American Idiot. The song that, to me, elevated Green Day from obscurity, to the epitome of rebellion. Now, I’ve always been a bit outdated with music so this happened in 2008, a whole four years after the song was actually released. This, of course, is pointless chatter, because if you click “continue reading”, just a little below this, you’ll find out what really matters, and the purpose of your being here – what I think of the song.
American Idiot, in retrospect, feels like a warning. It feels like they knew that the 2016 presidential election was going to take place and that the mainstream media would be a major player in swinging that election (and, indeed, various other major political events of the last few years.
But we don’t get political here. That’s for the side-site, A Politikal Mynd. Check it out.
Back to the point. American Idiot feels like they knew this, or at least, saw the warning signs. Perhaps it was the way that pretty much all media in the US is owned by like, four people (not fact-checked), or the fact that people who come across as being complete morons (read George “Dubya” Bush) have managed to make it into the Oval Office and, indeed, would manage it again just a few months after the song’s release.
It’s a good song, it’s a great video – see below – in which everyone ends up getting covered in green (I wonder why), and the drummer loves life. I really like his expressions, he really knows how to draw the eye. Watch.
The guitar works, the drums work, the lyrics work, it just works. I mean, just check these opening lyrics out:
Don’t wanna be an American idiot
Don’t want a nation under the new media
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind-fuck America
See? It’s a lyrical masterpiece. Not QUITE enough of one to get it onto one of my “perfect lyrics” posts, but brilliant nonetheless. It works. It just works so well. Stupendous.