Today is just so Green

I almost forgot I love Green Day until I heard "Warning" in the car earlier.
And to make up for it, I shall blog about them today.

I mean, I know all their hit songs. For a rock band, I understand them quite well. Like I love Coldplay too much but I don't get them sometimes. Coldplay's all symbols with a cerebral aesthetic and experimental guise, sort of a post-impressionist, Fauvist art (and I sound like I really know what I'm talking about). While Green Day is comparable with Warhol or Lichtenstein. Their imagery is all too familiar, mainstream in a sense, but you can understand why it's art. Social critique like that, leftist at times, moral-spiritual on occasion, dilemmas and all.

Being a punk rock outfit, Green Day curses and name drops chemicals ("I'm blowing off steam with methamphetamine'), to show the world they're cool and rebellious, and therefore likable. But they also come up with lyrics like those in "Good Riddance" that accompanied me when it was time to make hard calls:

Another turning point a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question but a lesson learned in time.
See? As if they're guidance counselors in all black and hair wax. But they sure have heart.
For what it's worth, it was worth all the while.
It's something unpredictable but in the end it's right.
I hope you have the time of your life.
Few words and I feel like my life story has been told, ironically by guys I'd undoubtedly run away from if met on the street. Because they look so bad. Cool bad.


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