Sometimes when I'm listening to a song, I think to myself, "God, that sounds like something Billie Joe would say, and I wish he had written those lyrics." Or sometimes I'm like "Damn, that melody is so fucking good, I wish my favorite band Green Day could take credit for it." Usually this happens with rock, pop punk, and similar sounding bands, but not always. Sometimes I'll be listening to a pop song and think "I would really love this song if Green Day was singing it." It usually has to do with the lyrics for me. I'm talking about songs that would make you proud to say "Yeah, Green Day wrote that."
There are also songs that sound like they COULD have been written by Green Day, and I don't just mean cheap Good Charlotte knock-off songs like The Anthem. I'm talking about messaging. I heard "Unwell" by Matchbox Twenty on the radio this afternoon, a song and artist I don't know or care about. I listened closely to the lyrics and was just picturing it as a song written from Billie's rehab perspective, and it just made it a lot more powerful to me than it ever could have been as just a 'meaningless Rob Thomas song'.
But I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
I know right now you can't tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you'll see
A different side of me
I'm not crazy, I'm just a little impaired...
I was thinking about how "Huh, I never really liked this song, but if Billie Joe had written it from his personal experience, I'd be kvelling over it like a Jewish grandmother." I realize that I value lyrics more when I know and care about the artist who wrote them, and since I don't know or care about Rob Thomas, I found a way to admire a song by pretending it came from Billie Joe.
Anyone else do this? What songs do you wish were Green Day songs? Bueller?