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Green Day

Green Day is a Punk Revival/Alternative Rock/Pop-Punk (depending on who you are) band from EastBay,California.Thebandconsists ofvocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist Jason White, bassist Mike Dirnt,anddrummerTreCool.Green Day isarguably the mostinfluential post-Nirvana rock band. The band has listed theReplacements,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 anotherlocalbandcalledSweetBaby. The bandbegan in the 924 ...read more

Green Day is a Punk Revival/Alternative Rock/Pop-Punk (depending on who you are) band from EastBay,California.Thebandconsists ofvocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist Jason White, bassist Mike Dirnt,anddrummerTreCool.Green Day isarguably the mostinfluential post-Nirvana rock band. The band has listed theReplacements,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 anotherlocalbandcalledSweetBaby. The bandbegan in the 924 Gilman Street club while the band members were in still inhighschool.Theyrecorded theirfirst album,"1039/Smooth" as wellas the EPs "1000 hours", "Slappy" and "SweetChildren"withthendrummer JohnKiffmeyer. Later the album and EPs were combined into thecompilation album"1039/SmoothedOutSlappyHours". The bandreceived huge popularity in the underground punk scene as an melodicalternativeto 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 nextstudioalbumtitled"Kerplunk",which furtherpropelled the band into popularity in the underground music scene. Due tothemassivesuccess ofNirvana's"Nevermind", many record labelswere looking to sign similar underground bands. GreenDayreceivedmanyoffers from largerecord labels but refused. When the indie-labelLookout! Records was unable to makeenoughcopiesof"Kerplunk!" to keep upwith demand it was clear Green Day had far overgrown theirunderground scene. In1993thebandsigned 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. Thealbumcameattheperfect time, being releasedaround the same time Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain committed suicide andthus,theendofgrunge. The album won the "Best AlternativeAlbum" Grammy in 1995. The album lead a PunkRockRevivalwhichgaveopportunity for other punk bands such as Rancid, Bad Religion, NOFXand the Offspringtobecomesucsessful.However,thelabel "punk" caused controversy as to if Green Day's music truly represented punkrockmusic.Thecontroversyhascontinued to today, despite receiving support from members of other punk bands suchasJoeyRamone,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" bytryingtoalienateit'spop loving fanbase with a much heavier album. The 1995 follow up "Insomniac" lacked some of the pop-punkstylesongsfrom"Dookie" and focused more ona Dead Kennedys-esque hardcore punk album. The album waswellreceivedbycritics 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" featuredmorematurethemesandinfluences fromother genres of music such as alternative rock, hardcore punk, surf rock, ska-punk,andpop-punkrather thanGreen Day's traditional punkstyle. The album became a fan favorite, but didn't haveanyhugelysuccessfulsingles. Thatchanged when the acoustic song "Good Riddance(Time of Your Life)" was featured on thefinaleof thetv show"Seinfeld" andinstantly became a hit. (You've probably heard it at everygraduation party ever). GreenDayreceivedfurthercriticism for"selling out" by making an acoustic song.

Green Day then decided to further increase their experimentation as a band with a folk-punk albumtitled"Warning".Thealbumfeatured socialcommentary and political lyrics never before seen from the band. Unfortunately, thealbumwasamajor flop.However, the Rolling Stone in2009 listed it as one of the "Most Overlooked Albums of AllTime".GreenDaypractically fell offthe face of the earth. They opened up for Blink-182 on the 2001 Pop Disaster Tour. (Whichisabouttheequivalence 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 finalstagesofrecordingthealbum wasmysteriously "stolen". It is rumored that some of the tracks may have been releasedon"MoneyMoney2020",which is a New Wave side projectwith members of Green Day and Devo. Instead of re-recordingthealbum,thebandopted tostart from scratch. They began working on songsprivately as individuals. They then pieced thesongstogetherandmade a 9minute Who like rock opera titled "Homecoming". Liking the directionthey were taking, thebandcontinuedtherock operastyle song writing and finished the album. The result was the self proclaimed "punkrockopera"titled"AmericanIdiot". Thealbum followed the story of "The Jesus of Suburbia", who was a rebellious teenagergrowing up inthepost9/11world. Thealbum contained many mostly anti-war politically charged lyrics. Despite the controversiallyrics,thealbumbecame arockblockbuster than isn't supposed to exist anymore. The singles "American Idiot","Holiday","BoulevardofBroken Dreams" and"Wake Me UpWhen September Ends" were all massive hits. The album won the "BestRockAlbum"and"Record of the Year"Grammy awards.

Following the album, the band toured world extensively for the next 3 years. In 2008 they also releaseda60'sstylegaragerock/indie rockalbum under the name "Foxboro Hot Tubs". The follow up to "Idiot" was anotherpunkoperatitled"21stCentury Breakdown". The album focusedmore on ideas then story however. Like "Insomniac", the albumhadsomeoftheband's best songs, but was not as commercially successful. Itdid spawn the hit "21 Guns". In2010theentire"AmericanIdiot" album, as well as a few other songs and b-sides from the band's catalog wereadapted intoaTonywinningBroadwaymusical.

In 2012, longtime touring guitarist Jason White officially joined the band as a member. Also that year BillieJoeArmstronghadastint in rehabfor alcohol abuse following his profanity laced meltdown after the bands set was cut shortforpop 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 didnot sell well due to the band being unable topromotethem.Thealbumsreceived somwhat positive reviews from critics and a mixed receptionfrom fans, with many agreeingthat thebandwerebetter off focusing their creativity on one album. The band has returned to a similar state asbefore"AmericanIdiot",slowlyfading out of popularity again.However, Billie Joe is now a year sober and ready to roll again. Wecouldpossiblyseenewmaterial by next year.

The band's twelfth album "Revolution Radio" is set to come out in 2016. « hide

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Revolution Radio
2016

3.1
6 Votes
iTRE!
12/11/2012

2.8
764 Votes
iDOS!
11/13/2012

2.3
846 Votes
¡UNO!
09/25/2012

2.5
1,142 Votes
21st Century Breakdown
2009

2.6
2,274 Votes
American Idiot
2004

3.4
4,400 Votes
Warning
2000

3.3
1,604 Votes
Nimrod
1997

3.6
1,879 Votes
Insomniac
1995

3.7
1,696 Votes
Dookie
1994

4
3,344 Votes
Kerplunk
1992

3.6
1,033 Votes
39/Smooth
1990

3.4
569 Votes
EPs
Oh Love
07/16/2012

1.3
87 Votes
Sweet Children
1990

3
31 Votes
Slappy
1990

3.6
67 Votes
1,000 Hours
1989

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

3.7
10 Votes
Awesome As Fuck
2011

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

3.1
9 Votes
21 Guns Live
2009

2.4
8 Votes
Bullet In A Bible
2005

3.4
578 Votes
Tune In, Tokyo...
2001

3.5
5 Votes
Foot In Mouth
1998

4.1
28 Votes
Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking
1996

3.8
21 Votes
Live Tracks
1995

4
9 Votes
Compilations
Demolicious
2014

3.6
71 Votes
Uno... Dos... Tré!
12/07/2012

3.2
40 Votes
American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording
2010

3
22 Votes
Transmissions
2007

3
1 Votes
Shenanigans
2002

3
460 Votes
International Superhits
2001

3.7
779 Votes
1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
1991

3.6
426 Votes

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