Green Day: Cool or Drool

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I say they're great, and I just know that everyone on the messageboard will agree with me here. I can't imagine a single person having anything bad to say about Green Day.

PS: Lead singer of Green Day recently arrested on DUI. That probably doesn't mean a thing to any of you, so forget I said anything.

My name is Kenny (My name is Kenny), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 06:19 (seventeen years ago) link

They have at least five songs I really like and only two I know I really don't like

James Blount (James Blount), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 06:24 (seventeen years ago) link


T. Weiss (Timmy), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Cool until they sold out with Dookie.

But then that one ballad made them cool again.

Then Blink-182 made them irrelavent.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:19 (seventeen years ago) link

"Sold out" with Dookie? It's basically a carbon copy of Kerplunk.

paul cox (paul cox), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:23 (seventeen years ago) link

that one ballad = "time of your life" (our lives?)

okay then they sold out with Kerplunk.

but that one song they did about being fly even though they were white was okay. Was that on Dookie?

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:26 (seventeen years ago) link

That was 'The offspring', Sterl (how do I know this?)

geeta (geeta), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:30 (seventeen years ago) link

haha geeta you ruined my wind-up. :-(

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:31 (seventeen years ago) link

ha! dude, all their fast singles were way better than that 'i hope you have the time of your life' song, that was dull beyond dull!

and i never understood the guy's weird pseudo-brit accent, aren't they from the bay area?

my god i'm in a hotel room in DC arguing about green day for chrissakes. at least i'm drinking vodka too

geeta (geeta), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:36 (seventeen years ago) link

[quote] least i'm drinking vodka too[/quote]

There are few situations in life where this added to the end of whatever you're doing doesn't make it better. Except perhaps if you have been already drinking vodka because then it's just redundant.

Jewish Aboriginy Strobe Light (Jewish Aboriginy Strobe Light), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 07:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Green Day are a rare example of a punk band in the '90s that "sold out" (stupid phrase) without ruining everything in the process. I was a hater, for a while, in a phase where I was trying to suss out exactly where I stood on the whole stormy punk ethics question. But I finally came to my senses: Green Day are grate. They've always seemed to have made the album *they* want to make, regardless of major/indie affiliation. And they still seem to be having fun playing shows.
'Dookie' and 'Insomniac' = classic fun, angsty, jump-around punk albums. Green Day live = still classic. If someone can seriously explain to me why The Ramones are so forever cool but Green Day suck, I'd be interested to hear.

Drink driving, though = rubbish. Oh well.

Jason J, Wednesday, 8 January 2003 12:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I think they're great too.

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 13:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Yeah, I'd always rather listen to Green Day than the Ramones as well. Death threats to the usual address.

It's the only example I can think of of a band that "matured" without going shit or seeming dumb. I mean, the Day of today are all... mid-30s? They have kids and stuff. They can't still be writing songs about spending the whole day jerking off and smoking weed. "Warning" is their finest work since "Dookie" as well, in some cases it's even better (stuff like "Church On Sunday" and "Fashion Victim" wouldn't even have been dreamed of by a young period Day).

The Offspring, on the other hand, were shit even when they were good.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 14:28 (seventeen years ago) link

Perfectlty fine little, wholly derivative "punk" band, responsible for some great, hook-laden singles, but the way they suddenly morphed into mega-hugedom still confounds me.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 15:02 (seventeen years ago) link

I used to hate them, but then each successive post-Dookie single (especially "Walking Contradiction") wore down my resistance to such an extent I think I'd like Dookie a lot if I gave it another chance. I think my resistance snapped around the time I saw the video for "Redundant". That, and the song "Scattered" which is one of the best power-pop songs ever.

edward o (edwardo), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 15:04 (seventeen years ago) link

I think Green Day FANS are the reason I often lean towards not liking them, but that's only `cos I'm a crotchedy old man who insists on bringing up The Dickies when blue-haired teens with wallet-chains start blathering on about how Green Day are "punk."

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 15:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Search = 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hour to Insomniac
Destroy = Nimrod to present

Lord Custos Omega (Lord Custos Omega), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 15:40 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw them live at some tiny all-ages show before they got huge, and couldn't understand why the crowd went nuts for them then.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 15:42 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh jesus I hate these guys and pretty much everything about them. One of them changed his name to Tres Cool, what an arse, I hope when he's 50 and a nobody people abuse him for this cos he deserves it. As for the music, the singers voice is incredibly annoying and I hate everything they stand for, all around good guys just goofing around. I think the line "or shut up and be a victim of society" sealed the deal for me, what a bunch of fools, dressing up like an idiot and forming a crap punk band makes you a bigger "victim of society" than anything else I can think of.

Ronan (Ronan), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:22 (seventeen years ago) link

The guy whose car I rode to high school in listened to Dookie, left it in his tape deck, and every day by the time he picked me up, it was back to the same rotation of the first four songs on the album. I heard those four songs every morning for 4 MONTHS!

I've never really enjoyed much of their proper music, but their hidden tracks have been excellent.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh jesus you mean the track about "wanking", I mean sorry to go on and on but that's just more of what makes me hate them.

Ronan (Ronan), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 16:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Wow, Ronan; such hate!

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 18:29 (seventeen years ago) link

"Do you have the time, to listen to me whine?"


Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 19:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Basically Dookie is fantastic, and everything else isn't as good. I only heard Warning once, but I think that's probably my second favorite album after Dookie. The singles have always been pretty good though.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 19:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I was actually referring to the hidden track on Kerplang or WTF-ever that's totally country and has their drummer singing.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 20:14 (seventeen years ago) link

this was yesterday:

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Arrested For Drunk Driving
01.07.2003 3:52 PM EST

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong
Photo: Reprise

Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested early Sunday in Berkeley, California, for driving under the influence.

The punk-rocker was pulled over just before 1 a.m. after authorities spotted his black BMW convertible speeding, according to Berkeley Police spokesperson Mary Kusmiss.

After Armstrong failed sobriety and Breathalyzer tests, he was taken to jail and booked for misdemeanor drunk driving. He was released later that morning on $1,200 bail and will be arraigned later this month.

Kusmiss said the 30-year-old singer was "very cooperative" and did not inform authorities of his celebrity.

Green Day's latest album, the rarities collection Shenanigans, was released in July (see "Green Day Call Shenanigans With Rarities List"), and the band recently contributed to Iggy Pop's upcoming LP. Green Day are working on a new album in their native Bay Area.

And outside of music, Armstrong recently played a high-rolling gambler on an episode of UPN's "Haunted."

A spokesperson for Armstrong did not return calls for comment.

—Corey Moss

chaki (chaki), Wednesday, 8 January 2003 20:18 (seventeen years ago) link

He's only 30?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Thursday, 9 January 2003 11:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Once Green Day realised the Blink were better at being Green Day than they were, they tried to be mature; unfortunately for them they didn't have the chops to become a mega-power ballad rawk monstrosity a la Bon Jovi so they just wrote better songs. I thought it worked but nobody bought their record, not even me.

B.Rad (Brad), Thursday, 9 January 2003 12:11 (seventeen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

whatever happened to these guys?

flappy bird, Sunday, 17 June 2018 06:42 (one year ago) link

they put out a record two years ago

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Sunday, 17 June 2018 11:26 (one year ago) link

oh whoa this is pretty good. it’s interesting to hear them get political

flappy bird, Sunday, 17 June 2018 23:52 (one year ago) link


they are cool

j., Monday, 18 June 2018 01:31 (one year ago) link

Remembered how awesome this song is

flappy bird, Monday, 18 June 2018 05:35 (one year ago) link

maybe my favorite off of Insomniac, lyrics & relentless repetitive riff sum up the spirit of the album better than any other

flappy bird, Monday, 18 June 2018 05:36 (one year ago) link

Brain Stew tho

one year passes...


ufo, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:14 (five months ago) link

damn you're pushing 50 billy joe, take it down a notch

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:50 (five months ago) link

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 20:02 (five months ago) link

how hard would it be to just hire the fucking guy that did the Dookie art? or the Insomniac art? even Nimrod! damn

flappy bird, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 23:45 (five months ago) link

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