Aside from spending 12 years fronting one of the biggest bands in the world, forging a solo career AND writing a ton of comic books, Gerard Way still had time to appear on other people's stuff! Here are some of the best.
Today is Gerard Way's birthday! Now, while we could spend the day shouting about his achievements in My Chemical Romance, we've decided to go down a different route and look at the times that he lent his iconic voice to the songs of other artists. And he's done it quite a lot.
WRONGCHILDE - 'FALLING IN LOVE (WILL KILL YOU)'
Think of the most beautiful thing you have ever heard. Let it consume it and take over your whole body. Do you feel it? Yeah? It's still nowhere near as beautiful as this collaboration. Facts.
DEADMAU5 - 'PROFESSIONAL GRIEFERS'
Imagine being in a club dancing away to some bassline and then you hear Gerard's dinstinctive tone filling your ear drums. You'd dance till your legs fell off right? Well this pumping number by deadmau5 made such a scenario very possible.
KYOSUKE HIMURO - 'SAFE AND SOUND'
Gerard even has connections in J-rock. Looking cooler than cool in the middle of the desert, our man absolutely smashes it on this total anthem.
HEAD AUTOMATICA - 'GRADUATION DAY'
OI DARYL PALUMBO, BRING BACK HEAD AUTOMATICA PLEASE. IF YOU DO THEN YOU CAN PLAY THIS SONG AND GERARD CAN COME AND DO SOME MORE BACKING VOCALS AND THE WORLD WILL BE ALL WONDERFUL AGAIN.
THURSDAY - 'JET BLACK NEW YEAR'
It's not secret that Gerard and Geoff Rickly have been best buddies for many years. Hell, Geoff even took the production reigns on MCR's debut album 'I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love'. So it's only right that Gerard has an imprint on one of Thursday's biggest tunes.
SAY ANYTHING - 'IN DEFENSE OF THE GENRE'
This is what it sounds like when two of the most unique voices that the alternative scene has to offer get together and make magic.
ANDY BLACK - 'LOUDER THAN YOUR LOVE'
Andy Biersack's debut solo album 'The Shadow Side' was a love-in of brilliant musicians with Patrick Stump and Benji Madden helping with some of the song writing and Rian Dawson, Matt Skiba and Mikey Way playing on some of the tracks. It was only right that Gerard got his chance to do some singing as well then.
EVERY TIME I DIE - 'KILL THE MUSIC'
Though his tender side is enough to make your heart melt, Gerard is often at his best when he can get a bit heated. Where better to flex that agression muscle than with one of the best heavy bands of all time. Get weird.
THE OVAL PORTRAIT - 'BARNABUS COLLINS HAS MORE SKELETONS IN HIS CLOSET THAN VINCENT PRICE'
Though they were short lived, The Oval Portrait managed to produce some truly stirring music. A lot of what makes their output so low-key iconic is the part that Gerard played while doing backing croons on the band's only album 'Life In Death'.
EURINGER - 'SAILOR IN A LIFE BOAT'
Described by Jimmy Urine as "a little bit My Chem, a little bit Mindless [Self Indulgence]", and that's not a bad description to be honest.