Wake Me Up When: American Idiot Turns 10

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 20, 2014

Green Day's American Idiot is now officially ten years old. We published two great pieces on the album over the last week, so read them below and make sure to listen as well.

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Idiot, Revisited

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

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by Jeffrey Webb, edited by Erik van Rheenen

The thing about the Jesus of Suburbia is that he doesn’t start out as a nihilist— he starts out bored. Victimized by his broken home and his own peculiar slice of suburban hellscape, sedated and titillated by the alternating lows and highs of television and Ritalin, the “son of Rage and Love” flees the “land of make believe [that] don’t believe” to the Big City in a Sartrean search for meaning. All set to alternating windmilled guitars and soft-keyed interludes, multi-layered harmonies and fury-fueled shrieks. By the end of the nine-minute, Pete-Townshend-on-speed anthem that is the opera’s introduction, Billie Joe Armstrong has shown that anarchy begins at home, and apathy is its gateway drug.

The story that follows—the story of Green Day’s 2004 magnumopus, American Idiot—is a bildungsroman that’s equal parts Joseph Campbell and J.D. Salinger, and all the tension that pairing entails: hero (whiny jerk?) leaves home, faces adversity (but not real adversity?), and returns home redeemed (a total failure?). Any attempt to appraise its merits thus acts as a Rorschach test of one’s aesthetic gestalt. The JoS’s quest is either inspiring or entitled, epic or annoying. Given the ubiquity of the maturation theme, and the delusions of grandeur that usually accompany so-called rock operas, it’s a story that should be overly affected, passé.  Instead, ten years later, somehow, miraculously, it still pulses, snarls, demands attention. Why?

The reason is not because the album is one of the great protest rock records of all time, though it certainly is that. It’s difficult for teenagers now to imagine the swelling of indignant rage Americans felt after September 11th, rage that metastasized into a kind of dyspeptic autoimmune disorder that we voted upon ourselves: the Patriot Act, whack-a-mole adventures in the Middle East, surrealist color-coded threat levels that shifted like a terrorism mood ring. So it’s difficult for those teenagers —hell, it’s difficult for the rest of us — to remember how subversive it was in 2004 for a band to sneer at our self-righteousness, to stand athwart the military-media complex, yelling, “stop.”

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POZ Decade: Green Day - American Idiot

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 16, 2014

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Green Day’s American Idiot was released ten years ago next week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Deanna Chapman, Erik van Rheenen, Ashley Aron, and Connor Sheehan, so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on American Idiot ten years later!

How American Idiot holds up in 2014
It’s hard to believe American Idiot came out ten years ago. The lyrical content of the album has easily stood the test of time. Many of the songs, notably “American Idiot,” still seem relevant today, especially with recent political issues that have occurred. For me, this album is still enjoyable to listen to and it continues to bring the same energy as it did when it first came out. It’s also the last great album to come from Green Day — the albums released after were mediocre at best, and this is coming from someone who is a huge fan of the band.
 
The album was revived with its Broadway rendition, and I believe that has also had a huge impact in keeping the album alive and relevant. I went and saw the musical (not on Broadway, unfortunately) and it reminded me why I love the album so much. It tells one hell of a story. The story made for a great album and a great musical. How many albums can you say have done that? Hands down, this album continues to be great in 2014.
– Deanna Chapman

Most important song on American Idiot
Amidst skipping recess to learn how to apply eyeliner with my fellow sixth grade girlfriends, a burned copy of American Idiot came into my possession. It was one of my first tastes of an album that completely satiated my musical desire from start to finish. The 17 songs on my iPod Nano included “Hollaback Girl,” “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies,” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” but the 12 tracks of American Idiot were something else. The draw for my young brain was seeing Billie Joe Armstrong all over Fuse and MTV plugging the album as a “rock opera,” a foreign concept to me at the time. However, the fact that the record’s dramatic nature was still something that pissed off my parents kept it on heavy rotation. Each track told a story in itself, but the album’s piece de resistance has to be “Homecoming.”

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Driver Friendly, Seaway, Stickup Kid Cover Green Day’s “Good Riddance”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 10, 2014

Driver Friendly, Seaway, and Stickup Kid covered Green Day’s “Good Riddance” this past summer on tour. Watch the video below after the jump.

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Billie Joe Armstrong May Be In The Replacements

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 21, 2014

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Billie Joe Armstrong has now played three shows with the legends in The Replacements. It seems like he may be playing more shows with the band as well thanks to a handy-dandy #hashtag. Check out BJA’s Instagram post below after the jump.

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Avicii Working With Green Day’s BJA On New Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 16, 2014

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Avicii has confirmed that he will be working with Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day on a new album. Read a full feature here and a snippet here below after the jump.

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Kerrang Does Green Day: ‘American Idiot’ Tribute Album Stream

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 11, 2014

Kerrang have released the American Idiot tribute to Green Day album. Stream the whole thing below after the jump.

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Frank Iero Releases Cover Of Green Day’s “Extraordinary Girl”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 11, 2014

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Frank Iero have released a cover of Green Day's “Extraordinary Girl.” Stream the song below after the jump.

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Falling In Reverse Ruin Green Day’s “She’s A Rebel”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 11, 2014

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Falling In Reverse have released a cover of Green Day's “She's A Rebel” equipped with a breakdown like your ears will never want to hear again. Stream the song below after the jump.

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5 Seconds Of Summer Release Cover Of Green Day’s “American Idiot”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 11, 2014

5 Seconds Of Summer have released a cover ofGreen Day's “American Idiot.” Stream the song below after the jump.

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HateSong: Why Comedian Jon Daly Hates Green Day’s “American Idiot”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 10, 2014

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Jon Daly recently took part in AV Club’s HateSong feature and picked Green Day's “American Idiot.” Read the full feature here and part of why he hates the song below after the jump.

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American Idiot Tribute Track Listing Revealed

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 9, 2014

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The track listing for the American Idiot tribute album has been revealed. The release will come out on June 11th. Check out the track listing below!

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American Idiot Tribute: Falling In Reverse, 5 Seconds Of Summer, You Me At Six, More

by Zack Zarrillo - May 17, 2014

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"At least it’s not called Punk Goes Green Day." Green Day American Idiot will be the victim of a cover album this year to celebrate ten years of walking alone. Falling In Reverse and 5 Seconds Of Summer will be releasing covers on the LP as well as some others. Check out a poster with details below after the jump.

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Minimalist Images Of Iconic Band Names

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 29, 2014

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Tata & Friends have started a cool new project called Rock Band Icons that turns iconic band names into minimalist posters that repressing those names. The list spans from Green Day to Zeppelin. Check out the whole series here and a few cuts below after the jump.

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The Replacements Joined By Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong On Stage

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 21, 2014

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The Replacements we’re joined by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong on stage at Coachella. Check out a performance of “IOU” below after the jump.

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