Samen met Pearl Jam behoort de Amerikaanse punkrock-band Green Day in de jaren negentig tot de meest succesvolle bands die in het gat springen dat valt als Nirvana door de dood van Kurt Cobain ophoudt te bestaan. Hoewel de muziek van Green Day niet uitgesproken origineel is, weet de groep met energieke punkpop-songs toch een nieuwe generatie punk-liefhebbers te bedienen. Hoewel Green Day de vroege successen later niet meer weet te evenaren, blijft de band wel albums uitbrengen zoals het elfde studioalbum ¡Tré! uit 2012.
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 19 maart 2021 | Reprise
Green Day's fourth album, Insomniac was originally released in October 1995, following on from Dookie which was released one year previously, and whose monster success (more than twenty-five million copies sold to date) could have sent more than one band off their heads. But, rather than repeating some magic formula and hoping for the same miracle, given that sales of Dookie had already passed ten million, Billie Joe Armstrong and his acolytes did the opposite and refocused, delivering a more aggressive and darker work, in a word: more punk! And the album's themes matched this idea, speaking of alienation, anxiety and drugs. Maybe the idea was also to regain credibility and win back early fans who might have been tempted to desert after Dookie appeared far too popular to be trusted. A savvy critic wrote at the time that Insomniac was to Green Day what In Utero was to Nirvana, after the global success of Nevermind. That is, a return to a darker, harder side. A return to the roots, in short. Bassist Mike Dirnt recalls: "I felt at the time that there was a real urgency to what we were doing. There was a real urgency to stake our claim and say, 'No, we belong here.' It was really important to us to make sure people knew that we weren’t just a flash in the pan..." Billie Joe Armstrong also wanted to press on without asking too many questions: "what I really wanted to do was keep working, and keep writing songs...I didn’t really stop and smell the roses". And here they are again, throwing out fourteen tracks as if they were chopping logs, with no let-up, keeping concentrated. Twenty-five years later, the intensity and concision of each song still works. The lyrics are steeped in pessimism and anger, as on Panic Song with its rather raw worldview: "a sick machine breeding a mass of shit". This track is also inspired by the panic attacks suffered by Billie Joe Armstrong due to her out-of-control anxiety... As an aside, before settling on Insomniac as an album title, Green Day would have preferred Jesus Christ Supermarket. Another aside: note the album cover and its multiple nods to the Dead Kennedys. Indeed, the title of the collage made for the cover by a one Winston Smith is God Told Me to Skin You Alive, a reference to the first words of a song by the Dead Kennedys, I Kill Children (1980). In addition, the image of the dentist used in the collage can also be found in an illustration for the Dead Kennedys' album Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)... This edition, celebrating Insomniac's 25th anniversary, also includes eight tracks from the album taken from a concert in Prague on 26 March, 1996, showcasing the band's on-stage vigour and energy. © Yan Céh / Qobuz
Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 7 februari 2020 | Reprise
Billie Joe Armstrong’s band is back with Father Of All Motherf***ers, a manifesto of pure rage if ever there was one. Ten tracks make up twenty-five minutes of Green Day intensity that they have not displayed for a long time. When words, actions and even protests no longer have any effect, the only response possible is to let the decibels speak instead of the fists. Catchy and unpredictable, the only thing left to do is to headbang and admit defeat during the stronger moments like during the eponymous track, or the airy Oh Yeah with its unwavering rhythm. Green Day is not only able to sing loud and fast, as proven by the poignant Junkies On A High which employs a well-used catchy melody. The closing song Graffitia is a fierce old-school frenzy which is capable of getting anyone nearby up to dance. Father Of All… (its more marketable alternative name) is the album which has the fire that was perhaps missing from a few of their latest records. It’s a real pleasure to hear the Californians regain all that rage that we were suspecting was beginning to diminish. © Maxime Archambaud/Qobuz