Music: Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
"This one's for all you rock-and-rollers, all you crash queens and motor babies. Listen up! The future is bulletproof. The aftermath is secondary. It's time to do it now and do it loud! Killjoys, make some noise!"Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys
is the fourth studio album by My Chemical Romance
. The concept of the album is based around the lives of the 'Fabulous Killjoys' with each band member posing as a different member. The Killjoys are a group of outlaws who are fighting against the evil corporation Better Living Industries (BL/ind.)
led by Korse
, in the year 2019. Their guide is pirate radio DJ Dr. Death Defying. A website for Better Living Industries was launched in mid-November, betterlivingindustries.jp, featuring a mission statement, a report from the Zones and a merchandise store.
In terms of music, Danger Days is very much a lighter and
- wait, no, that doesn't quite fit. It's definitely less angsty than previous MCR albums, even with the requisite rock opera ending
, and while many tracks keep the anthemic feel of their previous works, they're infused with a straightforward high-octane
, raygun-laden psychotronic enthusiasm
and tying together influences from modern Indie Rock, pop punk, and their old Emotive Hardcore
sound to create something distinctly new.
In addition, Dark Horse Comics
published The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys comic, a six part miniseries that started in June 2013. The comic serves as a sequel to the album and the official ending to the Killjoys storyline, focusing on the Girl and the continued fight against BL/ind 12 years after the Killjoys' deaths.
- "Look Alive, Sunshine" (0:29)
- "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" (3:25)
- "Bulletproof Heart" (4:55)
- "SING" (4:29)
- "Planetary (GO!)" (4:06)
- "The Only Hope for Me Is You" (4:32)
- "Jet-Star and the Kobra Kid/Traffic Report" (0:26)
- "Party Poison" (3:35)
- "Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back" (3:49)
- "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W" (4:27)
- "Summertime" (4:06)
- "Destroya" (4:32)
- "The Kids from Yesterday" (5:24)
- "Goodnite, Dr. Death" (1:58)
- "Vampire Money" (3:37)
The Fabulous Killjoys and others
- Party Poison: Gerard Way
- Jet Star: Ray Toro
- Fun Ghoul: Frank Iero
- Kobra Kid: Mikey Way
- The Girl: Grace Jeanette
- DJ Death Defying: Steve Montano
- Show Pony: Ricky Rebel
- Korse: Grant Morrison
Danger Days features the following tropes
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- Alternate Continuity: Many are quick to note a Continuity Snarl or two between the album and the events in the videos, the most obvious being Jet Star and Kobra Kid being reported as dead in "Jet Star and Kobra Kid" on the album and the Killjoys possibly dying in the video for "SING". It all depends on how you interpret all the information gathered together, whether or not everything happens in one timeline. (Or, possibly, whether the villains are using stun bolts.) There's also a nice piece of fanfic that tries to explain how the Killjoys keep surviving.
- The comics serve as an official sequel to the album. However, some have noted the similarities of DJ Cherri Cola in the comics to Mikey's portrayal of Kobra Kid◊. The solit for issue 3 even mentions Cherri as "a former Killjoy". Yet again, this comes into conflict with Kobra's fate in "Jet Star and Kobra Kid". This is subverted, however, in that it was revealed Cherri Cola was indeed a Killjoy, but he didn't go to Battery City to rescue the Girl with the other Killjoys so he wasn't dusted, leaving him the only apparent original Killjoy survivor until his death protecting the Girl. Any resemblance to Kobra Kid seems to be just a coincidence.
- Apocalypse How: The enigmatic event when "The Lights Went Out" is an implied Class 1. Another is implied at the end of the album with Doctor D's line "The lights are out and the party's over."
- The Apunkalypse: The Killjoys world isn't a million miles away from that seen in Mad Max.
- Buccaneer Broadcaster: Doctor Death Defying.
- Handicapped Badass: Dr Death Defying.
- Badass and Child Duo: The girl with all four Killjoys.
- Bald of Evil: Korse
- Character Blog: The mysterious Twitter accounts for Dr. Death Defying, Agent Cherri Cola, News A Go Go, and Tommy Chow Mein.
- Cool Mask: The Killjoys all have personalized masks to kick ass in, which have become a common fashion statement both with fans and those influenced by the Killjoys in the comics.
- Crapsack World: When your only shot at freedom is to flee to the desert and risk getting "ghosted" nearly every day of your life, that might qualify. Not that people in Battery City have it any better, not following BL/ind's orders can lead to getting killed, replaced with a robot, or turned into a Draculoid. While the Danger Days story takes place around the West Coast, Better Living Industries is a Japanese company and what little is implied about the rest of the world isn't too good.
- Deus Ex Nukina: Possibly part of the backstory of the post-apocalyptic world in Danger Days, though promotional material hinted at the 2012 doomsday prediction as a possible cause.
- Elite Mooks: The Draculoids.
- The Dracs might just be regular Mooks while the Exterminators (like Korse) are the real Elite Mooks. Word of God seemed to suggest that the Dracs were higher than S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, who were higher than the police. Korse seems more like The Dragon. In the comic, The Girl stated Dracs weren't worth her time to off and she only targeted Scarecrows, which implies Dracs are lower. Also in the comic, Korse is demoted to Lobby Patrol for the BL/ind compound, which while a significant step down from being a Scarescrow is still higher than a Draculoid.
- Engrish: As Battery City is implied to be Japanese funded, some of the text and dialogues that appear in the videos, albums and comics are read in mangled bad translated english.
- Faceless Goons: The S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W unit and the Draculoids
- Fake Band: As a very punk rock inspired post-apocalyptic world, it has at least four stated fictional bands. The Mad Gear and The Missile Kid, Vacation Adventure Society, AKA Loretta and The Cause and Effect.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Agent Cherri Cola, who went into Battery City on a one-Killjoy killing spree, was captured alive, and was turned into a Draculoid. According to the Twitter accounts anyway, he's still very much not a Drac in the comics.
- Issue 1 of the comic shows that putting on a Drac masks forces you to see everyone around you as giant insects. One girl forced to wear the mask nearly kills her brother out of fear.
- Fingerless Gloves: A common fashion choice in the Zones.
- Future Slang: "Slaughtermatic", "clap", "Costa Rica", "Crash Queens" and "dusted" to name but a few.
- Improvised Weapon: Nintendo Power Gloves and Zappers are the weapon of choice in 2019.
- Kill 'em All: In the video for "SING", all of the Killjoys die.
- In the album, only Jet Star and the Kobra Kid die. Or at least at that point.
- DESTROYA implies that at least one of them survived. Some personally interpret that song as a Rousing Speech before what is either the Killjoys' Heroic Sacrifice or victory. Keep in mind that according to Dr. Death Defying's Twitter, there are "four generally accepted levels of dead" in the wastes.
- The official comics continuation so far indicates they all died...except for DJ Cherri Cola. Issue 2 mentions him as a former Killjoy who didn't go with the others to Battery City (as in, the events of the "SING" video) and ended up being the only surviving Killjoy as a result.
- The fate of "Vacation Adventure Club" in the "Dead Satellites" Free Comic Book Day story.
- Large Ham Radio: Doctor Death Defying
- Made of Iron: Possibly everyone. There are, after all, four levels of dead in the wastes.
- Man in White: The Draculoids at BL/ind.
- Mega Corp.: Better Living Industries.
- Robot Girl: "FTWWW" and "Mastas of Ravencroft" by Mad Gear & The Missile Kid imply sex with android girls.
- The comics feature a subplot with Red and Blue, android "porno bots" who just so happen to be in a committed relationship.
- The Free Comic Book Day short "Dead Satellites" shows BL/ind sending down decommissioned porno bots from the skies to draw out Zone dwellers who mistake them from the sky as meteors or something else and go to investigate.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Better Living Industries took control in 2012, the events of the album and the videos take place in 2019, and the comics take place 12 years after the events of the album.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Party Poison's radioactive red hair, and most of the Ultra V's hair colors in the comic. Rather appropiate for a series about teenage rebel punks.
The Album and Music Videos
- Black Guy Dies First: Volume of the Ultra V's.
- Coming-of-Age Story: Word of God states its this for The Girl.
- Despair Event Horizon: Korse. After his boyfriend is killed, the SCARECRO Ws that come to arrest him comment 'he looks like he's dead already'. Thankfully he snaps out of it in time for his Crowning Moment of Awesome.
- Downer Ending: The Free Comic Book Day mini issue, Dead Satellites. Vacation Adventure Society, a pair of musicians, rogues, and possibly Killjoys allies, are killed, and a boy loses his mom to BL/ind, replaced by a cyborg-mom.. And that was only on that issue.
- Fiery Redhead: Val Velocity after dyeing his hair red.
- Heel-Face Turn: Korse. The more we see him the more sympathetic he becomes, until he outright defies his old role as villain by letting Blue escape.
- Heel Realization: Korse and Val Velocity.
- Hero Antagonist: Val Velocity's just a little too bloodthirsty and Wrong Genre Savvy to be the comic's hero.
- The Hero Is Dead: The Killjoys that saved The Girl have been dead for years.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. The Girl thinks that Cola's death was this, but the Phoenix Witch questions the idea that it was intentional.
- Humongous Mecha: Destroya. We get to see just how humongous when he comes back to life.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Korse, the BL Ind elite S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, takes a great resemblance to his original actor, Grant Morrison. Similarly, Steve, righ?'s character, Dr. Death Defying, is basically himself in a comic book.
- Of Corsets Sexy: The head of BLI combines this and Whip It Good to create an intimidating dominatrix look when she's not wearing a suit.
- The Power of Hate: The force that makes The Girl so special. It's so potent that it could kill everyone in Battery City or free them.
- Properly Paranoid: Val Velocity is VERY suspect of BLI spying on the Killjoys, suspicions that lead him to do some truly horrible things. He's right in the end, though the spy was the last person or rather, animal that anyone ever would have suspected.
- Right on Queue: Poor Blue is subjected to a truly ridiculous degree of this. It is NOT played for laughs.
- Sequel Series: The comic is a sequel to Danger Days, the album.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Korse apparently started seeing another man sometime during the Time Skip and might be gaining more of a conscience as a result. At the expense of his SCARECROW status being revoked and the potential for big trouble if BL/ind finds out he's actually having a meaningful romantic relationship.
- Teenage Wasteland: Implied, most characters seen in the Zones appear to be in their early teens to mid twenties and the oldest non BL/ind character seen in the Zones in issue 1 are the salesman Tommy Chow Mein, DJ Death Defying, and DJ Cherri Cola. The Ultra V's mistrust DJ Death Defying due to him being super old (like, forty something).
- Those Two Guys: Vaya and Vamos. Equally vain and languid, if it wasn't for their different hair colors and clothes, you'd be hard pressed to tell them apart.
- Time Skip: Takes place 12 years after the events of the album.
- Warrior Poet: DJ Cherri Cola speaks in very haunting verses when we heard him. Plus, he's a Dr. Death Defying ally, and former Killjoy, surviving the Time Skip in the Zones, so we must assume he's a great fighter.