Green Day is a Pop Punk / Alternative Rock band from the Bay Area (Oakland, to be precise). Around 1987, Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals/guitar) and Mike Dirnt (bass) formed the band Sweet Children; in 1988, John Kiffmeyer joined as the drummer. Before releasing their first LP, the band changed its name to Green Day, supposedly as an inside joke about marijuana. In 1990, Kiffmeyer left the band to attend college and Tre Cool joined in his place, completing the Green Day we know today. In 1999 Green Day gained backup guitarist Jason White, who became an official member of the band in 2012.Green Day reached its peak of popularity with the Dookie album. Although Insomniac and Nimrod also got a favorable reception, the band began losing popularity after 1997. But in 2004, Green Day made a comeback with the rock opera American Idiot. The album is very anti-establishment in tone and frequently criticizes President Bush, as the Iraq War was going on at the time. American Idiot marked a complete departure from their earlier pop/punk style and alienated a portion of their fanbase, although it also won over new fans. American Idiot also received controversy for being "Anti-American". Interestingly, the album was very popular in Europe.Green Day cites influence from punk bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and The Clash. However, since the release of American Idiot, many have accused Green Day of selling out and adopting a more mainstream rock image.The band have their ownRock Band game treatment, released June 2010.
The Boo (Billie Joe, Adrienne, Jakob)
Foxboro Hot Tubs (Billie Joe, Mike, Tre)
The Frustrators (Mike)
The Network (Billie Joe, Mike, Tre, and a few others, all under fake stage names)
Pinhead Gunpowder (Billie Joe, Jason White, Aaron Cometbus)
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1991), which adds the 1000 Hours and Slappy EPs to the end of 39/Smooth. The original 39/Smooth is no longer in print because its been replaced completely by this longer and more popular release
"Going to Pasalacqua" (They still play this one live)
"2000 Light Years Away" (Will sometimes get played on Alt Rock stations [Seattle's 107.7 The End for example] on the radio if requested)
Hey, this is Springfield we're talking about. At least 90% of the populace there is made up of inconsiderate morons and/or jerks.
Not to mention that they get killed off by sinking into the toxic waters of Lake Springfield a few seconds later.
Cluster F-Bomb: A lot. Every album they made has at least one F-bomb. Their first two albums kept it clean with only one F-bomb in 39/Smooth and Kerplunk (bear in mind that the F-Bombs are in the cover songs and the one from Kerplunk was sampled from Blue Velvet), but once they got into Dookie, they became profanity magnets, with six S-Bombs and six F-Bombs.
Insomniac had thirteen F-Bombs and eight S-Bombs.
Nimrod had 16 f-bombs and seven S-Bombs, including this gem.
"Platypus (I Hate You)": "DICKHEAD, FUCKFACE, COCKSMOKING, MOTHERFUCKING ASSHOLE, DIRTY TWAT, WASTE OF SEMEN, I HOPE YOU DIE— HEY!"
Also "The Grouch", which curses sixteen times in it alone.
Warning was Green Day's cleanest mainstream release, with only two F-Bombs in "Minority" (even then one was a repetition of the other: "a free-for-all, fuck 'em all...").
American Idiot has seventeen profanities in it, while 21st Century Breakdown has ten profanities, including the only use of the word n*gger in it.
Uno! seems back to the dirty mouth of before ("shoot the fucking DJ... voices in my head are saying, 'shoot that fucker down!'")
Dos! amps up the profanity dial even more than Uno!; Tre! scales it back an extensive amount, but an F-bomb still appears here and there.
The rant is made all the more memorable for the fact that Billie Joe says "fuck" and its variants 21 times, rips on Justin Bieber, and smashes his guitar repeatedly into the ground until it breaks apart. Interestingly enough, he checked into rehab the following day to be treated for "Substance Abuse".
The infamous "Longview" (which talks about apathy in general) isn't even remotely subtle about it, combining a reference to "going blind" ("but it's just a myth") with the explicit "when masturbation's lost its fun, you're fucking breaking."
Epic Rocking: Didn't really delve into it much before American Idiot, but Warning has the 5-minute-long "Misery"
After American Idiot, however, oh boy. "Jesus of Suburbia" is just over nine minutes, "Homecoming" is just under ten, "21st Century Breakdown" is just under 7, "American Eulogy" is just over six, and "Dirty Rotten Bastards" is just under seven.
Iconic Outfit: Billie Joe's black polo shirt, red tie, and Guyliner, which he wore on the American Idiot tour. He has since stopped wearing the tie and shirt regularly, but it still remains his most iconic appearance.
"Basket Case" is a up-tempo and fun Sanity Slippage Song. "Good Riddance", which many people think of as a ballad, is actually a Breakup Song, wishing your lover to leave forever and never come back.
Metal Scream: Billie Joe has used this on several songs. The best example is the chorus of "Take Back", which is nothing but this. He starts the bridge in "Letterbomb" with one. He also screams the last "G-L-O-R-I-A" in "Horseshoes and Handgrenades".
Mood Whiplash: Nimrod has both "Platypus (I Hate You)" which is probably the dirtiest Green Day song ever, played right after the relatively mellow "Worry Rock" and "Take Back", a punk-metal anger song, which is followed by the deliriously happy-sounding "King for a Day."
This trope runs rampant throughout the Uno! Dos! Tre! trilogy. "Lady Cobra" being followed by "Nightlife", being followed by "Wow! That's Loud"; "Angel Blue" being followed by "Sweet 16"; "Brutal Love" being followed by "Missing You", and "Drama Queen" being followed by "X-Kid". The list goes on.
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Varies wildly, but probably averaging around 5 or 6. Sometimes going up to 7 or 8 with songs like "Take Back" or "Platypus (I Hate You)" and dropping down to 1 or 2 with songs like "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" or "Macy's Day Parade."
By this time, we shouldn't even need to mention American Idiot.
N-Word Privileges: Somewhat; Billie Joe Armstrong is bisexual, not gay, but in "American Idiot", he proudly proclaims, "Well maybe I'm the faggot, America!"
Lest we not forget the only usage of "n*gger" in the entire band's discography in "American Eulogy". No one seems to bat an eye at that, though. Possibly because that's one of the many songs in which Billie Joe is very hard to understand. The exact line being, "Because the martyr was a compulsive liar when he said 'It's just a bunch of n*ggers throwing gas into the hysteria.'"
One Woman Song: "Haushinka" and "Maria". "Ashley" and "Amy," both from ¡Dos! and "Amanda" from ¡Tré! "¡Viva la Gloria!" and ¿Viva la Gloria? [Little Girl]," although from a third person point of view.
Plagiarism: Green Day's, "American Idiot," released in 2004, rips off a band called Dillinger Four, "Doublewhiskeycokenoise," released in 1998, BUT Green Day released a song called, "Walking Contradiction," released in 1995, which has the exact same chord progression as, "Doublewhiskeycokenoise." So, therefore Green Day ripped off Dillinger Four who ripped off Green Day.
Speaking of which, Green Day also gave Pop Punk its reputation for sophomoric humor, and generally being played by and for juvenile delinquents. In the 90s, they were big douchebags and proud of it, exemplified by their infamous mud fight with the audience at Woodstock 1994, and the Vulgar Humor of songs like "The Grouch." (Heck, the protagonist of "Longview" was an apathetic slob that sits around playing with his junk all day.) That kind of loutish behavior was celebrated in the subgenre, particularly by Sum 41, until Green Day got older and phased it out in the 2000s. Soon after, Fall Out Boy and their brethren changed the game by adopting more of a Deadpan Snarker attitude.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: In spades. "F.O.D. (Fuck Off and Die,)" "Platypus (I Hate You,)" "Take Back," "Jackass," "Too Much Too Soon," "Ha Ha You're Dead," and "Scumbag," just to name a few.
Rock Trio: Though in 2012 it was expanded to a quartet with Jason White (touring member since Warning) being promoted to official member.
Sanity Slippage Song: "Havin' A Blast" seems like this, but I'm not sure if it counts since by this point he's already snapped...
How could you forget "Basket Case"?
"Brain Stew" is explicitly about this, caused by insomnia.
My mind is set on overdrive The clock is laughing in my face A crooked spine My senses dulled Past the point of delirium
"Lazy Bones" from Dos! could be seen as this.
Shout-Out: The marching sounds around the 0:41 mark from Homecoming could be a reference to the Sex Pistols song Holidays in the Sun.
Stage Names: Averted with the singer (his name is Billie Joe), played straight with the other two. Mike's real name is Michael Pritchard (he got the name "Dirnt" from saying "dirnt, dirnt, dirnt" while playing air bass as a kid), Tré's is Frank Edwin Wright III.
"Jackass" is this in spades. It was never confirmed on who the song was ripping on, but the general consensus is that it's about blink-182, despite the fact that both bands have toured together.
Also in the aforementoned screw over.
Billie Joe: Let me fuckin' tell you something. Let me tell you something: I've been around since fuckin' nineteen eighty-fuckin'-eight And you're gonna give me one fuckin' minute?! You gotta be fuckin' kiddin' me! You're fuckin' kiddin' me! What the fuck?! I'm not fuckin' Justin Bieber, you motherfuckers!