1. azaztheunabridged

    I stopped paying a whole lot of attention to Green Day in high school, after listening to Dookie a couple of times. It was fine. I was happy they were getting rich and famous. But they’d lost something and I had better things to do. That said, the mosh pit comment was hilarious because Billie Joe was openly making fun of Green Day’s own mosh pits by the early 90s. I think even the liner notes to 39/Smooth were even largely dedicated to jeering at the sorority sister moshers they were already attracting.

  2. Leor,

    Actually, I took my son to see the show here in Berkeley, where it originated. He’s a big Green Day fan, though I’ve always felt slightly weird about the band given that their attitude and licks seem lifted right out of the playbook of the bands I grew up listening to: Clash, Sex Pistols, Damned, etc.

    But Green Day have grown on me over the course of listening to my son play their covers in his own band. So, anyway, the show. I’m not a fan of musicals, and bought tickets because I thought my son would enjoy the energy of the show.

    He did, and so did I. What I liked best were the arrangements of the tunes. The harmonies in the versions of Green Day’s songs are much more complex and interesting than on the original records.

    True, there’s no real plot to the stage show, and the rebellion portrayed rings utterly hollow, but as spectacle and auditory pleasures go, I’d recommend American Idiot. There are worse ways to part with $70 than attending this punk rock musical, and the cast DID provide plenty of snarling, right on cue.

  3. Leor Galil

    Hey David, sorry for the delay in response and thanks for the comment.

    While I can certainly understand why the musical seems so exciting, it does appear to have adapted well to the stage. Which is sort of my odd point… that I still believe it’s not exactly a format that can fit well to the stage and reflect the realities of the original product in ways that other Broadway musicals have done well.

    Though I don’t doubt your observations, simply from what I saw it’s more than a bit of a flawed interpretation… stuck somewhere between the nostalgic ’60s era thought of “revolution” and the kind of modern day trope Green Day filtered into their album.

    Perhaps entertaining, though it’s surface-skimming interaction with Green Day’s version of punk doesn’t quite do it for me. But, that’s just me!

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