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Green Day (formed 1987) Green Day is an American punk rock band that has had huge global success since it's debut major label release, Dookie in 1994.
Formation: As teenagers, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt started up a band named Sweet Children. The band's first show was in October 1987 in Vallejo, California, at Rod's Hickory Pit, where Mike's mother worked at the time.
The next year, the band began working with John Kiffmeyer who played drums but also booked shows for the band. In 1989, the band changed their name to Green Day and released their debut EP '1,000 Hours' on Lookout! Records.
In 1990, Lookout! Records also released Green Day's debut album, 39/Smooth, as well as two more EPs, 'Slappy' and 'Sweet Children'. The next year, they released 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, which was a combination of the debut EP and the debut LP. The drummer at the time, Sobrante, left to attend college and was replaced by Tré Cool.
Green day's second album, Kerplunk sold over 50,000 copies in the USA, which was an impressive amount for an underground punk band at the time.
Hitting The Mainstream: Green day signed to Reprise Records and recorded their major label debut, Dookie, which was released in 1994. The singles, 'Basket Case', 'Longview' and 'When I Come Around' all received heavy MTV airplay and the band was added to the Lollapalooza and Woodstock bills. Dookie won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 1995.
Insomniac was released in 1995 and spawned the singles 'Geek Stink Breath', 'Brain Stew/Jaded', 'Walking Contradiction' and 'Stuck With Me'. The video for 'Walking Contradiction' won the 'Best Video, Short Form' Grammy Award in 1996. The band cancelled a European tour in 1996, due to exhaustion.
Released in 1997, Nimrod provided more of a diversion from the band's standard punk-pop fare. The album entered the US charts at number 10 and the single 'Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)' earned the band an MTV Award for Best Alternative Video. The song was twice featured in separate episodes of E.R..
Warning was released in 2000. The single 'Minority' was a hit for the band and so, to a lesser degree, was the title track. Warning earned a gold certification, though all of the band's previous albums had achieved at least a double platinum status at this point in their career.
Green Day then released a greatest hits compilation entitled International Superhits! In addition to this, they released a compilation of B-sides entitled Shenanigans and a collection of videos, International Supervideos! From Shenanigans, 'Espionage' was featured on the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and was nominated for a 'Best Rock Instrumental Performance' Grammy Award.
In 2003, Green Day collaborated with Iggy Pop on his album Skull Ring. The next year, their American Idiot album debuted at number one in the US album charts. American Idiot won the 2005 Grammy Award for 'Best Rock Album'. Recordings from the supporting tour were released as Bullet in a Bible.
In 2006, 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' was named 'Record of the Year' at the Grammy Awards.
Side Projects: PINHEAD GUNPOWDER (feat. Billie Joe Armstrong)
THE FRUSTRATORS (feat. Mike Dirnt)
THE NETWORK (it has been reported that all three members of the band are in this band, under assumed names).
FOXBORO HOT TUBS (all three members of Green Day are in this band and played on its debut album Stop, Drop and Roll).
In 2006, Green Day collaborated with U2 and Rick Rubin to record a cover of The Skids' 'The Saints Are Coming', to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Green day's version of The Simpsons' theme tune was released as a single in July 2004.
Arguably, Green Day have not made a consistently great record since 2004's 'American Idiot'. Of course, they have made good songs and hearty albums since this career-defining record, but overall they haven't truly sounded like Green Day in a long time. The band have battled personal and professional demons over the years and this album looked to represent a clean slate for the punk trio.
Green Day's thirteenth studio album 'Father Of All...' opens up business with the title-track. The vocal style is distinctly different from the band's previous releases - high-note focused vocal delivery doesn't always work with the funky modern rock tempo, however. 'Fire, Ready, Aim' continues the catchy rock beat of the record but, again, this doesn't sound like the Green Day we know. Vocally, Armstrong is trying too hard to distinguish his performances from previous albums and the overall atmosphere can only be described as basic.
Questionable execution persists as the generic and shallow sounding 'Oh Yeah!' comes into play. At least the prior songs actually tried to be good; 'Oh Yeah!' sounds like the band couldn't be bothered writing it, let alone performing it. If you didn't know any better, 'Meet Me on the Roof' could pass as a demo due to its stripped back vibe and lack of adrenaline. Green Day have lost their bite and this song proves it.
Continue reading: Green Day - Father of All... Album Review
What's new in the music world this week?
It was an impressive night at the Academy Awards for both movies and music, though it's been a less than easy week for Liam Gallagher. Some brilliant videos have caught our eye and exciting tour updates from the Rolling Stones and Guns N' Roses are revealed...
The 92nd Academy Awards arrived last night (February 9th) featuring some rather outstanding live performances. Not only did we see Idina Menzel and Aurora performing Into the Unknown from Frozen 2, but Eminem also made a surprise appearance with a version of his 2002 hit Lose Yourself. Meanwhile Billie Eilish stunned audiences with a moving cover of The Beatles' Yesterday for the In Memoriam section of the night.
Add these albums to your waiting list now.
This month looks to be all about long-awaited returns from established artists. These are are seven most eagerly anticipated albums coming up in February 2020 - though we have a feeling these are just the tip of the icerberg...
La Roux - Supervision
It feels like a lifetime since her last album Trouble In Paradise was released, but six years on La Roux is finally here with album three Supervision. Now the solo project of Elly Jackson, we don't know entirely what to expect, though her latest single Automatic Driver gives us positive vibes.
Continue reading: Upcoming Releases: What Albums Are We Waiting For This Month?
What's coming in 2020?
It's a new year and a new decade, so we're hoping it gets off to a good start in the world of music. There are some pretty exciting upcoming releases for 2020, from some of music's biggest legends, so we're confident we won't be left disappointed.
Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
It's been the longest they've ever gone without releasing an album, but six years after UK number one 'So Long, See You Tomorrow', Bombay Bicycle Club return with 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong'. They also have a new label, Mmm... Records, and if the title single and lead single 'Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)' are anything to go by, it will be another stellar hit.
Continue reading: Eight Albums We're Looking Forward To In 2020
Music for a cold Autumn stroll.
There's something special about Autumn; it's a time of year ripe with nostalgia, melancholy and dismal weather. But still, there's something comforting about getting your big coat out again and enjoying pumpkin spiced everything.
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Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day
Continue reading: The Ultimate Autumn Playlist: Songs To Get Us In The Fall Mood
Dookie was released on this day in 1994.
Today (February 1st) marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Green Day's third album and major label debut Dookie. The legendary Diamond-certified release was the band's first ever record on Reprise Records; a label which has seen them through the rest of their career.
Ten years before American Idiot was born, there was Dookie. It was the landmark album of Green Day's career and the one that propelled punk rock to mainstream popularity. It reached number 2 in the US charts, has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and ended up winning the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
Continue reading: Album Of The Week: How Green Day's Dookie Saved Punk Rock
'Wake Me Up When September Ends' is a popular Fall song.
People are getting well into the spirit of Fall right now, but there's one band out there who find this time of year particularly lucrative. Green Day's 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' video viewing figures double on at least three days every year.
Green Day performing at BST Hyde Park
As it turns out, the video for the punk rockers' 2005 hit single gets more than 100,000 YouTube views on three particular days in September and October. That's largely down to it having become an anthem for the 9/11 terror attack, which continues to be remembered each year, as well as the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
Continue reading: Views On This Green Day Video Skyrocket This Time Of Year
We love these funny, intense and unique pop videos.
These days it's difficult to get away with a music video that's all singing, all dancing with wind machines. It's becoming more and more popular to go for a more conceptual piece; like a mini cinematic montage to rival Hollywood. Indeed, these artists have all done something a little bit different with their musical outputs.
Zombie Taylor Swift in 'Look What You Made Me Do'
1. Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do: The snakes, the bath of diamonds, the zombie Taylor... We just couldn't get enough of this video this summer. It's definitely the best music video she's ever done and shows a different side to her that we've never seen before that's sly, self-depricating and pretty damn badass.
Continue reading: From Taylor Swift To Green Day: Ten Coolest Pop Music Videos Of 2017
The band were branded as callous for continuing their set, but they didn't even know anything had happened.
Music shows are supposed to be spectacular and memorable events, and for Green Day's audience at Mad Cool Festival in Spain this weekend it was certainly a night they will never forget. The concert was a disaster from the start when witnesses saw an acrobat performer tragically fall to his death.
Green Day performing at BST Hyde Park this year
Green Day were headlining the event in Madrid on Saturday night (July 8th 2017) in front of 35,000 people when an acrobatic artist - who has now been identified as 42-year-old Pedro Aunion Monroy - dropped at least 100 feet to the ground only minutes before the band were due to go on stage, dying almost instantly from his injuries.
Green Day need little to no introduction, but just in case, here's a quick recap. Being arguably the most key band to pop-punk with their 90's records 'Dookie', 'Insomniac' and 'Nimrod' they became instant legends and one of the biggest bands on the planet. These records were defined by spunky scrappiness in Tre Cool (drums) and Mike Drint's (bass) rhythms, in frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's riffs, being married with the strongest knack for melody and catchiness as well as silly lyrics about getting wasted and other youthful activity. There's also always being an outsider spirit to Green Day which continued into their reinvention with their bold 'American Idiot' concept album in 2004, which saw the band mature with style, having more of a political consciousness and reshoot them to the top. They visit Sheffield tonight and deliver a show which matches their legacy.
Firstly, tonight though, we have Rancid who are a classic band in their own right. Like tonight's headliners Rancid have many a punk anthem under their belts with gritty spirit and instant danceability that get a good chunk of this huge crowd going early on. The band themselves rev-it-up with frontman Tim Armstrong often galloping around the stage as well as ending their set in the crowd and you can feel Matt Freeman's insane bass skills from a distance with rapid, animated fretwork.
Green Day have no problem following legends as they themselves are. From start to finish this is just a delight. This band have so many iconic tracks in their arsenal, that much of the 13,000 people will be singing along to every word across the two-and-a-half-hours Green Day play tonight. Whether it be the politically charged 'Holiday' or the ska-punk masterclass 'King For A Day', what most Green Day songs have in common is hooks that stick in your head like gum and a lot of heart to connect with.
Continue reading: Green Day - Sheffield Arena, 03.07.17 Live Review
Green Day - Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day New York City, USA - Opening night of the Broadway musical 'Green Day's American Idiot' held at the St. James Theater. Tuesday 20th April 2010
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