Green Day are just an amazing punk rock band that started in the mid-80s as Sweet Children with vocalist and guitarist, Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Al Sobrante (John Kiffmeyer). They changed their name to Green Day, and released 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, then, with a new drummer by the name of Tre Cool, released Kerplunk!

In 1993, they signed with Reprise records, after being bugged for so long. They chose Reprise because their soon-to-be producer, Rob Cavallo, was a musician himself, who spoke their language. Dookie was released in 1994, and went diamond. Thus causing a bunch of "hardcore punks", to start calling them "sellouts".

Between Dookie to American Idiot, Green Day released Insomniac, Nimrod, Warning, International Superhits and Shenanigans. There has been marriage, children, divorce, girlfriends, music, fights, arrests, etc...

In 2004, Green Day released the truly birlliant punk rock opera, American Idiot. It is an album that follows Green Day's signature themes of social problems, but with a more political ATMOSPHERE, simply to relate to the present times. It is more a story of all the member's journeys. Hints from previous records had indicated Green Day coming to this point in their career; the expiramenting; the use of more than three chords and different instruments...

More rants about Green Day being "sell-outs" begin. The fact that Green Day are now attracting a much WIDER audience is a ridiculous reason to dislike them. The some of the same teens who are insulting them for kiddies liking them, are the same people who WHERE kiddies when THEY started liking Green Day.

The eyeliner controversy is also silly. Green Day have worn eyeliner since early in their career! Check out old interviews for proof. It also hides unsightly dark circles and wrinkles under the eyes! They are not "gay" for wearing makeup. MANY of their influeneces wore makeup. Alice Cooper, Adam Ant, New York Dolls, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, etc..

As for the clothing-- you can't expect them to want to dress like stereoytpical punk idiots. They are also in their 30s now, and shouldn't be dressing like teens-- that's creepy. They have also worn that style of clothing before: during Dookie, Warning & after.

John Lydon dissing them is because Lydon hates that Green Day have had so much success as punks. Glen Matlock is a fan, Iggy Pop, Elvis Costello, Bad Religion all like them. Even in an interview with the late Joe Strummer, about a year before he died, he said he likes them. John Lydon and Steve Diggle (who follows Lydon's words all the time)can go toot whatever horns they like.

You people are completely confused as to what punk is about-- it makes me want to cry, really.

Punk is an underground rock 'n' roll movement based around the DIY (Do it yourself) ethic, individualism, poverty & art. It started with bands like The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, The New York Dolls, etc.. ANY of the original punks from the mid to early 70's will tell you "punk doesn't exist" and "This is not punk" simply because they HATE that label-- it represents being confined to a specific CATEGORY.

Although, for the sake of simplicity, punk is described as a movement, it was only ever a collective of individual free spirits. In fact, it is these individuals who make punk difficult to define: just when you have managed to encapsulate the ethos, these free spirits break away and make you think again. This is the essance of the movement...

Green Day are free spirits; they didn't follow the stereotypes laid out by the macho "hardcore" punks of the 80s punk-revival scene.

"Selling out refers to the compromising of one's integrity, morality and principles in exchange for money, 'success' or other personal gain. It is commonly associated with attempts to increase mass appeal or acceptability to mainstream society. A person who does this, as opposed to following the original path s/he laid (or claimed to lay) out for him/herself, is labeled a sellout and regarded with disgust and immediate loss of respect. Selling out is seen as gaining success at the cost of credibility." -Wikipedia

Green Day have not done this. Therefore, there is no arguement, and they have not sold out, and they are more *punk* than other "punk" bands that stayed indie and/or calling Green Day "sell-outs" & "not punk"

Also; Sum 41, Good Charlotte, Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, Billy Talent, Underoath, 30 Seconds to Mars, Senses Fail, Taking Back Sunday, Chiodos, The Academy Is, and all these other horrid bands you call "punk". Aren't. And they wouldn't be around if it weren't for Green Day by the way. They ALL (any rock band from 1994 on) recongnize as a MAJOR influence on them-- even as a reason they started a band in the first place.

You don't realise it, but it's because of Green Day that you probably even HEARD of punk. Green Day are the reason the mainstream is accepting punk today, and if the mainstream didn't notice punk, than niether would you.
Bitter arsehole "hardcore punks" all saying: Green Day are not punk! They accepted the establishment and went on a major label! *rant rant*
Elvis Costello: "It's what's on the record. It's not what label's on it. That's like getting a box of Cornflakes and eating the cardboard. It's stupid. There's a much more punk rock idea of getting with a major record company and spending all their money than there is getting your friend to press up their records in his basement, and spending all his money and his mother's money that he borrowed. Which is actually more revolutionary. I think it's bankrupting the major corporation myself."
by Drie November 11, 2007
1) A most wonderful band in the opinion of many. They actually came from humble-to-hectic roots in California- all children of deadbeat parents, but all musically talented. Their usual music is literally exactly what an unhappy, confused, and possibly disgruntled teen goes through; subject matter ranges from sitting around being piss-drunk or stoned out of your mind to being afraid of love.

Now, sadly, it seems that this music has changed, as well as the Green Day image we all know and love. Since when have they swapped ratty old blazers and jeans for tight black pants and pyramid belts? We miss the old Green Day, even though their new music isn't too shabby.

2) A full 24 hours spent smoking marijuana.
1) Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool are the 3 members of Green Day. Currently, they also have Jason White- backup guitar, as well as other various musicians who help them play. They're quite rad.

2) God, you're really fuckin' lazy! You've had two green days in the past month. Get a job or something, you sad-ass.
by ska-o-riffic! April 09, 2005
A day when one who personally does not have any marijuana of there own, still manages to get high all day, via friends, or just being in the right places at the right times.
"I was out of weed, but thanks to the generosity of my friends, I had a green day."
by Hondro March 03, 2004
Green day ~ day spent to just smoking pot and doing absolutly nothing at all. sitting on the couch, eating food, just not leaving the house at all while you are stoned.
My friends and i got our first paychecks today, and we celebrated by having a green day because my parents were out of town.
by skaterpunk1007 July 12, 2004
A band that started out as "Sweet Children" playing at gilmmans street,
on the "lookout records" label, eventually they became biggewer and had to switch labels becuase of the over demand of Kerplunk, became very big once dookkie came out. relesed a few more albums. they were called sell outs for leaving the underground and lost much of there fan base, with thier aucostic song "good radiance", even more now with thier release of thier new album "american idiot" which blew up more than dookie, getting into the mainstream more than before with American idiot", "holiday" , "bulovard of broken dreams" and recently not as much play "wake me up when september ends", causeing many things.

leading me to this conclusion:
people who think Green day is gay period,
people who think greenday isn't punk anymore and that they are sellouts,
little 10 year old girls who drool over billie joe and don't know shit about them ,
the adults that really don't give a shit,
and the true fans who love all thier music even if it's punk or not

thank your for reading, and have a good day.
Haters: greenday is gay
Older fans: F**king sell outs
mindes girls: i love greenday for noreason
adults:........what?
true fans: you people are really screwed up
by Willie The Great June 30, 2005
A common misspelling of the name of the band Green Day.
It's "Green Day," not "Greenday."
by Bob February 26, 2005
A punk rock band that has been around since 1988. All three members are from California. Green Day consists of Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), and Tre Cool (drums).

They have 9 albums to date. Their most recent one is American Idiot which is an amazing album (and is also why many people THINK they are sellouts, but they are NOT). But their first big hit was Dookie which came out in 1994.

Even though many people discovered Green Day because of American Idiot, it doesn't mean they're posers. Many fans were young when Green Day's first albums came out and after American Idiot, went out and bought all they're earlier albums and realized that those albums are even better than American Idiot.

People who think Green Day are sellouts shouldn't. And if they do, they should keep their negative comments to themselves.
1. After she heard American Idiot, she went out and bought all Green Day's other albums and realized that they were even better than American Idiot!

2. Without question the greatest punk rock band on EARTH!
by green day are the best! August 02, 2005
(n) 1. a band that used to be good but was taken over by middle schoolers, 9th grade girls, and fake-ass emo chicks.
2. a day where you smoke weed and drink booze; also called 420
1. Green Day is an example of, well, a Green Day band.
2. Stoner: Wow, look at me, I smoke weed, I'm cool, it's a green day.

Some dude: You mean, like the band.

Stoner: Uh, no...wait, what?

Some dude: Didn't you just mention the band Green Day?

Stoner: Oh, you mean the "I walk this empty street on the boulevard of cocks" guys.

Some dude: Yeah

Stoner: oh

(Stoner pulls out shotgun for no apparent reason and blows dude away, because thats always what happens at the end of these gay dialogue thingys)
by Dude Man guy April 21, 2005

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