That is a phrase I’m getting completely fucking sick of. Guess what? I love their old stuff. But guess what!? Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s better or you’re going to be any cooler for listening to it. In case you haven’t figured it out, their newest album, “21st Century Breakdown”, is a masterpiece. Anyone who denies that is just plain ignorant.
Just because your older brother got you listening to Dookie when you were nine years old or whatever doesn’t mean that particular album is the end all be all of all things Green Day. Also, just because young kids are dressing in black and wearing a bunch of eyeliner to Green Day shows does not mean that you can’t appreciate their newer music at your age. Kids are kids and they’re having fun. You should be happy for both them and the band that is doing so well right now because of their popularity that spans so many age groups. If you are bitter about youngsters crowding Green Day gigs and think they don’t know what the hell they’re doing, then maybe you’re just old.
When Dookie came out, there was a similar reaction on a smaller scale. Many of Green Day’s fans who had been with them since their 1st and 2nd albums decided to jump ship. They decided that they weren’t going to support a band that appealed to so many more people. As if the band was their property and they didn’t appreciate newcomers getting into them.
Think about that mentality for a second. If you love that band so much…then why the hell aren’t you doing everything you can to earn them as many new fans as possible? Sure, the new wave of Green Day fans probably don’t know all the words to “2,000 Light Years Away”. At the show at the LA Forum it appeared that only about myself plus four other people knew the words to “Disappearing Boy”. Does that mean everyone else should have got the fuck out? Hardly.
My point is, I don’t believe you. I don’t believe it’s a matter of taste. I think you shunned the more recent Green Day albums because they broke new ground and acquired millions of new fans, many of them very young. You miss your Dookie days and you’re jealous that these kids are having their own version now, so you go around acting like it is somehow watered down or less significant. Get over it. Dookie was a fucking incredible, timeless album. So was American Idiot. So is this new one. As far as I’m concerned, so is just about everything they put out.
Okay, except maybe for that U2 collaboration. I can’t stand U2.
How many other bands are still making incredible music after 20 years and still putting on amazing live shows? How many bands at the caliber of Green Day today bring their fans on stage to sing, dance, and play guitar with them?
The point of this rant is simple: don’t you dare try to hate on Green Day. They are the biggest band in the world right now, whether you like it or not. You might as well do yourself a favor and like it.
I know that most of you reading this are probably Green Day fans, not the bitter Bobbies I’m talking about in this post. Yes I just made up “bitter Bobbies”. For you true Green Day fans, I’m sure you understand what I’m talking about. I don’t mean to be negative, I just get frustrated with the people that have closed their minds and seem hellbent on depriving themselves of some of the best music being produced in the world right now.
Lord help them.