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McCracken at Warped Tour 2004.
|Birth name||Robert Edward McCracken|
February 25, 1982 |
|Genres||Alternative rock, emo, post-hardcore, hard rock, punk rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, musician|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, trumpet, guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, programming|
|Associated acts||The Used, I'm With Stupid, My Chemical Romance, Street Drum Corps, Goldfinger, Black Veil Brides|
Robert Edward "Bert" McCracken (born February 25, 1982) is the lead singer and songwriter of the American rock band The Used.
McCracken was born in Provo but grew up in Orem, Utah, US, and was raised in a Mormon family. He has three sisters (Katie, Melanie, Rachel) and one younger brother (Joseph Taylor). He attended Timpanogos High School for a brief time, before dropping out at 16. Before joining The Used, he played the trumpet in a local band called I'm With Stupid, starting at age 12.
Eldest son of the household, Bert enjoyed a happy home life as a child, but as he grew into a teenager his and his parents' views conflicted. He rebelled against his parents and against their Mormon religion by going to other churches. As a teenager Bert was against drugs and he edited a straight-edge magazine, "Drugs Suck," until engaging in a physical bout with fellow straight edgers, thus driving the drifting 15-year-old in a different direction, culminating in drug experimentation. He became addicted to crystal meth. He dropped out of high school; soon after, he was kicked out of the house at the age of 16. For some time he was homeless until he found enough money for an apartment, moving in with girlfriend Kate. Bert credits his childhood best friend John Schueler with keeping him sane during this tough time. In January 2001, when the band called Dumb Luck (which later became The Used, then consisting of Quinn, Jeph and Branden) were looking for a singer, Quinn remembered Bert and he was invited to try out. After being given music that the band had written without words, Bert wrote the lyrics to what would become "Maybe Memories" and returned the next day with a newly recorded version of the song. The band welcomed him immediately, and renamed themselves "Used". They were eventually discovered by John Feldmann and signed to Reprise Records; they became "The Used" when it was discovered that a Boston band had already trademarked the name "Used". On June 25, 2002 they released their self-titled debut album.
2006–2007 Lies for the Liars
In the first half of 2006 the band took a break from touring and settled down to write their new record. The previous year, he had moved from Orem, Utah to Los Angeles, soon moving in with his Australian fianceé Alison. The city, he found, fascinated and disgusted him at the same time. "I met the most fake people I had ever come across on the whole planet," McCracken recalled. "They're all just liars, and they're so used to doing it, half the time I don't think they even know they're lying. Being in that environment had a direct effect on the tone of this new record, which is a little more vicious, but in a strange way, also more loving and caring." Such an environment invoked many songwriting ideas for the lyricist, inspiring songs such as "Liar Liar (Burn in Hell)." Songs such as "Pretty Handsome Awkward" were thought to be an insult to Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, though they cooperated on Under Pressure for in Love And Death.
At the beginning of August 2006, The Used's drummer Branden Steineckert got an offer from one of his childhood favorite bands, Rancid, and left The Used to become a full-time member of Rancid. Branden therefore did not take part in recording the drum tracks for Lies for the Liars; Good Charlotte's drummer Dean Butterworth served as the band's temporary drummer for the recording, after which Dan Whitesides was hired as Steineckert's permanent replacement.
On August 31, 2009 The Used came out with their 4th studio album named "Artwork." This is also when Bert and wife Alison got married.
The Used finished their 5th album, titled 'Vulnerable', and released it on March 26, 2012. On January 22, 2013, the band also re-released the album as a deluxe, two-disc edition titled 'Vulnerable (II),' the first disc including all songs from 'Vulnerable' and the second disc including multiple B-sides, remixes, and acoustic versions of 'Vulnerable' songs
The Used released their 6th studio album entitled "Imaginary Enemy" on April 1, 2014.
- 2001: Demos from the Basement [Demo]
- 2002: The Used
- 2003: Maybe Memories [CD/DVD]
- 2004: In Love and Death
- 2007: Berth [CD/DVD Live] (Recorded in 2005, Released in 2007)
- 2007: Lies for the Liars
- 2008: Shallow Believer [EP]
- 2009: Artwork
- 2012: Vulnerable
- 2013: Vulnerable (II)
- 2013: The Ocean of the Sky [EP]
- 2014: Imaginary Enemy
Outside of Music
In 2004, McCracken's ex-girlfriend died of a drug overdose while pregnant with his child.
In July 2008, he married his Austrailian fianceé, Alison Schneider, at a private ceremony in Los Angeles. In 2013, Bert announced that he and his wife have relocated from Los Angeles, to Sydney, Australia. Bert has one daughter, Cleopatra Rose McCracken, born in Sydney Australia in 2013.
- 2002: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken – "Open Your Eyes" – Open Your Eyes
- 2002: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken – "Spokesman" – Open Your Eyes
- 2002: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken – "Woodchuck" – Open Your Eyes
- 2004: My Chemical Romance featuring Bert McCracken – "You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison" – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
- 2004: Linkin Park featuring Bert McCracken – "Faint" (Live) on Projekt Revolution
- 2005: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken – "Ocean Size" – Disconnection Notice
- 2005: Street Drum Corps and Bert McCracken – "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)" – Taste of Christmas
- 2006: The Distance featuring Bert McCracken – "At Least I'm Good at Something" – The Rise And Fall And Everything in Between
- 2008: Goldfinger featuring Bert McCracken and Monique Powell – "Handjobs For Jesus" – Hello Destiny
- 2013: Black Veil Brides featuring Bert McCracken – "Days Are Numbered" – Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones
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