"Don’t want to be an American idiot. One nation controlled by the media. Information age of hysteria, calling out to Idiot America." -from American Idiot
There are two rock albums which perfectly capture the screwed-up madness which is this decade. One is The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance and the other is Green Day’s American Idiot. I’m sure it is no small coincidence that both of these albums were produced by Rob Cavallo.
However, since today is the mid-term boss battle to end all epic electoral struggles, I thought it was most fitting to talk about American Idiot.
Punk has always been the music of defiance. When the fire of punk is combined with a smart and savvy political perspective, it has a particularly potent effect.
Does this seem unbelievable? In 1896 the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) urged the police to raided the house of Jello Biafra, lead singer of the Dead Kennedy’s. Biafra was charge and later after a mistrial, acquitted of distributing "harmful matter".
Well, Green Day has produced the much needed "harmful matter" for this decade. This is punk-rock opera which makes you think, feel and then want to take action. Nothing is more rock and roll than that.
Here is track fifteen for the playlist: American Idiot by Green Day.