Sometime back Steve dissed Green Day.
I understand we all have our preferences, but I have been meaning to present them, maybe even with consideration as a great band.
I got to see them twice, way back when Dookie was released. In 1993, they were the opening act at the local BFD, a spring pre-cursor to Lollapalooza. That year was a heavyweight BFD, also featuring, Pavement, Luscious Jackson, Toad the Wet Sprocket, the Rollins Band, the Flaming Lips, and the Knack (who had become a sort of cool post punk retro band).
I saw Green Day again a year later, still paying dues and working at their already well defined craft/attitude presented in Dookie. When that album came out, my legs could still allow me to run 25-35 miles a week, and Dookie was a Walkman favorite for a while.
I confess that I did not buy any Green Day discs till American Idiot was released a decade later, but their doggedness, and tuneful pop hits kept right on coming.
Warning. Redundant. When I Come Around among others, are all well done power pop/punk tunes to be sure.
But, I remember my friend George Anderson, making me sit in his car after we had picked up Chinese food. Jesus of Suburbia was next cut coming on the newly released American Idiot.
“You gotta listen to this before we go in. You will love it,” George implored.
That meant Mongolian beef and BBQ pork were going to cool down some, but I listened and George was right. I loved it.
Say what you will, but American Idiot is solid album, with clever tunes, a clean sound, and a lot of punch. Maybe it was popular, or chic, but I cannot see blaming the band for actually achieving what we all aspire to: commercial success.
Here is Jesus of Suburbia
For fun, let’s toss in the band’s treatment of the Simpson’s theme from The Simpson’s Movie.