Lead by frontman Gerard Way, whose relatable oddball-ness earned him cult icon status, MCR eventually called it quits in early 2013.Soon after, Way announced he was working on a solo record called feels very English. Going into high school I discovered The Smiths, The Cure, all that stuff.Then grunge happened, and I didn't respond to it at all. Frontman Jarvis Cocker has said that album is their weird one, the one that stopped them from reaching any kind of mega-fame. As a kid going into art school, I completely identified with that. There's a line in that first song that's seven minutes long where [Jarvis Cocker] says, "You're going to like it, but not a lot." I love that. It's something I took with me into My Chemical Romance.I liked Nirvana a lot because I just saw them as a punk band, but the rest of grunge I couldn't relate to. I was somebody that wanted to escape where I came from, not live and work and die in the place where I was born. It seemed to celebrate being stuck and being bummed out and drinking beers. A friend of mine who got me into British music would go to Barnes & Noble or places that end up getting stuff like that had Damon from Blur wearing a Catholic school uniform. Though we never sounded like Pulp, the first track on e is so self-referential. When Bowie was in Berlin, that's all he was making.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".Their relationship was best summarized by order-in pizzas and grimy bars, never gourmet restaurants where Bert couldn’t pronounce half the menu, let alone know what anything actually was.
Before joining The Used, he played the trumpet in a local band called I'm With Stupid, starting at age 12.
In July 2008 Mc Cracken married his Australian fiancée, Alison Schneider, at a private ceremony in Los Angeles.
In 2013 he announced that he and his wife had relocated from Los Angeles, to Sydney, Australia, where their one daughter, Cleopatra Rose Mc Cracken, was born in 2013.
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.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.