I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

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"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
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Single by My Chemical Romance
from the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Released September 13, 2004 (2004-09-13)
Format
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop punk,[4] emo,[5] punk rock[6]
Length 3:08[1]
Label Reprise,[1] Eyeball
Writer(s) My Chemical Romance
Producer(s) Howard Benson[1]
My Chemical Romance singles chronology
"Headfirst for Halos"
(2004)
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
(2004)
"Thank You for the Venom"
(2004)
Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge track listing
Music video
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" on YouTube
Music video
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" [Dialogue/MTV Version] on YouTube

"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" is the lead single and fifth track from My Chemical Romance's second studio album, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" was released to radio on September 28, 2004.[7]

Reception and accolades[edit]

It reached #86 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[8][9] and, in March 2005, #19 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also helped expand the band's fan base, and has been certified gold status by the RIAA.[10] It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.[11] The cover art was redone in live action on the inside of the band's DVD Life on the Murder Scene.

Music videos[edit]

The first music video version for the song features a montage of concert footage and the band's ordinary life in New Jersey. It was produced by Rafaela Monfradini and Greg Kaplan, who was also the director. It also features pictures of brothers, bassist Mikey Way and lead singer Gerard Way, when they were little kids and teenagers.

The second version music video depicts life inside a fictional American high school in the form of a mock movie trailer. The band appears as a group of outcast students who are repeatedly harassed by another group who are portrayed as popular kids. The band members then attempt to take on the popular kids and ultimately have a showdown in a hallway, with the band members armed with croquet mallets and the popular kids with lacrosse and hockey gear. It also has some clips expressing some emotions and clips of the band playing in a garage. The music video was directed by Marc Webb,[3] and parts of it were filmed at Alexander Hamilton High School and Loyola High School in Los Angeles during August 2004.[10] Greg Kaplan and Rafaelia Monfradini produced the video.[10] The video started production on August 13, 2004.[12]

This version of the video was also named #1 on Fuse's 25 Greatest Videos Countdown, beating out other videos such as "Basket Case" by Green Day and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana.

Cover versions[edit]

Matt Pond PA recorded a cover of the song for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November 2008.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by My Chemical Romance.

US promotional DVD

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"  

UK promotional CD

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (radio edit) 3:08

UK CD1 and 7" vinyl

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:09
2. "Bury Me in Black" (demo) 2:39

UK CD2

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:09
2. "Bury Me in Black" (demo) 2:37
3. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live) 2:51
4. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (video)  

UK and Australian CD

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:09
2. "Bury Me in Black" (demo) 2:39
3. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live) 2:51

UK re-release CD1 and iTunes single

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:07
2. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live from BBC Radio 1 Lock Up session) 3:30

UK re-release CD2

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:09
2. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live from BBC Radio 1 Lock Up session) 3:30
3. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (live from MTV $2 Bill) 3:24

Credits and personnel[edit]

Additional[1][10]
  • Produced by Howard Benson
  • Mixed by Richard Costey and Simon Askew
  • Engineered and recorded by Dan Wise
  • Written by My Chemical Romance

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[14][15] 65
European Hot 100 Singles[16] 67
New Zealand Singles Chart[17] 38
Scottish Singles Chart[18] 23
UK Singles Chart[10][19] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 86
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[8] 4
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[8] 64

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United States September 12, 2004 Warner Reprise, Eyeball DVD PRODVD101434
United Kingdom Reprise, Eyeball CD PRO15076
September 13, 2004 W653CD, 9362427522
March 7, 2005 7" vinyl W666, 5439160527
March 7, 2005 CD W666CD1, 5439160522
W666CD2, 9362427962
Australia March 28, 2005 9362427522
United Kingdom November 7, 2005 W692CD1, 5439158692
W692CD2, 9362428672

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)". discogs.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)". discogs.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)". discogs.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Ashley Burns. "'Middle School' Is A Mash-Up Of Every Pop Punk Song You Won't Admit You Once Loved". UPROXX. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Emo Songs of All Time". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bryant, Tom. "The Top 10 Best My Chemical Romance Songs". TeamRock. 
  7. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d "My Chemical Romance - Awards". Allmusic. 
  9. ^ "My Chemical Romance - Chart History". Billboard. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "my-chemical-romance-frenchteam.com". my-chemical-romance-frenchteam.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  11. ^ "Green Day and System of a Down Tops the Kerrang! Awards 2005 Nominations". Entertainment News Staff. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  12. ^ May Death Never Stop You | "I'm Not Okay" (I Promise) [Version 2] [Video Version], retrieved 2015-10-08 
  13. ^ Matthew Solarski (19 November 2008). "My Brightest Diamond, Frightened Rabbit Do Covers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  14. ^ "Australian Single Charts Search for My Chemical Romance". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  15. ^ "ARIA report (Australian Record Industry Association)". Australian Recording Industry Association via Pandora Archive. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  16. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  17. ^ "New Zealand Single Charts Search for My Chemical Romance". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 - Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". zobbel.de. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 

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