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No one saw this one coming: three minute Berkeley punk rock heroes put together a compelling concept album about a guy known as Jesus of Suburbia who suffers the rise and fall of the American Dream with a nine-minute track (“Jesus of Suburbia”) that splits into five parts as if it’s a tune from Rush. Other tracks follow in similar fashion, splitting into various parts. Characters such as St. Jimmy and Whatsername show up to advance a plotline that’s less important than the overall feeling that something’s going terribly wrong for everyone involved. Post-9/11, the world’s a mess and Billie Joe Armstrong summons up his inner Joe Strummer and Green Day’s Clash tendencies for the title track. But the most rewarding moments are when Armstrong lets his melodic firepower loose. “Holiday” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” use sweet choruses to express their fears and frustrations, with “Extraordinary Girl” and “Letterbomb” furthering the push for pure pop for the now concerned people.

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Another american idiot cd?

ok first of all this is the 3rd american idiot cd on here by greenday and its a partial album i mean i like this cd but whats up with itunes putting like 5 different copies of the same cd on here?

American Idiot

Okay, American Idiot is hands down the best album ever. But what I dont get is why iTunes is only putting part of the ablum up, and combining songs. Im not sure whats up with that, but I wish everyone would listen to this!

Album only?!

Just one song. Thats all i ask for. My favorite song. But of course, it's album only. And to make it worse they merged it with another song. I don't wanna waste time and money on songs i don't want, but apple just makes everything harder than it has to be. Thanks apple, you just ruined my day. 


Formed: 1988 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam in terms of influence. At their core, Green Day were simply punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie, their 1994 major-label debut. Dookie sold over ten million copies, paving the way for a string of multi-platinum...
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