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I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

I'm Not Okay (I Promise), quatrième single de My Chemical Romance et premier de l'album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge

Released :September 13, 2004
Format : CD / Vinyl 7" / Digital Download
Length: 3 minutes and 09 seconds
Label : Reprise Records

Tracklist CD #1 & Vinyl 7"
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:09
2. "Bury Me in Black" 2:39

Tracklist CD #2
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:09
2. "Bury Me in Black" 2:39
3. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live) 2:51
4. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" [Clip]* (Europe seulement)

Reissue 2005 CD #3 & iTunes
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:09
2. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live BBC1) 3:30

Reissue 2005 CD #4
1. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" 3:09
2. "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison" (live BBC1) 3:30
3. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" (live from MTV $2 Bill) 3:24

Producer : Howard Benson

    Learn more about the single I'm Not Okay (I Promise)  

The single is the first single from the album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, he came out the first time in September 2004 in the UK and was reissued in 2005 in parallel with its release on the iTunes platform.

There are several versions of this single, with the presence (depending the version) of the demo "Bury me in Black", recorded during the sessions of the second album but not present in the final version of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. And on others, a live version of "You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison.

There are also two versions of the sleeve, one white and one black. Although the white remains the most popular and the most distributed to date. It is ranked nineteenth place in UK Charts and was certified Gold in June 2005, this is first single of the band to have reached such a distinction.

Learn more about this video:

There are two versions of the video, the first recorded in the same way as the previous clips from "Bullets" with a shoestring. And the second for MTV, shot with a bigger budget and built as a movie trailer.


Produced by Greg Kaplan and Rafaela Monfradini, this first clip is a kind of logbook of old school tourdates by My Chemical Romance. With a van too small for five people, waking up too early. Photoshoot in the middle of nowhere and with intense live footage. It shows the real life of a group embarked for several months on the road.
This music video is like the band who turns the page of these years of misery to make known and popularize their music. This is the last appearance of Matt Pelissier in a video of MCR.

The band has just signed a big record company and the MTV version of the music video shows the band really enters in the professional world of music. The first one was judged too amateur to be aired on the channel MTV, Warner decides to make another most professional.
Directed by Marc Webb, this version is shot in August 2004 in Los Angeles, to Alexander Hamilton High School and Loyola High School.


Shot like a trailer of Teen Movie, he opposes the loosers and the bullied of the University (members of My Chem) to the young popular people and the top of the class. In this video appears in the musical part, Bob Bryar on drums, but not appear in the credits. This is Brian Schechter, the band's manager, who is under the costume of the mascot, beaten in the video.

Musical personnel:

- Gerard Way: Lead vocals
- Mikey Way: Bass guitar
- Ray Toro: Lead guitar, backing vocals
- Frank Iero: Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
- Matt Pelissier: Drums

Technical personnel:

- Recorded by Dan Wise ("Bury Me In Black").
- Mixed by Rich Costey & Simon Askew.
- Produced by Howard Benson.

Artistic personnel:

- Design, Art Direction and Layout by Gerard Way.