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Green Day: ĦTré! (2012)
Warner Music Group
Reviewer Rating: 4
Contributed by: lostandclownedlostandclowned
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Part of what's sustained my enthusiasm for Green Day's music over the years has been my impression of them as outsiders among outsiders. In Cometbus #54, Aaron Cometbus wrote of his friends, "Tré was a weird dude. And kind of dark. Yet he was honest with himself. Whether or not he liked himself, I w.
Part of what's sustained my enthusiasm for Green Day's music over the years has been my impression of them as outsiders among outsiders. In Cometbus #54, Aaron Cometbus wrote of his friends, "Tré was a weird dude. And kind of dark. Yet he was honest with himself. Whether or not he liked himself, I wasn't sure, but I related to his self-deprecating humor better than, say, Mike's occasional self-righteousness. Billie had neither of these qualities; he appeared to be led along even though he was the one calling most of the shots. It was these subtle dynamics and interactions between them that made them a band." If that description of them is accurate, I would argue the same is true of their fans-for anyone in their 30s or 40s who might associate Green Day with Tilt and Jawbreaker, there's a 10-year-old kid discovering them for the first time by playing Angry Birds or watching The Voice. It's easy to pinpoint how Billie Joe's approach to songwriting has evolved from record to record, but why does it appeal to young kids and teenagers as well as middle-aged adults? My gut says it stems from something he said when accepting a Grammy award a few years ago: rock and roll can be fun and dangerous at the same time.
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