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
A day to smoke marijuana
-The English teacher took a green day on April 20th
by T. Lex July 10, 2005
The correct spelling of the band. It is not "Greenday", nor is it "gREeN dAY!!11!1!!!".
"When I saw the Green Day concert, Billie Joe was masturbating on stage."
by Ugrugr March 29, 2005
A Green Dayis a day spent smoking pot, many people do not know this but the name of the band also came from sesame street, in one episode Oscar the Grouch says "Im having a green day", meant to mean blue, or sad Day, Oscar used to be on the back of original copies of Dookie, but was removed when Green Day was threatened to be sued by Sesame Street. The Best fucking band ever...they are a punk band that has been around for 17 years, Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, drummer, Tre Cool, whos real name is Frank Edwin Wright III, and bassist, Mike Dirnt, whos real name is Michael Pritchard, got the name Dirnt because Billie Joe thought that it sounded like a bass (Tre's name means very cool in french)They are a band that was formed in the bay area of California, they have 8 albums, 9 including Bullet in a Bible, their huge album from 1994 was called Dookie, it sold 8 million copies which was their biggest album until their most recent album, American Idiot came out (10 million copies were sold)...many think that this is their best album, but most of Green Day's old fans feel that it is their worst...those who ONLY like American Idiot are POSERS...i hate posers!!!!! Green Day are not sell outs, many feel that sinse they sold themselves to Reprise Records(a major label) and gave up on Lookout records after kerplunk was released, they are therefore sellouts,(or not punk) they are not sellouts, infact this was the most punk thing that they could do...yes, Green day are infact a punk band, no matter how popular they may be...they are all unveleivably talented musicians, Billie Joe plays 9 instruments, Mike-3, Tre-3...Billie has been Married to Adrienne Nesser for many happy years and says that she is the only woman he will ever love, they are good, happy, and funny people, they are not loners, they are not posers, they are not goths, they are not gay, and they are not pop...some of their influences are The Ramones, The Who, the dead kennedys and the misfits, they are an amazing punk band!
greenday fucking Rocks!
by FuckAnarchy907 May 27, 2006
A band that was once cool, until it became hugely popular and was invaded by MTV.
Prep: Lyk oh em gee Brittany I just heard of this band kalled like Orange Day..or was it Green Day? Yea I think it was Green Day but it realli should be kalled like pink day or somethin cuz thats like s0o0o0o much better but wut everrr. It's lyk s0o0o0o0o popular so we better listen to it lyk..now. Lyk okaaaay??!?

Real Green Day Fan: Shut up bitch I've been listening to Green Day since you were in diapers.
by seth_cohen_fan January 14, 2006
1) A band that many people are starting not to like just because everyone else does, and they think it's "cool" not to go with the "fads". When in reality, the band is atleast 15 or 16 years old. Also, some people are stupid enough to think they're a new band.
But is a seriously good band, has always been great. People tend to split the group into "New Green day" and "Old Green day".
1) " Dude, I like Old Green day way better than New Green day"
2) "Ew, my best friend likes Green day, and like, no way, they're too mainstream"
by Hannah_t August 13, 2005
1. A great punk-rock band from California which consists of Billie Joe Armstrong(Lead vocals and guitarist), Mike Dirnt(Bassist), Tre Cool(Drummer) and when they play live, Jason White(2nd guitar). Formally known as "Sweet Children", Green Day was named after a segment on Seaseme Street when one of the characters said something along the lines of "This is such a green day!" Former drummer was Al Sorbrante who quit the band after their first album 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours which was released in 1991. Anyone who comes here to bash Green Day has no life and needs learn to respect all types of music.
Jen: The best Green Day album is Nimrod!
Bob: No, I think the best Green Day album is Dookie!
by Jessica March 21, 2005
Slang for a day containing alot of green bud where you would just sit around taking bong hits, and hanging around.
Hey, yesterday we had a green day!
by bloodbanx.com January 23, 2005

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