For fear of overexposure, I’m hesitant to add an extra edition of this music thing. But I’ve gotten such a positive response, it’s tempting to make like Catherine Zeta-Jones in all those obnoxious T-Mobile commercials from the late ’00s and start throwing out more than one post every week or so. And you people that read me and watch my videos are coming up with some good suggestions that I don’t want to put on the back burner…and I don’t want to stop firing on all cylinders myself (at least not yet, because I’ve got a few months’ worth of ideas of my own). So with no further ado, I give you Green Day, a suggestion by the esteemed Andy Cohen.
Green Day is a pop punk (some would call it ‘skate punk’) band from NorCal, in existence since ’87 and popular since about ’94. As with many other members of their genre, their music began to evolve into a platform for the group to espouse their political views as they matured and the Bush era of the 2000s polarized the country. I’ve got two songs to present here – the first is “Minority,” off the band’s 2000 album Warning (unfortunately the embed has been disabled so you’ll have to watch it at YouTube). This one kind of kicks off the beginning of an evolution from stoner alt-sports soundtrack into a more coherent message. The second is the title track to 2004’s American Idiot, marking the group’s plunge head-first into lyrical social commentary (and the source of Andy’s original suggestion). I’ve spent countless hours (actually less than two, and I’m disappointed in Green Day fans for their lack of visual creativity) sifting through different videos for each song to select the best content possible (well, mainly because I like both songs and had fun hearing them over and over). Enjoy!