Green Day's New Song "Epic as F*ck"? Not Even Close.

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See also: Throwback Thursday: Green Day's Dookie

The evolution of Green Day has to be one of the strangest transformations in music history. Over the last 25 years the band has moved from angsty, power-pop tinged punk to politically-charged rock operas to Broadway musicals. So a return to their roots, so to speak, was always in the cards. It was never a question of 'if,' but of 'when.'

Today's as good a day as any - "Oh Love" the first single off Green Day's upcoming album ¡Uno! hit airwaves yesterday (along with a new song from '90s "punk-ish" superstars No Doubt), self-described by the band as "somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles." Um, really? Even narcissism on this level is a little unexpected.

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The new record, which will be in stores September 25, is part of a trilogy. ¡Dos! and ¡Tre! will come out in November and January, each with a different band member's face on the cover. And if that's not enough Green Day for you, two documentaries are set for release around the same time.

Given that the last three releases from Green Day were live albums, it seems the most recent adaption for Green Day is arena rock, similar to bands like KISS or Journey who focus on reliving the glory days, over and over and over.

But back to that new single. "Oh Love" is signature Green Day -- trivial, drooling infatuation with just a tinge of self-destruction. Remember that bleeding heart grenade from American Idiot? This time, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is wearing his "heart on a noose." Cute. I guess Green Day was edgy when I was in middle school, but something about this doesn't strike me the same way a decade later.


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sydneyriley
sydneyriley

I love this song and I think Green Day is the greatest band around. They continue to evolve and every album they make is something new and refreshing, something that they have never done before. I think its awesome that this single is a song about love and vulnerability, because we haven't heard much of that from Green Day yet and I'm excited to see what they reveal to us about themselves in their upcoming EPIC albums. It's an ambitious project and I couldn't be more excited because I know they are going to kill it like they always do. It doesn't get much better than Green Day. 

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StrayHeart93
StrayHeart93

It will get better as UNO progresses but I wasn't sure oh love was good enough to be a single - I was hoping for let yourself go since it is a song that reminds you of the ramones. Wait untill the albums come out - you won't be dissapointed

JohnSurh22
JohnSurh22

Also "selling out" would be them doing the same thing over and over and giving a F**ck what you think. No matter if you like them or not you have to admit they are pretty much the only band that is from the 80's that is still around, rocking hard, relevant, and trying to do something "epic" and for that reason alone you have to respect them!

JohnSurh22
JohnSurh22

Not sure how you can judge three records from one song out of forty? but personally i love the song! its catchy, sounds good! and is refreshing to here the sound of an almost live band belting out a heart feel song. writer do you know what rock n' roll is?

Hornteacher
Hornteacher

I never trust critics as they are often untalented wanna-be's themselves.

crabbyoldrocklover
crabbyoldrocklover

Yes I agree the writer was uninformed. He is about as qualified to review Green Day as I am to review Justin Bieber.

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