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Monday, February 27, 2006

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sam

Am I just paranoid? or am I stoned?

I could be wrong, but I'm not searching out the liner notes to be sure. I'm also not going into a dissertation on what punk is or isn't or what is or isn't punk.
Having said that, while I consider myself still somewhat a punk, and I don't think Green Day is really so much punk anymore, I do like them still and love the song Basket Case, which was released while they could still be considered almost punk.

Now, if any of that answered your question, then you're just as messed up as I am.

Scott

Am I just paranoid? or am I stoned?

I could be wrong, but I'm not searching out the liner notes to be sure.

That is indeed what he sings the first and last time, but the middle time, before the solo and the bridge, he sings "Am I just paranoid? Oh yeah yeah yeah." But I've always sung "Oh no no no." Which shows what a negative, glass-half-empty kinda guy I am. And what a bad influence on Top Management I've been.

I'm also not going into a dissertation on what punk is or isn't or what is or isn't punk.
Having said that, while I consider myself still somewhat a punk, and I don't think Green Day is really so much punk anymore, I do like them still and love the song Basket Case, which was released while they could still be considered almost punk.

Yeah, apparently there was always some question about just how punk they were, at least in their own hometown when they were first coming up, and then especially after they broke big.

Frankly, I think they're more punk now than they ever were then. I mean, a rock opera? These days? Jeez. That's either unbelievably pretentious or incredibly punk. It was like the acoustic ballad. Either it was something of a sell-out or it was tremendously brave and bold. I tend to think it was the latter.

I've never been all that concerned with authenticity in that way. Green Day has seemed to do whatever they want whenever they want, and that's pretty punk to me. The fact that they've pretty much never tried to hide their pop leanings also seems pretty punk to me, since punk has had a tendency, from the very early days, to rigorously define what is or isn't punk, when punk sprang up against exactly those very arbitrary boundaries.

And in the end, like you, I don't care much. Green Day tends to come up with great melodies and good lyrics. The entire band is interesting and engaging. And Tre Cool is one hell of a drummer--he's just a monster. For my money, only Dave Grohl is better in the past fifteen years.

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