when i was about 9 a friend of mine (3 years older) came to the beach with her CDplayer and the International Superhits album... she told me that her biggest dream was to became a journalist and interview BJ and his guitar, i never heard about green day so i forced myself to listen to the entire album not to make her feel offended, while i was thinking 'omg, these song are all the same, it's a torture!!' ^^'
about 5 years later i happened to see the program '10 of the best green day videos' on mtv and... i totally fell in love!! during those years i started to care about music and learnt enough english to understand the words of the songs... i just thougth 'hell, these guys are amazing, i wanna hear more from them'... when i was about 13 i bougth both American Idiot and the infamous Interational Superhits =)
now i have almost their entire discography =D
My earliest memories include sitting in the backseat of the car listening to the radio and hearing Good Riddance. For some reason I thought it was the same band that did the Friends theme song (The Rememberandts?). One memory in particular stands out. It was night time and my parents went to to Taco Bell and we were eating in the car when the song came on. I was only like 5 at the time.
Didn't really hear anything else from Green Day until around 2003 when I heard Avril Lavigne cover Basket Case (I was a fan of hers, don't judge me) and decided to listen to the original and thought it was meh...
Then American Idiot happened and I became obsessed.
i understand... i first approached punk music at the age of 12 because i was a fan of avril... we don't have to be ashamed, we were just young and naive =)