July 4, 2009

Mod-A-Day: Green Day

Last night was the kick off of Green Day's uber-spectacle 21st Century Breakdown tour. Modcast listeners will probably know that my inner punk is an unabashed fan of Green Day, so no apologies from me for helping to fatten their coffers. Still, I didn't think there was anything much to be said (and wasn't planning to ever post anything about Green Day because of all the hoopla they've already been getting), but having just been to their show it's about all I can think about right now. Have to say, if you have the chance you'll want to go see it just for the pyrotechnics. I'm still trying to figure out if Billy Joe is mad with power, or laughing at his audience all the way to the bank. Maybe a little of both?

A friend sent me Kerplunk in the mail in 1993 thinking I might like it. She wasn't wrong. From the first song, "2000 Light Years Away" to the closing cover of "My Generation", I was hooked. I'm still hooked. The latest album, 21st Century Breakdown has so many echoes of The Who, The Buzzcocks and The Ramones what's not to like?

Green Day -- 2000 Light Years Away

Green Day -- My Generation