This Newly Released Gerard Way Song Was Meant For A Post-My Chem Band

After surprise-releasing four new solo songs over the weekend, Gerard Way told stories about how each track came to be, and in the process revealed that before embarking on a post-My Chemical Romance solo career he planned on starting a project called Baby Animal Hospital, and "Success!" was going to be the album's opening track.

"Back before Hesitant Alien was a thing, and before I wanted to pursue a solo career, I wanted to start a band and just sing and play guitar, after my chem broke up," he wrote. "The name of the band was going to be Baby Animal Hospital (the record label hated the name, especially since it included both the words ‘baby’ and ‘hospital’ in the same phrase), and I did a bunch of rough graphic design for it, but in the end, it really felt like a solo thing, so that’s what it became. But when it was Baby Animal Hospital (I wanted something that sounded warm and fuzzy and loud, like the tones) I recorded this track with Doug for the opening of the record. The lyrics/sounds are just the word BAH over and over again, which where [sic] the first letters of each word of the band name, but that wasn’t intentional, I just liked the sound. And this was us really messing with auto-tune to try and make it sound like an instrument."

"It was supposed to be this track as track one and go right into Action Cat," he continued. "Later on, I figured I would just make a zine with the name Baby Animal Hospital, but I didn’t get very far with it. Still like the name, and may do something with it in the future. Maybe one day I’ll share all the graphic design I did for it when it was a band, a lot of which was cut and paste by hand."

Last week, Way recalled a bizarre dream he had and how it relates to MCR's eventual return to the stage after the band's lauded reunion came to a screeching halt last month, when the coronavirus pandemic forced dozens of artists to cancel or postpone tour dates.

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