Sep 27, 2012 12:25PM
I'm glad to see so many coming back! It's better than most of the **** on the radio from this decade
Nov 26, 2012 4:03PM
Every generation has some type of music it identifies with. Some people stretch themselves a bit more that others and cross generational lines. All of our music brings out emotions and tells the story of our times. Music of one generation has always come back around as the teens on one generation become the next group of boomers trying to remember their past. I can pretty much connect every song to the first time I heard it and who I was with and what I was doing. That is the power of all music. Have you ever heard some older person walking down the street singing the songs of their time. I am trying to visualize some person in their 70s walking down the sidewalk singing about "so I shot the b**ch with my nine because she's a H*e. Now there is a generation label to live with. You can just feel the depth of that music and find real life meaning in it.
Nov 27, 2012 6:39AM
Green Day is one of the ONLY bands to listen to. I really think Billie Joe is the modern day Bob Dylan. I know you probably wont' agree and that's OK. He has the ability to wear is heart and the loss of his mind on his sleeve in every song he writes. Every song comes from something personal. Listen to Lazy Bones, Church On Sunday, listen to Wake Me Up When September Ends or Amy. Hell, look at the break down he had in front of millions of people. He takes it all very personally. I'd freak out like that too if someone cut my set short because Usher couldn't shut the hell up.
They have the ability to move, change and evolve with the times. Their songs have become better, more melodic, less three chords and three minutes of thrashing. Do you think they would still be around making the great music they are now if they had only done the same music as Dookie or Insomniac? Great albums and great music, but their newer stuff is just as good. They never would have survived and we would have missed out on some of their best stuff. You don't get any more powerful or masterful than American Idiot and to a lesser degree, 21st Century Breakdown. How well would the Beatles have been received had they continued to make copy after copy of Love Me Do? Some of their best stuff was their later stuff like Let It Be or Sgt. Peppers.Or U2 if they just continued to make songs like I Will Follow and New Year's Day. Granted, once Bono decided to save the world, I got bored, but gladly, Green Day doesn't get wrapped up in that.
You can't expect bands to stay constantly in the same hole. Artistically you have to allow them to make the music they want and be the artist they want to be. Not being punk enough seems to be a label they've been saddled with and fighting to prove their whole career. I don't think that matters as they have proven themselves more masterful musicials than just being a punk act would confine them to. If they had continued to make albums like Warning (which I actually like), you would be saying today, whatever happened to Green Day and we would have missed out on American Idiot, which spawned a door blowing, rocking, ground breaking, Broadway musical
You mention the Dead Kennedys. And where are they today? Probably still touring college campuses if they are still even around. It comes down to this, if you don't like it, don't listen, but don't just brush them away as being "not punk enough", or just being pop. They could play rings around any of these one minute wonders on the radio today, and yet they dont' get near the air time they deserve as crap acts like Rhianna or Bruno Mars, both known for their bad and disrespectful behavior. All three guys are some of the nicest and collest guys in rock today when they probably had earned the right to a snearing rock star attitude (breakdown excluded).
They are not easily dismissed. They aren't going away anytime soon. For fans like me who have a hard time finding any real music these days that's any good, that's definitley a blessing. I'll listen to anything they put out. Loyal fan for life.
Sep 25, 2012 5:57AM
Uh, they are nothing like Dead Kennedys or the Sex Pistols...at all.
Sep 26, 2012 10:35AM
GREEN DAY IS NOT PUNK!!!! THEY ARE A POP BAND!!! THERE IS NOTHING PUNK AT ALL ABOUT GREEN DAY!!
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|Green Day: No band brought punk rock to suburban high schools like Green Day, the Oakland trio whose 1994 album, "Dookie," sold more than 10 million copies on a musical cocktail of two parts Sex Pistols and one part Dead Kennedys. Since then, they've achieved a special place in American culture -- witness the musical of their 2004 record, "American Idiot." Their latest is "Dos!" Just out, it's the second of three albums they'll release this year.|