulous Killjoys," in the setting of California in the year 2019. The band's alter-egos are the four Killjoys with Gerard Way adopting the persona of "Party Poison."
  • Way discussed the influence of '80s rockers including fellow New Jersey artist Bruce Springsteen on Danger Days: True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys with Spin magazine: "Aesthetically or fictionally, the album has these feelings of being like a 15-year-old kid at the Jersey Shore, trying to win a Motley Crue mirror or an Iron Maiden hat, from that era when heavy metal was yet to become hair rock.

    It's also about the Boss - he was my first show - but the Boss before the really big hits. That notion that if you're from Jersey, you want to get the hell out of it. I love Jersey, but that was my goal. And to me, the music of Springsteen was always about that. It's just about of getting up and blowing out of town."
  • My Chemical Romance scrapped much of the first incarnation of Danger Days after a year's recording and started over with the help of Black Parade producer Rob Cavallo. This song was written during the earlier sessions but Eri, the Japanese woman that speaks at the beginning, was added later on.

Comments: 3

  • Memphis from SomewhereI love this song as it is truly amazing but it still kind of annoys me that I can't figure out what Eri is saying! I still think it's an awesome song though!
  • Rae from Buxton, NcI love this song...because its about Gerard! My favorite person ever!! But even if he wasn't its a great song
  • M from Asdfjkl;, Ili love this song!
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