I was once told by someone that there is nothing more punk rock than loving punk music, but disagreeing with the politics.
Afterall, isn't punk about rebellion, not doing what you're told, not believing everything you hear?
That being said, I've always enjoyed Green Day. They have a longevity that I never would have guessed the first time I heard them back in the early nineties. They have somehow managed to be a mainstream punk band, appealing to both pop fans and punk fans on a level that few other bands achieve.
Friday sees the release of their first album in five years, since "American Idiot" (what MTV calls "the George W. Bush album" in this article). By the title alone, "21st Century Breakdown," it's easy to see that Green Day is still dismal about the state of the world. In fact, Billy Joe says it's worse now that it was when "American Idiot" came out.
The big talk is about following up one concept album with another and how that hasn't been successful for bands such as The Who and Pink Floyd. Will it work for Green Day? Time will tell.
"21st Centruy Breakdown" hits stores this Friday, May 15.