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So tomorrow it will be two weeks since my first Green Day show. I know I sound like a teenager that just got a new girlfriend, but to me I want to just give my thoughts about the show cause I never did.

First off, I got there at 7:30 in morning and my place in line did not coincide with where I ended up at the end of the concert. I was 15 people back from the first person in line and even though the line didn't have any meaning, it still should tell people that whoever got there earliest got better place in the show. It was in front of the Marquee where I walked around in the heat with my girlfriend and battled the impatient people arriving later in the day.

Honestly, there are a lot of selfish jerks of Green Day fans, and the people I met (all you lovelies here on GDC) were great, but that doesn't let go of the fact the people that aren't on GDC are total assholes and are only trying to get what they want. There was this one guy (not going to give out names incase you know him) but he decided once the manager came out to move the line in the morning, that he could just stay in his spot since thats where the manager said to start the line. I was utterly blown away that someone would do that. Like come one, be fucking courteous to others, especially the ones that got here before you.

Me and my girlfriend waited in line all day just like everyone else, and we were only waiting in line to hold a spot for my dad who was at work only a couple miles from the Marquee, and only because we found out Idiot Nation ticket holders were allowed early access. Once about 5 o'clock hit, all hell broke loose. This is where I encounter another asshole move. We sat in line for a reason, we were all friendly in line and we all were going to the same place, but the ones that got there before anyone else deserved to be in the venue before others, that why they waited in a line. You dont just go straight to the front of the IN line and screw over the ones that were waiting in line. Goddamn. (There were a lot of things I found very un-civi that day).

Next was waiting in the IN line. First there was speculation that we would be let in a 6:00, considering the EARLY access. No, that simply meant we go in before everyone. Now I didn't have a problem with this, I knew that it would all be worth it in the end, but the space in that line was very limited and it was like I was already experiencing the crowd of the show before the opening act even went on, it was horrific.

After the hell of a line, we finally got into the venue, and my girlfriend and I both jetted for the stage, just like everyone else. We were touching the barricade. Then, we both took turns going to the bathroom and getting our merchandise (just like we do for every show we go to), that way we dont lose our space in the crowd. With limited merchandise, as to the merchandise sold at the arena shows so far, I chose the Red Comic Book like shirt, and only cause it said UNO, DOS and TRE and had the show dates. One thing I want to make clear is that everyone thinks the 99 Revolutions Tour started in Illinois, but no, it started in Pomona because the Pomona, CA date is on the T-Shirts. Anyway, I got back to the crowd and had the same spot, and then I started thinking about comfortability, was I comfortable? No, was simply the answer because I realized my red Vans that I wear to every concert were lacking the sole at the bottom because they have been worn out. So standing sucked, and also the fact that I was standing on the barricade stand, where all those bars are on the floor to support the damn thing.

Im looking at the stage and none of the bands equipment is easily visible. The only thing visible of the band was the band themselves as I saw Mike walk through the backstage door a couple times, and Billie once. The opening act couldn't care less if the crowd saw them, they walked in and out and everywhere. It wasn't till they came onstage and started listening to the music that I really respected the lead singer. For all you that saw The Stitches, the lead singers energy is insane, and it took me back to before I was even born in the 80's style punk. Even though I could hardly understand a word that was coming out of his mouth, I still liked them. After they went off, lights were back on and the radio was playing. Now this is where I was starting to get excited. Once Bohemian Rhapsody quietly played, life changed. Everyone was listening because they knew from past shows and the night before in Pomona that that was Green Day's pre-que. Everyone sang and jammed, then Blitzkrieg Bop played. It was all on now. When that final, "Lets Go!" hit, everyone cheered.

Now the moment in between when before Green Day comes onstage, and the moment after is warming, to me at least it was. This was my first time seeing the band in real life. When you listen to their music everyday and watch video's of them talking or playing, you know they're real, but there is still that dream factor, like they dont exist. When I saw Tre walk onstage, all I could do was smile ear-to-ear and think that I was happy. Then Mike walked onstage.

Then the man himself, the man that we have been paying attention to for the last 6 months was nearly 20 feet away from me, putting on his guitar in the shadows. He paced himself onstage and smiled, but it wasn't because he had just sold out a show, he was smiling because he was there, about to play music to the people that love him most. This is where reality hit me. I was there. The man that helped me through the impossible was standing 5-10 feet away from me, looking at us. He stood on the riser, looked at Tre and screamed. Started playing his guitar, and suddenly 99 Revolutions was beautifully played into my ears.

I love that song. The simplicity and honesty of it. How the band incorporated their live ways into the song and made it their own. It is one of my top 10's off of the entire trilogy. I was sadden that they weren't opening with Welcome To Paradise only because of the meaning that song has to me, but 99 Revolutions was just perfect. I was jumping and screaming the lyrics. Once the second verse hit, Billie started singing the first verse again and before he could even finish two words, he "blah'ed" into the microphone and was embarrassed but it was all fine. I sang those lyrics he forgot at the top of my lungs, me and barely 10 fans. The song isn't popular and I was happy that I was of the very few to know the lyrics. By the end of the song, we all were pushed around and hand held out to the ceiling, to the band.

The setlist could of had two more tracks that would have completed my dream Green Day show; X-Kid, and Macy's Day Parade. The luck of them playing Macy's Day Parade was not very high, and the fact that they played X-Kid for the first time just the next show was ironic. But other than that, the show was perfect. It was hot and by the 6th song, Oh Love (which was an awesome performance, made me love the song that much more) me and my girlfriend were pushed back fairly far. But we were still in the vicinity of front row. There were three songs that night that really got to me performance wise though, those songs are: Stay the Night, Coming Clean, and Jesus of Suburbia. I'll start with Stay the Night.

The live performance of Stay the Night is easily better than the recorded. The "Hey Ho, Hey Hey" before the bridge that Billie does is one of the most interesting climax's of a song I have ever heard. Yeah the bridge isn't very original, but the overwhelming feeling you get when Billie's signals the crowd is amazing. The live version was used in the Cuatro trailer, and the climax of the trailer when the title screens displays "Take a look into the lives of the greatest rock n' roll band ever" is what I'm talking about. It makes you feel good inside. That was a beautiful song.

Then what took a lot of people by surprise is Dookie's not-so-famous Coming Clean. That song to me doesn't stand for me coming out of the closet. Where it does relate to being who I am, I find that song relatable in the way that I am who I am. I am not gay, but I am me. The line, "Well mom and dad will never understand." will always be one of my favorite lyrics ever to be played in my ears. The other fact that I was shocked as to how many people knew the lyrics, that taught me how much of an impact that whole record was in 1994-Present. That showed me that the crowd didn't just consist of teenage American Idiot lovers, but the old Dookie fans and even 39/Smooth fans through Going to Pasalaqua.

I forgot which song it happened, but Billie decided it was a good idea to through his guitar pick he had been playing with all night. That guitar pick is now in my possession. He threw it towards us, and it went through so many hands I lost faith in trying to retrieve it. But then both my girlfriend and I bent down to try and find it and she comes up with it out of the crowd and gives it to me as payment for buying her ticket. That was awesome and I am so glad I have memorabilia of Billie Joe's own UNO pick.

It was after Longview that my girlfriend needed to get some fresh air and some water. So the guy standing next to us, kindly ask if we wanted up so we could crowd surf our way to the front to so we could escape. We boosted my girlfriend up and then he signaled me and at first I was not planing on going up but I said to myself, why not. So here I was crowd surfing to Basket Case and honestly I felt on top of the world. It was breathtaking. Splitting up, I decided to squeeze myself back into the crowd, towards the front of Mike's side and enjoyed the final songs of the main set. This is where I heard Billie sing Stand by Me and he did it so well and it was so beautiful. Then they hit with Minority and left the stage. The crowd roared. Everyone was wanting more. Now I didn't think Green Day would leave and come right back, but thats what they did. Billie strummed American Idiot and let the crowd sing the first verse, like he had been doing since the start of the 21st Century Breakdown Tour. Everyone went insane and the crowd yelled every lyric.

Finally, they ended American Idiot and this leads me to my last song impressed by performance. Now, the amount of video's I've watched of this song being played live is unbelievable. I know this song recorded by heart, and live by heart. I know when the Hey Ho's are. Billie said, "This is our last song tonight, this songs called, Jesus of Suburbia." Off went Tre's drum sticks signaling the start of the song. I screamed that song. I apologize to anyone who was near me. That song to me saved my life and if I didn't scream every lyric, I would hate myself for a long time. "Im the son of rage and love, the Jesus of Suburbia." Those lines overwhelmed me. I didn't take in the fact that the show was almost over, I was taking in the fact that the song was starting and less than its 9 minutes from being over, I didn't want it to end.

During I Dont Care, I decided why not crowd surf again? So I asked someone to lift me and I was in the air in no time, crowd surfing to my favorite song. It was special because there was a time in my life I had no care, and no one had a care for me. I was going to do what I wanted to do this time. I crowd surfed. I screamed and I surfed because I simply did not care. I didn't care about life, I only cared that that song was being to me. I was touching distance from Billie, and I skipped/ran out of the security area, I found myself standing on a chair at the very back of the venue, watching. My view was incredible. One of the greatest sights I have ever seen. The crowd and the band. EVERYONE. I smiled, I sang, I took in the moment. When the song slowed down and Billie sang,

I dont feel any shame..." I didn't. That day was my mom's birthday. I never talk to my mom anymore. She is awful to me and everything she's done to me has made me love Green Day that much more. I didn't feel any shame that I was at a Green Day concert on her birthday, I didn't care. I was there, for me. I was happy. That's what Green Day has done to me. They have made me happy. Once they ended with, "You're leaving home." I later realized I already did, and I'm in a better place now. I'm with my dad, I am where I belong. Listening to Green Day.

This is my experience of my first Green Day show. This is my life. This is what I love to do. That show did wonders to me, and I will never forget any memory I have of that time. I love Green Day, I support them, and Billie and everything he went through.

The best part is, mom and dad indeed will NEVER understand.

It has gotten to the point where I look back on recent events and asked myself why it happened in the first place. Dont get me wrong, I like where I am at now, but apart from 4 years ago, things in my life has taken a very effective change. Moving started it. From St. Louis, MO to Phoenix, AZ to Brentwood (Bay Area), CA back to Phoenix, AZ. I ask why? I may never find the answer, but it will be a question always in my life.

As of right now, I am on a goodish path. I have the love of my life, I have my camera, and I have Green Day. Those three things everyday are stepping stones to my future. Granted I could not ever have done it without my dad and grandpa, but now its just me. You see a year ago I wouldnt of even been able to type this. Technology didnt exist in my life a year ago because my mother took it all from me. I sat in my room everyday and listened to music and read books, depressed. I hated my life. Asked if I could even make it to April in the first place. I got there and got what I wanted, to move. But then I started to think about life in general and the purpose of it. Why do we all live? Now that may be the question of the century, but to me it is to experience what is on this earth. And even though the amount of things there are to experience on this earth are unlimited, I think its safe to say I wont be able to do it all. Everyday I aspire to be a filmmaker and change peoples lives, just like my icons, my heroes have done and still are doing. I dont want to do chores at home or go to work or go to school. I want to do what I love.

But who cares about what I want. Who cares about what I want to do or where I will be in 20 years. I post pictures on GDC that express what I see in this world, but as I see it, and whats shown, no one cares. They see a thread but ignore it. I put my emotions into my short film but who cares? I guess thats the question of the century.

I will never stop loving my girlfriend, and as far as I know, neither will she. My love for film or for Green Day will never die because thats what helped me stay alive. Now, I try to graduate and go to college and earn an education through film and to be big. But who cares?

So if you dont check out my photography thread, I basically take pictures (I try once a day) and edit them in black and white and post them. Only for my own enjoyment at home. If you dont check it out, you should go!!

Here is my thread:

http://www.greendaycommunity.org/topic/92498-visions-photography-and-film/#entry5139023

Right here is a photo taken of my Valentines Day present from my girlfriend, Sierra Randall. It is what caught my eye today and I love it so much. Its another thing to add to my Green Day wall.

February 14, 2013.

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I am from Arizona and as of right now I am eagerly waiting for Green Day to announce the new West Coast dates.

Now, the cliffhanger is that I will be in Los Angeles from March 6th to March 10th. Looking at the dates already announced, with the tour starting (as of now) in Chicago on March 28th, I am speculating that they will plan dates in a way that Phoenix (if the schedule a date here) will be in those date of March 6th to March 10th that they come to Phoenix. Looking at their previously announced (cancelled) dates in 2012, the main cities will consist of Seattle, Northern California, Las Vegas, Southern California, Phoenix, and from there. This possibly means that they could schedule a Phoenix show in those dates I will be out of town.

I have already spent a non-refundable $300 on this trip so I kind of have to go. If this happens I will die. I am 17 years of age and have never seen Green Day live. I am not worried about not getting tickets if I can attend because I am a member of the Idiot Club (assuming they allow pre-sales through IC). Goodness, Im freaking out. I just need to vent. But normally when I am freaking out like this, I just over-react too much and in the end its all fine, but I've done the thinking, and I just need to know soon.

Shit.

To Family, Friends, Fans and Punishers.

So its done. The long awaited trio of albums that all of us major fans were eagerly awaiting have come and released. With each one being a favorite to certain people, and those people forming their own opinions about each and every song. All 37 songs.

Think about it, there are bands out there that would die to be able to release three albums, 37 songs within four months. Green Day, with their hardwork and dedication has done that, throughout all the years of weed, possible band splitting, and long touring, they have earned the right to release three new albums.

I was going through a hard time living in a Suburb town in California when I watched the video with Billie releasing that third, pinky finger, to announce the final album in the trilogy was to be called ¡Tré!. It was a time of hardship for me. I was on the possible verge of moving to Arizona because my mom seemed to have no care for me, and my dad was the only one willing to have me in his household. It was sad, sitting in my room, listening to every Green Day song ever released; the one I found helpful being Jesus of Suburbia. I was so excited for this series of albums, it was going to be my first experience of being there as a fan in a fanbase, getting the CD's on the release day. A few weeks later, I moved to Arizona, and my life changed, drastically. I had a sense of freedom. I could be myself for once without anyone judging me. The summer started, and Oh Love was released.

Now starting with Oh Love, I do love this song very very much, I think its a strong song, but not for a first single. Stay the Night, or Nuclear Family were better nominees. But that isnt our desicion, that is Green Day's. That is what they want to release first, then so be it, I will take it. It fits in ¡Uno! as the ending song very well, and I have always loved the fact (thanks to our very own Matt Chinander for pointing it out to me on twitter) that Oh Love's last lyric, and ¡Uno!'s last lyric is "Tonight my heart's on the loose." creating that transition into the party album ¡Dos!.

Kill the DJ came next, and I was at the DMV when I first heard it, and Wake Me Up When Semptember Ends was playing on the radio in the building, which was ironic. I love it. I feel it was a great choice for a single and it showed the audience that Green Day isnt afraid of change. The Clash has always had a place in my heart for their sincere, and almost creepy lyrics, and for my favorite band to adopt those techniques was very welcoming.

Then there is Let Yourself Go. The strongest single of the three off ¡Uno!. I found this song relieving. It was to me the Green Day they used to be, with modern sound. After they released it and played it at the VMA's, it was almost like a sign telling me that this was it, this is the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! era. I saw Billie, Mike, Tré, and Jason, and felt so happy for them and myself that I was a fan of them. That is what that song did to me.

The release of ¡Uno! was not in any way affected by Billie's meltdown. For an album to sell so much and to be number 2 on the Billiboards top album charts was likely to happen anyway, because selling more records than the Mumford & Sons sophomore album was merely impossible. ¡Uno! was promoted very well, and had Billie's meltdown not occured, then that week of shows and television appearance were to be just a congrats week. I believe ¡Uno! to be a very strong album, the songs were chosen perfectly and were placed in just the right places. Yes, Billie's lyrics arent the greatest in that album, but I think that is only because he was going for that pop-punk record he wanted, not the life realization album we would be getting anyway in a couple months. One word I can give to describe ¡Uno! is green. The color of the album cover, it really does feel green. Sick, cold, and down right freightful. That is what the album was to most of us, we were seriously scared for these albums, and ¡Uno! displays that perfectly.

Then Stray Heart was released, and I have to admit, it wasnt the greatest single to release. The music video was not to the level Stray Heart had as a song, and it felt rushed. Great song, yes, it reminds me of Mother Mary of Stop, Drop and Roll!!!. Regardless of the great sound it has, I still believe in my thoughts you have recently read.

¡Dos! was the album I was anticipating the most. Stop When the Red Lights Flash, and Amy were the songs that got me excited. I found Stop When the Red Lights Flash a great title name, and when I listen to the track for the first time, I instatly thought it to be a great fast paced song. I really wish they would have release Stop When the Red Lights Flash as a single because of its extremety, its fast lyrics and dirty sound. I know you all feel Lazy Bones shoulda been. I agree completely, it is a great track and has some of the best back up vocals Green Day has ever performed. But I just feel Stop When the Red Lights Flash would have been more successful to the larger audience. Then Amy hit, and I remember listening to their preview at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa nearly a year before. I fell in love with the words Billie spoke, and I loved just him and his guitar and words. I loved that he was of a very few artist who actually took notice to Amy's death, and I feel that song represents what we all feel when we hear of a suicide. To end off the album, it made me tearful. And just like ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! gives me that "orange" feel to it. Garage, dirty, adventurous, sad.

After the album that grabbed my attention so well, it was time to focus on what was really next for the band. Single's seemed too far out since they only released one for ¡Dos!, which makes me wonder how many they planned on releasing before Billie's meltdown. Anyway, they did decide to put The Forgotten on Breaking Dawn Part 2, which was in a way kind of cool becuase the song fits the mood of the story well, even though the movies sucked. I wish they did more for the promotion of ¡Tré! because I feel it would have sold better. Well, I hope they promote the albums more anyway after the New Year, I really believe the band knew and understood that the promotion was going to be most difficult, traveling, booking shows and photoshoots. I think my favorite part of the whole trilogy was all of us fans getting our shit together and supporting not only Billie, but the band as well and promoting the final two of the three.

Then the tour dates were moved. I was the very first person to recieve tickets for the December 10th show here in Tempe, Arizona. Now, I still do not understand why they couldnt reschedule it like the others, but maybe because that would mean more traveling which the band could not handle. Yes, the cancellation was a shame, because I was ready to see my favorite band of all time, for the first time in such a small, packed venue, but it is all about Billie's health. I hope they schedule a date here too for the same venue, because I would honestly rather see them in a small theatre than a stadium. I want front row dammit.

Even though the announcement to cancel the date, the news that ¡Tré! was to release sooner was absolutely glorious. This is where we also started hearing rumors of ¡Quatro! and when we would see it. I believe that was the best idea, to show an hour long clip of that documentary to worldwide Television, so that people could see what they have went through and what they have done. I feel the process of putting the documentary together was indeed affected by Billie's meltdown, because it gave ¡Quatro! that more serious mood is should have. Then I heard X-Kid from one of the previews. I was one of the fans that played that one long minute clip on YouTube because I could not get enough. I would hum the lyrics in class, and when I listened to it, I would sing along like the lyrics fell into my mind. I was then more than excited for the release of ¡Tré! and what it had to offer.

Then the week before release date hit, and the album leaked, like every other album, I decided I could not wait any longer. After I found out I was not able to get the album on December 11th, I downloaded it and decided to buy it the following the weekend of its release date. I listed through, and yet again X-Kid played, and I sang along to the lyrics until I could no more. Now, you know when a song becomes one of your instant favorites, because you get really emotional about it and right there you can think about how the song can relate to you. That was X-Kid for me. I feel that song is one of Green Day's best in their catalogue, and everytime I hear it, I think about what it means to me. For the other songs, they blew me away. ¡Tré! is easily the best and most worked on album in the whole trilogy, not just by the added strings, but the overall sound, I think Green Day experimented with a lot of that work and was extremely happy with the outcome. Some notible songs: Brutal Love, Missing You, 8th Avenue Serenade, X-Kid, Sex, Drugs, and Violence, Dirty Rotten Bastards, 99 Revolutions, and the finale, The Forgotten.

There are a couple songs that urk me. Amanda. I feel with Amanada (the person) being such an influence on Billie Joe and Green Day's music, that they would have a longer, more indepth description about who she was, what she did, but with imagry and diction. I feel it should of had that Jesus of Suburbia, Homecoming feel that left people on the edge of their seat, knowing exactly how Billie felt about her. It is merely my opinion, and if anyone disagrees, well then that is your opinion too. Also, as much as I loved hearing The Forgotten sooner, I feel it really ruined the epicness, and ending to the whole trilogy. That is what I dislike about singles, just like ¡Uno!, I listened to Oh Love and it spoiled what the album really means to me.

Overall, the trilogy was only a success to Green Day fans. Obviously it could use more promotion, but that cannot be done until later. I feel the trilogy was some of Green Day's best work, and only they could have pulled off creating 37 songs for 4 months.

When listening to it all, I feel I am really listening to Billie's diary and what he thinks about on a daily basis. I think that is what many artist try to capture in their music, and Billie has done that well. Not many other albums, other than Dookie, Nimrod, and American Idiot, have I felt more close to the music I am listening to. It is a great feeling, to be able to relate and know what Billie was thinking at the time the writing process was occuring. It is like Mike said, "You are really going to know where Green Day was at that period of time." I sure do, hell. They decided to go to hell and back for themselves and us. They are Green Day, and they make all of us feel alive. They take chances, and they teach us to take them. How to live life, and what is fucked up in today's society. That is what this trilogy has taught me.

And one more thing, you're never too old to crash and burn.

Yours truly,

Austin Murrell.

So for my first blog entry I am going to put out my reviews of Green Day's newest trilogy release, "¡Dos!".

First I have to say that my thoughts on the album are pretty biased only because I love Green Day but also because when I heard that this album was going to have roots of "Stop, Drop, and Roll!!!" I immediately have feelings that it was going to be my favorite album off the trilogy.

Also, last year when Green Day arrived at the Tiki Bar and "Amy" was leaked to the internet, I instantly fell in love with the song.

See You Tonight:

This song reminds me a lot of The Beatles. With John Lennon's slow upbeat lyrics and the high back up vocals, I think it was perfect for the start of the album. No one liked Song of the Century as the beginning to 21st Century Breakdown only because no one found a point in it. Everyone assumed the title track started the album like American Idiot and Warning. I find the lyrics very because of the very first lyric, "Maybe I'll see you tonight." Months ago when the Green Day fan base was introduced to the idea of ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre!, Billie mentioned how ¡Uno! was the beginning of a party, ¡Dos! is the party, and ¡Tre! is the hangover/reflection. Think about the last line in ¡Uno!, "Tonight my heart is on the loose."

Fuck Time:

I waited a very long time to hear this song. I never listened to the Foxboro Hottubs version because I was always too lazy, but when I heard it was becoming a Green Day song, I decided that waiting another couple months wasn't so bad. Its, well, what it appears to be. I love Billie and his screams and shouts in the song. Other than that, great choice to really get ¡Dos! started.

Stop When The Red Lights Flash:

I had a feeling I was going to like this song when I heard about it. People say don't judge a book by its cover. Well, that was this song for me. I saw the title and thought it was a great song title. When I heard it in the line of Oh Love I became confused because Billie is telling to not stop when the red lights flash, but this song tells us that we need to. So I realized it is simply part of the song and in no way relate to each other. The relate to their own album and song and that's that. I love the hard lyrics and it seems to me the song is throwing a fuck you in your face.

Lazy Bones:

Wow. Second favorite song on the album. The first time I heard this me and my girlfriend were jamming to the song above in the truck and then this came on. We weren't impressed at first but when the chorus came and the back up vocals were cued, I was blown away. I have to admit that the back up vocals are probably the best back up vocals I have ever heard. The meaning of the song also relates a lot to my life and the sound of the guitar and the pumping of Tre's drums makes the song that much better. I also love the break in the middle making you think the song is over but then it just hammers out into the back up vocals, again.

Wild One:

The lyrics remind me of She. Considering the first lines of each verse are the exact same as the lines of the first verses in She. I guess its okay to that. I love the meaning of the song and it also has that Last of the American Girls feeling. Like Billie is telling us about this girl who is exotic and abnormal. Great song.

Makeout Party:

I think this is the fast paced song Green Day needed. I cant even catch up with reading the lyrics he sings so fast. Like a St. Jimmy or Platypus (I Hate You).The lyrics are again exceptional and the meaning of the song really makes me want to have a makeout party. Weird......

Stray Heart:

Andres said he loved this song as the single of ¡Dos!. I concur. You listen to the album and there aren't many songs that are radio friendly and radio worth it. They all have that album vibe that can only be on an album. I think this is a well put together song and really can relate to a lot of people. The downside, the music video. Sucked. I hated it. It was cheesy and even though it made sense I hate that little heart running around. Its annoying and I think the meaning of the song could have been portrayed a lot better.

Ashley:

This song was nothing like I expected, but I should say that for all the songs. I really sought this song to be slow and upbeat, kinda of like a Foxboro version of Sweet 16. Its good non-the-less, just unexpected.

Baby Eyes:

This song is bad ass. It sounds like it could be about Billie's kids, but I can be totally wrong sometimes.

Lady Cobra:

I have a feeling this song is about drugs when Billie says "I don't want a suicide, I don't want this to end" meaning he's addicted to the drug and he doesn't want to overdose, but he doesn't want the high to end. Such a great song and I like the whole song about a girl that they featured in the following song, Nightlife.

Nightlife:

This song is....... Green Day I guess. I can see why not. I love the creepy-ness of the song. It really does sound like a night life in downtown Oakland and New York. Lady Cobra was a odd addition. I like the meaning of the song but I also look at it as, what are they going to do when they want to play it live? Its so bizarre. It fits the album in style but the hip hop genre is different. Still biased though, I like it.

Wow! That's Loud:

I think we all had a feeling this song would be about loud music, but instead is about a smoking hot woman. I like the analogy and the the chorus is great. I love the guitar in the song and the ending is very unpredictable and long, great though.

Amy:

Amy is the best song of the album. No doubt about it. It is everything I was envisioning Amy to be. Just Billie and his guitar. The sound of the guitar threw me off a bit, but still works. For an album ending song, it is one of the best choices for an album ending song for Green Day since Dookie. Every emotion is in this song. This song describes how each one of us feels after a suicide/death. That we wish they could be alive for a few more seconds so we can introduce ourselves and tell them we care. Billie made one of the best desicions in his career by writing this song and to tribute to such a mysterious artist, it makes it all the better. The lyrics are by far the best on the album. He describes her life in the verses, tells her we care in the chorus. I have gained respect for Amy Winehouse and I too wish she were here on this planet still. I feel that's every band members objective. To reveal the real world, and what we have to live for. Billie wanted to show everyone that it wasn't a joke, and that we should all really be there for each other.

This album is everything I hoped it to be and more. It is now my third favorite album and may make it up to second in front of Warning and behind American Idiot. It is that good and I can't wait to hear the reflection, ¡Tre!.

-Austin.

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