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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:13 PM

Bringin' it back—does anyone have any idea what kind of theme Billie could possibly have been trying to convey with the "red lights flash" line throughout the Trilogy? (And on the "That's All Right" cover, for that matter.)

You're supposed to 'stop when the red lights (traffic lights) flash' (not that traffic lights flash) coz it's the law, but by saying DON'T stop when the red lights flash, he's telling you to go all crazy and be reckless, in line with the theme of dos.

 

 

 

And yes, I did just pull that out of my arse!


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:17 PM

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You're supposed to 'stop when the red lights (traffic lights) flash' (not that traffic lights flash) coz it's the law, but by saying DON'T stop when the red lights flash, he's telling you to go all crazy and be reckless, in line with the theme of dos.

 

 

 

And yes, I did just pull that out of my arse!

I just had a mental image of Billie as a driving instructor, and the student slows down to stop for a red light but Billie goes "LET'S... GO... FUCKING... CRAZY!!!" and forces the student to floor it through the lights.

 

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:18 PM

I just had a mental image of Billie as a driving instructor, and the student slows down to stop for a red light but Billie goes "LET'S... GO... FUCKING... CRAZY!!!" and forces the student to floor it through the lights.

 

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:19 PM

I think I just wrote Green Day's next music video.


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:22 PM

I think I just wrote Green Day's next music video.

I'm just picturing the music for SWTRLF cutting in as the car screeches through the intersection and narrowly avoids being totaled by a semi. I think we need to do this.


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:23 PM

I'm just picturing the music for SWTRLF cutting in as the car screeches through the intersection and narrowly avoids being totaled by a semi. I think we need to do this.

Didn't that already basically happen?

 



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 06:24 PM

Didn't that already basically happen?

We'll do it better. :P Can Ceadog be the one driving the semi? I can totally see him playing a drunken belligerent trucker. :P


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Posted 23 February 2014 - 08:04 PM

Well the truck that nearly ran Billie over in the Walking Contradiction music video didn't stop when the red lights flashed anyway!



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Posted 23 February 2014 - 08:43 PM

Bringin' it backdoes anyone have any idea what kind of theme Billie could possibly have been trying to convey with the "red lights flash" line throughout the Trilogy? (And on the "That's All Right" cover, for that matter.)


I think it has something to do with midlife crisis.

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 08:56 PM

The only Green Day lyrics that bothers me is the "Juliana Homicide" in "Dirty Rotten Bastards".  I don't understand it.  At all.


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:45 PM

I still don't know what the FUCK Last Ride In is about :P no but seriously I love the song Misery but I still haven't a clue what it's about.

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:47 PM

I still don't know what the FUCK Last Ride In is about :P no but seriously I love the song Misery but I still haven't a clue what it's about.

This from GSB sums it up pretty well:

 

 

"Watching Disney movies will change you. A tune like Misery sounds like it could have come straight out of Aladdin." - Billie Joe Armstrong.

 

In Misery the author is proving his point by using examples - he describes several situations with different people whose actions and decisions led them to the state of misery. This is an ode to consequences that shows what can happen when you do something that you know is wrong. And when it's too late to change anything, all you can do is "get high when you're low", but this obviously won't make you happier. So, instead of regretting your mistakes and drowning your sorrow in intoxication, why not think of what you're doing before you make your mistakes? "It's not what you make, it's what you leave". Things that give you momentary satisfaction might screw you up in the long run, and that's what matters - they're not worth the misery.


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:49 PM

This from GSB sums it up pretty well:
 

that really puts the song in a different perspective for me, thanks!
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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:51 PM

The only Green Day lyrics that bothers me is the "Juliana Homicide" in "Dirty Rotten Bastards".  I don't understand it.  At all.

I could be way off here, but I've always believed Julianna to be the personification of a concept. Not a concrete character, if you will. Kind of like Christian and Gloria. And obviously homicide is murder, so the phrase Julianna homicide could refer to the intentional destruction of a concept. Moreover, Julianna was a character, played by Michelle Forbes, in the TV show Homicide: Life On The Street, which ran from 1993-1999.


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:52 PM

Not a Green Day song but a version of Chocolate Rain by Tre Cool that leaves my thinking, WTF... 


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:54 PM

I just had a mental image of Billie as a driving instructor, and the student slows down to stop for a red light but Billie goes "LET'S... GO... FUCKING... CRAZY!!!" and forces the student to floor it through the lights.

 

:mellow:

That's how I want to learn! :lol:


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:55 PM

That's how I want to learn! :lol:

Pretty sure that's how I did learn. I hit a pot hole and literally bent one of the wheels in half about five lessons in.


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 09:57 PM

Pretty sure that's how I did learn. I hit a pot hole and literally bent one of the wheels in half about five lessons in.

The worst I've done is run over a curb.



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:00 PM

The worst I've done is run over a curb.

I went in the ditch once—came within inches of hitting a sign, and hurt my foot trying to brake. Drove right back out and picked up my dad, and no one ever knew. :P Took a break from listening to Halestorm in the car for awhile, though. :P



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Posted 24 February 2014 - 10:04 PM

The only Green Day lyrics that bothers me is the "Juliana Homicide" in "Dirty Rotten Bastards".  I don't understand it.  At all.

Juliana Homicide is a personification of blazing self-destruction, and characterizing it as a girl he wants shows the seduction of that sort of self-sabotage and the flirtation with it (whether to fall into it or not).

"California’s burning to the ground

And Julianna walks on holy ground" - To me these lines represent how a crazy destructive bender and allowing the loss of control can appear so glamorous and draw us in at the time. And when you act crazy like that, at the time you feel indestructible. You don't look around at all the damage caused, the fire, you are immortal. Until you wake up the next day, I guess.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:26 AM

You're supposed to 'stop when the red lights (traffic lights) flash' (not that traffic lights flash) coz it's the law, but by saying DON'T stop when the red lights flash, he's telling you to go all crazy and be reckless, in line with the theme of dos.

 

 

 

And yes, I did just pull that out of my arse!

Totally! And there's times where he says to stop as well as times he says to not stop. I think it's the whole struggling with temptation thing, do you stop at the red light or go ahead and give in to the temptation of sex, drink, drugs, partying etc. What happens when you struggle to resist it and when you give in. Plus red lights are associated with seedy sex (red light districts etc) which fits with the theme of Dos as well.


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