To the population of douching asswipes out there that think it’s disgraceful that Green Day were inducted,
How very fucking dare you.
You say that Green Day don’t deserve their induction, that they aren’t good enough for the achievement. I say that you should really brush up on your knowledge of a band before you start making accusations. Because, if one thing’s for sure, Green Day’s probably the one band in this world that truly deserves that place on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. So shut the fuck up.
Yes, they started out in the Gilman scene in the late eighties. It was in the dusty streets of Berkeley that Green Day made their first music. They’d made a name for themselves down that way, had fans and adorers. BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY DID? They then fucking signed to Warner Bros. records, knowing that by doing so they would lose the allowance to step foot in 924 Gilman again in their lives, and they knew that all the fans they’d made for themselves would turn against them because of their decision. Why would they sign to Warner, then? It was because they knew that if they didn’t, their music careers would eventually fizzle out into nothing and they’d have to get on with living ordinary lives. And music was all these guys knew. It was the only thing that they knew they wanted as a constant in their lives. And they also knew what they had to do to keep that constant…. well…. constant. They did it, but by losing a lot of their fans in the process. It’s probably the most punk rock thing they could’ve done.
Next came Dookie, which was nothing short of a phenomenon. While punk music had in the past always been about yelling and burning buildings and climbing over Berlin Walls, suddenly people started to hear Green Day. Dookie showcased Billie Joe, his desperate lyrics reflecting himself as a terrified adolescent; scared shitless of what he’s becoming. Now, how could no one listen to this? Green Day reinvented punk music with Dookie, and they also opened the gates of the genre for waves of lost, hopeless young kids who were looking for music they could really relate to.
Then came the ten year follow-up to Dookie. Though Green Day’s sound still remained sigunature to what people had come to know and love, they’d tried many an experiment with their music. The heavy punk bashers on Insomniac. The lighter tracks of Nimrod, and the acoustic based punk on Warning. But, no matter what, they were still living in Dookie’s ever-looming shadow. Oh, and also, they were working on an album in 2003-ish, but it got fucking stolen. Billie Joe actually called Mike up at one point and asked if they wanted to disband. Shit was getting to be WAY too hard on them. Billie Joe’d developed a mild depression after Warning was out and released and they were all struggling with their wn personal issues themselves. BUT THEN GUESS THE FUCK WHAT? THEY RELEASED AMERICAN FUCKING IDIOT. Now, even if you were’t a teenager in 2004, you still know the first line of American Idiot. I know you do. Again, more lyrics that teenager could relate to so, so well. And then there was the Bush-bashing. Others had tried it and they’d been shut down spectacularly. But there was something about the raging tone and air of revolution that came with American Idiot that you’d be stupid to ignore. Green Day were banned from MTV and all those things because people were listening to what they were saying too much. And the government were kinda freaked out by this. It’s exactly the kind of reaction a punk record only dreams of getting, and they fucking got it. GREEN DAY REINVENTED PUNK TWICE IN TEN YEARS THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
AND THEN, after that, they released 21st Century Breakdown, which still bashed the shit out of America and is an album a lot of people like even more than American Idiot. It’s personal to the band but is also impersonal at the same time, however the hell they managed to do that. But the thing is, with 21st, Green Day were on the edge of ticking over into their forties in the age department, but they were still probably the most relevant and influential band out there. WHAT THE FUCK. That doesn’t happen often, kids. I can honestly say that.
Oh yeah. And after 21st, they just casually released a fucking trilogy of albums in the space of one year like it mean fucking nothing. But we are used to Green Day doing weird, amazing and unheard of shit like that now, so it doesn’t surprise us in the least.
TURNED AWAY FROM THEIR FANS JUST TO CONTINUE TO DO THE THINGS THEY LOVE. OPENED PUNK MUSIC UP TO MORE THAN ONE GENERATION. REINVENTED PUNK T W I C E. CAN YOU STILL HONESTLY SAY THAT THEY ARE NOT WORTHY????
AND, THROUGH ALL OF THIS, JUST REMEMBER EACH ONE OF THE BOYS HAVE BEEN THROUGH DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS, AND THEY HAVE ALL STARTED FAMILIES ALONG THEIR (sometimes rocky as fuck) PATH. NOT TO MENTION ALL OF THE SHIT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW WITH JASON WHITE AND MIKE’S WIFE BRITT, BOTH RECOVERING FROM CANCER.
GREEN DAY DESERVE THE INDUCTION MORE THAN ANYONE.
So, all you fucking assholes out there. Don’t you dare for a second say that Green Day don’t deserve that induction. You probably wouldn’t have survived the lives the boys have led, so shut up. I know my shit, and I will fight you.