I got some culture in the Valentine’s Day weekend 2016. I finally listened to the Green Day album American Idiot. The critically lauded, six times platinum, five top 20 hits producing juggernaut. That’s what I finally got around to listening to.
Green Day is the sound of a band full of teenage angst. They sound as if they were built to rock the nineties. Something they did with diamond certified Dookie. Their music is effortlessly punk rock in a way that only Green Day can be
I also saw the musical that day. The album American Idiot has its own set of characters and is its own rock opera. It was meant for Broadway. I loved seeing little kids there. As someone who wasn’t a fan of Green Day, I still knew that one of their favorite words was “fuck”.
Let me tell you up front that I loved the musical. The original ran for 422 shows. I had no idea what the fuck was happening. I understood the premise. There are three disillusioned boys, growing up in a Bush dominated democracy. They are all restless. One joins the army. One gets a girl pregnant and the other one loses the only girl he ever cared about.
I didn’t know what was happening.
It was an hour and a half of actors head banging and fighting the power. I probably would have gotten more of the condemnation of Bush era America if I hadn’t been a young wallowing child during the 9/11 attacks. I still enjoyed the musical.
The most exciting moment was the vigorous sex scene. First the girls bra came off. I wasn’t at the right angle to see her nipples, but I’m sure they were very nice. The true surprise was when the male lead shook off his underwear. He had a very nice creamy pale ass. It must be so strange having 20 of our closest cast mates knowing what your penis looks like.
The album was a resounding success on every front. It’s probably the highlight of the Green Day catalogue. It was their career renewal after steady decline in musical relevancy.