I make no bones about saying Nirvana is my favorite band ever. I am quick to tell how they wrote the songs about the story of my life. But somewhere in the mix I have to give credit where credit is due to Green Day too. They have done a great job of my life story too.
Back when Grunge came out, I was a lost kid. I was, like most of my “Generation X”, going nowhere fast. The music was as dirty as our clothes and hair. It was a careless time when nothing much seemed to matter.
I was a loser and heard it all the time. No one had to say it, it was just an understood fact. My parents held hope that I would become a renowned criminal attorney like my dad. But I think they knew better. I sure did. I wasn’t attorney material and didn’t care to be. My one and only passion was music and not just any music, Grunge was my thing.
I spent a lot of time writing music. I even wrote blogs before blogs were cool. In fact, I’m not even sure the entries had the name, “blog”, yet. But I wrote on much to the chagrin of my teachers and parents. They thought it was a waste of time being so obsessed with the bands who they said had “serious undertones”.
That’s where Green Day comes in. They caught a lot of flak too. In fact, that’s how they got their name or at least that was the word back then. It was said that the boys were told by a school principal that it would be a cold day in hell before they made anything of themselves. Thus, the name Green Day. I held to that in some really hard times, especially regarding my love for music as a career.
Turns out the story wasn’t true. The name came about because they liked smoking weed. They were puffing away, watching Sesame Street one day and the kid song “Today is a Green Day” came on and the name stuck. It’s funny and typical of the era but I like to believe the original story instead.
The group has done well through the years. “When I Come Around” is a great song and catchy like many of their tunes. “Time of Your Life” is another classic. It was even chosen as the closing song for the last Seinfeld show. It is a great song for a slide show, wedding or just to reflect upon life like I do when it plays.
Their musical rock opera, American Idiot, hit Broadway. That’s something, for sure. They’ve had other cool endeavors too like the documentary at South by Southwest Film Festival. Billie Joe Armstrong’s new work “Like Sunday, Like Rain” which is an independent film.
Billie Joe Armstrong has been quoted as saying, “You can take us out of a punk rock environment, but you can’t take the punk rock out of us.” I happen to feel the same way. I am a bit cleaner now and more motivated for sure, but a punk rock Grunger I will always be!