Green Day will be releasing a trilogy of albums over the next few months. After the politically infused rock operas American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, fans were wondering what Mr. Armstrong and the boys would be up to next. Officially, Armstrong says that they’ll be “writing about girls”:
“We wanted to get into early AC/DC and Cheap Trick.” The singer-guitarist is also “writing about girls again.” He describes the songs on ¡Uno! as “feeling like your heart is on fire. On the second record, you start losing control.” By ¡Tré!, which arrives in January, “your heart will feel like a flamethrower.
In actuality, the “heart” he’s talking about is that of a Pakistani tribesman killed during a President Obama drone strike — one planned during his “Terror Tuesday” national security briefings. Music insiders originally said that Armstrong was referring to a jihadi terrorist locked up in Guatnanamo Bay, Cuba who was under the impression that President Obama was going to send him back to Afghanistan sometime before the 2012 election. Sadly, it never happened. Producer Rob Cavallo shot down the suggestion (no pun intended) in early August.
Strangely enough, despite a fan base that wants to know how Mr. Armstrong feels about ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, bombing runs in Libya and reports of Stinger missile deliveries to Syrian rebels, Green Day publicly refuses to acknowledge how upset they are with President Obama — a man who has continued so many of the policies Billie Joe once went around the world criticizing George W. Bush for.
It was time for us to step away [from political material], because we didn’t want to come across as politicians. We’re in a band first and foremost, and we wanted to have a good time making music. So it was kind of a way of us getting back to basics.
Bassist Michael Pritchard says that while this might appear as code for “we only become politically vocal when a Republican is in office,” that it shouldn’t be taken that way. The band’s first single off ¡Uno!, ‘Oh Love’ can also be seen as a lament over just how many people President Obama has killed since taking office. Pritchard assures Green Day fans that the band would never practice selective moral outrage to capitalize on anti-American sentiment during the tenure of a wartime Republican president.
“Green Day is first and foremost about the music. Always the music,” said Pritchard. “If we suddenly become political activists again during President Romney’s time in office it’s just a coincidence. We swear.”
Regardless, there are rumblings among some die hard fans that Green Day are, indeed, Sunshine Patriots.
Update: Sources close to the band report that “Kill the DJ” was originally titled “Kill the Pakistani,” but Armstrong felt as though the critique of President Obama had to be more subtle.
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