Aliens Alike: How Gerard Way’s “Hesitant Alien” artistically reinvents David Bowie and Brit pop influence

Ex – My Chemical Romance vocalist, Gerard Way has had his solo project “Hesitant Alien” out for over a year now, but with recent events I thought I would bring it up again.

As with iconic Brit-pop rock singer David Bowie passing away on Jan. 10, 2016 at the age of 69, I wanted to highlight one of my personal favorites of his works, “Space Oddity” (and many mentions of “Heroes” and “Ziggy Stardust” and other works).

So how are these two iconic albums mimicked?

Not only with the out of this world personas, flashy suits and red hair…“Hesitant Alien” provides the iconic brit pop influence to a whole new generation

Heavily influenced by Bowie in many of his works, Way himself states in various occasions as being a “HUGE fan” of the iconic Starman. In a Periscope live stream, Way speaks highly of his vinyl collection, pointing out that David Bowie’s “Low” as one of his personal favorites.

 

Compare :

Track 1 – “No Shows” to “Life On Mars”

Not only is the space theme hella prevelent here, the outfits and costuming is eerily similar along with the white backgrounds.

Track 2 – “Millions” to “Heroes”

The backing tune of these two songs are definitely similar sounds and very interesting.

Track 3 – “Space Oddity” to “How’s It Going To Be”

The most ‘ballad-esque’ track on Hesitant Alien… and narrative wise, can be a good comparison to the iconic “Space Oddity”.

Track 4 – “Maya The Psychic” to “Ziggy Stardust”

A bit of a stretch… but I do like putting these two together energy wise.

For Fun – “Under Pressure” cover by My Chemical Romance & The Used


 

Although decades (and maybe galaxies) apart, the influence is there as Bowie and his music touched many across various generations and genres.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts on Bowie, Way, more comparaisons or if you like any of these albums!

Rest in Peace David Bowie ❤

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Girl Power: The best Halsey x Melanie Martinez Mashups on the internet right now

With powerhouse voices and unique looks the femme fatales of the indie scene Halsey and Melanie Martinez are taking over the internet.

Thanks to the internet, we can get an insight to both of these unique female artists at the same time via some very creative and mind-blowing mashups.

Take a look below:

1. Gasoline x Dollhouse

 

2.  Castle x Sippy Cup

 

3. Mad Hatter x New Americana

 

4. Hold Me Down x Mrs. PotatoHead

 

5. Haunted x Alphabet Boy

 

6. Soap x Ghost

 

Check out the Youtube channels featured here for more amazing mashups, and follow Halsey and Melanie on Twitter for more music updates!

Top 10: Remix Finds Of The Month ~ October

So, starting a new category of music fun on this blog – MORE TOP 10 POSTS!

I want to start doing a few a month, so leave me comments and enjoy!

Recently, I have gathered a list of my favorite remixes/cool covers I’ve found over the internet, so here are some of the best that you all should check out ASAP :

  1. “Favorite Record” by Fall Out Boy (remixed by James De Barrado)
  2. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! At The Disco (remixed by Kasum)
  3. “Alone Together” by Fall Out Boy (Krewella remix) 
  4. “Sugar We’re Goin Down/ This Is Gospel”(FOB & PATD Mashup) 
  5. “Black Widow” by Iggy Azalea (cover by The Animal In Me)
  6. All Time Low Medley (Dave Days)
  7. “Worth It” by Fifth Harmony (Levianth Remix)
  8. “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus (Caked remix/Trap)
  9. “23” by Miley Cyrus,Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J (CAKED remix/Trap)

  10. “Ain’t it Fun” by Paramore (Kasum remix) 

Throwbacks: Top 5 My Chemical Romance Live Performances

We all have that overwhelmingly blissful feeling of being at a show watching our favorite bands and never wanting the night to end. Some performances are so memorable that one will watch them over and over again online or through a live DVD, just to relive some of those magical moments.

My Chemical Romance was a highly popular band of the 2000’s pop punk era (and one of my all time favorites 😉 ) who have many memorable performances throughout the span of their career until the break up of 2013.

From the dark days of Revenge or The Black Parade to the bright and fun Danger Days and the Killjoys…Each show MCR put on had a wildly theatrical energy that blew crowds and fans away for years throughout their career, and continue to do so as the legend of the band lives on through their music.

Without further hesitation, here are the Top 5 My Chemical Romance live performances:


5. “Welcome To The Black Parade” ~ Scream Awards (Scream Awards -2006)

It’s always a fond memory when one of your favorite bands perform on stage for an award show. Complete with a creepy intro, people in costume on stage and backdrops… The Black Parade truly comes to life here at the Scream Awards hosted in 2006, and it is one amazing performance.

4. “I’m Not Okay” ~ Live at Launch (Life on the Murder Scene DVD – 2006)

Throwing it all the way back to the days captured on the ‘Life on the Murder Scene’ DVD, MCR documented the band’s journey into becoming a band and the fame in the early 2000’s. The DVD shows many highs and lows of the band, from touring to the struggle of vocalist, Gerard Way and his battle with alcoholism in the early years of the band. This performance is a clip from the DVD of MCR performing “I’m Not Okay” at Launch.

3. “Helena” ~ Live from LA (Killjoys Make Some Noise -2010 )

From the tour after ‘Danger Days’ was released, the performance was filmed on the date in Los Angeles. Before beginning the throwback to the song ‘Helena’ from ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge‘, Way comes out to the stage to thank the fans for all the support for the project of ‘Danger Days’ and helping out in any way possible, which I find very sweet and something definitely memorable about MCR… they genuinely care about their fans.

2. “Destroya” ~ Live on Jimmy Fallon (Late Night – 2011)

Taken from when MCR performed on ‘The Late Show’ hosted by Jimmy Fallon when promoting the album ‘Danger Days‘, this energetic performance has become one of my favorites to watch over and over again. From Gerard’s over-the-top showman ship, running around the stage and interacting with band mates (And who can pass up that glorious poncho?! 😉 ) to Frank’s fangirl inducing back up vocals and the live crowd cheering the guys on from the start; it’s a wonderful performance that any MCR fan will want to check out.

  1. “Cancer” ~ Live In Mexico (The Black Parade is DEAD! DVD – 2008)

I’ll even admit it, I have a hard time not breaking out into tears when this song comes on, let alone have Gerard Way belt it out with his amazing vocals. In this live performance, Gerard serenades the crowd on stage alone as an artsy silhouette against the massive crowd in Mexico. In the clip, Gerard thanks the crowd as they cheer, the suspense builds as the crowd quiets down once again for the talented signer to close out the final note in the best way possible. Emotional and breath taking, this performance is part of the “Black Parade is Dead” tour from back in 2008, and it can’t be more beautiful or more memorable.