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New Green Day video: Back In The USA

Video: Green Day -- “Back In The USA”

Green Day - Back In The USA (Official Music Video)

From Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band, out now on Reprise.

Good old Green Day. I remember the first time I saw the “Longview” video 23 years ago I couldn’t believe they let a band so ugly and pimply on MTV. “This is real punk rock,” I said to my young self. I loved it.

That’s funny in retrospect but it’s how I felt at the time. And now the guys in Green Day are the elder statesmen of American rock and roll along with their fellow founding fathers the Foo Fighters. I have no idea what’s going on with the world anymore, but I never expected this is how 2017 would turn out.

And now they’ve got a greatest hits album out with this new song on it. Not sure who the demographic for greatest hits albums is these days, but I’m sure the smart people at WMG know what they’re doing. Right?

Green Day: web, twitter, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

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Lollapalooza 2010, Day 2: Sampler Platter

The XX at Lollapalooza

Day 2: Saturday, August 7, 2010

I had a very clear plan for Saturday. There’s a spot to the right side of the “PlayStation” stage (actually called the Petrillo Music Shell) that’s always been easy to worm your way into. You can get really close to the stage if you just slide right along the wall, so I had told my entire posse to meet there three songs into the XX‘s set. But once we made it inside, it was obvious this was not going to happen.

At three o’clock in the afternoon the entire north side of the park was filled to capacity. To make matters worse, the entrance from Columbus into the stage area was a parking lot of people. It should’ve been a walkway but nobody was moving. Everybody was just standing there, blocking the path, not moving. I’m assuming Against Me must not have any fans because there were at least 80,000 people crammed into the cement lot that surrounds the stage, packed tight as far back as the second set of light poles. If you’ve been to Grant Park, you know what I’m talking about, and you know how bad that must’ve sucked. It was worse.

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Sales: Green Day Doesn't Need Wal-Mart

parental-advisory.gifYou won’t find Green Day‘s latest album, 21st Century Breakdown, on the racks at Wal-Mart because “the big box giant declines to stock albums that carry parental advisory stickers” and the band did not release an edited version. But who needs Wal-Mart anyway? Not Green Day, that’s for sure. 21st Century Breakdown still managed to sell more than three times as many copies as any other album last week despite the fact that it was released three days later than the others.

1. Green Day – “21st Century Breakdown” – 215,000 (debut)

2. “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack – 68,000 (down 17%)

3. Cam’Ron – “Crime Pays” – 43,000 (debut)

4. Lady GaGa – “The Fame” – 41,000 (up less than 1%; cume: 850,000)

5. Rascal Flatts – “Unstoppable” – 33,000 (down 44%)

6. Bob Dylan – “Together Through Life” – 31,000 (down 40%)

7. Taylor Swift – “Fearless” – 30,000 (down 25%)

8. Chrisette Michele – “Epiphany” – 29,000 (down 65%)

9. Rick Ross – “Deeper Than Rap” – 26,000 (down 24%)

10. Ciara – “Fantasy Ride” – 26,000 (down 68%)

Debuts further down:

20. Steve Earle – “Townes” – 18,000

76. Phoenix – “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” – 6,000

Additional sales data via MTV.

The Killers vs. Green Day

Brandon Flowers is a fucking moron. NME has excerpts from The Word‘s cover feature on the Killers, and it’s almost painful to read this dipshit’s sophomoric ideas about Green Day, Bruce Springsteen, and an artist’s role as foreign ambassador.

Some examples of his idiocy:

“You have Green Day and ‘American Idiot‘. Where do they film their DVD? In England. A bunch of kids screaming ‘I don’t want to be an American idiot’ I saw it as a very negative thing towards Americans. It really lit a fire in me.”

Why’s that, Brandon? Because you’d prefer everybody to be as idiotic as you? Did you ever consider that the message of Green Day’s album might have been to encourage American kids to not be idiots. Is the true intention of lyrics such as “Don’t wanna be an American idiot / One nation controlled by the media” a little too obscure for you to figure out? Hint: Green Day is advising people to think critically about what they see on television…

“You have the right to say what you want to say and what you want to write about, and I’m sure they meant it in the same way that Bruce Springsteen meant ‘Born In The USA’ and it was taken wrongly, but I was really offended when I saw them do that.”

Ahem. This mental midget really shouldn’t be allowed to ever mention Springsteen again. Seriously. The song “Born In The USA” is even more critical of the United States than anything Green Day has ever released. Bruce is actually one-upping Kanye West and saying that not only does the American government not care about black people, they don’t care about anybody!

“People need to see that, really, there are the nicest people in the world here! I don’t know if our album makes you realise that. But I hope it’s from a more positive place.”

Yes, we’re all very, very nice. Perhaps the nicest people in the world. And we have the best facial hair, too.

Rock and roll erodes the Generation Gap

Rock and roll rebellion, redux – “At a Green Day concert, shouting and smiling next to my 13-year-old son, I watched the generation gap disappear… Billie Joe, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt are much cooler teachers than I am, and I thank them for it.”