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Green Day

Green Day

Green Day brought punk rock crashing into the mainstream, after nearly two decades spent exiled to the fringes of the very pop culture establishment it was meant to disrupt and destroy. Indeed, one could safely say that the punk rock intelligentsia responsible for nurturing the movement from day one has never forgiven Green Day for this crime. But, for Green Day, which was formed in 1986, near Oakland, California by vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt (later joined by drummer Tre Cool), their fundamental dream of playing music was never that complicated or calculated. By the turn of the decade they’d signed with independent Lookout! Records and proceeded to released a spate of albums and EPs which slowly grew their following and led to a major deal with Reprise for the release of 1994’s breakthrough smash, ‘Dookie,’ which has since sold an estimated 20 million copies. Coming just a few months after the universal bummer of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Green Day’s comparatively upbeat power chord punk anthems connected with a slew of orphaned alternative rock kids, who obviously took the still rather negative lyrics behind hit singles like ‘Basket Case’ and ‘Longview’ with a hefty grain of salt. This formula continued to serve Green Day well over subsequent, multi-million sellers like ‘Insomniac’ (1995), ‘Nimrod’ (1997) and ‘Warning’ (2000), but no one expected 2004’s full-fledged rock opera, ‘American Idiot,’ to rocket the group almost all the way back to the dizzy heights of ‘Dookie.’ With its 15 million copies sold thus far, the album even spawned a Broadway production and, more recently, appears to be bound for a major motion picture. Meanwhile, 2009’s similarly ambitious ‘21st Century Breakdown’ brought the band back down to earth, somewhat; and a few years later, leader Billie Joe would land in rehab after a baffling on-stage meltdown — possibly explained by the stress of preparing 2012’s three-album extravaganza ‘¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tré!’ — a bona fide pop punk trilogy that in many ways served to celebrate Green Day’s amazing career and consistent success.

  • Selected Discography: ‘Dookie’ (1994), ‘Insomniac’ (1995), ’American idiot’ (2004)
  • Related Artists: Pinhead Gunpowder, The Frustrators, The Network, Rancid
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Hard Rock Smackdowns
 
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Green Day Albums Ranked

How would you rank the albums of Green Day's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career? See how we rank them from weakest to strongest here.

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YouTube

Billie Joe Armstrong + Joan Jett Rock ‘Geezer’ Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival

Billie Joe Armstrong welcomed Joan Jett for his post 'Geezer' premiere performance at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Warner Bros.

Green Day Tease Return to Studio With New Video

Green Day are back in a studio working on new music and Billie Joe Armstrong offers you a brief video tour.

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Reprise Records

22 Years Ago: Green Day Bring Punk Rock to the Masses With ‘Dookie’

On Feb. 1, 1994, Green Day saw their popularity skyrocket with the release of their 'Dookie' album.

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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Responds to High School Canceling Production of ‘American Idiot’

One high school production of 'American Idiot' has been shut down, leading to Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sending an open letter.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Green Day Release New Song ‘Xmas Time of the Year,’ Launch Coffee Company

Green Day have released an original Christmas song, 'Xmas Time of the Year' and two members have just started their own coffee company.

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire / Shane Wenzlick, Getty Images / Mike Coppola, Getty Images

NFL Butt Fumbles Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show: What About Metallica or Even Green Day?

In a questionable football decision, the NFL has decided to tap Coldplay as the halftime act for Super Bowl 50 instead of a Bay Area act like Metallica or Green Day.

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Green Day Give Fans Look at ‘American Idiot’ History With ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’ Film

Green Day's 'Heart Like a Hand Grenade' documentary, chronicling the making of 'American Idiot,' just screened in theaters. Get our recap here.

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Warner Bros.

Green Day Reveal ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’ Theatrical Screenings + Release Date

When and where can you see Green Day's 'Heart Like a Hand Grenade' documentary? Get the theatrical screening and release date info here.

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Green Day Unveil Trailer for ‘Heart Like a Hand Grenade’ Documentary

Get a look at the trailer for the upcoming 'Heart Like a Hand Grenade' film documenting the creation of Green Day's 'American Idiot' album.

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