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Green Day

Green Day is a Punk Revival/Alternative Rock/Pop-Punk (depending on who you are) band from East Bay,California.Thebandconsists of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist Jason White, bassist Mike Dirnt, anddrummerTreCool.Green Day isarguably the most influential post-Nirvana rock band. The band has listed the Replacements,HuskerDu,The Who, the Clash,the Ramones, the Kinks, the Beatles, and Operation Ivy all as influences.

Originally they were called the Sweet Children, but changed their name to stop confusion with another localbandcalledSweetBaby. The band began i ...read more

Green Day is a Punk Revival/Alternative Rock/Pop-Punk (depending on who you are) band from East Bay,California.Thebandconsists of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist Jason White, bassist Mike Dirnt, anddrummerTreCool.Green Day isarguably the most influential post-Nirvana rock band. The band has listed the Replacements,HuskerDu,The Who, the Clash,the Ramones, the Kinks, the Beatles, and Operation Ivy all as influences.

Originally they were called the Sweet Children, but changed their name to stop confusion with another localbandcalledSweetBaby. The band began in the 924 Gilman Street club while the band members were in still in highschool.Theyrecorded theirfirst album,"1039/Smooth" as well as the EPs "1000 hours", "Slappy" and "Sweet Children"withthendrummer JohnKiffmeyer. Later the album and EPs were combined into the compilation album "1039/SmoothedOutSlappyHours". The bandreceived huge popularity in the underground punk scene as an melodic alternative to thehardcorepunkbands at the time. In1990 Kiffmeyer decided to leave the band to go to college.

In 1991 former Lookouts drummer Tre Cool joined the band. The band then recorded their next studioalbumtitled"Kerplunk",which further propelled the band into popularity in the underground music scene. Due to themassivesuccess ofNirvana's"Nevermind", many record labels were looking to sign similar underground bands. Green Dayreceivedmanyoffers from largerecord labels but refused. When the indie-label Lookout! Records was unable to make enoughcopiesof"Kerplunk!" to keep upwith demand it was clear Green Day had far overgrown their underground scene. In 1993thebandsigned with Reprise Record,causing former fans to shun them and refer to them as "Sellouts".

Riding the commercial success of the singles such as "Longview", "Basketcase", "When I Come Around" and a re-recordedversion of "Welcome To Paradise", their major record debut, "Dookie", changed the face of music. The albumcameattheperfect time, being released around the same time Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain committed suicide and thus,theendofgrunge. The album won the "Best Alternative Album" Grammy in 1995. The album lead a Punk RockRevivalwhichgaveopportunity for other punk bands such as Rancid, Bad Religion, NOFX and the Offspring tobecomesucsessful.However,thelabel "punk" caused controversy as to if Green Day's music truly represented punk rock music.Thecontroversyhascontinued to today, despite receiving support from members of other punk bands such as JoeyRamone,JoeyStrummer,Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, Jello Biafra and Tim Armstrong.

Following the massive success of "Dookie", the band took a similar path as Nirvana did with "In Utero" by tryingtoalienateit'spop loving fan base with a much heavier album. The 1995 follow up "Insomniac" lacked some of the pop-punkstylesongsfrom"Dookie" and focused more on a Dead Kennedys-esque hardcore punk album. The album was wellreceivedbycritics butfailed to reach the diamond success of "Dookie". However, it did spawn the radio rock hit "BrainStew/Jaded".

After a brief hiatus, Billie Joe and crew got back into the studio. The 1997 album "Nimrod" featured morematurethemesandinfluences from other genres of music such as alternative rock, hardcore punk, surf rock, ska-punk, andpop-punkrather thanGreen Day's traditional punk style. The album became a fan favorite, but didn't have anyhugelysuccessfulsingles. Thatchanged when the acoustic song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" was featured on the finaleof thetv show"Seinfeld" andinstantly became a hit. (You've probably heard it at every graduation party ever). Green Dayreceivedfurthercriticism for"selling out" by making an acoustic song.

Green Day then decided to further increase their experimentation as a band with a folk-punk album titled"Warning".Thealbumfeatured social commentary and political lyrics never before seen from the band. Unfortunately, the albumwasamajor flop.However, the Rolling Stone in 2009 listed it as one of the "Most Overlooked Albums of All Time".GreenDaypractically fell offthe face of the earth. They opened up for Blink. 182 on the 2001 Pop Disaster Tour. (Which isabouttheequivalence toMetallica opening up for Bon Jovi). The band considered breaking up.

Deciding to give another try, and began recording "Cigarettes and Valentines" in 2003. During the final stagesofrecordingthealbum was mysteriously "stolen". It is rumored that some of the tracks may have been released on"MoneyMoney2020",which is a New Wave side project with members of Green Day and Devo. Instead of re-recording thealbum,thebandopted tostart from scratch. They began working on songs privately as individuals. They then pieced the songstogetherandmade a 9minute Who like rock opera titled "Homecoming". Liking the direction they were taking, the bandcontinuedtherock operastyle song writing and finished the album. The result was the self proclaimed "punk rock opera"titled"AmericanIdiot". Thealbum followed the story of "The Jesus of Suburbia", who was a rebellious teenager growing up inthepost 9/11world. Thealbum contained many mostly anti-war politically charged lyrics. Despite the controversial lyrics,thealbumbecame a rockblockbuster than isn't supposed to exist anymore. The singles "American Idiot", "Holiday","BoulevardofBroken Dreams" and"Wake Me Up When September Ends" were all massive hits. The album won the "Best RockAlbum"and"Record of the Year"Grammy awards.

Following the album, the band toured world extensively for the next 3 years. In 2008 they also released a60'sstylegaragerock/indie rock album under the name "Foxboro Hot Tubs". The follow up to "Idiot" was another punkoperatitled"21stCentury Breakdown". The album focused more on ideas then story however. Like "Insomniac", the album hadsomeoftheband's best songs, but was not as commercially successful. It did spawn the hit "21 Guns". In 2010theentire"AmericanIdiot" album, as well as a few other songs and b-sides from the band's catalog were adapted into aTonywinningBroadwaymusical.

In 2012, longtime touring guitarist Jason White officially joined the band as a member. Also that year Billie JoeArmstronghadastint in rehab for alcohol abuse following his profanity laced meltdown after the bands set was cut short forpop starUsheratthe iHeartradio Festival in 2012. Their most recent album collection was the trilogy of the power pop "Uno",thegaragerock"Dos", and mixed bag of sorts "Tre". The albums did not sell well due to the band being unable to promotethem.Thealbumsreceived somwhat positive reviews from critics and a mixed reception from fans, with many agreeing that thebandwerebetter off focusing their creativity on one album. The band has returned to a similar state as before "AmericanIdiot",slowlyfading out of popularity again.However, Billie Joe is now a year sober and ready to roll again. We could possiblyseenewmaterial by next year. « hide

Similar Bands: The Offspring, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Ramones, The Clash, The Replacements

LPs
iTRE!
12/11/2012

2.9
664 Votes
iDOS!
11/13/2012

2.3
739 Votes
¡UNO!
09/25/2012

2.5
1,019 Votes
21st Century Breakdown
2009

2.6
2,097 Votes
American Idiot
2004

3.4
4,111 Votes
Warning
2000

3.3
1,484 Votes
Nimrod
1997

3.6
1,749 Votes
Insomniac
1995

3.7
1,558 Votes
Dookie
1994

4
3,093 Votes
Kerplunk
1992

3.6
937 Votes
39/Smooth
1990

3.4
502 Votes
EPs
Oh Love
07/16/2012

1.2
81 Votes
Sweet Children
1990

3.1
24 Votes
Slappy
1990

3.7
57 Votes
1,000 Hours
1989

3.6
59 Votes
Live Albums
On The Radio
01/29/2012

3.6
9 Votes
Awesome As Fuck
2011

3.5
103 Votes
Last Night On Earth: Live In Tokyo
2009

3.1
7 Votes
21 Guns Live
2009

2.4
6 Votes
Bullet In A Bible
2005

3.4
579 Votes
Tune In, Tokyo...
2001

3.5
3 Votes
Foot In Mouth
1998

4.2
30 Votes
Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking
1996

3.8
22 Votes
Live Tracks
1995

3.9
10 Votes
Compilations
Demolicious
2014

3.5
62 Votes
Uno... Dos... Tré!
12/07/2012

3.1
42 Votes
American Idiot: Original Broadway Cast Recording
2010

2.9
19 Votes
Shenanigans
2002

3
450 Votes
International Superhits
2001

3.7
765 Votes
International Supervideos
2001

4
1 Votes
1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
1991

3.6
405 Votes

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