Green Day – American Idiot (2004)

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It’s a bit tempting to peg Green Day’s sprawling, ambitious, brilliant seventh album, American Idiot, as their version of a Who album, the next logical step forward from the Kinks-inspired popcraft of their underrated 2000 effort, Warning, but things aren’t quite that simple. American Idiot is an unapologetic, unabashed rock opera, a form that Pete Townshend pioneered with Tommy, but Green Day doesn’t use that for a blueprint as much as they use the Who’s mini-opera “A Quick One, While He’s Away,” whose whirlwind succession of 90-second songs isn’t only emulated on two song suites here, but provides the template for the larger 13-song cycle. But the Who are only one of many inspirations on this audacious, immensely entertaining album. The story of St. Jimmy has an arc similar to H?sker D?’s landmark punk-opera Zen Arcade, while the music has grandiose flourishes straight out of both Queen and Rocky Horror Picture Show (the ’50s pastiche “Rock and Roll Girlfriend” is punk rock Meat Loaf), all tied together with a nervy urgency and a political passion reminiscent of the Clash, or all the anti-Reagan American hardcore bands of the ’80s. These are just the clearest touchstones for American Idiot, but reducing the album to its influences gives the inaccurate impression that this is no more than a patchwork quilt of familiar sounds, when it’s an idiosyncratic, visionary work in its own right. First of all, part of Green Day’s appeal is how they have personalized the sounds of the past, making time-honored guitar rock traditions seem fresh, even vital. With their first albums, they styled themselves after first-generation punk they were too young to hear firsthand, and as their career progressed, the group not only synthesized these influences into something distinctive, but chief songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong turned into a muscular, versatile songwriter in his own right.

1 American Idiot
2 Jesus of Suburbia: Jesus of Suburbia/City of the Damned/I Don’t Care
3 Holiday
4 Boulevard of Broken Dreams
5 Are We the Waiting
6 St. Jimmy
7 Give Me Novacaine
8 She’s a Rebel
9 Extraordinary Girl
10 Letter Bomb
11 Wake Me Up When September Ends
12 Homecoming: The Death of St. Jimmy/East 12th St./Nobody Likes You/Rock
13 Whatsername
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Green Day – Warning (2000)

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By 2000, Green Day had long been spurned as unhip by the fourth-generation punks they popularized, and they didn’t seem likely to replicate the MOR success of the fluke smash “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” Apparently, the success of that ballad freed the band from any classifications or stigmas, letting them feel like they could do anything they wanted on their fifth album, Warning. They responded by embracing their fondness for pop and making the best damn album they’d ever made. There’s a sense of fearlessness on Warning, as if the band didn’t care if the album wasn’t punk enough, or whether it produced a cross-platform hit. There are no ballads here, actually, and while there are a number of punchy, infectious rockers, the tempo is never recklessly breakneck. Instead, the focus is squarely on the songs, with the instrumentation and arrangements serving their needs. It’s easy to say that Green Day have matured with this album, since they’ve never produced a better, more tuneful set of songs, or tried so many studio tricks and clever arrangements. However, that has the wrong connotation, since “mature” would indicate that Warning is a studious, carefully assembled album that’s easier to admire than to love. That’s not the case at all. This is gleeful, unabashed fun, even when Billie Joe Armstrong is getting a little cranky in his lyrics. It’s fun to hear Green Day adopt a Beatlesque harmonica on “Hold On” or try out Kinks-ian music hall on “Misery,” while still knocking out punk-pop gems and displaying melodic ingenuity and imaginative arrangements. Warning may not be an innovative record per se, but it’s tremendously satisfying; it finds the band at a peak of songcraft and performance, doing it all without a trace of self-consciousness. It’s the first great pure pop album of the new millennium.

1 Warning
2 Blood, Sex and Booze
3 Church on Sunday
4 Fashion Victim
5 Castaway
6 Misery
7 Deadbeat Holiday
8 Hold On
9 Jackass
10 Waiting
11 Minority
12 Macy’s Day Parade
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Green Day – Nimrod (1999)

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Genre:Alternative
Release Date:1999
Bit Rate:320Kbps
File Size:67.2Mb

Track List:
01-Nice Guys Finish Last
02-Hitchin’ A Ride
03-The Grouch
04-Redundant
05-Scattered
06-All The Time
07-Worry Rock
08-Platypus (I Hate You)
09-Uptight
10-Last Ride In
11-Jinx
12-Haushinka
13-Walking Alone
14-Reject
15-Take Back
16-King For A Day
17-Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
18-Prosthetic Head

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Green Day – Insomniac (1995)

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Genre:Alternative
Release Date:1995
Bit Rate:320Kbps
File Size:74.7Mb

Track List:
01-Armatage Shanks
02-Brat
03-Stuck With Me
04-Geek Stink Breath
05-No Pride
06-Bab’s Uvula Who!
07-86
08-Panic Song
09-Stuart And The Ave.
10-Brain Stew
11-Jaded
12-Westbound Sign
13-Tight Wad Hill
14-Walking Contradiction
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Green Day – Dookie (1994)

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Release Date:1994
Bit Rate:320Kbps
File Size:76.9Mb

Track List:
01-Burnout
02-Having A Blast
03-Chump
04-Longview
05-Welcome To Paradise
06-Pulling Teeth
07-Basket Case
08-She
09-Sassafras Roots
10-When I Come Around
11-Coming Clean
12-Emenius Sleepus
13-In The End
14-F.O.D.-All By Myself[Hidden Track]
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