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Green Day

Green Day

Date: Feb 01 2010

Themes: Alternative, Music

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"


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For any child of the 90s, it’s hard to believe that Green Day has been around for more than twenty years. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Billy Joe and his band mates. After helping punk rock go mainstream in the early 90s with their hugely successful album Dookie, Green Day’s follow-up efforts produced fewer hits and were considered less innovative. In the early aughts, the band’s star seemed to be fading.

But Green Day showed they still had it when their album American Idiot won a Grammy in 2005. Now the band is back again with 21st Century Breakdown, a concept album that combines Green Day’s punk roots with more of a classic rock influence. Find out what Marni and Jason think of Green Day’s latest.


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Marni:  So you know what I did on New Year’s Eve?

Jason:  What?

Marni:  I watched Carson Daly’s “Rockin New Year’s Eve,” and I watched Green Day perform.

Jason:  Woah.

Marni:  Yeah, and I have to say, they still got it.

Jason:  Rockin’ into their third decade of punk.

Marni:  Yeah, exactly! I was thinking back to when I first heard them in the early 90s and how I never would’ve thought that in 2010 I’d still be listening to them. And yet here they are just as important and prolific.

Jason:  I think that was justifiable for you to think they wouldn’t be around forever. I mean, their songs were about being a slacker and just like hanging out.

Marni:  Yeah, just playing power chords...catchy, poppy punk. And it didn’t really seem like it had that much substance. But I think like a lot of good bands, they’ve sort of matured and found their voice. They were very outspoken about George Bush.

Jason:  Totally and, I mean, have you heard their new album 21st Century Breakdown?

Marni:  I have, and they played some songs off that. And the crowd was into it. I was into it. It’s good.

Jason:  It seems like in that album they’re kind of taking a step toward becoming a classic rock band.

Marni:  Absolutely, I feel the same way.

Jason:  Which is cool, because you sort of think of classic rock ending in the 80s or something, right? Like no more, sorry.

Marni:  Right, like that’s the cut off. But no, I think that Green Day are showing us that the classic rock…that it could be any genre of music.


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Marni saw Green Day perform live on New Year’s Eve. She was impressed by the band and thinks that they’ve still got it.

Both Marni and Jason are surprised that Green Day is still a popular band. But the band’s musical style has evolved and matured, helping them stay current. Marni thinks they’ve figured out what they really want to say with their music, and how to say it.

When they first came out, Green Day was a punk band. But now their music has more of a classic rock sound. That’s just one way the band has grown over the years.

How have you changed in the last ten years? What do you think your life will be like ten more years from now?



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zinho pina

zinho pina


I'm a big fan of Green Day. This band rocks!!

01:52 AM Feb 01 2010 |

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