I keep thinking about the two separate topics we seem to be focusing on (Green Day not being seen as a 90s band and Billie Joe’s behaviour prior to rehab) and something just dawned on me that made me feel a bit sick.
I forget who it was but someone added commentary to @gstringofsuburbia’s post explaining the different attitudes towards Green Day from millenials vs the generation before us, and how over the span of their career they’ve gone from playing primarily to their own peers to playing to their children’s generation.
People are always talking about how we, as a generation, experience mental illness more severely and in greater numbers than other generations. It’s really common for us to talk openly and freely about our experiences with things like mood disorders, panic disorders etc. whereas our parents are more likely to see those things as something shameful, and it made me realise that perhaps this change in their target demographic was what turned things around.
I don’t know, I mean maybe I’m reaching a bit here but you guys are pointing out more and more instances in Green Day lyrics where Beej talks about some genuinely troubling and concerning things and clearly, our parents generation brushed those things off as just ‘edgy punk rock aesthetic’