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How has your relationship to Green Day evolved?
Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:47 PM
How has your relationship to the band been? Have you always felt the same way about them, or has it changed over time?
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:58 PM
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:06 PM
At first I was more of an American Idiot fan. I heard many people saying Going to Pasalacqua was epic so I listened to it. I thought it was weird as hell and wasn't sure if I liked it, at first I didn't. Then I started listening to all their pre-AI stuff, but it actually wasn't a good moment because I was very ill with fever for a week. I ended up kinda feeling that 'old' Green Day wasn't the Green Day I knew, it was a very very weird feeling. Probably I was just a little out of myself because I was very ill. I just started listening again to their AI-21CB stuff and when I was ok again I started listening again to their old stuff. Now I like all their albums, but I kinda prefer the lyrics of their old albums because they are way more relatable. I just can't relate to a single word in AI, because my dad is alive, I don't do drugs, people kinda likes me... I'm too much of a good kid to relate to that. I can relate to most of their 39-Warning and trilogy stuff though. I like AI and 21CB but not that much, specially 21CB because I just don't really mind it.
So yeah, I went from an AI fan to a die-hard fan knowing all their albums and all that. Now I don't even understand why people don't want to even try their old albums. And yeah, I also felt they were like 'mine', they were my little obsession, they were some relaxing time I had alone.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:09 PM
Today? I have a better idea of who I am. I've developed into my own person. I don't need to try and dress like Billie Joe. I can just dress like myself and that's fine. I'm wiser and have experienced more so if something happens to me, I don't need to run home and listen to a Green Day song to help me get through it. I've got myself to get me through it. I guess I don't really feel the emotional attachment to them that I once did. It's more about just strictly listening to the music, and I'll still check out live videos and stuff, but this is about as far as my relationship with them goes these days. I don't think of them as "friends" anymore. I think of them as musicians making music and either I like it or I don't. I no longer have the obsessive feeling toward them. I'm also able to critique them now, whereas before they could do no wrong. But I am perfectly okay with all of this because they had a large hand in making me the person I am today and for that I will always owe something to them.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:23 PM
Since 21st CB, I started really listening to other bands and going to other concerts, collecting other albums, and almost seemed like I had lost that connection I had with the Green Day music. But since they announced the release of the Trilogy, I re-found them and realized the reason I feel in love with the music in the first place.
I also feel like, as a person, I've grown with their music. Each album, to me, represents a stage in life. As you grow, you can relate more and more to different albums. For that reason alone, I think I will always have a strong relationship with Green Day and their music.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:56 PM
i wanna have a english book like this!!!!!!!!
The first Green Day song I ever heard is Poprocks & Coke, thanks to a listening exercise in my English book where you had to complete the lyrics. I liked it, but I didn't go further.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:58 PM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:50 PM
I think that I would like to feel more that way than I do -- and I do to some extent. I don't think that they could do no wrong or anything like that, and I am able to think critically about their work. But I kind of wanted not to like the new albums as much because then I could feel a little more detached. But with the new music, I just feel pulled back in all over again. I'm even posting on GDC when I haven't been here for years!
I guess I don't really feel the emotional attachment to them that I once did. It's more about just strictly listening to the music, and I'll still check out live videos and stuff, but this is about as far as my relationship with them goes these days. I don't think of them as "friends" anymore. I think of them as musicians making music and either I like it or I don't. I no longer have the obsessive feeling toward them. I'm also able to critique them now, whereas before they could do no wrong. But I am perfectly okay with all of this because they had a large hand in making me the person I am today and for that I will always owe something to them.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:56 PM
That seems to be how a lot of Green Day fans feel, and I don't understand it. You will never feel the same way as you did when Dookie came out. For one thing, you weren't that much of a music fan so it came to you by surprise and it also surprised everyone. Dookie brought punk back into the mainstream during that time and they won't be able to do that again. American Idiot was sort of the same way, as it was written during a time in which we were at a critical time in the U.S and it just like Dookie hit people by surprise. Both of those albums came at a time where things were different, and they won't be able to keep reaching that amount of success.
I first heard Green Day when Dookie came out. I wasn't even that big of a music fan at the time, but hearing Green Day just left me so thrilled and happy that I didn't know what to do with myself. It was kind of overwhelming. Then I learned that 39/Smooth and Kerplunk existed, and I was like a 5-year-old on Christmas morning. Then my life changed, and I stopped paying a lot of attention to Green Day during Nimrod and Warning, but I would still sometimes have dreams in which Billie Joe came to visit me, like he was an old friend. Then American Idiot came out, and I was overwhelmed all over again, and have been since, but "my" Green Day felt different: they were so much more a part of the mainstream and had promotions that I couldn't relate to. They felt less mine. I still love them, but I will never feel the same way about them as I did in 1994.
How has your relationship to the band been? Have you always felt the same way about them, or has it changed over time?
But my relationship with them is a short one. I was 11 when AI came out, but I really didn't start getting into music until I was 13-14 so i missed out. I became a fan when I heard 21 Guns. I really didn't love the song all that much but I loved the sound so I decided to check their old music out. I did that and started to love their music. Fast forward to now, Uno is the first GD album in which I could anticipate and I liked it a lot except for two songs. Although I've had a short relationship with them, I don't see it changing much. I wished I could've enjoyed Dookie and AI at the time, but as long as they're putting out music, I'll be okay. My one and only Green Day wish though would be for them to put out an album that matches the success of Dookie or AI. To put out three classics in three different decades would be awesome!
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:58 PM
So I guess my relationship hasn't really evolved much since I started listening to them back when I was little. I'm not a huge fan of change. I'll rewatch the same shows and movies, reread the same books and listen to the same music without getting bored of it. Such is the case with Green Day. I never force myself to like something because Green Day made it, I just end up always loving what they make. I don't know why and I don't really care, I've found myself a special band that will always hold a place in my heart so why question it?
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:09 PM
I think that I would like to feel more that way than I do -- and I do to some extent. I don't think that they could do no wrong or anything like that, and I am able to think critically about their work. But I kind of wanted not to like the new albums as much because then I could feel a little more detached. But with the new music, I just feel pulled back in all over again. I'm even posting on GDC when I haven't been here for years! http://www.greendaycommunity.org/public/...
I've never even posted on this board before signing up earlier this month! I think if you take a strong interest in something at some point in your life, there are always parts of that connection that will stick with you no matter what. Although my attitude toward the band has become a bit more casual and detached, I still consider myself a fan and they were a big part of my life so I'm always game for talking about them. It's kind of like if you were to grow up worshiping your local sports team but then you move out of state. Your life changes and your interests change, and now you have a new local team, but there is always that part of you that will want to follow what your old team is up to. And the thought of going to the games and watching games on TV, etc... bring back fond memories and positive vibes...it just sticks with you.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:31 PM
But other than that I don't think my relationship to them has changed much really, I've always just really liked their music and reading/watching stuff about them and getting excited when they release new music or do cool things, and still do.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 04:34 PM
I do listen to lots of different music, but find myself getting bored and always come back to Green Day, I think American Idiot is the best album I have ever heard, I love all the songs on it, obviously I am listening to Uno! virtually non-stop since it came out, and I think the whole trilogy will be brilliant, but I think given another 30 years, American Idiot will stand the test of time, and be up there with the other masterpieces from the last few decades.
In my eyes, they are the 'Last Band Standing', and I hope they go on to write many more brilliant records.
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:00 PM
Then in summer 2004, I was watching MTV a lot, trying to discover new music to fill up my CD tower with. One day I saw "American Idiot" and noticed it was by Green Day - my favorite singer's favorite band!! I fell in love with that video and song. Every single time it came on TV, I would turn it up really loud and just soak it in. I LOVED that song and it never got old (even to this day). Then Boulevard Of Broken Dreams came out, and I loved it even more, but in a more emotionally moving kind of way. I loved their music and really wanted to get to know this incredible band. I remember that winter, literally every person in my high school math class (including my teacher!) was going to the Green Day concert - everyone except me I was so sad that I didn't find out about it until it was too late.
In March or April 2005, my dad finally bought me American Idiot. By then I wasn't as interested - I didn't like the new video for Holiday for some reason. I listened to the CD.... and hated it. It was really different from what I was used to, and hearing that much swearing and references to drugs kind of freaked me out or something, I don't know. I stopped it in the middle of Homecoming. Then, in summer that year, my dad convinced me to listen to the CD again, to see if I'd like it better this time. After persuading me, I finally did.... and I loved it! It was like the best music I had ever heard. So I listened to it again. And then one more time. My love for Green Day truly began that day. I became obsessed.
I spent the next year collecting all of their music, and grew to really love all of their different styles and lyrical themes. They seemed so real and relatable, but different too. They seemed like a band that could really change my life. For the first few years, I was just obsessed and wanted to learn everything I could about them. They didn't feel like my band or anything - eveyone liked them, so it felt more like I was fitting in my happening to love the most popular rock band in the world. They made me feel like I belonged in a way, but I also felt that my obsession with them also made me unique - no one else knew them as well as I did. And no one loved them as much as I did. They felt like someone everyone likes, but only I really understood. Or something.
Around 2007-2008 I kind of lost interest a tiny bit. I was listening to other bands. But after FBHT I started feeling intrigued by them again, and by the time 21st Century Breakdown was released, they were my absolute favorite band again. But this time they felt more like they belonged to me in a way - I'm not sure why. This is when I first saw them live too - in Seattle at their first tour stop, and in 2010 at their final North American show in California (I flew down there just for them). My crazy loyalty and obsession really blossomed at this time - I flew to California in 2009 to see their musical, flew there again the next year for their final concert, then flew all the way to NYC (the first time I'd been to the East Coast!!) to see St. Billie on Broadway. I suddenly had a dozen Green Day shirts. I was really wearing my love for Green Day on my sleeve, and was following them around the country (with the very little money I earned from working at a grocery store part time when not in college classes) because they somehow seemed that important to me.
Now, I feel like I love Green Day more than I ever have before. And they seem more special to me now - having seen them live, and with them not being the "popular" band right now, I feel more like I'm part of an exclusive group of people who really love Green Day. And now with Billie getting the help that he is, he feels more like a dear family member. Green Day has been such an important part of my life the last 7 years, and they have really defined who I am as a person. They shaped my taste in music in a lot of ways, and made me more comfortable in who I am. Nothing will ever replace the magic that American Idiot held for me, but I think part of that has to do with nostalgia, and a gratefulness for being able to discover the best band in the world. How I feel about Green Day changes over time, and I think now they feel closest to me - like family almost - and they will always have a special place in my heart. They have been my favorite band for a long time, and my love for them has only grown.
Plus, being able to share this special love of the wonderful band here on GDC has been invaluable! Being able to talk about them, share our different opinions about them/the songs/the albums, etc - this has been a wonderful experience that has added to my love of Green Day. I've only *really* been posting here for a few months, but already this feels like a bigger GD family.
p.s. Look how much Green Day inspires me - I wrote a freaking novel, haha!
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:26 PM
There was only 1 person that told me it was a phase, but it fucking wasn't. Because every time people say something I don't like about them, is like I turned into a positive thing that makes me love them even more. Throughout my life there has been plenty of stuff I just stopped liking -not hating-, but this band isn't one of them. I don't know how to explain it... but they're always surprising me. And the music never ever gets old or boring, I'm always like re-discovering the songs.
And they keep me busy! With Green Day's music on my side I never feel alone or start thinking useless bullshit that doesn't worth my tears.
They make me happy. ♥
Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:40 PM
Well, I can't exactly remember who it was that officially showed me Green Day, but I remember in 7th grade that I rented "American Idiot" from the public library and listened it to it NON-STOP for the whole two weeks that I had it! I honestly couldn't get enough of it! And I remember one of my close friends at the time really loved Green Day, well at least old Green Day and she burned me a copy of "International Superhits." Listening to their old stuff just made me love Green Day even more! I remember buying all the albums I could get my hands on! I really did become obsessed during 7th and 8th grade.
But then I hit high school. It's not that I didn't like Green Day music anymore, but I just kinda wasn't as super into them as I used to be. However, randomly, I somehow overlooked the fact that Green Day had two more albums prior to Dookie, and I bought them at a local cd store where I live during the summer of my freshman year in high school. And I remember thinking that 39/smooth was the best album ever! It's still a contender for my favorite Green Day album. So, during that summer I again got into Green Day, and then it kind of wore off again. And even when 21st Century Breakdown came out, I of course bought the album as fast as I could, but I didn't quite enjoy that album as much as I enjoyed their others one. However, I must say one of the best nights of my life, was seeing Green Day live in 2010. Like I can't even begin to describe in words, how amazing it was. I have watched countless of youtube videos of their performances live, but nothing compares to being there in person. And they DO NOT disappoint. That was actually the first concert I had ever been to, and I highly doubt that any other band could top that...not that I would want to see another band anyway And as memorable as that concert was, I still didn't get back into my Green Day obsession...
However, let's roll in UNO. Bam! I came back! Seeing Green Day all over the place, just snapped back my love for them. Like when I am driving to school, I just shuffle my Green Day albums. That's all I want to listen to now-a-days. Maybe it was because this albums kind of goes back to their old Green Day roots that made me fall in love with this album and them all over again...I'm really not sure! And it's nice to re listen to the albums I have listened to in a while, because it seems like new music (:
I am so glad I have gotten back into my Green Day ways, because honestly, listening to their music just put me in a happy mood! This band has a way with music. The lyrics, the guitar riffs, the bass rhythms, and the pounding drums gives me a love for music that I didn't think I could have. And like I feel something when Billie's singing. (Not to sound too mushy or cliche) But, granted, I like listening to pop radio, but the lyrics are hollow. Like I don't feel the same emotion and connection as I do when Billie's singing. I could honestly write hours and hours about Green Day, but I think I'll conclude here.
My relationship with Green Day has seemed to rock back and forth, but honestly, it's as strong as ever now. And I can't say how genuinely happy I am now. Maybe that's what I have been missing these last few years...gotta end on a sappy note (;
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 06:42 PM
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Absolutely obsessed. Collected volumes of Green Day photos/videos. I had folders organized by era. Bought every single magazine they were on the cover, Bought lots of t-shirts, tote bags, etc that were Green Day or Adeline. On GDC constantly. My parents noticed and argued with me because I never wanted to do anything with them. Lol.
I've gone through 2 computers since then..don't care for saving every single photo of them, nor saving old interview videos, etc. All of those Green Day t-shirts are in a bag in my parent's attic. I've been meaning to put them on E-bay. Someday. I don't have any current GD tshirt that I wear. How sad! I tried buying the one at Hot Topic but they didn't have my size. I have other music interests and so I don't listen to them constantly as I used to. I'm on GDC frequently, but not as much as I used to be. I quite enjoy their instagram shenanigans.
So basically, my "obsession" has lessened...probably due to college and now full-time job. So my days are busier. I will always love them and they will always be my favorite band. I've never been more "involved" with any other band than I have with Green Day ♥
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