The punk pop band has sold more than 85 million records worldwide and seen more than half of their 13 studio albums reach Gold, Platinum or Diamond status. They are credited — for better or worse — with taking punk rock mainstream in the 90s. They also tried their hand at rock opera quite successfully, turning their opus American Idiot into a Tony-winning Broadway show.
This is the third Random Weekend appearance of a song from Green Day’s 2004 punk rock opera, American Idiot. While I enjoy the album, it’s telling that I have never posted about it deliberately but only through these random spins of the musical dial.
I’ve always appreciated this album more for the musical variety than the story, which I haven’t taken the time to fully comprehend. Today’s track introduces St. Jimmy, the alter ego of Jesus of Suburbia, and blah blah blah.
American Idiot definitely hit a nerve outside of the band’s usual fan base, getting adapted into a Tony-winning Broadway musical and (reportedly) an upcoming HBO movie.
Before today, I’ve posted only one Green Day song to the blog, and I started that post remarking that I was surprised I’d made it through 1,555 songs without featuring them. Well, I nearly made it another 1,500.
As I said back then, I’m indifferent to most of Green Day’s music but I really like their rock opera (and eventual Broadway musical) America Idiot. So it’s no coincidence that I like today’s SOTD, which Entertainment Weekly compares to that earlier work.
Not that I’m a big Green Day fan. I’m decidedly not. In fact, I dislike most of their music.
But I love American Idiot, their 2004 rock opera (which has since become a Broadway musical). And you’d think during more than four years of daily songs I’d have gotten around to it.