Music: Green Day

The classic line-up of Green Day. From left to right: Mike Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tré Cool.

"Do you have the time
To listen to me whine
About nothing and everything all at once?"
"Basket Case"

Green Day is an American Pop Punk/Alternative Rock band from the Bay Area (Oakland, to be precise). Around 1987, Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals/guitar) and Mike Dirnt (bass) formed the band Sweet Children; in 1988, John Kiffmeyer (Al Sobrante) joined as the drummer.

Before releasing their first LP - 1990's 39/Smooth, 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 Tré 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 and its first breakout success with 1994's Dookie, which is still seen as one of the most seminal albums of its time for its lasting impact on punk rock, allowing it to finally hit the mainstream. It's seen by many as their Magnum Opus and remains as their highest-selling album. And you know what that means...

Their next three releases, which were 1995's Insomniac (which adopted a Darker and Edgier tone), 1997's Nimrod (which was a much more unique-sounding album), and 2000's Warning (which was notably Lighter and Softer), all failed to reach the giant figures of Dookie, although they were still appreciated by critics. It was thrown up in the air if Green Day could ever make an album that would be as good as or even better than Dookie, and their popularity and relevance started waning...

...until 2004, when Green Day made a comeback with the rock opera American Idiot. (Actually, they were recording another album in 2003 named Cigarettes and Valentines, but the master tracks got stolen.) The album is very anti-establishment in tone and frequently criticises 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 and is recognized alongside Dookie as a Magnum Opus. American Idiot also received controversy for being "Anti-American," despite only a few songs having any sort of political message. Interestingly, the album was very popular in Europe.

Since American Idiot, the band has come out with a second rock opera, 2009's Twenty First Century Breakdown, that continues to build upon the political overtones and near-satire of Idiot despite having a dissimilar story and narrative. In 2012, the band released a trilogy of albums called ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!. There's also a 1.5-hour-long documentary showing the making of the trilogy called ¡Cuatro! that can be found here (at least, before it gets taken down). Despite the sound of the albums having more emphasis on "pop" than "punk", they have all been critically and commercially successful, and the band has shown no signs of slowing down.

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 own Rock Band game treatment, released June 2010, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Principal Members (Founding members in bold, current members in italic):

  • Billie Joe Armstrong - lead vocals, guitar, drums, harmonica, mandolin, piano (1987–Present)
  • John Kiffmeyer (Al Sobrante) - drums, percussion, vocals (1987–1990)
  • Michael Pritchard (Mike Dirnt) - bass, backing and lead vocals, baseball bat, farfisa (1987–Present)
  • Jason White - guitar, vocals (2012–Present)
  • Frank Wright (Tré Cool) - drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals, guitar, bongos, tambourine, accordion (1990–Present)

Full discography:

  • 1989 - 1,000 Hours EP
  • 1990 - Slappy EP
  • 1990 - Sweet Children EP
  • 1990 - 39/Smooth
  • 1991 - 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (compilation)
  • 1992 - Kerplunk
  • 1994 - Dookie
  • 1995 - Insomniac
  • 1997 - Nimrod
  • 2000 - Warning
  • 2001 - Tune In, Tokyo... (live from Warning tour)
  • 2001 - International Superhits! (compilation)
  • 2002 - Shenanigans (compilation)
  • 2004 - American Idiot
  • 2005 - Bullet in a Bible (live from American Idiot tour)
  • 2009 - Twenty First Century Breakdown
  • 2009 - Last Night on Earth: Live in Tokyo (live)
  • 2011 - Awesome As Fuck (live from 21st Century Breakdown tour)
  • 2012 - ¡Uno!
  • 2012 - ¡Dos!
  • 2012 - ¡Tré!
  • 2014 - Demolicious (compilation)

Green Day's music includes examples of:

  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: From "Basket Case": "I am one of those/me-LO-dramatic fools."
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Tré Cool. Snorts doughnut sprinkles. Smokes lettuce. Is the only person to climb the Universal Tower without getting into trouble. Allegedly can suck his own.
  • And I Must Scream: "Fuck Time" features the line "I want to hold you til you're paralysed", which once put into proper context can be...unsettling...
  • Arc Words: The phrase "when the red lights flash", throughout the Uno! Dos! Tré! trilogy.
  • Ascended Extra: Jason White. He became a touring guitarist for the band starting with the Warning years, then he became a full member in time for the Uno, Dos, Tré trilogy.
  • Audience Participation: In some of their concerts, the band will pick fans from the crowd to sing or play a song. This is an example.
  • Audience Participation Song:
    • "American Idiot"; everything from the verses to chants that Billie Joe conducts. He even orchestrates the "calling out to idiot America" line to be sung only by the audience.
    • During the Reading 2013 performance of "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams", as soon as the audience heard the opening riffs, they took it upon themselves to sing the whole first verse before Billie Joe came in.
    • "Holiday". The repeated "HEY!" chants as well as the "Can I get another amen? (AMEN!)" line.
    • The opening section of "Letterbomb". Hell, Tré even conducts the audience with his drumstick.
    • "Longview".
    • Everyone sings along with Billie Joe during "Basket Case", and he'll always conduct the first half of the hook to be sung by the audience before he steps in, to prevent the crowd from being drowned out by the guitar and drums.
    • While playing "Hitchin' a Ride" live, the audience always contributes with the "ONE, TWO, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR".
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Almost literally with Tré Cool, meaning "very cool" in French. His real name, Frank Edwin Wright III, is also impressive.
    • Billie Joe's second child is named Jakob Danger Armstrong. Danger is literally his middle name.
  • BDSM: "Dominated Love Slave" and "Blood, Sex and Booze". The latter, too, is from the slave's point of view.
    • "Pulling Teeth" may also be about this - or plain old physical abuse.
      • Funny story, Mike Dirnt (bassist) wrote this song in sarcasm about a pillow fight he had with his girlfriend. The band thought it was funny so they recorded it and put it on the album.
  • Berserk Button: Don't ever tell Billie Joe that Green Day sucks, or else he'll beat you into submission right then and there.
  • Bi the Way: Billie Joe and Tré are openly bi.
  • Bishōnen: Admit it, Billie Joe and Tré are pretty freaking sexy and fit this pretty well.
  • Book Ends: "Take Back" begins and ends with the same radio monotone.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick / The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Billie Joe recognizing Jason Freese after they play "Brain Stew" on BIAB.
    "On the piano, on the saxophone, on the trombone, and many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many pornographic websites on the Internet..."
  • Butt Monkey: The entire band in the opening of The Simpsons Movie. A single line about the environment into a three-and-a-half-hour free concert and the crowd immediately folds on them. What a bunch of ingrates.
    • 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.
    • On the bright side, the church did play an organ version of "American Idiot."
  • Call Back: The opening guitars of "8th Avenue Serenade" on Tre! sound identical to those of "Stay the Night" on Uno!.
  • Careful with That Axe:
    • The distant voice yelling "SHUT THE FUCK UP" in "Let Yourself Go".
    • See Metal Scream below.
  • Catch Phrase: Billie Joe almost always says "get your ass up here" when he picks a fan to come on-stage and play with him.
  • 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.
    • Also "The Grouch", which curses sixteen times in it alone.
    The world owes me so fuck you
    • 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 'nigger' 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!'"). Special mention goes to "Let Yourself Go", which drops 9 f-bombs; two in Precision F-Strike form, and the other 7 in rapid succession (repeating the line "always fuck, fucking with my head now").
    • Dos! amps up the profanity dial even more than Uno!; Tré! scales it back an extensive amount, but an F-bomb still appears here and there.
    • Billie Joe likes to swear in concerts as well ("And don't fucking wear it out!"), specially if the organization screws the band and cuts their concert short.
      • 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".
  • Cover Drop: The "21 Guns" video features the two lead characters of Twenty First Century Breakdown, Christian and Gloria, performing the same Big Damn Kiss that is depicted on the album cover.
  • Crossdresser: "King For A Day".
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • The Dookie Hidden Track "All By Myself."
    • 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 lonely."
    • "2000 Lightyears Away," by some interpretations.
    I hold my breath and close my eyes and dream about her
    • A particularly memorable moment in the Bullet in a Bible performance of "Hitchin' a Ride", where Billie Joe conducts the audience to say different sounds, which then escalates to him straight-up having an orgasm on stage. Then he slips his hand into his pants...
  • Darker and Edgier: Insomniac compared to Dookie in terms of themes and sound.
  • Downer Ending: The video to "Wake Me Up When September Ends". The boyfriend breaks his vow to never leave his girlfriend by enlisting in the army, leaving the girlfriend heartbroken and terrified that he might die in battle. And sure enough, he does.
  • Drama Queen: ¡Tré! has a track of this name about one.
  • 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.
  • Excited Show Title!: Kerplunk is sometimes put as Kerplunk!
  • Fading into the Next Song: Many, most notably "Brain Stew/Jaded" and "Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams".
    • The latter example takes this over to their music videos. The "Holiday" video has the band rocking out to the song in a car, and it ends with the car breaking down. The "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" video shows the band exiting the car and walking the rest of their way, which also cleverly ties into the "walking alone" theme in the lyrics.
    • The entire 21st Century Breakdown album, save for the final songs in each "act".
  • Fanservice: Billie Joe likes to lift up his shirt a lot.
    • And the opposite direction with his pants as well.
    • There are some videos circulating on Youtube of Billie Joe playing "She" completely naked...and uncensored. In fact, the camera tries to get as much of his sexy bits as possible.
    • There's also the lingerie-clad harem in the "Oh Love" video.
  • Filk Song: "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?"
  • Flipping the Bird: At the very end of Billie Joe's iHeart Radio meltdown.
  • Foregone Conclusion: When the boyfriend leaves his girlfriend to enlist in the army in the "Wake Me Up When September Ends" video, you can basically tell where it's going from there...
  • Four More Measures: "Good Riddance". It's not helped by the two false starts.
  • The Four Chords of Pop: "When I Come Around", "21 Guns", "Holiday", "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". For a Pop Punk band, they don't use it as frequently as others.
  • Former Child Star: Billie Joe recorded his first song at the age of 5. He and his dad toured through children's hospitals and old people's homes to cheer them up.
  • From Bad to Worse: The "Walking Contradiction" video is a series of chain reactions of destruction inadvertently and indirectly caused by the members of the band, who merely walk away, unaware of it. For example, Billie Joe throws a stick onto the road behind him, snagging onto the front wheel of a bicyclist behind him. A car then comes along and mows down the bike.
  • Garage Rock: Dos!, in lowest terms, is seen as the band's take on the genre.
  • Genre Roulette: Nimrod, Nimrod, Nimrod. Considering the album was purposely written to be experimental (they were tired of their Three Chords and the Truth structure) and to be a set of standalone songs instead of a cohesive album, the band combined many different genres from hardcore punk to ska to soft rock to regular alternative. For more specification, see Nimrod under New Sound Album below.
  • Genre Throwback: Their 2012 album ¡Uno! could be considered this, as the entirety of the album strongly resembles the sounds found in their 1994 release, Dookie.
    • Their are also songs that sound a bit like they could be from Nimrod (1997) or Warning (2000).
  • Greatest Hits Album: 2001's International Superhits!, consisting of content from Dookie to Warning, as well as a brand new song ("Poprocks & Coke"), a re-recorded B-side ("Maria"), and a song previously from a soundtrack ("JAR").
  • Gratuitous Panning:
    • Left side:
      • This example's easier to spot with headphones; around 1:08 in "Let Yourself Go", you can hear a distant voice in the bottom left side screaming "SHUT THE FUCK UP!"
      • The opening radio hum in "Take Back".
      • The first bit of guitar in "Pulling Teeth".
    • Right side:
      • The opening guitar in "Castaway".
      • The xylophone in the "Dearly Beloved" section of "Jesus of Suburbia".
  • Greatest Hits Album: International Superhits!
  • Grief Song: "Ha Ha You're Dead" is a subversion for obvious reasons.
  • Groin Attack: Tré Cool lost one of his testicles in a pyrotechnics accident.
    • "Amy" plays this trope straight, as it was written as a tribute to Amy Winehouse.
  • Guttural Growler: Billie Joe occasionally delves into this when he's screaming at concerts or really reaching the higher levels of his Careful with That Axe abilities.
  • Guyliner: Billie Joe adopted it since American Idiot came out (part of why some label them as Emo).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Billie Joe and Mike (despite Billie Joe not being straight)
  • Iconic Outfit: Billie Joe's black dress 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.
  • Idiosyncratic Album Naming / Theme Naming: The ¡Uno!-¡Dos!-¡Tré! series.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Heard throughout "Fuck Time".
    • In the BIAB performance of "Hitchin' a Ride", Billie Joe conducts the audience to say various sounds, which escalates to an orgasm. Then he slips his hand into his pants...
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Whoever's shooting at Christian and Gloria in the video for "21 Guns" could really use some brushing up. They manage to hit everything in the room but them.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    • Some fans like cracking jokes that Billie Joe's iHeart Radio Music Fest meltdown could be seen as a "21st century breakdown".
    • From "Missing You": "I lost my nerve / it's unnerving."
  • Incredibly Long Note:
    • Several in "Jesus of Suburbia":
      • Around the halfway mark in "I Don't Care", Billie Joe performs a Title Drop that ends with him stretching "care" out for 11 seconds!
      • "Tales of Another Broken Home" has a Title Drop that ends explosively with some background vocals stretching "home" out for 10 seconds. You can tell when it's starting to strain his voice.
    • In "Makeout Party", Billie Joe lets out a particularly raspy Metal Scream during the solo that lasts for 6 seconds.
    • In the BIAB performance of "Minority", while conducting some "hey-oh" Audience Participation, Billie Joe sings a "hey" that gets stretched out for 16 seconds without very noticeable strain on his voice. That is talent.
      • Then he coaxes the audience to do it. Tre even brings out a small clock to time the audience.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: When they performed "Geek Stink Breath" on Saturday Night Live, they got away with saying "shit" because nobody understood what Billie Joe was saying.
  • The Insomniac: Bilie Joe has confessed being this. During the time where his sleep was even worse, due to his son crying and screaming, he made the album Insomniac.
  • Instrumentals: "Last Ride In" from Nimrod and "Espionage" from the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me soundtrack (and which also made the cut for Shenanigans).
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "Fuck Time" from ¡Dos!.
    • As well as "Stay The Night" from ¡Uno!.
    "Well, I ain't got much time so I'll get to the point
    "Do you wanna share a ride and get the fuck out of this joint?"
    "I've got an impulse so repulsive that it burns"
    "I wanna break your heart until it makes your stomach turn"
    • Done with a twist with the songs "Dominated Love Slave," "Blood, Sex, and Booze," and, "Like a Rat Does Cheese."
  • Isn't It Ironic?: "Good Riddance" is frequently subjected to this due to its mellow tone and the "time of your life" chorus.
  • Lethally Stupid: Throughout the "Walking Contradiction" video, the guys cause mayhem throughout their city without even noticing or being aware. It really reaches an extreme when we see Mike pressing a pedestrian crossing button that explicitly says not to use it, causing an explosion to ensue that blows a worker out of the crane he was working in.
  • Licensed Game: Green Day: Rock Band.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • Nimrod compared to Insomniac, and Warning compared to all previous albums.
    • The Uno! Dos! Tré! trilogy is also this compared to their duo of de-constructive Rock Operas. It's arguably their most radio-friendly output yet.
  • Live Album: They have four.
    • Tune In, Tokyo... (2001), recorded from their Warning tour in Japan.
    • Bullet in a Bible (2005), recorded from their American Idiot world tour.
    • Last Night on Earth (2009), recorded from the Akasaka BLITZ in Tokyo.
    • Awesome as Fuck (2011), recorded from their 21st Century Breakdown world tour.
  • Loudness War: Unfortunately, the recent stuff is pretty badly clipped.
  • Long Runner Line Up: None of the members have changed since 1990; until 2012 it was just Billie Joe, Mike, and Tré, although Jason had been touring with them since 1999.
  • Love Nostalgia Song: Several, including but not limited to "Scattered", "Whatsername", and "Sweet 16".
    • Scattered
    Open up the past and present now and we are there
    Story to tell and I am listening
    Open the past and present and the future too
    It's all I've got and I'm giving it to you
    • Whatsername
    Remember, whatever
    It seems like forever ago
    The regrets are useless in my mind
    She's in my head, I must confess
    The regrets are useless in my mind
    She's in my head from so long ago
    • Sweet 16
    Old days are fine, but left so far behind
    From California to Jane street
    The kids are alright, alright as they'll ever be
    Cause you will always be my
    You will always be my sweet 16
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The happy songs usually have some dark themes.
    • "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. and "21 Guns," is a song about peace and the evils of war.
  • 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".
    • He lets out several during "Makeout Party", but has an especially long one during the solo.
    • The climax of "Hitchin' a Ride" kicks off with him screaming "SHIIIT!".
  • Metaphor is My Middle Name: A rather literal example; Billie Joe named his second child Jakob Danger Armstrong. Danger is LITERALLY his middle name.
  • 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! Tré! 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."
  • Murder Ballad: "Having a Blast" from Dookie.
  • Nervous Wreck: "Basket Case" is from the point of view of an extremely neurotic person.
  • New Sound Album: Warning was much more upbeat and poppy than their previous albums, especially when compared to Insomniac.
  • Notable Music Videos: Where do we begin?
    • "Basket Case": This video may be one of the single most recognizable and famous music videos of the whole of the 90s, considering its insanely striking colours and its setting in a mental institution.
    • "Brain Stew": The band is on a couch being taken through a landfill by a bulldozer, and the only colours of the footage are in a dull sepia tone...
    • ...only to make the segue to the now-in-colour, extremely fast-paced and intense "Jaded" all the more out of left field.
    • "Wake Me Up When September Ends": The video tells a very heart-rendering story about a boyfriend and girlfriend whose relationship is torn apart when the boyfriend enlists in the army, breaking his promise to never leave the girlfriend. To make matters worse, he dies at war.
    • "21 Guns": Stars the album's two protagonists (Christian and Gloria) as they take refuge in a room after robbing a bank, hiding as the police open fire and rip apart the house with their bullets. When the attack is over, the two perform the same Big Damn Kiss seen on the album cover.
    • "Kill the DJ": The first verse shows grey-scale footage of the band riding motorcycles in the desert, and the second verse cuts to coloured footage of the band walking through the crowd of a party (quite awesomely at that) and performing on-stage.
    • "Nice Guys Finish Last": Green Day's performance of the song is treated as a football game, complete with a slew of excited fans and a locker room strategy review. We even see a fan get by the security and tackle Billie Joe onstage (which is then replayed in a football replay manner), and we also see people fighting very viciously over a water bottle that Mike kicks into the crowd.
    • "Walking Contradiction": Mike, Tré, and Billie Joe walk around the city and inadvertently and indirectly cause strings of mayhem that occur in chain reactions. For example, Billie Joe throws a stick onto the road, snagging the front wheel of the bicyclist behind him. A car then comes along and mows down the bicycle.
    • The videos for "Holiday" and "Boulevard" coincide perfectly through a conjoined narrative, which makes sense as "Holiday" fades perfectly into "Boulevard". "Holiday"'s video has the band performing the song in a car, and the video ends with the car breaking down, forcing the band to walk to their destination in the "Boulevard" video, which also fits perfectly with the song's lyrics ("I walk alone").
  • Nuclear Family: Dedicated a track on Uno! to this trope.
  • 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 the N-word 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 niggers throwing gas into the hysteria.'"
  • Obligatory Bondage Song: "Blood, Sex, and Booze" from Warning and "Dominated Love Slave" from Kerplunk
  • Older Than They Look: All four members of the band are in their early forties, but you'd never be able to tell. Billie Joe looks around 20-21, if this photo taken in 2011 has any indication. This collage also demonstrates that his face has hardly changed over the years.
    • During the Broadway run of American Idiot, Billie convincingly portrayed St. Jimmy despite being 39 during the run of the play.
    • Not so much in Mike Dirnt's case anymore as he's aged quite dramatically in recent years, almost to the point of being Younger Than They Look. Compare the page photo, taken in 2009, to this photo, from circa 2012.
  • The Oner: The music videos for "Redundant" and "Macy's Day Parade".
  • Once per Episode: See Ho Yay. Billie Joe kisses a dude every concert.
  • One Woman Song:
    • "Haushinka" from Nimrod.
    • "Maria", a B-side from "Waiting".
    • "Ashley" and "Amy," both from ¡Dos!
    • "Amanda" from ¡Tré!
    • "¡Viva la Gloria!" and ¿Viva la Gloria? [Little Girl]," although from a third person point of view.
  • Only Sane Man: Jason White.
    • Also to a lesser extent Mike Dirnt, when directly compared to his bandmates Billie Joe and Tre.
  • 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.
  • Pop Punk: Green Day are far from the Trope Makers, but they're definitely Trope Codifiers. Pop hooks had always been a small part of the sound of Punk Rock, dating back to early punk bands like The Ramones, Buzzcocks and The Dickies. But Green Day, proud punk revivalists, were as poppy as punk gets, and their knack for addictive, accessible singles proved such a huge mainstream success that a ton of pop punk bands wound up following them up the charts, like blink-182, Sum 41 and Good Charlotte.
    • Speaking of which, Green Day also gave Pop Punk its reputation for sophomoric humour, 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 behaviour was celebrated in the sub-genre, particularly by Sum 41, until Green Day got older and phased it out in the 2000's. Soon after, Fall Out Boy and their brethren changed the game by adopting more of a Deadpan Snarker attitude.
  • Power Walk: The band is seen doing a straight-faced, slow motion walk in the video for "Kill the DJ". It's BADASS.
  • "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," "Scumbag," and "Let Yourself Go," just to name a few.
  • Religion Rant Song: "East Jesus Nowhere" is Type II, written by Billie in the wake of Mike being disgusted with the hypocrisy of a church he went to in order to see a friend's child's baptism.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: When he realizes that the organization has cut his iHeart Radio Fest concert short, Billie Joe has a profane freak out that ends with him smashing his guitar on-stage, much to the approval of the audience.
  • Rock Opera: American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.
  • 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:
    • "Having 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" in all of its neurotic glory?
    • "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.
  • Sensory Abuse: The last 30 seconds of "Wow! That's Loud", which consist of grating guitar noises, some of which get extremely ear-piercingly high. They gave it that title for good reason.
  • Serial Escalation: The "Walking Contradiction" video, from start to end, is nothing but repeated attempts to top itself over and over by means of the damage the band members cause. The video even ends with the guys causing a building to collapse.
  • 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".
    • The "I never asked you a goddamn thing" line from "East Jesus Nowhere" could be a subtle reference to the "I don't remember asking you a goddamn thing" line from Pulp Fiction.
  • Siamese Twin Songs:
    • "Brain Stew" and "Jaded" from Insomniac.
    • "Jinx" and "Haushinka" from Nimrod.
  • Something Completely Different: "Dominated Love Slave", which not only has Tré at the microphone, but is, of all things, a country song. About BDSM, no less.
  • 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), and Tré's is Frank Edwin Wright III.
  • Stealth Pun: ¡Tré! concludes the ¡Uno!-¡Dos!-¡Tré! trilogy, but also acts as a nod to Tré Cool, who actually turned 40 a few days after the album was released.
    • "Homecoming" is actually about Jesus of Suburbia coming home, not an actual school homecoming.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Mike and Tré at times sing. Mostly Played for Laughs.
  • Stylistic Suck: Any song with Tré Cool on lead vocals. Though for some reason they wind up as So Bad, It's Good (case in point, "Dominated Love Slave" with its country guitar riff).
  • Subdued Section:
    • "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and "Macy's Day Parade" for Nimrod and Warning, respectively.
    • Also their cover of The Kinks' "Tired of Waiting for You" in Shenanigans.
  • Subliminal Seduction: "East Jesus Nowhere" contains a reversed whisper saying "Don't test me."
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song:
    • "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
    • "Macy's Day Parade"
    • "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
    • The "Dearly Beloved" section of "Jesus of Suburbia"
  • Take That:
    • "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.
    • A light-hearted one towards blink-182; at this live performance of "Hitchin' a Ride", when the audience tries to egg him on to take his pants off, he says "No, no, this isn't Blink-182."
    • Also in the aforementioned 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!
  • Take That, Critics!: Having once been active in the underground punk community but then treated as a pariah by them after the band went mainstream, they have released several songs directed towards them.
    • "No Pride" on Insomniac is one of the earliest ones, having been written soon after being derided as a sellout. In turn, the song proclaims that Billie Joe has "no pride" in the punk community anymore, criticizing it for being actively limiting and hypocritical.
    • "Platypus (I Hate You)" on Nimrod is directed at the owner of a punk club that the band used to perform at. It happens to be the most profane song they ever released.
    • American Idiot in its entirety is one big deconstruction of the punk movement. The protagonist is a drug-addled slacker who only rebels against society because he's bored with his life, and he only succeeds in making it worse for himself.
  • Three Chords and the Truth
  • Title Only Chorus: "Take Back".
  • Those Two Guys: Word of God confirms Billie Joe and Mike were this when they were younger. Tré claims they had a "Paul and John" vibe going that made it hard for him to blend in at first.
  • Uncommon Time: In "Before the Lobotomy", the verses alternate between 4/4 and 7/8 every other measure, and the choruses are entirely in 7/8.
  • Unflinching Walk: The entirety of the "Walking Contradiction" video, quite hilariously, dangerously, and awesomely.
    • The second verse of the "Kill the DJ" video shows the band walking in this manner through a party crowd. In slow-mo, no less.
  • Unplugged Version:
    • "Good Riddance" is an entirely acoustic song with some violin accompaniments.
    • Most of Warning.
    • Some songs of American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown are unplugged for most of their duration.
  • Viewers Are Morons: Why Mike claims the band will never officially release Tré's song "DUI."
  • Verbal Tic: "Y'know?" Yes, we know, Billie Joe.
  • War Is Hell: The main moral of the "Wake Me Up When September Ends" video, ending on a saddening juxtaposition between a boyfriend dying at war and a girlfriend tearfully mourning him in a quiet field, showcasing the pain that comes with losing loved ones to war.