A punk-turned-pop band who produced two underground Punk albums in the late 80's, early 90's, then went on to bigger, more commercial things, (though they lost their indie status, still considered to be quality punk rock) until the release of American Idiot; known by any real fan of punk rock to be the most insultingly pathetic release to date. It picks up where Blink 182 left off in turning a genre (punk) of insanely warped guitar melodies and meaningful, thought-provoking lyrics into mushy love songs and half-assed, pretentious bitching, all to attract a new generation of 13 year old girls, (most likely moving on from the hip hop trend) seeing a Green Day vid on MTv and going to Hot Topic to buy some anarchy shoe laces, claiming to be Punks, when they know NOTHING about the genre or ACTUAL Punk rock. (They also tend to have very poor grammar, refer to themselves as bois and gurls. This is probably a clinging trend from the hip hop phase they were interested in last week.) And another thing; you're supposed to like a band because you like their music, not because you think the lead singer is how you bunch of Good Charlotte douche bags.
Here's my example: (a comparison)
Green Day - American Idiot (the song):
A brief, meaningless rant, picking up on the Hot Topic/MTv trend of saying you're a rebel, yet... Green Day is the only "punk" band you've ever even heard of. Also, proof that Billie Joe is lyrically retarded.
Bad Religion - any album/song ever produced: Bad Religion are a REAL punk band that has been making punk rock since the 70's, with the likes of Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, Rancid, and hundreds of other bands little Greenday pop-punks probably have never heard of.
Their music is not only political (it's one thing to say "Oh, I don't wanna' be an 'American Idiot'" "Oh, rednecks are stupid" "Down with Bush!" It's another thing to actually write meaningful lyrics about it that actually inspire intellectual thought, rather than MTv raves.
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