Song of the Day #5,218: ‘Whatsername’ – Green Day

It’s time for another installment of the Decades series, wherein I write about the albums released in a given year across multiple decades. I’ve been on the 4s, having covered 1974, 1984 and 1994 so far. Which brings us to 2004.

I find I’m usually disappointed once I get to the first decade of the new millennium. My personal taste starts to veer away from the critical consensus. And indeed, almost none of the albums I picked as my ten favorite from this year showed up on lists of critic’s darlings.

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Song of the Day #5,052: ‘When I Come Around’ – Green Day

When I do these Decades series, I’m always surprised by how many copies albums sold two or three decades ago. Most of the albums I’m featuring as part of this look at 1994 went at least three or four times platinum. A few made it to diamond status (10 million units).

Among those is Green Day’s Dookie, the band’s third album and first for a major label. The album went diamond in the U.S. and sold 20 million copies worldwide, making it their top-selling album by far (eclipsing 2001’s American Idiot by several million).

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Song of the Day #4,757: ‘Going to Pasalacqua’ – Green Day

Green Day made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, the only member of the 2015 class to do so.

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.

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Song of the Day #3,935: ‘St. Jimmy’ – Green Day

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.

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Song of the Day #3,621: ‘Jesus of Suburbia / City of the Damned / I Don’t Care / Dearly Beloved / Tales of Another Broken Home’ – Green Day

Today’s random SOTD is the second track from Green Day’s 2004 “punk rock opera” American Idiot. I’m not a Green Day fan in general, but I do like this album quite a bit.

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.

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