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Green Day

Out of all the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam in terms of influence. At their core, Green Day were simply punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie, their 1994 major-label debut. Dookie sold over ten million copies, paving the way for a string of multi-platinum releases that opened the doors for a flood of American neo-punk, punk metal, and third wave ska revivalists. More than a decade later, as many of their former contemporaries settled into retirement, Green Day remained at the forefront of popular music with albums like the Grammy-winning American Idiot.

Green Day arose from the Northern California underground punk scene. Childhood friends Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, vocals) and Mike Dirnt (bass; born Mike Pritchard) formed their first band, Sweet Children, in Rodeo, California when they were 14 years old. By 1989, the group had added drummer Al Sobrante and changed its name to Green Day. That same year, the band independently released its first EP, 1000 Hours, which was well-received in the California hardcore punk scene. Soon, the group had signed a contract with local independent label Lookout. Green Day's first full album, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour, was released later that year. Shortly after its release, the band replaced Sobrante with Tre Cool (born Frank Edwin Wright III), who became the band's permanent drummer.

Throughout the early '90s, Green Day continued to cultivate a cult following, which only gained strength with the release of their second album, 1992's Kerplunk. The underground success of Kerplunk led to a wave of interest from major record labels, and the band eventually decided to sign with Reprise. Dookie, Green Day's major-label debut, was released in the spring of 1994. Thanks to MTV support for the initial single, "Longview," Dookie became a major hit. The album continued to gain momentum throughout the summer, with the second single, "Basket Case," spending five weeks on top of the American modern rock charts. At the end of the summer, the band stole the show at Woodstock '94, which helped the sales of Dookie increase. By the time the fourth single, "When I Come Around," began its seven-week stay at number one on the modern rock charts in early 1995, Dookie had sold over five million copies in the U.S. alone; it would eventually top ten million in America, selling over 15 million copies internationally. Dookie also won the 1994 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.

Green Day quickly followed Dookie with Insomniac in the fall of 1995; during the summer, they hit number one again on the modern rock charts with "J.A.R.," their contribution to the Angus soundtrack. Insomniac performed well initially, entering the U.S. charts at number two and selling over two million copies by the spring of 1996, yet none of its singles -- including the radio favorite "Brain Stew/Jaded" -- was as popular as those from Dookie. In the spring of 1996, Green Day abruptly canceled a European tour, claiming exhaustion. Following the cancellation, the band spent the rest of the year resting and writing new material before issuing Nimrod in late 1997. Three years later, their long-awaited follow-up, a refreshingly poppy record titled Warning, was released. Another long wait preceded 2004's American Idiot, an aggressive rock opera that became a surprise success -- a chart-topper around the world, a multi-platinum Grammy winner, and easily the best reviewed album of their career. Green Day reveled in the album's success, hitting numerous award shows and performing as part of Live 8 in July 2005. That fall brought the release of Bullet in a Bible, a concert album that documented the trio's expansive Idiot live show.

With their popularity and commercial viability restored, Green Day took on several small projects before returning to the studio. They contributed a cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" to the charity album Instant Karma, appeared in The Simpsons Movie, and recorded an entire album of '60s-styled rock & roll under the alias of Foxboro Hot Tubs. While presenting an award at the Grammys in early 2009, the band announced the impending release of Green Day's eighth album, 21st Century Breakdown, which had been recorded with veteran producer Butch Vig. In May of 2009, 21st Century Breakdown was released, picking up where American Idiot left off, as another ambitious punk rock opera. The album was a commercial success, selling over 215,000 copies in its first three days of sales. In 2009, American Idiot was adapted for the stage, and the following year, Green Day lent their talents to the original cast recording, combining a driving score with Broadway vocal arrangements. The band released the live Awesome as F**k in 2011.

During the summer of 2012, Green Day unveiled their ambitious plans for the fall and winter: they would release not one but three new albums. The records -- ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! -- would appear in September 2012, November 2012, and January 2013, respectively, with each individual bandmember gracing one of the album covers on his own. The first, appropriately called ¡Uno!, was preceded by the disco-rock single "Kill the DJ" and the anthemic arena rocker "Oh Love." ¡Uno! was set for a splashy release in September 2012, but the weekend prior to its release Billie Joe Armstrong had an on-stage breakdown during a set Green Day played at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Days later, it was announced that Armstrong entered rehab for undisclosed substance abuse; not long afterward the band's touring plans for 2013 were canceled. ¡Dos! arrived as scheduled in November 2012 and ¡Tré! was moved up to a December release. Demolicious, a collection of 18 demo recordings during the making of their ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trilogy, showed up in time for 2014's Record Store Day release schedule. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

What a nimrod
They remind me of Thalia grace. Remember? Titans Curse! Hahaha Jesse Mcartney is LAME
Green day will always pull that string in my soul
Green Day will always be one of my favorites. I’ve seen them live multiple times and had tremendous fun every time. They are great musicians and performers. My world was made a little better because of this band. ;)
bubbamyoung
Mc knightke 6 I'm 12 and yes I love this song
v03mckinneey
YYEEEEEESSSS S S S S S ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Brain stew
im 12 and me and my brother love green day!
Viper I'm 14 and live in Nevada 1/2 the kids at my high school know of green day nirvana and so on
tmusselwhite 3
Alex you are so right I'm 16 and people do the same thing i don't understand why people like rap
I'm 13 and I love green day and bands like nirvana and it makes me sad when I tell kids my age that and they have no idea who I'm talking about.
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
Do you know what's worth fighting for? ........ Nothing's ever built to last, you're in ruins . . . 1 21 guns lay down you're you're heart..... I love this song !!!!!
Longview is the best song
bubbamyoung
21 guns
bubbamyoung
Wasn't this song played on Transformers 2?
Luv this album!!!!! X3
bubbamyoung
Not open
bubbamyoung
I have to say, this reminds me of when I had no girlfriend yet. I'm
I want to se green day on stage
lesbiaperez4 1 1 4
\m/ Green Day\m/ ♡♡♡♡♡♡☆♡☆♡♡☆ *
Yes
bubbamyoung
Does the song Wake Me Up When September Ends calm you
you all are probably thinking thats crazy but its true XDXDXDXDXDXD X D X D X D X D X D X D X D X D X D X D
the singer smashed his guitar and masterbated on stage then flipped off the fans XD how funny
They are as meh as the offspring (meh means okish)
I grew up listening to Green Day...I'll always come back to them, there amazing
Green Day is awesome.
Dam 3 man band
cynthiamhorn e
YAAAAAY 100000+ likes
Child hood memories with there music. Follow me and u will follow back. Im interested in what music u guys might have
mmmmm Brain Stew.
avav554
1) say iPhone 5x
2)pick a color
3) post this on 5 songs
4)look under ur pillow
Ha ... Ha ....I had many parties anyway ...I've never been too obedient to my superiors ...my class ...always had lots of candy cupcakes and yes ...Christmas carols ....kids need to b happy in ...PARTIES !!!!! Ha ha !!!! I never listen to...dummies ....what r they going to do ...send me to party jail ???? Ha ha ha !!!!!
Oooh ....I know this ....hum. Bug !!!!! Woooooooof !!!!! Grrrrr.... " I hate the world ,,,no parties for Christmas ...it's a solem time !!!!! ". Whaaaaaaat ??????? What an old. Party pooper !!!! Ha ha ha ha !!!!!
Look up elenora guys!!! :) sick band soon to be on here! They have two albums outs already and one single :P look for them on YouTube or iTunes :)
k.helberg
This is a good song is actually a big "F" you!! I
LOVE it!!! Green day WOOHOO!
1) say iphone 5x
2)pick a color
3) post this on 5 songs
4)look under ur pillow
Hate those people that wear Green Day tshirts and can't name a single song by them -.-
bananapantsm e
I always think of Margo Roth speigleman when I hear she's a rebel and then I imagine Q singing whatsername and I start crying #papertowns
brennatorres 9 2
I love their music.
iangknott
������������ t h e best band ever = green day 21�� is awesome
lrbmortgage
Awesome
kiss ur hand 5 times post this on 2 other songs look under pillow
ya ya
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Now that you've read it post this on 5 other songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and you will see the love of your life's name pop up in big letters.
Kiss ur hand 5 times
Post this on 2 other songs
Look under ur pillow
It's jammin time!!!!
maeflower024
I your left agree,jk? Meaning Green Day
I agree
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