Macy Gray Does Her Raspy My Chemical Romance Cover on 'Conan'

Macy Gray Does Her Raspy My Chemical Romance Cover on 'Conan'
Marc Hogan

Since attracting the world's attention with the left-field smash "I Try" around the turn of the millennium, Macy Gray has been trying mightily to achieve a more lasting success, admirably without ever relinquishing her trademark wackiness. Covered, her first album since 2010's guest-laden The Sellout, came out this week, and it finds the raspy-voiced R&B-popsters applying her eccentricities to covers of songs by Metallica, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and more. Last night on Conan, she gave a horn-spackled piano-pop rendition of My Chemical Romance's bouncy glam-punk sing-a-along "Teenagers." Gray took the stage with wildly upswept hair and a sparkly avocado-green gown, and she was backed by not only an eight-piece band (!) but also, on the last couple of "Hey Jude"-style choruses, some actual kids. "Teenagers" sounds weirdly out of time here, but if you're into either 2007's The Black Parade original or singer-actress Gray's flamboyant stylings, her version is definitely worth a watch. Even if she can't say "shit" on TV.

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