Green Day Refuse To Sell Out

Billie Joe Armstrong refused to "conform to some consumer need" and just wants to write killer songs that tell great stories.

Green Day Refuse To Sell Out
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Billie Joe Armstrong thinks Green Day fans have an appetite for albums with a story, which has driven the concept to their forthcoming musical trilogy "¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tre!". "I'm not going to conform to some consumer need," he told Billboard (via NME). "I believe people want to hear this kind of music, that people want to hear records that have a story. Or maybe they don't. I have no idea." He says he wants to write killer songs that "speak to each other within an album" except this time they'll speak across three separate records. The band recognises that their new trilogy is an ambitious goal, but Billie's wife convinced him it was worth pursuing: "Putting out even a double-record, let alone a triple-record, it didn't seem like it would work for us in this day and age. We wanted all of it to come out because we were proud of it, and then I was thinking in terms of volumes - one, two and three. I was in my kitchen and thought, 'What if we called them 'Uno,' 'Dos, 'Tré,' just as a joke?' "And I told my wife about it and she said, 'Actually that's kind of a brilliant idea.' Then I brought it to the guys and asked them what they thought. They let it sink in and said yeah. Put my photo on the first one, Mike on the second one and Tré on the third." Two documentaries will coincide with the forthcoming album release, with one following the band as they prepare the new trilogy and the other documenting their early years before "Dookie". "¡Uno!" will be released on September 24, with the second and third albums being released in November and January. Hear "Oh Love", the first song from their crop of new music, right here:

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    kagendew
    can someone define selling out to me in a way that doesn't criticize an artist for selling a lot of records?
    Minivirus2
    Meekrob3 wrote: This article sounds vaguely familiar...
    That would be because it's the same atricle from yesterday, with a bit trimmed off. Seriously UG, the same deal with Kerry King articles last week and now GD this week? I try not to ***** and moan too often, but come on!
    ffaf_kick_ass
    if i like what i hear i will buy the record.bollocks to all this ''selling out'' bull shit
    stonedhippos
    Vinson wrote: NOTE to UG: If it's played on radio, they sold out. SIMPLE FACT: If the music is for you, not the fans, you don't record it and sell it.
    you are a moron.
    suicidalpoptart
    Refuse to sell out again that is
    Rockeagle540
    They actually never did sell out, the reason people say they did is because one of the main rules in punk was never to sign onto a big record lebel and green day did, problem there is that green day were never actually punk, they will tell u that themselves
    ItsApocalypse
    I'm going to have to disagree with all of the people that get on their musical high horse on the internet. Just because Green Day's different direction when they came back ended up rehashing popularity for them, in no way translates to selling out. Green Day did the most punk thing of all, they refused to conform to what got them initially in the spotlight. They wrote what they wanted to, and that worked for them. They control what they do next, not a company. Just because they aren't struggling for money or fans does not mean 'they sold out'
    Mind_Reader7
    Putting out even a double-record, let alone a triple-record, it didn't seem like it would work for us in this day and age.
    Devin Townsend released a series of 4 records, all of which were completely original and awesome.
    SGofawesome
    I'm REALLY sick of people on the internet who think "selling out" means "becoming popular". Green Day still makes the kind of music that they want to, therefore they aren't conforming to what people pressure them to be. A 3-part album series isn't exactly an idea that fans threw at them left and right. I'd still say that even though I don't like the new single or 21st Century Breakdown, they are still doing what they want to. Just because you don't like it and it's mainstream doesn't mean they sold out.
    jonnern92
    i dont get this selling out thing, I think they just grew up and are playing the music they love.
    blizzboy
    They're doing whatever the hell they want, not caring what others think. Seems like punk rock to me. And that documentary from before Dookie days is something I'm really looking forward to, lol.
    stonyman65
    "Green Day Refuse To Sell Out" Assuming that they haven't already? Greenday hasn't been Greenday since the early '90s.
    bajabones
    selling out means that they would make music exactly what their producer or record company wants just to gain more fans and money whereas they were lucky enough to write an excellent album and gain lots of fans. that doesnt mean selling out. that means writing a generally well recieved album.
    iwish4zombies
    "Selling out" is crazy and the discussion is what's killing this genre. Rap dudes respect when a rapper goes to the top of the charts, but no we just sit back and whine about it when our favorite rock stars add a little wind to the sail. Fuck the great thing about present rock (and the last days this is going to happen) is that guys have made it far enough to be financially secure and make their own records.
    jonathanb2
    Isn't it impossible to sell out when you're already one of the most mainstream bands ever?
    hackahobo
    Something people like to forget is that Dookie was huge when it was released and went on to sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. If there was ever a time that Green Day "sold out", it was way before American Idiot.
    jwax
    anybody else like possibly the only pentatonic guitar solo in a green day song or am i just out there alone?
    MrAlienMachine
    paulohd2 wrote: Yeah writing Wake Me Up When September Ends was definitely not selling out....
    that's a stupid thing to say, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote that song about his dad who died when he was only ten years old...
    paulohd2
    Hahahaha good one Billie Joe! Green Day is probably the definition of selling out.
    iwish4zombies
    everyone getting butthurt about green day going mainstream for an album. But nobody remembers that rock is dying and what green day did for the genre, it's not like they experimented with crazy dubstep or raprock at the time. They did it their way with 3 dudes playing rock n roll on american idiot. Are you ****ing kidding me people.
    hereticfive
    I dont see how people can say theyve sold out when theyve been making mainstream music since the beginning
    GreenDayNimrod.
    If you don't like Green Day, why are you reading this? Btw, it's not sell out to make awesome records that alot of people like and they've never said their music is punk, thaey've said that they are punk as the LIFESTYLE. And having a musical on broadway is not an un-punk thing to do, that's actually the most punk thing ever, to not care if people like you call it un-punk. If everyone listened to Johnny Rotten who calls them un-punk cause they went comercial, then you would end up saying Johnny isn't punk because he's doing comercials with (not using the real term cause I'm not sure if I'll get banned for it) wimen with a little amount of clothes. By the way how punk is he, or any of you? I mean you walk around and say "That's not punk!" when punk doesn't even have any rules except that being punk is about being yourself and do things because you want to do it. And I've only speaked the truth.
    ItsApocalypse
    Also, I HATE when people say "Green Day was only good in the early 90's." Oh really? So you liked Kerplunk then, right? Name one song off of the album without googling it.
    PlayMeSomeFloyd
    Mikethespud wrote: Aren't they already one of the most mainstream bands out there anyway?
    That's not the same as being a sellout. Being well known because you write great music doesn't make you a sellout, it makes you great. Selling out would be writing and recording a record specifically to give it mass appeal and make it heavily marketable without regard for the actual quality of the musical content or putting any real feeling or emotion into it. These guys are real deal musicians and incredible songwriters. You don't have to like their style, but don't knock them. They are the best at what they and have been for a LONG time. A lot of so called musicians on these boards knocking true musicians who are more successful than they are. These people inspire the rest of us to pick up an instrument or start writing songs. Without "popular" and successful bands/artists, most of us would not have that initial exposure with which to draw the inspiration to play from.
    LesPaulGuy77
    J0HNNYBR4V04756 wrote: Selling out=/=Being mainstream. What On the Backs of Angels by Dream Theater get nominated for a grammy and suddenly they are selling out?
    Right, because it's totally their fault a lot of people like there music. It's funny how people are putting down American Idiot, where in reality if you take the time to listen to the album, it's a decently well-written rock-opera. Sure, it's not The Wall, or Tommy, but if you can get past some skewed political messages, it's a good album.
    WarriorArtist94
    Mind_Reader7 wrote: Putting out even a double-record, let alone a triple-record, it didn't seem like it would work for us in this day and age. Devin Townsend released a series of 4 records, all of which were completely original and awesome.
    Billie Joe is referring to the 'singles' culture of popular music that Green Day will expected to fit since they're in the mainstream these days. Townsend had no such problem with releasing loads of songs as singles being the norm.
    Wouldify
    Is this supposed to be taken seriously?? Come on it's Green Day, they have already sold out, in fact they are selling out right now
    What's a genre?
    People who say Green Day sold out are ****ing idiots. Becoming a big band doesn't make you a sell out, changing your sound doesn't make you a sell out, unless it's not natural and just trying to gain more fans; and seen as though Punk Rock concept albums weren't popular in 2004, they didn't sell out.
    spiff-corgi
    I really hate people who immediately dismiss a band as having sold out when they become popular amongst idiots. Yeah, it sucks when teenage girls suddenly latch onto a band or artist, shove them in everyone else's faces and make it annoying to be a fan, but an artist never intends to write an album to achieve that. I think most try to avoid it at all costs. American Idiot had the right recipe and came at the right time to be huge among teenage pop punk fans. That's it.
    stonyman65
    Mind_Reader7 wrote: Putting out even a double-record, let alone a triple-record, it didn't seem like it would work for us in this day and age. Devin Townsend released a series of 4 records, all of which were completely original and awesome.
    You can't compare Devin Townsend to Greenday. One has talent, the other doesn't. I'll let you decide which is which.
    JuteJute
    Green day is so unlucky. There is so much people that like their music that they are sellouts. i hate this "sellout" thing. They play music they like, how is that selling out?
    WastedTele
    I swear UG must be a bunch of pricks. Where in this article did Green Day say they were refusing to sell out? it's all interpretations of what's being said to get a reaction out of the readers. Might as well be mainstream media!
    LeakyFlask
    Mind_Reader7 wrote: Putting out even a double-record, let alone a triple-record, it didn't seem like it would work for us in this day and age. Devin Townsend released a series of 4 records, all of which were completely original and awesome.
    Well, they are very different and therefore face different expectations altogether. He didn't say that it's impossible to do nor that no one else had done it, but that from their position it seemed like a challenge.
    jonathebest
    Maisntream means sold Out? who invented that ? "Indie" Kids? or the Stpid Hipsters? We're Fucked then... com'on I Don't like this new song and 3/4 of the 21st Century Breakdown, but they are still doing what they want to, like always...
    J0HNNYBR4V04756
    Selling out=/=Being mainstream. What On the Backs of Angels by Dream Theater get nominated for a grammy and suddenly they are selling out?
    Russcool
    Musicians should be able to write about whatever they want without worrying about others.
    rhn94
    Selling out on the internet: 1) A band becoming popular with music you don't like. 2) A band becoming more popular than a band you think should be popular. In this case you would call the more popular band a sellout but if the case occurs the other way around, you wouldn't do so. I had hope for the future..... How can we get rid of bad music if we quarrel amongst ourselves?