Monday, March 17, 2008

Green Day!

Post #19
Happy St. Patrick's Day! For this special occasion I'll review Green Day.

Green Day are a neo-punk band that jumped onto the scene in the mid-90's and fell under the over-used blanket category of "alternative". Their songs are short fast & fun and often poke fun at a variety of social & political issues. Each Green Day album was pretty much a repeat of the previous with minimal variety... until 2004's(?) American Idiot!

American Idiot was a concept album and a true masterpiece among modern hard-rock music. The first time I listened to it I recall thinking, "This is the best Green Day song ever.... no THIS is the best Green Day song ever!" over and over again as one song followed the next. I'm also pretty fond of the anti-Bush political commentary that's sprinkled throughout the lyrics.

Listening to Green Day on St. Patrick's day is a mild tradition for me. During my college days I used to wait until March 17th to go out and collect the next Green Day album. So if you feel like "going Green" on the one day of the year when everyone is Irish, give Green Day a listen.

My recommendations for Green Day are from my personal Green Day mix CD, "St. Patty's Day Parade" (Yes, all of the following songs will fit on one 80 min CD-R):

  • -At the Library
  • -Jesus of Suburbia
  • -Basket Case
  • -Are We The Waiting
  • -St. Jimmy
  • -Panic Song
  • -Wake Me Up When September Ends
  • -Brain Stew
  • -Warning:
  • -American Idiot
  • -Sassafras Roots
  • -Minority
  • -Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  • -Nice Guys Finish Last
  • -Give Me Novocaine
  • -The Grouch
  • -Welcome to Paradise
  • -Macy's Day Parade
  • -Uptight
  • -Pulling Teeth
  • -Jaded
  • -Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
  • -In The End
  • -Whatsername

Color coded Album reference: 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, Dookie, Insomniac, Nimrod, Warning, American Idiot

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