Trivia / Green Day

  • Black Sheep Hit:
    • "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)", an gentle acoustic folk song from a Pop Punk band.
    • "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", which has a Post-Grunge feel that contrasts the faster-paced songs.
  • Breakthrough Hit: Dookie, and "When I Come Around" or "Basket Case" in particular.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: All three members of the band consider "Jesus of Suburbia" from American Idiot to be their favorite song to play live.
  • Jossed: Contrary to what popular belief is/was, Billie Joe denied in an interview that "Why Do You Want Him?" has anything to do with his stepfather.
  • Missing Episode: A few of the songs they've recorded aren't available anywhere but YouTube and file sharing sites; their rerecording of '409 in Your Coffeemaker,' which was only released as a B-side in Germany, and 'Favorite Son,' which was only released on a compilation of songs against the George Bush presidency. You can get 'Favorite Son' in the form of the American Idiot Broadway recording pretty easily, but not the original for some reason. Their YouTube channel also only has censored versions of their pre-2009 music videos for some reason, as well as their music video for 'Kill the DJ' being on the Warner Music YouTube rather than their own (it was actually uploaded their for a few days before moving for some reason). There are also a few music videos missing from their YouTube channel as well, namely the music videos for 'Nice Guys Finish Last' and 'Welcome to Paradise.' They also don't have the full performances from their Bullet in a Bible live album available either.
  • One of Us: Apparently they've discovered the internet.
  • The Pete Best: John Kiffmeyer, a.k.a. Al Sobrante.
  • Throw It In: When the band were recording for Insomniac, they were working on one song called "Stuck With Me", and another, yet-untitled song. Then someone at the studio mistakenly labeled a recording of the untitled song as "Stuck With Me", and the band decided to make that the new title - the song that was originally going to be "Stuck With Me" was released as a B-Side under the title "Do Dah Dah". As a result, they have one song with the Non-Appearing Title of "Stuck With Me", and another that has the line "You're stuck with me" in the chorus, but is called something else.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Cigarettes and Valentines, the follow-up to Warning that was supposed to be a return to Green Day's old sound. They recorded the entire album in 2003, but the master tapes were stolen before they could release it. Instead of rerecording everything, they decided to write an entirely new album, which became American Idiot.
    • They've been playing some of the songs from the album on the 21st Century Breakdown tour. The title track was featured on the live album Awesome As Fuck. It sounds like it would be right at home on Kerplunk or Dookie.
    • When Tim Armstrong was forming Rancid he asked Billie Joe to audition for the band. Billie Joe said no, as Green Day already had a few albums under their belt and were on the verge of becoming huge.
    • Billie Joe tweeted that Insomniac was going to be called Jesus Christ Supermarket, which he believes is a better title.
      • Apparently there were also plans of calling the album Tight Wad Hill after the penultimate track.

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