Green Day
Father of All Motherfuckers


1.5
very poor

Review

by TheMoonchild USER (147 Reviews)
February 16th, 2020 | 15 replies


Release Date: 02/07/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: How do you do, fellow punks?

One of the most infamus moments in Green Day's career, and one that can arguably be used to sum up their entire career up to this point, comes from an interview that Billie Joe Armstrong gave with an interview with Canadian music station MuchMusic in the 1990s. He famously told a joke about a kid who asks a punk what it means to be a punk. The punk kicks over a trash can and says, "that's punk". The kid then kicks over a trash can, and asks, "is that punk?", to which the punk responds, "that's not punk, that's trendy". Where am I going with this, you ask? Green Day succeeded back in the 1990s not because they were "punk"; they succeeded because their music was good, and even more so, it was self-aware. Green Day were very much aware that they were contributing to the thing they were simultaneously killing. True, Green Day hasn't been "punk" for ages, even ignoring the 9-minute prog rock odysseys that defined American Idiot, the broadway show of the same name, or even Billie Joe's embarrassing on-air meltdown in 2012 that resulted in a Rehab stay. Which is why it's so jarring that the band is almost in their 50s now, trying as hard as they can to go back to their roots and, in the process, looking like Steve Buscemi from that episode of Community.

That's right, Green Day's 13th studio album, Father of All Motherfuckers, is as try-hard as you'd expect from a band pushing 50 and still trying to appear cool to kids, Never mind the awful cover art, the album title alone should tell you everything you need to know about its very existence. Some have interpreted its existence as a "we're at the end of our contract with WB, fuck it" joke, and that's fine and all, but it leads one to wonder why Green Day would pour so much time and effort into a joke. True, Green Day have never taken themselves too seriously, but when you consider that they've all but spend 16 years yeeting all their supposed "self awareness" out the window, it can't help but be cringingly jarring when you look at all the promotion surrounding the album. Be it the Boomerish "No trap beats, no Swedish producers" nonsense billboards, or Armstrong's nigh-incomprehensible statement announcing the release, Green Day's newest effort just can't help but feel as though it's one big "How do you do, fellow punks?" moment. What else explains songs like "I Was a Teenage Teenager", where Armstrong unironically sings lines like "who's hiding the drugs", or "I was a teenage teenager, full of piss and vinegar" over a 1950s esque power ballad beat? Some "punk" he is.

You've probably noticed, at this point too, that I've mentioned only one song in this review, and that's because despite listening to the album over and over several times, I still can't remember much at all about it. Green Day has gotten to the point where their trying hard is nothing BUT try hard. Hell, I wondered if they even tried at all. This is exactly the kind of "filler" release you'd expect from a band when they're about to embark on a stadium tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy of all bands. That's right, Green Day are so convinced that they're "punk", even pushing their 50s, that the irony of them playing in stadiums with fellow mainstream sweethearts has been completely lost of them. Either the ambition that they were filled with, with the release of their landmark album American Idiot, has been squandered on that album alone, or they just don't care anymore. And if they don't care anymore, well, why should I.

But hey, it doesn't matter, as long as it's "punk", right? Or is it "trendy"?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheMoonchild
February 16th 2020


1245 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yep, this album completely and utterly BROKE me. After two whole weeks of trying to see it as anyhing other than a joke, and several drafts of this review... all I could do is just Ricky Gervais it.



If Green Day don't care anymore, why should I.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2020


18763 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It is a joke that's the point

TheMoonchild
February 17th 2020


1245 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

My point though is that it being a joke doesn't excuse it. There's a reason I started this review off with the infamous "trendy" joke.

SymbolicInTime
February 17th 2020


5906 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

BUT ITS FUNNY HAHA THEY OWNED WARNER

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 17th 2020


34394 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review. That last line of the conclusion reads awful familiar ;-)

Album is trash whether it's intended to be taken seriously or not, and if it's a joke, I find it hard to laugh considering their last worthwhile album was released 11 years ago (and some might argue longer).

Digging: Reckless Kelly - American Jackpot / American Girls

WhaleDickNachos
February 17th 2020


30 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Still trying to get over Rolling Stone's 4/5 review and multiple 9/10s on metacritic. Actually the SowingSeason review is the only negative review on there lol

SowingSeason
Moderator
February 17th 2020


34394 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The perks of not being bought. There's no nudges, winks, or back alley hand jobs to protect musical reputations. Just pure old fashioned hatred of bad music.

TheMoonchild
February 17th 2020


1245 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ooh thanks Daddy Sowing

Let's not forget too. Jokes are supposed to be funny. The only thing funny about this is that it's from a band who should be considered legends. Instead they're just laughing stocks.

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2020


18763 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

okay okay i get it, it's not funny, i don't like this either, i was merely saying that i'm not gonna take this as if they meant this to be a serious thing and not something somewhat tongue in cheek

I really dig a couple songs here, the rest I'd "bin it" as zak would say

dimsim3478
February 17th 2020


8695 Comments


looking like Steve Buscemi from that episode of Community.

you mean 30 Rock

Digging: Yoshida Ichiro Untouchable World - ????

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2020


25663 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

tbf the fact that I Was A Teenage Teenager exists to begin with is pretty funny

Wish this was more actively awful and less boring af

Digging: Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded

Point1
February 17th 2020


812 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I agree, if this was more tongue in cheek it would be great but by the halfway mark it just starts sounding like boring Green Day songs again

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2020


18763 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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zaruyache
February 18th 2020


22443 Comments


what's the point of being green day anymore if you're just going to write imagine dragons songs?

Nerdurosis
February 19th 2020


270 Comments


good album



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