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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. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist Jason White, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool. Green Day is arguably the most influential post-Nirvana rock band. The band has listed The Replacements, Husker Du, 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 local band called Sweet Baby. ...read more

Green Day is a Punk Revival/Alternative Rock/Pop-Punk (depending on who you are) band from East Bay, California. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist Jason White, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool. Green Day is arguably the most influential post-Nirvana rock band. The band has listed The Replacements, Husker Du, 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 local band called Sweet Baby. The band began in the 924 Gilman Street club while the band members were in still in high school. They recorded their first album,"1039/Smooth" as well as the EPs "1000 hours", "Slappy" and "Sweet Children" with then drummer John Kiffmeyer. Later the album and EPs were combined into the compilation album "1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours". The band received huge popularity in the underground punk scene as a melodic alternative to the hardcore punk bands at the time. In 1990 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 studio album titled "Kerplunk", which further propelled the band into popularity in the underground music scene. Due to the massive success of Nirvana's "Nevermind", many record labels were looking to sign similar underground bands. Green Day received many offers from large record labels but refused. When the indie-label Lookout! Records was unable to make enough copies of "Kerplunk!" to keep up with demand it was clear Green Day had far overgrown their underground scene. In 1993 the band signed 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", "Basket Case", "When I Come Around" and a re-recorded version of "Welcome To Paradise", their major record debut, "Dookie", changed the face of music. The album came at the perfect time, being released around the same time Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain committed suicide and thus,the end of grunge. The album won the "Best Alternative Album" Grammy in 1995.The album lead a Punk Rock Revival which gave opportunity for other punk bands such as Rancid, Bad Religion, NOFX and the Offspring to become successful. However, the label "punk" caused controversy as to if Green Day's music truly represented punk rock music. The controversy has continued to today, despite receiving support from members of other punk bands such as Joey Ramone, Joey Strummer, 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 trying to alienate its pop loving fan base with a much heavier album. The 1995 follow up "Insomniac" lacked some of the pop-punk style songs from "Dookie" and focused more on a Dead Kennedys-esque hardcore punk album. The album was well received by critics but failed to reach the diamond success of "Dookie". However, it did spawn the radio rock hit "Brain Stew/Jaded".

After a brief hiatus, Billie Joe and crew got back into the studio. The 1997 album "Nimrod" featured more mature themes and influences from other genres of music such as alternative rock, hardcore punk, surf rock, ska-punk, and pop-punk rather than Green Day's traditional punk style. The album became a fan favorite, but didn't have any hugely successful singles. That changed when the acoustic song "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" was featured on the finale of the TV show "Seinfeld" and instantly became a hit. (You've probably heard it at every graduation party ever). Green Day received further criticism 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". The album featured social commentary and political lyrics never before seen from the band. Unfortunately, the album was a major flop. However, the Rolling Stone in 2009 listed it as one of the"Most Overlooked Albums of All Time". Green Day practically fell off the face of the earth. They opened up for Blink-182 on the 2001 Pop Disaster Tour. (Which is about the equivalence to Metallica 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 stages of recording the album was mysteriously "stolen". It is rumored that some of the tracks may have been released on "Money Money 2020",which is a New Wave side project with members of Green Day and Devo. Instead of re-recording the album, the band opted to start from scratch. They began working on songs privately as individuals. They then pieced the songs together and made a 9 minute Who like rock opera titled "Homecoming". Liking the direction they were taking, the band continued the rock opera style song writing and finished the album. The result was the self proclaimed "punk rock opera" titled "American Idiot". The album followed the story of "The Jesus of Suburbia", who was a rebellious teenager growing up in the post 9/11 world. The album contained many mostly anti-war politically charged lyrics. Despite the controversial lyrics, the album became a rock blockbuster than isn't supposed to exist anymore. The singles "American Idiot","Holiday","Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" were all massive hits. The album won the "Best Rock Album" 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 a 60's style garage rock/indie rock album under the name "Foxboro Hot Tubs". The follow up to "Idiot" was another punk opera titled "21st Century Breakdown". The album focused more on ideas then story however. Like "Insomniac", the album had some of the band's best songs, but was not as commercially successful. It did spawn the hit "21 Guns". In 2010 the entire "American Idiot" album, as well as a few other songs and b-sides from the band's catalog were adapted into a Tony winning Broadway musical.

In 2012, longtime touring guitarist Jason White officially joined the band as a member. Also that year Billie Joe Armstrong had a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse following his profanity laced meltdown after the bands set was cut short for pop star Usher at the iHeartRadio Festival in 2012. Their most recent album collection was the trilogy of the power pop "Uno", the garage rock "Dos", and mixed bag of sorts "Tre". The albums did not sell well due to the band being unable to promote them. The albums received somewhat positive reviews from critics and a mixed reception from fans,with many agreeing that the band were better off focusing their creativity on one album. The band has returned to a similar state as before "American Idiot", slowly fading out of popularity again. However, Billie Joe is now a year sober and ready to roll again. We could possibly see new material by next year.

The band's twelfth album "Revolution Radio" was released on October 7, 2016. « hide

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Revolution Radio
2016

3.2
281 Votes
iTRE!
12/11/2012

2.8
783 Votes
iDOS!
11/13/2012

2.3
869 Votes
¡UNO!
09/25/2012

2.4
1,167 Votes
21st Century Breakdown
2009

2.6
2,311 Votes
American Idiot
2004

3.4
4,469 Votes
Warning
2000

3.3
1,639 Votes
Nimrod
1997

3.6
1,923 Votes
Insomniac
1995

3.7
1,732 Votes
Dookie
1994

4
3,417 Votes
Kerplunk
1992

3.6
1,054 Votes
39/Smooth
1990

3.4
578 Votes
EPs
Oh Love
07/16/2012

1.3
89 Votes
Sweet Children
1990

3
31 Votes
Slappy
1990

3.6
69 Votes
1,000 Hours
1989

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

3.7
10 Votes
Awesome As Fuck
2011

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

3.1
10 Votes
21 Guns Live
2009

2.4
8 Votes
Bullet In A Bible
2005

3.4
580 Votes
Tune In, Tokyo...
2001

3.5
5 Votes
Foot In Mouth
1998

4.1
29 Votes
Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking
1996

3.8
22 Votes
Live Tracks
1995

4
10 Votes
Having A Blast
1994

4.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Demolicious
2014

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

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

3
23 Votes
Transmissions
2007

3
1 Votes
Shenanigans
2002

3
464 Votes
International Superhits
2001

3.7
786 Votes
1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
1991

3.6
428 Votes

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