Whenever I look at this blog’s visitors, it always surprises me how many people still read a post of mine titled: Billie Joe Armsrong: American Idiot, Sunshine Patriot, or Both? It must have struck a chord (perhaps one of the four Green Days plays over and over and over, albeit really well?). Who knows. But it seems there are a lot of people out there coming to the same conclusions I do about Billie, although perhaps The Killers’ Brandon Flowers was the first high-profile musician to do it:
“You have Green Day and American Idiot. Where do they film their DVD? In England. “A bunch of kids screaming ‘I don’t want to be an American idiot’ – I saw it as a very negative thing towards Americans. It really lit a fire in me. “You have the right to say what you want to say and what you want to write about, and I’m sure they meant it in the same way that Bruce Springsteen meant Born in the USA and it was taken wrongly, but I was really offended when I saw them do that.” “To go to a place like England or Germany and sing that song (American Idiot) – those kids aren’t taking it the same way that he meant it. And he (frontman BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG) knew it.”
Is it me, or did Brandon Flowers just take out “Glass Joe” like Little Mac on steroids? That one had to leave a mark…
Billie Joe knows exactly what he’s doing, which is why it’s annoying that in his mind the US military is only legitimate when all branches apparently become support for Coast Guard humanitarian missions; (otherwise they’re just mindless drones suckered into enlisting by the big bad Bush-Hitler and predestined to die a needless death, a 21-Gun salute to remember them by?)
If you’re not familiar with Green Day you might wonder what Jesus of Suburbia is all about. I’d say, skip that question for now, because the more interesting observation is that Billie Joe seems to think he’s Jesus of Suburban Hot Topic Shoppers whose lives are so comfortable that they have to create things to be angry about.
Perhaps this blog post is a bit pre-mature, as Billie will be appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher…or was that Real Time with Guy Who Gets Paid to Belch Intellectual Bile? Either way, I’ll be watching. And then writing, because right now we haven’t heard too much from Billie Joe since Barack Obama’s nomination left a lump in his throat. Oh wait, we do have this little gem:
“I am optimistic, as long as these right-wing conservative a**holes don’t try to ruin things for people — like throwing around ideas that we’re headed for a socialist government. Which, the way they’re throwing it around, they don’t even know what socialism really is.”
Hmmm…perhaps I’m just a “right wing a**hole,” but I’d say the government taking control of one-sixth of the US economy in one fell swoop is pretty darn close to what conservatives said would happen if he was elected.
When you go on Maher’s show to wax political, Billie, just remember that at one time you understood that it was you who happened to be the basket case. Word for the wise: You still are. Only now, you think you’re Jesus of Suburbia…
Leave the reform up to people who actually know what they’re talking about and stick to being a punk, because that’s what you’re good at.