Thursday, January 12, 2006

Green Day, Champions No More?

Casey Dorrell

Two months ago, on November 15th, the psuedo-punk group Green Day released their second album in just over a year. It was a live album entitled "Bullet in a Bible." This should have been a cause for celebration for Green Day fans, instead it gave way to shock, disapointment and beytrayal.

It all started with Green Day's studio album, American Idiot, from late 2004. The album, a concept album with no clear concept was critically lauded, launching Green Day's best live shows to date in their 10+ year career. In addition to playing the entire American Idiot song list, Green Day also began singing Queen's "We are the Champions" at the end of each show. It touched their audiences.

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Says fan, Tom Tillary,
I always knew they were Champions, I'm so glad to see them finally embrace their true nature.
For Don Walker, the connection was more personal,
My girlfriend had dumped me, and I decided to kill myself. While out on the roof, I heard this song. Then I knew I couldn't do it - couldn't kill myself - a champion wouldn't.
Other fans embraced the song as a political statement. Local activist Joe Tate explains,
I used to love the song 'We are the Champions,' then I realized that the song was 25 years old. We weren't the champions, our parents were. Instead of a song of hope and triumph, it became a song of defeat. They were the champions and they weren't going to let me forget it. Green Day changed all that; they reclaimed the champion status for a new generation.
Mass disapointment ensued when fans found out that the new live album did not have the song,"We are the Champions" on the DVD or the CD portion.

Danny Mircel was one such disapointed fan,
I downloaded this song from the net. There's this one line that says 'committed no crimes' but I had. I didn't pay for the song. I wasn't a champion. I thought I could change that by buying Bullet in a Bible.
Still for some, hearing it live was enough. Jodie Gauthier:
I once had sand kicked in my face - I didn't think Billie-Joe had, so I could never really relate with Green Day. After hearing this song, I bought all of Green Day's albums. They're just like me.
Most fans were not pleased, though. One angry fan, who wished to remain anonymous fearing retribution for his extreme views, exclaimed,
I already bought the album, but I might not buy it again if I lose it or something. I hope they know they maybe lost one potential customer.
To bring some clarity to the issue, we look to Dr. Maochin Muasik, American Idiot consultant and Socio-economic expert, who explains the probable reasoning behind the move by Green Day,
The original Queen version, a neo-colonialist fascicapitalist monetization of Championism, is wholly deconstructed by Green Day's noncommercial cover venture into an ironic socialist-cum-proletariat decommoditization of the Champion ethos.
Despite this, fans world-wide continue to express minor surprise and subdued disapointment at the song's absense. Whether this pressure will lead Green Day to aqcuise and recall the album for further tooling is yet to be seen.

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Green Day - Bullet in a Bible

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Comments on "Green Day, Champions No More?"


Blogger Kevin said ... (12/1/06 9:02 am) : 

I hung out with Green Day one afternoon in August of 1991. They were touring in support of their first CD on Lookout!. We were hanging out in my friends pizza place killing time befoire their show. They were cool and shared their beer with me. I then became a fan. I really liked those early releases...boy have they come a long way from that day.


Blogger Casey Dorrell said ... (12/1/06 2:36 pm) : 

Yeah, their early releases are my favourite. They went downhill after their major label debut which is still their best, but the new one is really good.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4/1/08 7:09 pm) : 

why would u do that to their picture???!!!!


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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5/3/08 4:30 am) : 

You stupid mofo's you should all be glad that you have been around whilst the band has grown I know that I am. Stop being so childish. All there albums are great and their music has matured just like they have.


Anonymous Haneeczeq said ... (16/8/08 6:09 pm) : 

oooh...=D...chudák Billy...=D


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