This Day In Music History: September 20th, 2004 – Green Day releases rock opera, “American Idiot”

Few bands can claim they’re more vital to the pop-punk genre than Green Day. With the release of their 1994 album Dookie, the band went on to travel the world, sell tens of millions of records, and are now touring stadiums next year with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Obviously, they’re still pretty big.

However, the band hit a rough patch with the release of their 2000 album, Warning. An experimental album that “only” went Gold in the USA, the record was a bit of a shock even for longtime fans – especially those used to Green Day writing short and fast 3-minute pop-punk songs. While it’s actually a really solid record, it’s not a surprise that it didn’t resonate as much with music fans. However, underestimating Green Day was a bad idea – especially when they emerged 4 years later with their American Idiot album.

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Editorial: On Selling Out

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On Selling Out

Any band who is met with any type of mainstream success or a long career is forced to evolve in their music in order to survive in the dog eat dog world of music. The decision to evolve is generally met by a wall of “true fans” screaming at the band that it hasn’t evolved; it has sold out! The idea of selling out is a ridiculous one. Every single musician has constantly changing musical influences and interests, and each one brings a new angle to a band’s writing.
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