Say Something Interesting About Green Day's American Idiot.

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The lyrics are absolute twaddle. I mean its a catchy enough song, but if he's trying to make some kind of punk statement he could've done a better job of it surely?

Don't wanna be an American idiot.
Don't want a nation under the new media.
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mindfuck America.

Oooh, how wadical!

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 01:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(God I came over all Alex in NYC then didn't I?)

Trayce (trayce), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 01:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I just listened to the album. Um. It's totally without texture, just going on and on. Some of it is slower, but I've never been more aware that a band was just a guitarist, bassist and drummer before. To quote Kevin Rowland, "It all sounded the same".

That said, I guess it does it's job. (that being, teenagers can jump up and down to it, and think they are anarchists.).

Kevin Gilchrist (Mr Fusion), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 01:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also, Trayce, I read that as "God I just came all over Alex in NYC then didn't I?" In fact, even several re-readings left me with the same impression, until the truth dawned.

Kevin Gilchrist (Mr Fusion), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 01:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

As did I.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 02:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Me too, it's a epididymis.....err, epidemic.

AaronHz (AaronHz), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 02:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It is a decent pop song from a band who've done far better.

edward o (edwardo), Tuesday, 14 September 2004 02:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

billy joe isn't getting fat anymore.

that insomniac album rocks!!! the guitar sound is kickin'!


stupid band, they coulda been a contender.. but then they had to rewrite the same damn song for ten years.

brontosaur, Saturday, 18 September 2004 03:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

wait a minute.. there is a lyric that is actually interesting...

"well maybe i'm the faggot america/im not a part of a redneck agenda"

why spend all that money on a video?

brontosaur, Saturday, 18 September 2004 03:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

lyrics wack but the guitar is back

this album is gonna do great

manthony m1cc1o (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 18 September 2004 05:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

lyrics so-so, not as bad as you're all making them out to be... the "maybe i'm the faggot america" line is great and jumps out just as it's meant to. the video is nice, i like the jasper johns hommage/ripoff.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Saturday, 25 September 2004 22:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I tried to get into it today at work. I listened to it a few times. The only song I truly enjoyed was "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams."

billstevejim, Sunday, 26 September 2004 02:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I really like the album! "Jesus of Surbia" is way better than it has any right to be. The second part of it sounds like "All the Young Dudes."

Mike Ouderkirk (Mike Ouderkirk), Sunday, 26 September 2004 02:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one of the beats on this album sounds just like "the passenger" sped up.

green day fans: is this album a "progression" or some big leap? i haven't heard a full gd album since dookie.

jess (dubplatestyle), Sunday, 26 September 2004 02:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Progression. The album is better than the single.

edward o (edwardo), Sunday, 26 September 2004 02:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Also, Trayce, I read that as "God I just came all over Alex in NYC then didn't I?" In fact, even several re-readings left me with the same impression, until the truth dawned.

Good lord. Towel, please!

Billy Joe Armstrong got his teeth fixed = NOT Punk. Heh.

Why are they still making albums?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 26 September 2004 14:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The new one's way better than it has any right to be. Alex's question is more appropriate for the previous two records, which beyond one or two tunes, kinda sucked.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 26 September 2004 15:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
I finally heard this. I liked it a lot. I dug the cheesy-ass "rock & roll girlfriend" track and vocal sound on the first two tracks.

kingfish (Kingfish), Friday, 21 January 2005 02:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

charles isherwood in the nyt:

“American Idiot,” directed by Michael Mayer and performed with galvanizing intensity by a terrific cast, detonates a fierce aesthetic charge in this ho-hum Broadway season. A pulsating portrait of wasted youth that invokes all the standard genre conventions — bring on the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, please! — only to transcend them through the power of its music and the artistry of its execution, the show is as invigorating and ultimately as moving as anything I’ve seen on Broadway this season. Or maybe for a few seasons past.

women are a bunch of dudes (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 21 April 2010 04:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

i wouldn't go quite so far as that, but i saw the musical in previews last week and liked it a lot. didn't reach the heights of my favorite rock musicals (most recent entry: "passing strange"), but it was genuinely moving. the opening punk-pop blast of the title song was very nearly startling. the arrangements are well done. one of the girl singers (blond who plays the wife of the guy who stays at home, has kids and is bored out of his skull) has a terrific rock voice. the onstage punk-rock chick keyboardist/conductor was a blast to watch.

anyway, here's something sort of interesting about green day's american idiot: add a shitload of harmonies and other little musical parts and pretty much all the songs on it sound like they were written for a traditional broadway musical.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 21 April 2010 04:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

so did Green Day ever have to pay Bryan Adams for that bit of Jesus in Suburbia that was a direct rip of "Summer of '69"?

Neanderthal, Saturday, 6 August 2011 21:41 (six years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Someone on an FB thread of "legacy ruining albums" mentioned American Idiot, but idk, this is their last great record. everything after has been shit. But it's got tracks. "Jesus of Suburbia" is still amazing. Boulevard of Broken Dreams was overplayed to an extent that I don't think I can ever hear it again without thinking of MTV/VH1 commercial bumpers, but i remember it being good at the time. the whole thing is great. still amazing that they pulled off a career renaissance when they did.

flappy bird, Monday, 15 August 2016 04:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I've never been a Green Day fan and this album was no exception. However, if I notice that the weather is getting wet, I will sing to myself here comes the rain again/falling from the stars.

how's life, Monday, 15 August 2016 11:06 (one year ago) Permalink

And when there's a USA election on, I think.. um..

Mark G, Monday, 15 August 2016 11:10 (one year ago) Permalink

was really disappointed with this album when it came out bc I wanted them to keep making the fake kinks songs they were writing on warning

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 15 August 2016 13:26 (one year ago) Permalink

(thesis: all kinks songs are fake kinks songs, this is the point of the kinks)

mark s, Monday, 15 August 2016 13:33 (one year ago) Permalink

You want the "Foxboro Hot Tubs" album then.

Mark G, Monday, 15 August 2016 20:36 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Revisited this for the first time in over a decade today, and
-Jesus of Suburbia is a 10/10 track
-Armstrong's vocals on the verses in whatsername are kind of amazing. he's not exactly a good singer but the pop-punk boyishness of his crooning sounds very sad and bittersweet. It covers up well the fact that the concept of the song is pretty dumb

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 17 July 2017 05:22 (three months ago) Permalink

It's still a great record, pretty much saved their bacon career-wise after the lacklustre Warning and wound up their old fanbase as a result.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Monday, 17 July 2017 14:08 (three months ago) Permalink


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