After claims that my previous attempt was too similar to a a blog and too subjective, I've decided to give this another shot from a completely objective point of view (aside from the Band Colour section). The band colour section does not come from my own opinions but from music videos, basic onstage dress habits and messages in songs. I will also be keeping the Personal Opinion section from the previous version
. So without further ado, here is the Revised In Strum Mental Review of Green Day
# GREEN DAY
Billie Joe Armstrong (Lead guitar and vocals)
Mike Dirnt (Bass and backing vocals)
Tr Cool (Drums and backing vocals, occasional lead vocals)
Formed: 1989 (formerly Sweet Children 1987-1989)
Band Colour: Green (wow, really?)
Music Genre: Punk, Pop-Punk, Bubblegum Punk
Years Active: (as Green Day) 1989-present
Best-Selling Album: "Dookie" (1994)
Best-Selling Song: "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" (1997)
Quote: "Green Day is like sex. Even when we're bad, we're still good" ~ Mike Dirnt
Fun Fact: After each concert, Billie Joe kisses a boy from the audience.
# Band Overview #
Green Day was originally known as Sweet Children when they started their band at the age of 15, although without Cool on drums. At that time, the drummer was John Kiffmeyer, former Isocracy drummer. They recorded their first extended play: "1000 Hours". Shortly before this, they were told to drop the name Sweet Children since it was causing confusion with another local band, Sweet Baby. They named themselves Green Day because of their increasing use of marijuana. In 1990, Green Day released their debut album, "39/Smooth" and recorded two further extended plays: "Slappy" and "Sweet Children". Kiffmeyer left the band in 1990 and Tr Cool took over as a temporary replacement, however this soon became permanent. The band began touring in 1992 and carried on through 1993 as well. Their second album "Kerplunk" was released soon after. The band's bestselling album, "Dookie" was recorded over three weeks in 1994. At Woodstock '94, the band started a mud fight. A security guard stepped onto the stage and mistook Dirnt for a stage-invading fan and punched him in the mouth, knocking a few teeth out. From there on, the band achieved more recognition and began receiving awards. The success began to decline in the late 90s with "Warning" being one of their less successful albums, despite it reaching gold status. In 2004, the band came out with "American Idiot" which was a huge success and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts. From there on the band had begun to focus on touring and less about making albums with one of the more recent ones being "21st Century Breakdown" (2009). They also announced that they would be extending their vision of the "American Idiot" album as a rock opera and started creating "American Idiot: The Musical". Fast-forwarding to the present, Green Day has been in the middle of releasing a album trilogy: "iUno!", "iDos!" and "iTr!". Recently Armstrong exploded onstage at a concert and was later checked in to rehab.
# Personal Opinion #
Green Day has done really well for themselves and has made a lot of my favourite music. That being said, most of their recent music has been really disappointing and not angry and rough in the way that "Geek Stink Breath" was, or fun-loving like their 2005 London concert performance of "King For A Day" was. I think that even though they are a stellar band and will keep going for quite some time, their really angry Punk songs - and therefore their best songs (in my opinion) - are behind them. I don't even think that you can call their recent music Punk anymore - under any sub-genre. Even so, I hope that Green Day doesn't hang it up any time soon and will eventually bring back the heavier stuff.
There you have it. My revised In Strum Mental review. Is there anything that should be added or removed? (Life Tip: People tend to listen to you if you act your age. Be mature, people.)