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Green Day: American IdiotAmerican Idiot (2004)
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Okay, so here's the thing--this is an album that is composed by the three members of Green Day and released under the Green Day moniker, but outside of the title track, the album isn't really a Green Day album. With Green Day albums, you can hit shuffle and still be happy with the results. With Gree.
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Okay, so here's the thing--this is an album that is composed by the three members of Green Day and released under the Green Day moniker, but outside of the title track, the album isn't really a Green Day album. With Green Day albums, you can hit shuffle and still be happy with the results. With Green Day albums, you can listen to one song on repeat over and over again without any regard to the other dozen or so tracks. There aren't themes to Green Day albums; they're simply collections of really good pop-punk songs.

But American Idiot changes all that, as the band's first foray into the ever-so-dangerous market of rock operas. And while those words may conjur up images of anything from Meat Loaf to the Who, odds are you've never thought of Billie Joe Armstrong as penning a modern day Madame Butterfly like Rivers Cuomo did, or some stupid fucking album about space babies or something like Coheed And Cambria did. But here's the thing: The band pulls it off. Almost completely.

American Idiot, outside of the blatantly anti-Bush title track, tells the story of Jimmy. The story arc follows Jimmy's childhood from the start of adolescence (with the five-part, nine-minute "Jesus Of Suburbia") through his death, whether it be physical or metaphorical (the five-part, nine-minute "Homecoming"). While the tracks three through 11 are labeled individually, it's rather obvious that any number of these could be slammed together into another multi-part epic, as the majority of the songs bleed together both thematically and musically, as in the "Give Me Novacaine"/"She's A Rebel" pairing.

As the album plays out, the listener hears Jimmy become disheartened on the "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams," question his existence in "Are We The Waiting," develop an ego in "St. Jimmy," turn to drugs with "Give Me Novacaine," fall in love with an "Extraordinary Girl," suffer an emotional loss in "Wake Me Up When September Ends," and wrestle with what he has become in the multi-part "Homecoming" (which features the only real blunder on the record, the awkward "Rock And Roll Girlfriend;" also, if you miss the "Geek Stink Breath" rip-off in the song's second part, "East 12th St." you're deaf). The only other flounder is album closer "Whatshername," which seems to never find its footing throughout its four-minute running time. The disc just sort of... ends. It's awkward, but everyone gets a mulligan.

Armstrong's lyrics come off as almost autobiographical at times, with the spitting of "Saint Jimmy / that's my name / and don't wear it out!" over a rip-roaring punk rock instrumental. It's almost as if he's writing this album about his own maturation over the band's 10-plus years under the public eye. "Are We The Waiting" may be the most anthemic song Armstrong's ever written, and "Give Me Novacaine" will probably win the title for the hardest-rocking-yet-vocally-introspective he's ever been. As for the overall sound of the album, it's very similar in production to both Warning and Nimrod, perpetuating the "stereotypical" Green Day sound. "Holiday" could have easily been wedged in-between "Church On Sunday" and "Blood, Sex and Booze," and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is pretty much "Macy's Day Parade Part Two." But frankly, there's not a damn thing wrong with that. It should also be noted that "Extraordinary Girl" is probably the most romantic pop-punk song Armstrong's penned since Dookie's "Pulling Teeth," and "Letterbomb" sounds like it could've been a B-side from the same album, if not for Billie Joe's outstanding vocal performance.

But here's the one giant flaw with the album--it's nearly impossible to listen to and enjoy on a track-by-track basis, mainly because it's not just a collection of songs; it's an album, and should be treated as such, with a true sit-down listen for the 57 minutes it clocks in at. Breaking the songs up into separate listens only makes the listener suffer, as it's like reading a cliffhanger novel but skimming over the last page of each chapter; you're only cheating yourself.

So yeah, it's not a Green Day album; it's an album recorded by Green Day as the accompaniment to the best rock opera you'll never see on Broadway. And it sounds phenomenonal. Abso-frickin-lutely phenomenonal. The only question is, where does the best power trio of the past decade go from here? I don't have the foggiest idea, but after seeing that they could be this ambitious and still succeed, I'll back them wholeheartedly.

 

 
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77jordan (20 hours ago)

"or some stupid fucking album about space babies or something like Coheed And Cambria did" LOL!

nedsammy (January 18, 2014)

"the best rock opera you'll never see on Broadway"

heh

Demster1234 (October 28, 2013)

Greenday is victorious the government had shut down hail the American Idiots of Punk rock

commie1848 (September 29, 2012)

Favorite song is totally doublewhiskeycokenoice

SoldOut (June 20, 2012)

doode, this album is great, the first green day album i bought

Gilpow (November 23, 2010)

First record I've ever bought; totally changed my life. I give 5 stars to every fuckin' song, because without this album I'd have never been into bands like Hüsker Dü, Crimpshrine, Dead Kennedys, Operation Ivy, Minor Threat, NOFX, Screeching Weasel, ecc. I'd have never started playing guitar, bass, drums, ecc. Well, I guess that's the power of music.

Chemical_Romance (November 11, 2010)

One of the best albums i've hearrdd

Yuaraja (April 12, 2010)

This best album Punk Rock Opera .. everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

MrKerplunk (October 24, 2009)

Can't be bothered writing a review, just buy the album, now!

GuyPaterson (August 28, 2009)

I remember a time when Green Day was cool and fun and a PUNK band and weren't all up on themselves. Before the dark times, before this album.

blackhawk0072 (June 29, 2009)

green day sucks

roland_96 (January 21, 2009)

This is the album that got me into music. Billie Joe is an amazing writer, and i can't what to see what they have to play their new album. I have the video from the studio that butch big released on Youtube on my iPod. SAINT JIMMMMMMMMMMYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

kylewagoner (January 19, 2009)

"EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Stupidass POSERs
If you like this you should just kill yourself
id rather see Michael jackson give a gorilla a bj than to listen to this piece of shit
its not even close to shit
i cant describe the horrible feeling i get when i look at that asshole billie joe"

SOMEONE here is a poseur, but I don't think it's the people that genuinely think American Idiot is a good album despite the fame it received from mainstream media. So it's not Nimrod or Dookie or Kerplunk? So Green Day isn't Black Flag or The Dickies or Propagandhi? You're the poseur if you think that a band has to be a "traditional DIY punk band" to put out a good album. Fucking be real with yourself for once.

savato (December 5, 2008)

Aah American Idiot. This is the album that got me into music, really I couldn't dislike it if I wanted too. People got their reasons for being sour. That just seems a shame to me since I enjoyed every second of it, but I see where they're coming from.

BeatJunkie9X2 (June 9, 2008)

I know that people are gunna jump all over this, but I'll say it anyway. Green Day is an amazing band. Billie Joe is a great songwriter and I love how his lyrics are so straight foward. And to all you Green Day haters: I guess you'll never get this, but us GD fans don't care what you say!! It's not like we're gunna stop liking the band just because you think they suck. Neva' eva'. P. S. This album is the best.

joeynukes (February 28, 2008)

The album is pretty mediocre. I mean I did like the title track despite, that it really isn't all that cool to admit and I hate overly Liberal songs, and Holiday was catchy enough. idk my bff jill.

1/3 Pop Punk 2/3 Alt-Rock= American Idiot

thomas7155 (December 21, 2007)

The album that got me into Punk Rock. Sure, you can throw around "poser" accusations like the good little clone elitist you are. Or you can appreciate the fact that they're an honest, fun band that plays fast powerpop with good lyrics.

Fallen_leaves (December 20, 2007)

not a big fan of this album. it got so much publicity because its a "political" album. But its incredibly watered down so that it doesnt offend anyone with a different political view. Bad religion, pennywise, even Anti flag do a far better job of making political music but Green day just stole all the glory. plus the only song i really like is whatshername. the rest of this album doesnt interest me very much.

civeta_dei (November 22, 2007)

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
Stupidass POSERs
If you like this you should just kill yourself
id rather see Michael jackson give a gorilla a bj than to listen to this piece of shit
its not even close to shit
i cant describe the horrible feeling i get when i look at that asshole billie joe

The_Crowing (October 24, 2007)

I enjoyed this album thourghly. This album gains extra points due to the fact that it's Green Day producing an epic masterpiece.

PunkRockIsBack_09 (March 24, 2007)

I loved it. Gah! People get the hell over yourselves. Really If you didnt like it just say you didnt. But to rant and rave about an album you didnt like for a good five minutes your just wasting your own time. Or maybe not. You guys probably have time to waste anyways. GREEN DAY IS AWESOME.

tittytwisterbudy (December 24, 2006)

This album is a complete work of shit. I actually shouldn't say that because shit is better than this. anyone who owns this record should torture themselves and then proceed to commit suicide because you fucking deserve it.

no-lolz (December 21, 2006)

terrible

punk_rocker95 (December 16, 2006)

all i can say is AWSOME!!!!

PXNDX (November 29, 2006)

This is dsa best band in da whole entire world I LOVE U BILLIE JOE!!!!

GlassPipeMurder (October 25, 2006)

Paul McPike, you've written a masterpiece.

superman (October 25, 2006)

omg...all i can say is OMG!!

kingofsuck (September 25, 2006)

Who?

Hezza (August 2, 2006)

Saw them twice last year great show. It wasnt just 13 year olds in the crowd either. I saw plenty of age groups there. Whats the differance between billy wearing make up and danzig

Anonymous (May 14, 2006)

you suck/ no one likes you do you get that yet...

Anonymous (May 14, 2006)

i love this c.d.
name tiffany

Anonymous (April 12, 2006)

Atleast they're better than NOFX's so called political album "War On Errorism", jeez...

lyrics that make no sense? maybe after years of hearing those other crap bands out there must've got you retarded...

You can't get the beauty of the lyrics, the songwriting here's some of the best i've ever heard.....Anywayz what the fuck do fans here have to prove to you guys? Atleast they have fucking balls, so does Green Day...

U guyz would complain anywayz even if they did release Dookie all the time, in musical efforts...basically this is just a calculated effort to piss off all the fans here....
Billy's a brilliant songwriter and guitarist
Mike is the best fucking punk rock bassist
Tre Cool is the punk drummer, All 3 of these dudes have so much fucking talent...

Be happy for them, dont hate them...Really sad i must say...

Anonymous (April 11, 2006)

By the way, their message sucks!

they jump on the anti bush bandwagon with no reason and no explanation, they fucking suck, horrible lyrics that make no sense.

Anonymous (April 11, 2006)

they fucking suck.

DON'T YOU IDIOTS GET IT YET, THEY'RE POP ROCK OR IN OTHER WORDS EMO.

THEY SELL HOW THEY LOOK, NOT TH E MUSIC, SO MUCH OF IT IS STOLEN FROM OTHER WORKS AND SOME ISN'T EVEN THEIR WRITING.

THEY'RE POP ROCK FOR 13 YEAR OLDS, NOT PUNK ROCK.

PUNK ROCK DOESN'T WEAR EYELINER AND TURN FAGGOTY EMO!

Anonymous (April 11, 2006)

This album fucking rocks, and some dude down there alleges that they stole some riff by 2 bands..

I personally cheked these songs and itz aload of bullcrap....
These songs are some of the best and this album is the best shit i heard out since a long time.....

Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

Oh yeah one more thing,

all those losers here posting that GD stole some fucking riff by some fucking obscure band, Balls to that

yeah i agree that the part where in JOS the riff sounds like Bryan Adams Summer of 69, but it's way better and it rocks every part of it....

besides can those fuckers here make a record as brilliant and amazing as this?
Can u make a completely original riff, without having an influence or some1 to inspire you?

Please all those dudes with the half-stars, please stop with your bull...

Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

This album, totally blew me away, and i disagree with the "Rock and Roll Girlfriend" part in Homecoming being bad, it was actually funny...and u guyz are way to serious abt stuff...

Moreover Whatshername is actually really good, especially that ending line "Forgetting You, but not the Time" fucking classic, genius...

I can go on, but then i absolutely recommend this album, as for those losers who give this album half-stars or one, can go fuck themselves....Sold out my ass, who really cares anyways?

j_armstrong (April 3, 2006)

Not my favourite, but still a monumental album. Might not be punk, it's debatable, but then again, what isn't debatable these days. This album is a catelyst to the new generation of kids. Talk about sparking a revolution of hearts and minds.

thejoshbennett (April 3, 2006)

I hate this CD; not because Greenday sucks. But they have gone behind all of our backs to represent something that we devote, to another audience that just likes the sound; not the message

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

But you gotta think, all the people saying that they are sold out or mainstream now, they probably dont know what Dookie is, and surely not Kerplunk and 39/Smooth.

Anonymous (March 17, 2006)

dude greenday has been mainstream even since dookie and greenday always will be mainstream, but as far as i can tel thier the only band tht can deal w/ tht kinda popularity and still maintain teh punk rock sound, life and additude, w/o becomeing some kinda of fake rich tightass wanna bes

Anonymous (February 22, 2006)

For all those who have a thing against Green Day because they've apparently 'sold out' with American Idiot, you should know that they practically sold out when Dookie came out (people were holding up green banners with dollar signs on them at Dookie concerts) so there isn't much else to it, they were royally mainstream when the brilliant Dookie came out, yet you accuse them of becoming mainstream ten years after Dookie, when they make something different.

And for those who are saying, 'Oh, I don't like Green Day anymore, they should go back to what they used to do', you'd probably be the one's complaining if they continued doing what they originally did. If they didn't become different with a few new albums, we'd all get bored of it. They need to change to keep going, otherwise they'll be hanging up their eyeliner for good.

And saying 'Go listen to Dookie' isn't going to solve anything, what will probably happen is that someone completely oblivious to Green Day is going to hear them on the radio, or see their album and buy it. Then deciding that it's quite brilliant (or terrible for others, but that's not why I'm here) will go and buy other Green Day albums. Sure they've been influenced by an /extremely/ popular album, but isn't that a good thing? It means that they're learning about the past of Green Day, and soon enough they will realise that the older albums are far better than those of American Idiot.

NotDead (February 16, 2006)

this is a kik arse album altho i prefer there earlier stuff more.
jus the so called 'hardcore punks' piss me off the only reason you've gt a problem is because there big nd its hard for any punk band to retain credibility after thet but Green Day do just that!

13rittk (February 4, 2006)

this was a good cd wen i first bought it then every single one of thier good songs became way overplayed u hear them on like every radio station then u only like the song for a few weeks good music shouldnt b like that.....

sk8rchic (February 1, 2006)

i thought i would like this cd, but the radio stations just kept playing thier songs over and over again. So i got the cd it sucked i hate i never listen to them.

fox82 (February 1, 2006)

Great. An hour of dirge for fratboys and pseudo-intellectual 14 year-olds to digest and be content with 'sticking it to the Man'. Keep on buying into this Amerika, you deserve it.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

your are bäst in the vold

Anonymous (January 25, 2006)

im a longstanding green day fan, and at first i didnt like this album.
but then i realised i was being one of those fuckwits that i hate so much for their closemindedness and limited (often crappy) music tastes.
evolution is the reason that green day is still a band today. and evolution is perhaps one of the biggest factors that makes up an enduringly good band.
green day still have it in them: jesus of suburbia is the masterpiece of the album.

Anonymous (January 21, 2006)

i think wake me up wen sep ends is totaly awsome and if u dont like green day u r a nooob!!!

Anonymous (January 21, 2006)

i think its awsome i always listen to "jesus of suburbia"because i like "the city of the dammed"

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

mhmm.. right. they just suck and never will be half as good as they used to be.

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

if u fucking think about the reason they get played on MTV etc all the time, its because they r the best band in the world, and have been since they started like 15 years ago..

Anonymous (January 13, 2006)

if u fucking think about the reason they get played on MTV etc all the time, its because they r the best band in the world, and have been since they started like 15 years ago..

thejoshbennett (January 11, 2006)

damnit grenday. How can you spreadd a political UNDERGROUND message, and release a major album? answer: YOU CAN'T. The problem with greenday is they are hoplessly devoted to the underground mesage, yet the sell out and appear on mtv.

Anonymous (January 10, 2006)

first off. american idiot is pretty much a joke. green day has become so mainstream thanks to mtv who kills all artists. i cant even turn on the tv without seeing a fucking green day video. i must admit that green day's older music was better, of course but since american idiot, green day has never been the same, with caring too much about this shit and becoming the most overplayed band ever. they think they can bring back punk which offically died in the 80s and you cant bring back something once it's gone. there's kids going around thinking their hardcore because they listen to green day. it's bullshit. im not trying to act like i know everything.. but green day has gone down the drain. they'll never be as good as they used to be 10 years ago and we cant change that. people have to get over the fact punk is dead.

klonny (January 8, 2006)

Maybe this is far from the album's release (A year and a few months) but anyone who says this album is bad seriously needs their head checked.

I have an overwhelming hate against POP-punk, but there's no denying that Green Day really broke the ice with this one. Granted, some of the songs are kinda boring, but if you're doing something else while listening to the album, it fits great.

But the whole St. Jimmy thing...That's one of the best things I've heard in an album. Its not just music, its a story.

Anonymous (January 6, 2006)

this album is just great don't u think guys, i goto all the clubs and disco's and they play this now. even country/pop/techno heads like me rock out to this stuff. all the people who like this album are like me and love simple plan and good charlotte good job green day and could you sign my hello kitty diary at your next show

lots of love jessy b ur pop idol fan

Anonymous (January 4, 2006)

I just listened to "Going To Pasalacqua" from 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and I nearly cried knowing that this is who they are now. I liked them before they were trying to be so epic. Though I can't complain about them sinking Lookout, as sucky as it is, who among us would let unpaid royalties like that slide? I still don't see why this is so groundbreaking.

thejewvolta (January 2, 2006)

yeah
greenday isnt very good
they kind of suck
say what you will
but people have been making music better than this for years
and not gotten this much recognition
and greenday is mediocore
and powertripping on themselves
theyre not saying anything
that hasnt already been said
and said with more feeling
theyve just sold out to the point of where youre parents can hear it
their not the first band to write an 'opera' either
so they should get absolutely no credit for that boring song
and they should get any credit for a career of boring albums
its impossible to write a revolution
and a promsong
a nation of thumbsdown to Greenday for existing

lostcausegiveup (December 31, 2005)

"im done with green day shangens was good"

shangens? what the hell is that? if you have the temerity to stand there and complain about a punk rock benchmark, (which A.I. clearly is), at least know how to spell the album you say you LIKED correctly. I mean, opinions are opinions, but have some knowledge to back it up.

timmytheturtle1039 (December 14, 2005)

im done with green day shangens was good but this long drawn out overplayed and over rated cd isnt very good

and i used to like green day

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

Hey, this is the same person.

People who are mad at being told to listen to Dookie, Insomniac, etc., you should. American Idiot is great, but their old stuff is classic. You're cheating yourself if you listen to A.I. only. Go buy Dookie today. It's awesome.

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

um... tracks 1-4 are some of the best on the album... which is why they're getting so much airtime...

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

Look at this crap! Dead Arrival is posting here. I think this green day album is good yes yes. BUT TRACKS 1-4 SUCK! damn. I mean sure talk about played out! I feel bad for green day cause its not there fault. Now green day can see it this way. tre' is conceeded. Billie Joe has no fucking clue what he is talking about! and Mike is the only decent 1. THERE!

Anonymous (November 28, 2005)

what the hell hapend? the early green day stuff kicked ass, that was a while ago though

elementchic (November 21, 2005)

listen greenday r ok
but billy is getting old
mike is old
trey kewl is not kewl
and they leave the other guitarist out of there photoshoots and stuff and thats kinda creul
ne ways
they r ok
and the alblum was ok
i guess
fuck it idk what else to put

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

greenday's one of my fave bands but the people that are dissing them can express their opinions too. What really gets me laughing, though, is how there's all these people who hate them and try to make themselves sound tough so people don't come beat them up. IT'S HILARIOUS!

Anonymous (November 18, 2005)

u are cool i keep singing American Idiot i love it

jackparsons@hotmail.co.uk
jack parsons

peteisprettyinpink182 (November 8, 2005)

Green Day was good untill all these little mainstreamers got a hold of them that's why other people are tellling the m to go listen to dookie and kerplunk cuz it's good and better then American idiot

gophgirl (November 8, 2005)

me n jess hate greenday. greenday r shit. y the fuck does evri1 like greenday? Are score would be -1000000 but u cnt put that :'( awww i hate punks, y am i on this site you may ask, and my answer is im fukin borrrrrrrred. natalie sez hi. as u cn c i take the piss alot. But billy joe, y dress like a goth then sing like a fucked up 8 yeer old girl? i dont get it. please explain sum1....

Kismet_ashes (November 6, 2005)

I love Green Day. And I always have. That will be my first comment on this.

and second... YES I am ALSO tired of hearing people say: 'Go listen to Dookie.' Yes, Dookie is a good album, it's a GREAT album. But the way people are like: 'Oh I hate Green Day now because of American Idiot,' IT'S STUPID. I personally do think that this album has more of a rock sound than their previous albums but it's still awesome.

Third. Tthe only thing I don't like about this album is the fact that it gives so many losers out there a chance to say: "Like omfg I love Green Day@!!@! Bolevard of Brokn Dreams is liek the best song EVR! Green Day totaly ROCKS! And Billie Joe is SO fuckin hot!" These people probably have never listened to Green Day's other albums. Or at least they haven't REALLY listened to them. Saying "Omfg I love Basket Case!" doesn't prove anything.

And yes, that's another reason some people don't like this album. They think Green Day's gone too mainstream and all. I mean why not be happy for them? What's wrong with that? I've always thought... If a band is good. AND they're mainstream. Then who gives a fuck? Who cares if they're mainstream and everyone knows them? They are GOOD. That's all that matters. Of course there are WAYY too many AWESOME indie bands out there... but that's another story.

Lastly... ok so I was reading a article//interview on Green Day in 'Guitar World' mag... And BJ says "I like Good Charlotte's stuff. 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' is a good song. And when a band like Good Charlotte says they were inspired by us, it's amazing." I'm sure some Green Day fans have a lot to say about that. Yeah.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

I loved the song if I don,t say so my self it fucken rocked

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

I loved the song if I don,t say so my self

Anonymous (October 21, 2005)

I completely agree. that concert was fuckin amazing.

i think the people that say they hate GD, just hate the retardly obsessive fans. like me.

I don't know anyone who hates Green Day. It seems like everyone likes at least ONE of their songs.

Anonymous (October 11, 2005)

I just saw Green Day in concert on the American idot tour. I can assure you all that with the 60,000 screaming people chanting out the lyrics to every song, no one in Green Day is losing sleep over you fucking haters. The people who think they sold out can kiss my ass. Try listening to the album. It's fucking beautiful. I cried through the whole performance because I was fucking moved by it. You think they are the only punk band to ever make it big? Is it their fault that they're so fucking talented that they are in demand? Do you want them to suck like so many underground bands do, because here's a clue, many bands are underground because they can't GET a record contract not because they don't want one. So stop hating, American Idiot is the shit, Green Day is the shit.

GlassPipeMurder (September 30, 2005)

I find it incredibly amusing that a punk site gives this album just four stars, while most major music critics around the country hailed it within the top 3 of the year.

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

i'm so sick of hearing "go listen to dookie"

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

"Songs like Letterbomb, She's A Rebel, St. Jimmy and many others really show how Green Day should really sound."

So by the comments here and the review, I guess no one really notices how Green Day isn't sounding like themselves because they've stolen everyone else's shit. Forget this album, go listen to Dookie. Green Day, in my opinion, should take off their makeup and be themselves again. Go listen to Dookie.

By the way, if you still think that Green Day is innovative with this album, "American Idiot" is actually Dillinger Four's "DoubleWhiskeyCokeNoIce" and some other track around 8 or 9 (Because I didn't care to learn the name) is actually Jawbreaker's "Boxcar."

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

anyone who does not like Green Day should be shot

SP_Rocks (August 14, 2005)

"Punk is dead and i fuckin killed it" - lead singer of GD

crazytoledo (August 12, 2005)

So there should be no reviews here with a score under 3 stars and no bad comments.

Sounds sooo much fun.

Idiot

Anonymous (August 2, 2005)

Green day rox and anyone who doesn't think that shouldn't worry about it an don't post mean comments. Keep them to yuorself. Start worrying about your fave band and not your least fave band.

Anonymous (August 1, 2005)

No....the best rock opera ever will be the Who's Tommy. This is the definition of an Opera. Green Day only stole that idea and turned it into a gimmick and make it ten times shorter.

Anonymous (July 30, 2005)

crazytoledo now what he said was pretty good. Man im getting sick of this band. Whatsername I know you are to you told me so.

crazytoledo (July 28, 2005)

A fucking overrated band with a fucking piece of shit album that sucks ball, but hey, your all Green Day fan boys.

crazytoledo (July 28, 2005)

A fucking overrated band with a fucking piece of shit album that sucks ball, but hey, your all Green Day fan boys.

Anonymous (July 6, 2005)

This is a great rock album, and a great Green Day album. These guys have really tapped into the core of the green day melodies, harmonies and jsut song writing in general. Songs like Letterbomb, She's A Rebel, St. Jimmy and many others really show how Green Day should really sound. They have really grown musically and American Idiot shows the best of fast loud agressive green day, along with the softer, more heartfelt green day songs. The added musicians/ instruments on this not only makes the songs sound fuller but is perhaps a sign that the old skool green day style writing songs is predominately over.

I jsut want to add a comment here in response to the review saying that Green Day were never about themes etc....

Green Day albums were always packed with themes, although it is true that American Idiot is not merely a collection of songs, but every Green Day album after kerplunk did have a dominant themes which gave the album an identity....

Overall, this album is very sastifying and I'm sure it will please many green day fans. American Idiot shows that green day is still relevant in today's mainstream music scene that's overflowing with medicore bands and cheap trends. Furthermore, green day is perhaps a rare if not the only band with a strong sense of conviction and integrity in their music in the mainstream circuit today.....good to see a band like that to still be influential after so many years, unlike bands like offspring and Rancid.

PS. what is up with green day concerts tho, someone mentioned their performance at warped tour and i couldn;t agree more, they practically play all singles and seeing them about 4 times I have never hear songs like panic song which would make a kick ass live song, and coming clean, westbound sign, sassafras roots, words i might have ate, one for the razor back etc etc....

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

ewww...i don't mean to ba a little mean, but if you think about it, it is kind of gross how the kind of younger poeple to 'be in love with billie joe' becuase he is pretty old and married...lol -i don't mean this in a mean way, but its a little annoying when you read a review about the album, and a lot of people jsut say how hot a guy is...lol

um, i think it is awesome and extremely smart how billie joe makes the whole CD tell a story. One story-soem artists can't even get a sogn to stay on topic, let alone a whole album! The story is awesome, and Billie Joe is a great writer. Tre Cool can play the drums really well, and Mike Dirnt is a grea bassist and back up vocalist. It's a great album, and anyone reading this who hasn't already bought the album, go out and buy it! Green Day deserves the money , lol, and treat yourself!

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

Not only is this the best album of the year BY FAR, it is also the best album put out by anyone for a log time. Every bit of it is excellent.

A couple insights about the story:

St. Jimmy and Jesus of Suburbia are indeed the same person, but neither are "made up" they are different behaviors. St. Jimmy is a representation of the futile self-destructive style rebellion, whereas the Jesus of Suburbia is the more mature member of society who constructively tries to make a difference.

Letterbomb is a letter from Whatshername to Jimmy/Jesus. She tells him that the Jesus of Suburbia is a lie, he does not say it himself. Also, if you read and listen carefully, she is leaving him in this song. she is getting out of the pointless drug/self destruction scene and making something of herself. Hence the sadness in the next track.

In my opinion Homecoming is the best track on the album, that's just my opinion though. i don't expect anyone to agree with me.
Oh, and by the way, Mike does sing 'nobody likes you' and tre sings 'rock and roll life' . rock and roll life is actually a postcard from jesus/jimmy's father. if you look close at the whole story the clues are there.

i guess this is enough said. i just want to say I LOVE this album, by far Green Day's best, and the best piece of music put out by ANYONE in quite a while.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

Green Day is talented and if it weren't so offensive, I might like the album too. It seems like every interview I read B.J. Armstrong changes his own interpretation of his songs? It is supposed to be be this story but his explanation has evolved so much? I don't think this album would be half as popular if he didn't get on the Bush-hater-bandwagon. He grabbed his old fans along with the other misinformed music fledgings eager for some kind of stimulation. Nothing is wrong with their music but it is definitely not punk anymore, definitely more mature music though.

Anonymous (May 7, 2005)

Damn, I'm seeing a hell of a lot of assholes on either side defending this album however stupidly(green day kicks ass!! billie joe is so hot!), thinking it's not punk enough, or bashing it as bad music like there is some conspiracy that Green Day was whoring the underground scene and trying to become as bad as Nickelback or 3 doors down. A lot of you truly misunderstand the whole reason this album was made and assume the craziest shit. it was stupid enough when people were assuming that Anti-Flag were giving away their political stance and actions as well as integrity by signing to a major, like many 100's of good formally underground bands have; whole 'nother story but just as an example. Back to the subject though, a lot of the ignorant people("their old stuff was so much better they actually used to be punk, but now their some gay ass pop/boy band.")think this album is bad probably because they haven't listened to it the right way.

as the reviewer commented; "one giant flaw with the album--it's nearly impossible to listen to and enjoy on a track-by-track basis, mainly because it's not just a collection of songs; it's an album, and should be treated as such, with a true sit-down listen for the 57 minutes it clocks in at. Breaking the songs up into separate listens only makes the listener suffer, as it's like reading a cliffhanger novel but skimming over the last page of each chapter; you're only cheating yourself."

No wonder in the same mindset that a lot of the happy-go-lucky so-called "pop-punkers" (along with a lot of the jocks and preps you hate at school)and the mascara-laden emo kids love it so much. They listened to it the wrong way too. Only the songs they love or are catchy enough, do they listen to while they have Senses Fails or Hawthorne Heights, or New Found Glory in their CD case for the NEXT listen. They and the elitests have this in common. If they'd only listen to it as a whole they would realise how much of Green Day's full potential has been reached.

Green Day was THE band that got me into punk rock and underground music in general. Granted it started when I listened to Nimrod and Warning (also very misunderstood CD's in their own right)and then progressed to their older stuff. I won't lecture anymore, but take this advice to thought for a second and stop the shit-talking. Green Day didn't mean to get this big, but they had it destined for them all along.

chelle (May 6, 2005)

greenday is the best

chelle (May 6, 2005)

I love greenday.......they r sooo awesome.....i give them a ten.......(even though it shows 7 stars...whats up with that?)

Anonymous (April 29, 2005)

Whatsername182 is here. Now a person named Im-dead, I am sorry you think punk would not be suffering. I love punk music and I am glad Green Day helped. I am sorry. Now let me say The Usedis awesome!

im-dead (April 29, 2005)

whoops, sorry about the double post

im-dead (April 29, 2005)

Whatshername182, the only 'punks' suffering would be the 12 year olds, HA!

im-dead (April 29, 2005)

Whatshername182, why would punk be suffering without greenday, the only 'punks' suffering would be the 12 year olds, HA!

Anonymous (April 26, 2005)

Hi Alkaline here i am a really good friend of a familiar name to billie joe Whatsername182. Yah Billie my picture of you got crumbled by a girl who can fall in a hole. /:( I love Green day soooooooo much and enough with the shit talk on 12 year olds and green day. My dream is that Green Day will play for me and make a song about me. Im a girl soo..;) Peace out love ya Billie, Mr.Cool', and the 1 and only Mike

Anonymous (April 25, 2005)

Hi whatsername182 from the Mest comments is here. Now I like green day but i must say american idiot is a ok album we all no 1039 smoothed out slappy hours was the best. now a comment i read was stupid it said 12 year olds make him hate green day what a low life hes not a good fan. If you like punk then you should shut up becuase if it wase'nt for green day punk would be suffering. green day made history so respect them, but at least you did not make one of the comments were I had to use my anger. I am happy you like dookie.

Anonymous (April 24, 2005)

I'm tired of all these discussions...

im-dead (April 20, 2005)

Dookie is one of my favourite pop punk albums of the last decade, but every album after it has been a step backwards for the band. Granted, i think it's great that green day has stepped away from their punk rock side and trying something new, as it was getting very stale and boring, (see warning). Haven't really listened to this album, don't mind the singles, but it is very sad to see and hear them on mainstream TV, radio. fuck the 12 year olds with green day shirts and simple plan badges and trucker caps which read "punks no dead", fuck em', the fuckin fucks. Truly, That's what turns me away from green day, as shallow or stupid or egotistical as that may sound............................................................ ................................................................. ..........meh, dookie is still the tits

Anonymous (April 9, 2005)

god you fucking teenies!!!
"this album Rox!! tre i lyke sooooooooooo hawtttt! mmm i wanna hump billie!!!"

SHUT UP!!! i'm sick of this crap! people like you are ruining green day!!! more than half of you probably don't even understand the concept of this album. it was good until all you horny 14 year olds fucked it up!

Lala (April 1, 2005)

Green Day does kick ass! But just three people? They need about two more. But hey, my opinion.

Anonymous (April 1, 2005)

i actually used to like green day, until this stupid ass american
idiot shit. their old stuff was so much better they actually used to be punk, but now their some gay ass pop/boy band.
i fuckin hate what green day turned out to be i just hate when
bands that i like change their style into some thing stupid like this...........................

Anonymous (March 27, 2005)

green day kicks ass!! billie joe is so hot!

Anonymous (March 14, 2005)

Great album but in the reveiw this guy says its about St. Jimmy It's about Jesus of Suburbia and how poeple like St' Jimmy and Whatsername affect his life and his veiw of the world.

Anonymous (March 10, 2005)

Foaming_97 hates freedom. This is an awesome record.

BillieJoeArmstrongsgirl (March 6, 2005)

It is the Best CD every, and Bilie sounds really hot and sexy when he sings

Foaming_97 (March 5, 2005)

Ok...Green Day.
They sucked, rocked for a few years, then sucked again starting 2000. This album sucks. BOOOOO! I cant say I hate the band but i despise this record

Anonymous (February 28, 2005)

GREENDAY is the best band in the world i luv them so so so much i think they should win 20 grammys and Tre'cool is so hot
luv taryn L

tylerdurden8136 (February 22, 2005)

not only am i not a fan of green day, im also not into the whole "oh we can play music so lets spread our political views shit" ...but ya know wat? this album is still amazing...borrow it, burn it, download it, buy it...just somehow get a hold of it.

Anonymous (February 21, 2005)

The band is okay. I've heard better but still this band is still rocking it.

Anonymous (February 20, 2005)

all these stupid punk bands are getting worse and worse and worse and worse.......hey, punk's dead. listen to raw rock.

Anonymous (February 7, 2005)

This album is great but i can defintely see it as a screenplay/broadway musical in the future. Basically the way i see it is this guy is pissed at the government so he leaves and refers to himself as the jesus of suburbia since he grew up in this city. he meets st jimmy and whatsername who becomes his gf. "shes a rebel" and "shes an extraordinary girl" are about her. give me novacaine is because he just met this girl and she doesnt want him to be on drugs anymore (drugs made him think he was jesus of suburbia) hence "the jesus of suburbia is a lie" in are we the waiting but he is saying to give him the drugs. they break up in the end and he starts becoming upset during letterbomb and wake me up when sept ends and he decides to return home during homecoming, where he forgets about her during "whatsername" as a great ending.

Thats just my perspective. 10/10

manmai_chic (January 8, 2005)

Is Tre Cool singing Rock and Roll Girlfriend part on homecoming??? I mean it soundz like him so i am asking i know its a dumb question but i still wanna know!!!!

Green Day Is Frickin Awesome
This is the best album i have heard in my life!!!

thatswack (January 7, 2005)

Damn fine CD. A vast improvment from "Warning", in my opinion. I love it. It's actually fast paced (for most of it) and aggressive! Like the old Green Day! St. Jimmy is nice. And people, chill out, people like diff'rent music, get the fuck over it. Have a nice day!

Anonymous (January 7, 2005)

Ok, the guy under me can just chill out, don't fucking tell me what CD to buy you dipshit, I already have some Bad Religion CDs, so I guess I'm allowed to buy it now?

Anonymous (January 6, 2005)

Fuck Green Day. Buy a Bad Religion CD. :-)

Anonymous (January 4, 2005)

this album kicks ass. best album they have had yet.

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

This is other great album of Green Day, its so good, but Dookie continue be the best, sorry for my english, i speak spanish. Green day es lo máximo lo escucho desde los 17 años, NUNCA MUERAN, sorry...... NEVER DIE

Anonymous (January 1, 2005)

it is a green day album.

fakesmile (December 27, 2004)

"You'll argue that the album is 'political'. Haha, what a joke. 'American Idiot' and 'Holiday' are petty stabs at Bush, nothing more. Yeah sure the album is full of immagery, but it has no fucking message. Bille joe used to write some great lyrics, but American Idiot is full of hot air.

Green Day = Pop music"

I agree it isn't a political album. It's a social commentary on the status quo of the US at this time, and that's where the album succeeds. Lyrics don't have to be as overly political as Anti-Flag or Propagandhi to contain a message.

And it's called rock music, smartass. Rock music that happens to end up in the pop-charts. Which is not as bad as you might think it is.

Amelia (December 22, 2004)

i have to say its the best album by them.

music_junky (December 15, 2004)

This album is definitly one of the better ones i've heard

Anonymous (December 9, 2004)

Greetings from Lesbos(where lesbians come from),Greece.
I may have never seen the Pisols or Ramones live, since they tend to skip Greece and the countrys around it. (thank God Motorhead make up for them.) But I have listened to a lot of punk and play bass myself and I must say that I can't stop listening to this album. As for anyone that believes that it's not the album of the year, not many other album this year were as good as this and 2004 is ending...

Anonymous (November 29, 2004)

This is deffentaly a punk band pop is so far out of the question just listin to the music man its the best band ever and there CD's are just hits after hits and boulevard of broken dreams is just awsome im gonna listin to it while i ski the park all the time!

Anonymous (November 3, 2004)

Sorry, but why is this on punknews.org? Green Day are a pop band, and don't try and convince yourselves otherwise. You'll argue that the album is 'political'. Haha, what a joke. 'American Idiot' and 'Holiday' are petty stabs at Bush, nothing more. Yeah sure the album is full of immagery, but it has no fucking message. Bille joe used to write some great lyrics, but American Idiot is full of hot air.

Green Day = Pop music

Have fun kids!

punker10104 (October 28, 2004)

this is the best cd ever green day rock so much this cd never leaves my cd player right after i listen 2 it i have 2 listen 2 it again all the guitars drum tracks vocals and lyrics are so awesome.i can't just pick 1 fave song cuz they all are.this cd is 1 of my faves right now and green day proves to be on top of the punk game now. it doesnt matter if they are on a major label the songs are so wonderful n punk rockin.all i have 2 say is go pick this cd up now and keep punk rock alive.they always reinvent themselves with each n every cd.

Anonymous (October 26, 2004)

I love all GD albums, but this is amazing... it tells a huge, complex story that is always changing, with amazing, amazing, somewhat poetic, lyrics, and awesome instrumentals. This isn't just a great band getting away with cranking out a few mediocre steriotypical punk-rock songs, this is art. Punk art. Wonderful.

Anonymous (October 22, 2004)

this is the best album out at this point in time n i dont think its goin to be beten for a long time

GREENDAY ROCK!!!

billie joe is a great guitarist and me listenin to greenday changed me frm a chaz to a rocker

Anonymous (October 19, 2004)

hahahahahahaha - ooops green day did it agian... i mean they recorded a very very great record again.

Anonymous (October 15, 2004)

I love all GD albums, every song. American Idiot is powerful, (and sometimes sweet) and Billie Joe has a great voice, I think he is one of the best singer out there (...after Elvis...). This is a complex work but it's worth the money and the time you have to spend to listen to it integrity... this is art.

Anonymous (October 14, 2004)

"Why get any other albums after "Dookie"? It's the best one and the rest all sound the same."

no, Insomnaic is the best and none of the other albums sound like Dookie

Anonymous (October 13, 2004)

You can't hear the voice of the singer! Bad mixing?

Anonymous (October 8, 2004)

Oh man is this dude off...
Best albums so far in my mind:
1. The Bronx - ST!!!
2. The Living End - Modern Artillery
3. Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes first
4. Green Day - American Idiot.
5. Stiff Little Fingers - Guitar and Drum
6. Descendants - Cool to be You
7. Pulley - Matters
8. Tiger Army - Ghost Tigers Rise

I haven't heard SLF yet, and Green Day and Descendents are great, but what about The Marked Men, Spits, Obsoletes, and Riverdales?!?!?! There's prolly more, but that's all I can think of right now...

Go buy some of those!!!!

Anonymous (October 7, 2004)

together with dookie maybe their best release...

Anonymous (October 3, 2004)

This album is great, but don't tell anyone I like it in case I lose scene points.

Anonymous (October 3, 2004)

"here's my interpretation of the album:
st. jimmy is the alter ego of Jesus of Suburbia. jesus is lonely and a character totally opposite from him emerges. he says that only his shadow walks beside him and in st. jimmy, jimmy is said to be the light of the silhouette. Jesus tries using novacaine in order to rid jimmy and soon becomes suicidal due to Jimmy in his head and it saddens whatsername. "Nobody likes you ..." is Jimmy speaking in his head and making him come to realize the way things really are. He does not want to admit it but soon realizes that Jimmy is right and he is his only hope. When jimmy died, he had no reason to stay and runs away from everything and then starts a rocknroll career and then later on comes back to his town and ends up seeing his old girldfriend, whatsername"

but in the lyrics of homecoming it says dear j w/rock and girlfriends lyrics and the one line it says "i got a kid in the bay" and in the opening song of homecoming it says "jimmy died today/blew his brains out into the bay"

HUH!! billie joe is jesus of suburbia! no tre is cause he's divorcedHUH!!!!!!!! i makes no sense at all but i don't care cause this album kicks ass!!!!!

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

This makes me sick. I've never been one to accuse bands of being 'sell outs' To be honest this is the first time I have. But fuck you Green Day, what have you become?

This isn't a sellout album. If they sold out it was Nimrod or before that even. You should know what you're getting with Green Day nowadays, something unexpected/unheard of.

Anonymous (September 30, 2004)

"Why get any other albums after "Dookie"?

It's the best one and the rest all sound the same."

yeah m8 insomniac and warning are identical
cock sucker.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

the fact of the matter is that the album of the year is SMiLE by Brian Wilson

sciulli (September 28, 2004)

"since everyone is making ridiculous "album of the year" claims"

Every year, there are tons of releases where people claimg "album of the year." How is this any more or less ridiculous? If someone thinks it's their album of the year, then it is. I don't see how that's ridiculous.

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

haha, I was so blinded by rage I posted the wrong link. Plus the wrong score.

Here...

http://www.greenday.com/allages/

Green Day branded scented air fresheners
door knob hangers and
plastic wristbands. Dig deep into your pockets kids!

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

This makes me sick. I've never been one to accuse bands of being 'sell outs' To be honest this is the first time I have. But fuck you Green Day, what have you become?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30030&it em=3841996249&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW

Anonymous (September 28, 2004)

Q: How many times can you write a song with four chords?
A: Ask Green Day.

this album is boring, wish i hadn't spent my time downloading it.

You mean a whole 30 minutes? If it took any longer, get a new ISP.

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

Q: How many times can you write a song with four chords?
A: Ask Green Day.

this album is boring, wish i hadn't spent my time downloading it.

recordings (September 27, 2004)

"Why get any other albums after "Dookie"? It's the best one and the rest all sound the same."

most uninformed or tone deaf comment of the century.

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

What a piece of shit and a waste of £15. The first time I saw the artwork I was blown away, it looked great... til i read the lyrics. Billie Joe used to write some amazing lyrics, seems like fame has crippled his talent. I've seen Green Day live three times and each time it's gotten progressively worse. He should concentrate on playing music rather than attempring to psyche-up the crowd by enciting 5 minute long chants. Musically it's alright, but I can't relate to this album lyrically. it sounds like a 12 year old scribbled this down. Get The Empire Strikes First instead. :-)

Anonymous (September 27, 2004)

this album is awesome
i love it
billie joe's voice is so versatile and strong and really makes the songs great

blvd of broken dreams is by far my favorite along with extraordinary girl those songs are so heavy and rock like crazy

give me novacaince is the shit too
hell, everything is

CrankWillDestroy (September 27, 2004)

'hey , shouldnt you be visiting pitchforkmedia.com?

if i want to listen to some shitty blues, jazz and trendy alt rock fag indy college boy art school music i'd go w/ your recommendations. you cocky condecending fuck.

I guess you havent heard me farting in your face? thats album of the year

-paul '

Nice.

CrankWillDestroy (September 27, 2004)

oh man, i just downloaded it to see if it was to my liking....

I will be pickin this up, without a doubt.

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

"i don't hear any geek stink breat ripoff in east 12th street"

same for me

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

This score is for Scott review (great job dude, well done), and the album (one of the best I've heard in the last year). Scott's not kidding either; you have to listen to this all the way through to appreciate the brilliance.

mateo (September 26, 2004)

i can't stand Green Day, but i'll try listening to this since everyone is making ridiculous "album of the year" claims. Come on, guys. Come on. nonetheless, i'll try.
...but, as far as praising Bad Religion for their No Substance Part 2, i'm kinda shocked.

Anonymous (September 26, 2004)

i don't hear any geek stink breat ripoff in east 12th street

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Why get any other albums after "Dookie"?

It's the best one and the rest all sound the same.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

isnt it weird that i calm the crowd by keeping quiet, move like a shadow to your mattress.

swingline (September 25, 2004)

uhh... isnt it weird that september contains 3 vowels, all which are the letter e .. same with SHUT UP BITCH

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

Isn't weird that "wake me up when SEPTEMBTER ends" is track number 11? u know....september 11th?

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

You guys are missing the point. This is a Green Day forum to rate Green Day's excellent new cd by the name of American Idiot. It's by far the best cd of the year and possibly the decade. Everyone should listen and enjoy. I love every single song on this cd. They are the only band to keep my attention through two nine minute songs. There are also a few songs i can relate my life to. If you arent going to rate this cd, fuck off. I could care less about these crappy bands you people talk of. Green Day is not old at all, retard. They are just starting.

elvisdechico (September 25, 2004)

green day is my favorite band of all time and anybody that knows me will vouch for that... i've thoroughly worshipped every song that they've ever put out (except for a couple tracks on "warning", one of which was ruined by the unexcusable lyrics, "the cat's gone in the dryer"; and the song "rest" off of 1039 that's just bad and should be wiped from their record... whoa, no pun intended... heh)...

anyway, this album was a huge let-down... the single is awesome and the first part of the second song is really sweet... but as soon as it kicks into "summer of 69", it goes downhill...

lots of borrowed melodies/ideas ("extraordinary girl" reeks of superdrag's "remain yer strange", "ring of fire" towards the end of the second track, the verses to "holiday" could have been sung by greg graffin), lots of extremely mediocre lyrics, mostly because he was trying to do a concept album and everything was just forced...

this isn't a bad album, by any means... it's just, by far, their worst... and definetly not album of the year....

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

god i hate fucking little devotional by taking back sunday

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

"here's my interpretation of the album:
st. jimmy is the alter ego of Jesus of Suburbia. jesus is lonely and a character totally opposite from him emerges. he says that only his shadow walks beside him and in st. jimmy, jimmy is said to be the light of the silhouette. Jesus tries using novacaine in order to rid jimmy and soon becomes suicidal due to Jimmy in his head and it saddens whatsername. "Nobody likes you ..." is Jimmy speaking in his head and making him come to realize the way things really are. He does not want to admit it but soon realizes that Jimmy is right and he is his only hope. When jimmy died, he had no reason to stay and runs away from everything and then starts a rocknroll career and then later on comes back to his town and ends up seeing his old girldfriend, whatsername."

no

swingline (September 25, 2004)

here's my interpretation of the album:
st. jimmy is the alter ego of Jesus of Suburbia. jesus is lonely and a character totally opposite from him emerges. he says that only his shadow walks beside him and in st. jimmy, jimmy is said to be the light of the silhouette. Jesus tries using novacaine in order to rid jimmy and soon becomes suicidal due to Jimmy in his head and it saddens whatsername. "Nobody likes you ..." is Jimmy speaking in his head and making him come to realize the way things really are. He does not want to admit it but soon realizes that Jimmy is right and he is his only hope. When jimmy died, he had no reason to stay and runs away from everything and then starts a rocknroll career and then later on comes back to his town and ends up seeing his old girldfriend, whatsername.

Anonymous (September 25, 2004)

i bought this cd thursday just lstened to it today,and it blew me away. i may sound like an idiot but who the fuck is jimmy?

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

hey man, we're not here to talk about franz ferdinand, theyre fucking scottish.

it's all about: WESTERN ADDICTION - REMEMBER TO DISMEMBER 7" out now on Fat Wreck

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

I liked that single by Franz Ferdinand until they started playing that Modest Mouse song.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

listen to: WESTERN ADDICTION

SOYBOMB (September 24, 2004)

"any asshole who thinks franz ferdinand is a better band than green day is someone whose opinion i will never take seriously

down with flavor of the week garage rock "revival" bullshit"

?

I'm sure a lot of people are crying, really.

Flavor of the week is harsh, considering Franz' disc in particular dropped about... let's see... back in March?

Guess it's been a pretty long week.

Anyway...

'American Idiot' is a decent listen but really, the lyrics are not as great as many are claiming. Sure, it's a nice concept album, but it's not the 'New Testament' of Rock.

One thing that bothers me though, is how did this review garner four stars and the Tsunami Bomb disc four and a half? Sure, reviews are subjective, but if you read the two reviews (compartive, of course), it's strange to say the least...

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

any asshole who thinks franz ferdinand is a better band than green day is someone whose opinion i will never take seriously

down with flavor of the week garage rock "revival" bullshit

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

you only break it out at the most opportune times?
like when? when you're being an unfunny dick?

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

"ill bet the last three comments were all by the same person"

no they werent. I came up w/ the fudge factory comment. I made that up one night drunk and said it too my friend. hilarity insued. I only break it out at the most oppurtune times.

your welcome to whoever got a good laugh out of that!

-paul

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

i like all these people bitching about how it sounds like every other pop punk song. who do you think made poppunk rediculously popular?

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

ill bet the last three comments were all by the same person

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

"hey don't you work in the fudge factory, in the packing department?"

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
that has to be the most witty thing I've ever read in my life. You just really craftily called him a fudge-packer!
LOL

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

"I have to admit this is better then Ashlee Simpsons new cd."

hey don't you work in the fudge factory, in the packing department?

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

I have to admit this is better then Ashlee Simpsons new cd.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

"When you say things like "The chord progression from the song _____ is jacked from somebody else's song ______" you just show your ignorance. You might think you're cool for noticing that, but these chord progressions have been the basis of major key diatonic music for hundreds of years. Shut up already."

when you say things like that, people want you to fucking die you smart ass shit sucker.you also probably dont know shit about music.and this cd is awesome.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

When you say things like "The chord progression from the song _____ is jacked from somebody else's song ______" you just show your ignorance. You might think you're cool for noticing that, but these chord progressions have been the basis of major key diatonic music for hundreds of years. Shut up already.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

To those who were asking: Blake's number is: 718) 633-9045

If you want to know the numbers of other non-famous punk/indie band numbers, look them up at www.whitepages.com . I found Maura Davis' phone number that way!

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

Benji likes green day so do i

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

its brillant! i would say its da best punk album of the year i've been waiting 4 it 4 4 years!!!!!! and now i have its

Krissi (September 24, 2004)

this is a gr8 cd buy it now!!!

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

in opposite of Offspring, they're still a good band with good and real records. not the funny charts poppunk... great!

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

Fucking brilliant CD. Eachng unique yet all so good in their own way.

Anonymous (September 24, 2004)

Sheer brilliance, arguably the best pop punk band of our time-oldpunker-

i-type-poorly (September 24, 2004)

"I haven't heard this cd, and I considered listening to it...
but you know there is too much great indie rock this year.
(Fiery Furnances, Franz Ferdinand)

I hope all you punk kids enjoy this cd, because to your ears this sounds magnificent.It's really all about maturity, I myself even indulge into some punk rock bands (hot water music, bad religion, good stuff eh?).

This will come off condescending, but it's maturity, and when you want to explore the depths of great music, you ought to open up more than "American Idiot"."

and the award for "Most pretentous douchebag" goes to...

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"ok so i am starting to understand the story of this cd better, i dont know, but to me it kind of seems like jesus of suburbia and st. jimmy are the same person, like he has two personalities, but jesus of suburbia is the made up one, there is a line that says "the jesus of suburbia is a lie"

and then durring the song "jesus of suburbia" he starts off by saying "im the son of rage and love, the jesus of suburbia..." then durring "letterbomb" he sings "your not the jesus of suburbia, the st. jimmy is a figment of, your father's rage and your mother's love"

Also in Homecoming it goes "Jimmy died today. He blew his brains out into the bay, in the state of mind, in my own private suicide."

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"no, thats mike"

"I thought it was Tre, but I'm probably wrong. "

tre sings rock and roll girlfriend

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

I haven't heard this cd, and I considered listening to it...
but you know there is too much great indie rock this year.
(Fiery Furnances, Franz Ferdinand)

I hope all you punk kids enjoy this cd, because to your ears this sounds magnificent.It's really all about maturity, I myself even indulge into some punk rock bands (hot water music, bad religion, good stuff eh?).

This will come off condescending, but it's maturity, and when you want to explore the depths of great music, you ought to open up more than "American Idiot".

it's like you could go on and on about how great weed is, but you don't know drugs until you've tried heroin.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

A couple thoughts....... anybody else think of a fight club sort of deal with the whole Jesus of Suburbia/ St. Jimmy thing? and i personally always picture natalie portman in my head when i think of whatshername for some reason. maybe i'vr seen garden state too many time but i think she would be perfect.

greenwolfman (September 23, 2004)

whatsername is my personal fav off the album. I think most gys over 21 can relate to this song well. The whole album is some of their personal best work. There is this quaint amalgamtion of their 10 plus years. I think this album shows what a great american rock n' roll band Green day is.

boba_fett (September 23, 2004)

green day. getting old, and should stop for their own good. i dont think i can stand another green day album.

well i know i could go for a few more green day cds. your problem is that you suck.

bemused (September 23, 2004)

Its definitely been a great year for the big bands!

This album is all sorts of awesome, but you should know that Greenday haven't put a foot wrong since Kerplunk, so what else did you expect??

Carvallo and Lord-Alge did a great job with the production to, maintaining that distinct Greenday sound.

As for what Scott said, I think it was negligence on your behalf not mentioning the inpiration Green Day has surely got from The Living End's "The Room". That was the first thing that popped into my mind. Also, quit ragging on Co&Ca just cos you don't "get" them.

This Cd is so great it has stopped me from listening to HWM's newie, which is also really good btw.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

green day. getting old, and should stop for their own good. i dont think i can stand another green day album.

TheOnetrueBill (September 23, 2004)

So far I'd go Pulley, Dillinger Escape Plan, Green Day, Guttermouth, nekromantix, Pistol Grip, Social D (even though I haven't heard it, I know it'll be great), Vandals... Off the top of my head

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"Whoops, I forgot to mention, Album of the Year goes to Danzig's Circle of Snakes....no, seriously, I'm having a hard time picking between this album and Leftover Crack's Fuck World Trade. "

On the Danzig album, there was some seriously killer riffs and music on there.

But, man, his voice was soooooo drowned out on it. You can barely hear the guy on there.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Hmm, just thinking what albums I have got this year, and theres been some classics (and some serious disappointments).

Best albums so far in my mind:
1. The Bronx - ST!!!
2. The Living End - Modern Artillery
3. Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes first
4. Green Day - American Idiot.
5. Stiff Little Fingers - Guitar and Drum
6. Descendants - Cool to be You
7. Pulley - Matters
8. Tiger Army - Ghost Tigers Rise

sciulli (September 23, 2004)

To the guy below:

Maybe if everyone hated "American Idiot" you'd have a point, but I don't think they've run their course when 90% of the comments on here (and everywhere else) have been positive.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Wow, this album is incredibly average. It has been so hyped up. You know what, it sounds like every other green day album. This is the same as the new bad religion and pennywise albums. They haven't changed. People who say it's different or a rock opera are just being dramatic. Yea, it's a rock opera but it's a dumb one with a dumb concept. Just because it's a rock opera and he talks about it in every interview doesn't make it cool or good. People just praise concept albums for being concept albums. Get over it. This album is average at best and while in certain songs it varies from the regular green day formula so do a few other songs on each of their past albums. Green Day has run its course and they did a great job. Making a boring concept album does not count as reinventing yourself.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Billie JoeL? hahahaha

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

i love it it's perfect and i'm looking forward to their next cd and to see if they can bump it up a few and i know they can.
oh, and if you love this band as much as i do don't get a burned copy fucking buy it and support them, let them know we still care.

JKyle (September 23, 2004)

"no, thats mike"

I thought it was Tre, but I'm probably wrong.

I can't decide whether or not I like this album. "Jesus of Suburbia," "Holiday," "Novocaine," and a few other songs are totally awesome, but I think they probably could've narrowed down the track list a bit and made the album about fifteen minutes shorter. That'd probably throw off the "story" side of the album, though, wouldn't it? Heh.

aahhhh (September 23, 2004)

"is the dude from anti-flag singing on the "nobody likes you" part of homecoming"

"No. thats Billie Joe doing a different voice inflection."

no, thats mike

aahhhh (September 23, 2004)

its not just boxcar, its also mollys lips

who cares?

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Whoops, I forgot to mention, Album of the Year goes to Danzig's Circle of Snakes....no, seriously, I'm having a hard time picking between this album and Leftover Crack's Fuck World Trade.

--skott applecore--

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

I think Redundant is a more romantic song than Pulling Teeth...In other news, this album is amazing.

--skott applecore--

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"so you people have never heard:
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
The Black Keys - Rubber Factory
Franz Ferdinand - S/T
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans

if you want to hear some of the best of 2004, i'd start with those 4 (in that order)"

hey , shouldnt you be visiting pitchforkmedia.com?

if i want to listen to some shitty blues, jazz and trendy alt rock fag indy college boy art school music i'd go w/ your recommendations. you cocky condecending fuck.

I guess you havent heard me farting in your face? thats album of the year

-paul

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

i like when they cover boxcar and call it shes a rebel. "

I love it when people through out the obligatory jawbreaker reference. Dude, just cuz 'boxcar' has a generic pop punk chord progression and so does 'shes' a rebel' doesnt make it the same song. I can think of a million bands w/ songs that sound like that or use that same progression. 'boxcar' is overrated anyway. fuck jawbreaker and comparing everyone to them.

"oh sounds like this band has been listening to some jawbreaker" FUCK YOU

This is album of the year, and while the empire strikes first is up there (top 10 for sure) i'd still say this is better. just me.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

so you people have never heard:
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
The Black Keys - Rubber Factory
Franz Ferdinand - S/T
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans

if you want to hear some of the best of 2004, i'd start with those 4 (in that order)

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

This cd is amazing. Definitely has my vote for album of the year so far. That could change next week though when Social D comes out...

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

where the fuck is the hwm review?

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

i love this album. it's been playing in my car since i bought it last tuesday. great job Green Day. these guys never cease to amaze me.

lobsterboy (September 23, 2004)

Billie Joe looks like young Paul McCartney, doesn't he!

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

i like when they cover boxcar and call it shes a rebel.

i also love whatsername.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"hahahaha, some people actually think this is the best album of the year... hahaha, people are stupid..."

right, how stupid could we be. leftover crack, now that's an album of the year. seriously, i pray nobody ever reviews that bands' new release of their special brand of audio diarrhea.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Great Album. I was waiting for someone to say "the Decline" because thats what it reminds me of too.

I dont think this is the album of the year though. It is good but too poppy. Album of the year has to go to "The Empire strikes first". These guys are over the hill and still shredding. Billie Joel takes it up the ass from Jay Bentley!

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"is the dude from anti-flag singing on the "nobody likes you" part of homecoming"

No. thats Billie Joe doing a different voice inflection.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"The Beatles weren't the only ones to put an album that is actually an album"

No, but they were one of, if not the first. Rubber Soul is widely regarded as the first album that was seen as a cohesive whole, not a concept album, but w/ a theme and cohesiveness throughout. it came out in 1965. Bob Dylan may have put an 'album' out before this but I'm not sure. I took a history of rock music class in college thats why I assert this.

For the guy saying "i hope we don't have to wait another 3.5 years for another green day album'" i doubt you will. the reason this took so long, is they had an entire album written and demo'd and then the tapes were stolen. So they started over. They would have had an album out last summer if it wasnt for that.

As for the guy who thinks people are stupid for calling this 'album of the year' , i'm sorry, we forgot that only your opinion of music is valid and others individual tastes can be easily discredited by your incredible musical knowledge. Fag.

Album of the year.

Paul

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Two questions:

1. how does the second part of homecoming sound anything like geek stink breath?

2. is the dude from anti-flag singing on the "nobody likes you" part of homecoming?

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

Green Day - American Idiot
Posted by Chason on 2004-09-22 14:32:39
My Score:
why hasn't anyone reviewed the mad caddies' live album?

Because Scott is a chump.

This Green Day Album ROCKS!!! Best Album of the year for SURE!

lushj (September 23, 2004)

Haven't heard this yet, so I'm not gonna rate the record either way. I just wanted to say that I'm glad a current major band is pushing the album format instead of the single format. It's a return to what I think is overall a better, more satisfying method of presenting music. Instead of snippets (i.e. singles), a band has an entire album to present its vision(s).

Heck, rock started out as a singles-driven genre, then transformed into album-driven from the Beatles and The Who through the late 70s/early 80s (more or less), then back to singles (remember the cassingle? Whoo!) for the past 15-20 years. An album approach isn't as accomodating to singles, though it's still completely possible, so the boys are getting the best of both worlds- single capability and a more unified creative vision. Now it's up to us, do we (as in the listeners) remember how to relax and listen to an entire record?

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

hahahaha, some people actually think this is the best album of the year... hahaha, people are stupid...

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

What a damn fine album, shows the boys have yet again pushed the pop punk bar a bit higher, one of the few mainstream bands that could actually pull this of. Just hope we dont have to wait another 3 and a half years for the next one.

yemen88 (September 23, 2004)

The Beatles weren't the only ones to put an album that is actually an album.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

This album sounds like garbage (not the band).

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

"i never thought i'd see the day when someone complained that an album was an actual ALBUM and not just a collection of random songs. this record is very, very well put together and i haven't stopped listening to it for about a week. i also disagree about "whatsername", i think its one of the album's strongest songs and a perfect way to end it. everyone buy this"

if you read all the comments, most people dig the 'album' idea. Hell, the Beatles did the same thing, thinking of an album as a cohesive unit instead of just a collection of singles when they moved from 'help!' to 'rubber soul' and then moreso on 'sgt. peppars'. just an analogy. Also, I think Scott is the only one who doesnt like whatsername. Goddamn that breakdown is moving .....

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

i never thought i'd see the day when someone complained that an album was an actual ALBUM and not just a collection of random songs. this record is very, very well put together and i haven't stopped listening to it for about a week. i also disagree about "whatsername", i think its one of the album's strongest songs and a perfect way to end it. everyone buy this.

aahhhh (September 23, 2004)

mike sings governator

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

You should move to Iraq you piece of shit.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

awful, these turncoats should move to iraq or something.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

i think the story of the album is that this is their last album ever.

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

yea I heard the new b-sides, and does anyone know who sings on Governator? It sounds like it might be Mike, but I dunno. I'm getting the single in the mail soon so maybe it'll specify that in the liner notes.

sciulli (September 23, 2004)

"I remember saying this about the latest Bad Religion release ("If you're a fan, it's for you, if not...") and I can honestly say the exact same thing with this disc."

That's so wrong it isn't funny. I bet a ton of people who aren't Green Day fans would enjoy this record.

sciulli (September 23, 2004)

This isn't mine, but I like this interpretation:

"ok so i am starting to understand the story of this cd better, i dont know, but to me it kind of seems like jesus of suburbia and st. jimmy are the same person, like he has two personalities, but jesus of suburbia is the made up one, there is a line that says "the jesus of suburbia is a lie"

and then durring the song "jesus of suburbia" he starts off by saying "im the son of rage and love, the jesus of suburbia..." then durring "letterbomb" he sings "your not the jesus of suburbia, the st. jimmy is a figment of, your father's rage and your mother's love"

and to me "whatsername" is his gf that leaves him towards the end, pretty much to me he lives in this messed up town where he hears nothing but lies, so he decides to get the hell out of there, and "holiday" is pretty much describing the times that he is living in, "blvd of broken dreams" and "are we the waiting" is pretty much him out on his own and his journey begins, im still learning more everytime i hear the cd and read the lyrics at the same time though."

Anonymous (September 23, 2004)

its fucking gReat!!!

inagreendase (September 23, 2004)

I have to agree about Soybomb's comment about "Boulevard..." I had a really similar thought that came to mind when I first heard the song. I sorta just gritted my teeth and marched on with the rest of what is otherwise a really good album.

It's funny how this album lifts a good handful of direct parts from Green Day's past discography. How about the one song where Tré starts playing the intro drums of "Armatage Shanks?" Or the seashanty chord progression ripped straight from "Minority?"

colin (September 22, 2004)

$25 for the special edition? no thank you

to each their own. being an artist type / graphic designer by profession, i enjoy it when bands put extra effort into translating their concept via ways other than just the music. the special edition offers more insight into the characters and the story, gets you involved more.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

"I am 17 years old, I've seen the sex pistols live twice, I saw the ramones with my dad when I was younger, I've seen joe strummer live with the mescalero's, and I love this new green day album."

i hate you

niveK82 (September 22, 2004)

$25 for the special edition? no thank you

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

This album was playing at a record shop I went to yesterday. The whole recording sounded like the same damn song....some kind of Queen/Good Charlotte hybrid. Not pretty.

boba_fett (September 22, 2004)

after reading the lyrics i have to agree with gladimnotemo and his view of the story.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

This is for the reviewer..... Coheed and Cambria kicks ass. haven't heard the album yet but I doubt its all that good.

*buttbadger*

colin (September 22, 2004)

i picked up the special edition packaging today (the book one) and hot damn, it really does explain everything. for those confused about the story / characters in it, the special edition has more than lyrics in it, basically the whole thing is there, so check it out oif you have the means.

TheMarc (September 22, 2004)

Whoa there, anonymous!

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

American Idiot absolutley rapesThe Decline.

SOYBOMB (September 22, 2004)

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"...

Just... wow. Were they aiming to take down that Good Charlotte song "Hold On" (not sure if that's its true title, it's the suicide song basically) for the top position of melodramtic teen-angst anthem?

Thanks, but no thanks.

I remember saying this about the latest Bad Religion release ("If you're a fan, it's for you, if not...") and I can honestly say the exact same thing with this disc.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

gladimnotemo (September 22, 2004)

Okay, after reading another review of this, I'm gonna disagree wtih Scott's review. The main characters on the album are :

Jesus of Suburbia
St. Jimmy
Whatsername

Jesus is the first character, and all of the songs up to "St. Jimmy" talk about his longing for a place, being disillusioned, etc. Jimmy comes in AT 'St. Jimmy', and is the kick in the pants that Jesus needs. He shows Jesus drugs on "Give Me Novocaine" (why would Jimmy be doing drugs, yet talking to himself?), etc. Jesus meets Whatsername, falls in love, etc. Then Jimmy kills himself...later later later in time, Jesus comes back to the city on "Homecoming"...and catches up with all the people. "Rock and Roll Girlfriend", which is 'addressed' to Jimmy, shows how all the people were caught in being 'american idiots' (hence Billie Joe's snuck-in line), and the album ends with Jesus thinking he's seen Whatsername.

At least, that's what I think. If you think it's all about Jimmy, then what do all the first 5 tracks have to do with it, if the main character isn't introduced until #6?

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

I am 17 years old, I've seen the sex pistols live twice, I saw the ramones with my dad when I was younger, I've seen joe strummer live with the mescalero's, and I love this new green day album.

Cos (September 22, 2004)

Re: Dookie.

Sickboi, did you ever see the Onion article about the 90's punk spitting disdain about the new school? Brilliant:

"I saw some kid wearing a Sex Pistols T-shirt the other day—he couldn't have been more than 9 when the Pistols did their Filthy Lucre reunion tour. I was like, 'You can listen to the music, you can wear the T-shirt, but I was there.' I had fifth-row seats at that goddamn stadium, man, right up front, close enough to see Johnny Rotten's wrinkles. Did you see an original member of The Clash play during Big Audio Dynamite II's last tour? Did you see two of the four original Ramones play at the KROQ Weenie Roast in '95? You did not, but I did. I swear to God, they're like a joke, these people."

Cos (September 22, 2004)

Again, WHO produced the album?

"I say again: You fuck my wife? You fuck my wife? You fuck my wife? You fuck my wife?"
"Yes, I am your wife and I fucked her."

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Whoever said Warning is their best album is crazy....this blows Warning out of the water. Best song is "City Of the Damned." Amazing.

colbyord (September 22, 2004)

a lot of people are saying that the song american idiot doesn't fit. but i guess i see it as kind of a preface for the album, a state of the union speech perhaps. in that sense i think it fits very well. just my two cents, and it is a fucking great album to boot.

manifesto (September 22, 2004)

I'm really into this album and I intend to buy it soon. The other day when I went to the store to buy the new Leftover Crack album, American Idiot was playing and I found myself standing there and listening to it until it ended. Never did a Green Day album had such an impact on me.

And by the way, the new LoC album rips!

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

very good cd and very good review. and you're right--the songs all do fit together and whatnot. but yeah, very good. second best album of the year behind leftover crack, WHICH NO ONE HAS REVIEWED!

swingline (September 22, 2004)

holiday is really damn good

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

hasn't left my car since the moment i received it. A
p.s. i drive a lot

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

This was a well reviewed ALBUM!

soe (September 22, 2004)

This album is pretty solid, I didn't really care for it on the first listen, but it definately grew on me fast. I think my favorite green day song is always going to be Jason Andrew Relva (JAR) however.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

American Idiot is the worst song I've heard in a loooooong time. And the video makes me vomit. It was kind of funny, because I flipped on MTV and was like "Aw cool... the new Green Day video..." and then it sucked and so I switched to VH1 and saw Duran Duran pop on and I was like "What? They suck... and they're still around." But they ended up being good.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

mike looks like an ugly paul simmonon

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Is this like The Decline? That would be tubular.

boba_fett (September 22, 2004)

i dunno scott... whatsername is one of my favorite tracks on the album.

awesome album overall, the worst track is american idiot. it doesnt really fit in my opinion.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

anybody else think that mnaybe the guy from anti-flag sings on the "nobody likes you" part of homecoming?

Chason (September 22, 2004)

why hasn't anyone reviewed the mad caddies' live album?

eyvert (September 22, 2004)

this one surprised me! woha ! awesome! but "are we the waiting" i skip.. booring! that's the only downside in this album.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Holy.Shit.

If it were possible, I'd give this 10 stars.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

"And thus marks one of Green Day's greatest accomplishments in my mind. Maybe I'm just an old fashioned bastard who likes his albums to have things like thematic consistancy, running orders and good sequencing, but this makes me very happy. "

Sequencing makes an album. If the tracks don't flow with each other, no matter how good the songs, you can kill the entire album. I've only listened to the CD twice, because I don't wanna listen to it track by track.

...

the switch between "Are We the Waiting" and "St. Jimmy" makes me think of when "Longview" starts from static and feedback straight into the drums...it's too great.

- glad im not emo

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Nice review, Fantastic album. I have to listen a bunch more times to realize what the story is about more because it is alot more complex than to what meets the eye I think. Did anyone else notice the back up vocals in "rock and roll girlfriend", when billie goes "don't wanna be an american idiot?" so creative to hide that in a completely different song. i love this album and band.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

snapcase end transmission, now there's a rock opera done right....

sickboi (September 22, 2004)

Oh, and "Holiday" is a great song, but I'm listening to their best song right now....it's called "Paper Lanterns".

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

I liked this album the first time when it was called 'The Decline'... Just kidding. I picked up 'Idiot' last night and I think it's a great album.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

AWESOME CD!!!!!!

adam (September 22, 2004)

"it's nearly impossible to listen to and enjoy on a track-by-track basis, mainly because it's not just a collection of songs; it's an album, and should be treated as such, with a true sit-down listen for the 57 minutes it clocks in at."

And thus marks one of Green Day's greatest accomplishments in my mind. Maybe I'm just an old fashioned bastard who likes his albums to have things like thematic consistancy, running orders and good sequencing, but this makes me very happy.

-adam

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Its their best album and I've been listening to them for 10 years now. Everysong is killer, and 'whatsername' is phenomenal despite what Scott said. Not a bad track on the album.

Album of the year, 10/10

-Paul

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

"Lastly, is anyoe else wondering if Billie was inspired at least in part by "The Room", the epic multi-part tune from the last Living End album?"

i'm not sure if thats true or not, but that song is fucking awesome

gypsymazzurco (September 22, 2004)

most awesome, inspiring work by the whole band. "whatsername" serves its purpose as the epilogue beautifully. just a couple of thoughts:

The refrain of "Are We the Waiting" reminds me of that horrible P.O.D. song "youth of the nation" ("Are we we are" - "we are we are")
and
If anyone still doubts the Green Day/Network connection, the breakdown on "Holiday" where "California has the floor" should settle it. Billie's yelling is identical to moments on the Network album.
and
Lastly, is anyoe else wondering if Billie was inspired at least in part by "The Room", the epic multi-part tune from the last Living End album?

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

I bought this yesterday as well. Like it a lot.

niveK82 (September 22, 2004)

While it may not be thier best album, it is a damn fine album. I havent stopped listening to it since it leaked,

MarkieStabone (September 22, 2004)

Album of the Year. Hands down.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

great album, i was really impressed.

threechordsandthetruth (September 22, 2004)

I submitted my review a few days ago, not sure what happened to it but I've put it up on my zine:

http://www.scenepointblank.com/modules.php?op=modload&na me=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=308

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Real good Review...i couldnt agree with you more...

to FULLY appreciate it you gotta sit down, take the lyrics out and listen to it all in one go, its like reading a book, its fantastic.

Amazing album.

sickboi (September 22, 2004)

Great album, prolly their most talented, but their best?!?!?!

Some of you kids might not remember when "Dookie" dropped, and the HUGE impact it had on music.

fakesmile (September 22, 2004)

i absolutely love this album. listened to it way to much the last 5 days.

the songwriting is amazing. never expected this album to be this good after hearing the rather bland title track on the radio.

Not-To-Regret (September 22, 2004)

Awesome album, only listened to it all once but was totally into alot of it. A few songs were questionable like "are we the waiting" and "wake me up when september ends" both were a little too "poppy" at some points. Billy Joe's voice is losing the edge to it. But nonetheless this album kicks ass. Score is for originality, concept, and catchiness.

recordings (September 22, 2004)

riffs are lifted everywhere, but who gives. if theres anyone who can get away with it, its green day.

honestly, i cant think of many (if any) bands today that could pull off a record like this. billie joe has always been very personal in his lyrics and the attitude that they can convey wouldnt be taken the same way if it were sung by anyone else.

id still say insomniac is my favorite, but shit, this is flat out impressive. seeing so much ambition from a band thats been around so long is really relieving. ive grown up with these guys and they never let me down. just a great band, no matter how you look at them. nice work guys. thank you for making music. seriously.

MrLuke (September 22, 2004)

I sat alone silent for a while after listening to this album. It is a really depressing album. I would say it is Green Day's darkest album yet. It is not Green Day's best album but there sure is a certain brilliance to it. I was expecting a damn good album. What I got was the surprise of the year and a damn good album as well. Good review.

-MrLuke

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

"Jesus Of Suburbia" is definitely the absolute best song Green Day has ever written.
I'd also go so far as to say that it may also be one of THE best songs ever written by anyone.

Green Day's best (in my opinion) was Warning, and I don't know if this album as a whole passed that, but it just might.

All I know is that I've had a copy for six days, and it's been in my cd player in my room, car, and at work non-stop, and that's all I've listened to in the past six days, and I'm not the least-bit sick of it.

I'll be listening to this thing for the next week or two straight also.

Might be tied for album of the year with "Fuck World Trade".

tahoejeff (September 22, 2004)

This album is incredible...Album of the year at this point...Scott, Nice Coheed and Cambria comment...zing!

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

and the first part of "homecoming" rips off John Mellencamp's melody in "jack and diane"

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

Part two of "Jesus of Suburbia" jacks Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69" real hard.

TheOnetrueBill (September 22, 2004)

NightProwler nailed it. They started 36 minutes late (I kept track because I'm an anal bastard). I stood around until I saw them taking the drums apart.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

where the the b-sides youre talking about? i got the american idiot single and the b-side was too much too soon

jamespastepunk (September 22, 2004)

I only paid 27.50 at the box office, and didn't get screwed by ticketmaster.

Anonymous (September 22, 2004)

i personally like the rock n roll girlfriend part of homecoming.

TheNightProwler (September 22, 2004)

I was at the Chicago show and I enjoyed it very much but I did end up with the feeling that there should have been more...

I got there around 6:15pm and there was already a damn huge line that stretched into the neighborhood. Doors opened at 6:30pm but where I was in line I didn't get into the venue until 6:50pm but I still got a pretty good spot. Once I got into the VIC I saw that the tickets said the show started at 7:30pm but Green Day didn't get on stage until 8:00pm - 8:15pm.

The new album sounded excellent live. What dissapointed me was that the only old songs they played were Longview, Brain Stew/Jaded, Minority, and a cover of Queen's " We Are The Champions." I think that when they left after the Queen cover the crowd was definatly expecting them to come back out and at least play one or two more songs like Basket Case and it just seemed like a huge sad "Awwwww" hit the crowd when the venue lights when on. I mean they were only doing four of these special small venue shows, you'd think they'd at least play for 2 hours since they didn't bring any opening act with them.

$34 for just an hour & a half of Green Day just was too much of a price... if it was only $20 then I would have been happy all around. It wasn't a total let-down and the new album sounds excellent live but if your going to have a super special show like this the crowd expects you to put on a 5 star show filled as much music as possible.

astrovince (September 21, 2004)

My vote is in.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

i tried to get tickets to the chicago show, i got to the ticketmaster outlet a half hour ahead of time, and as soon as the one person in front of me got her tickets, they were gonzo

she only took maaaaybe 20 seconds to get hers, and the ticket woman then moved onto me

needless to say, i was pretty disgusted to see a couple hundred tickets up on ebay when i got home...not that i was surprised, but its still pretty disgusting to see people making their living by fucking people over

but i'll be at the madison show in november, i cant wait
--------------------

I worked at a place that had a ticketmaster machine and i got stuck operating it often and one of the biggest misconceptions is that you will get better tickets. The first person in line generally does pretty well, but everyone else gets the shaft. After confirming the tickets and having them paid for, its minutes later and the tickets are generally sold out.

Two years ago i guess NFG and GC did their civic tour and people were PISSED when they were first in line and only got Lawn seats. Too bad they didnt go on ticketmaster.com and look at the pre-sale.

Also, same ticketmaster charges are added when you buy online vs at the store. All in all no reason to ever go to the ticketmaster outlet. you are far better off finding a friend with a cable modem.

Oh, i streamed this on mtv and i thought it wasnt very good. I tend to lose lots of respect for bands when their lead singer is an alcoholic who drinks and drives and acts in such an irresponsible manner.

TheOnetrueBill (September 21, 2004)

Colin, you are a good man!

colin (September 21, 2004)

www.greenday.com.br for all your b-side needs ;) shoplifter and governator are good, but not as good as the actual album.

i'm listening again to it now, i havent' been able to put it down since i downloaded it two weeks ago.

best green day album ever.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

i tried to get tickets to the chicago show, i got to the ticketmaster outlet a half hour ahead of time, and as soon as the one person in front of me got her tickets, they were gonzo

she only took maaaaybe 20 seconds to get hers, and the ticket woman then moved onto me

needless to say, i was pretty disgusted to see a couple hundred tickets up on ebay when i got home...not that i was surprised, but its still pretty disgusting to see people making their living by fucking people over

but i'll be at the madison show in november, i cant wait

sciulli (September 21, 2004)

I bet "Shoplifter" was part of one of the 5 part songs but was then cut. It has a similiar feel and is rather short.

TheOnetrueBill (September 21, 2004)

Ah, you must've gotten them from the Vic box office. I got mine online and there was 12 extra dollars tacked on.

Anyone have links to the two b-sides from the single? Shoplifter and Governator?

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Love this album, great punk songs like st. jimmy and holiday, great ballads like wake me up when september ends, very enjoyable.

jamespastepunk (September 21, 2004)

OneTrueBill, I'd never seen Green Day before, so I can't say I was let down. I was under the impression New Found Glory would be opening the show, so I got there an hour only to wait.

Other than that, Tre and the group made me laugh at a show simply b/c they were funny for the first time in about 6 months. I'm glad I went, and that I could get tickets. (i got one of the last two)

For that, I consider my 27.50 well spent. Oh, and I got Billie Joe to sign my ticket. The Queen cover was great, I was grinning from ear to ear.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

i enjoy jesus of suburbia

Sciulli (September 21, 2004)

I've only listened through once, but "Whatsername" was my favorite track. I completely disagree with your critique of it. I think it's a good closer. "Proshetic Head" is similiar. It may not seem like a good closer, but I think it works damn well.

I also somewhat disagree with splitting the album up. I guess time will tell, but I think I can still enjoy many of songs while not hearing them in the context of the rest of the album. I would, though, rather listen to the thing all the way through.

Amazing album. I can't wait to listen to it again tonight.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Correction: I had sex with Katie and Jawbreaker is the best power trio of the last decade. (They were still around back then)

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Worst Album of 2004
Puke!

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Tre's drumming is fucking spectacular! i love this album. hands down, this is the best album of 2004.

8dollarclarinetsolo (September 21, 2004)

really fucking good. i got a different version, its bigger, and i dont know what it has that the other doesnt. does anyone?

anyway this is really fucking good, you can tell they put a lot of time into it. iits so cohesive, just like the use of the drum riff from american idiot over again in homecoming and repitiion of like, the word letterbomb in different parts of the cd, really impressive, its like they are doing this concept thing right.

also, tre cool is singing rock and roll girlfriend, he wrote it and mike dirnt wrote nobody likes you, im not sure if he sings it, but so its kind of cool they do those 2 right before the end i think. there are just so many cool things about this cd, i think its their best, it in a way seems like a combination of them all. or at least the last 3 or 4

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

WOW!!!! this is Green Day's best album. it is very well crafted and all the songs flow together nicely. lyrically and musically, this is a giant step for the guys and proves once more that Billie Joe Armstrong is a musical genious (take note Rivers Cuomo). this album is now my fav Green Day album. now, the real question is "where will the band go from here?"

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

great album, horrible review. it's like you're not even trying anymore. ps...ms. caitlin said you were a fucking homo.

TheMarc (September 21, 2004)

This album is so hot right now.

horrorbusiness78 (September 21, 2004)

Great album but of course, its green day.

oh and yes coheed & cambria sucks ass.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

dark side of the moon > tommy

gladimnotemo (September 21, 2004)

"St. Jimmy" rips....from the choir finishing in "We are the Waiting" right into pure snotty Green Day?

Again, genius.

DickAround (September 21, 2004)

American Idiot lifts the opening riffs from Dillinger Four's Doublewhiskeycokenoice and uses them for the entire song, I found that kinda weak, as Greenday are friends with D4. Just my 2 cents on, what looks like, a really good album.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Yes everything Coheed & Cambria has done is garbage. That guy's voice is FUCKING HORRIBLE!

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

this album rules but i don't see any connection between part 2 of homecoming and geek stink breath

colin (September 21, 2004)

i was going to attempt to review this album, but the thing is just so amazing, i couldn't put together a cohesive review.

faults: extraordinary girl, some parts of homecoming.

i disagree about whatshername, i think it's an incredible song... although it does just sort of end, it does have a killer three and a half minute start.

'holiday' might be the best song green day has ever recorded.

this is just such a phenomenal album, going to be one of the tops this year.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

that extra guitar player is jason white he played with a band called the influents that recently broke up (bummer). hes been playing second guitar on tours for about 7 or 8 years.

TheOnetrueBill (September 21, 2004)

And there was a keyybaord player too. At one point there were seven people on stage,

i-type-poorly (September 21, 2004)

I don't see the Geek Stink Breath connection, but i immediety realised City of The Dammed sounds a lot like "On With The Show"

TheOnetrueBill (September 21, 2004)

hye Primeevil, were you a bit let down by the show on Saturday too? I didn't think they played long enough to justify the cost.

But the Queen cover was funny as hell.

skanknsmile (September 21, 2004)

i was going to attempt to review this but i was sure that a staff writer would have done it. but either way, fucking amazing album, your cheating yourself if you dont buy it.

gladimnotemo (September 21, 2004)

I bought this today. The first time in a while I bought an album on its release date (also got the RCR CD)....I have yet to listen to this fully, but I know it's good.

I'm so glad Billie Joe is a genius.

yemen88 (September 21, 2004)

Not a Dark Side of the moon, a Tommy is more like it.

TrailerParkJesus (September 21, 2004)

This Rocks. Hard.

The farthest thing from a let down. And thank god for it.

jamespastepunk (September 21, 2004)

After seeing American Idiot performed live in Chicago, I can answer this.

There is one back up singer/guy who does everything but guitar (ie: triangle, woaohohohs, occasional precussion) and one extra guitarist on all tracks except St. Jimmy, where Green Day got a tech to play another guitar while Billie Joe sang and passed around the mic in the crowd.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

great album, really infectious, but definately has an akward moment or two....this review left a bad taste in my mouth though....a little smarmy at points. not everybody likes a know-it-all.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

Does this mean that a tour with Coheed and Cambria is in order?

Cos (September 21, 2004)

Who produced? Was it Cavallo/Finn again? Have they ever used anyone different?

Any side players on this one? When they play live now, they have a couple of horn players (I wanna say they're from No Doubt, but..) and an extra guitarist and maybe a precussionist or a keyboardist? They're becoming a rock orchestra, not much of a three piece anymore.

--Cos

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

This decade's 'dark side of the moon' ?

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

i do agree that rock and roll girlfriend is terrible (is that tre singing by the way?) i would disagree though and say whatshername is a damn fine track.

Anonymous (September 21, 2004)

"or some stupid fucking album about space babies"

Hey, Jesse will beat your ass for insulting Yes.

-BSD

opivykid (September 21, 2004)

This cd is really, really good. It couldve gone without the "ive got a rock and roll..........." part in Homecoming though, because it kills the flow of everything in the song. Great cd though.

guitarer1c2 (September 21, 2004)

This record is fantastic. Billie Joe's vocals are incredible, the songs rock, the production sounds great . . . I'm at a loss for words. Yes, I really think it's that good.

TheOnetrueBill (September 21, 2004)

Word. I like it alot.

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