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April 22, 2002 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Punk rock is an old tradition now, as much a fixture in popular music as the blues and heavy metal. Credit and blame for transforming the revolutionary into pop is partly shared by Green Day and Blink-182. Both have endured criticism for recasting the ideas of punk pioneers into pop singles, but Green Day and Blink-182 are not footnotes to that punk lineage. They are part of it. The underground remains a healthy breeding ground for new ideas with the likes of White Stripes.
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NEWS
September 16, 2004 | Steve Baltin, Special to The Times
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has had it with the rules of rock music. "People play by the rules so much," the guitarist/vocalist says, adding in a mock monotone: " 'This is our 12, 13 songs; here's our single; here's our video for the single; hopefully the radio will play it and then we'll go on tour.' " In true punk-rock fashion, though, Armstrong and his Green Day brethren -- Mike Dirnt on bass and Tre Cool on drums -- are fighting the homogenization of rock with "American Idiot."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2000 | ROBERT HILBURN
Rock makes a strong showing on the nation's album chart this week, with new albumsby English art-rockers Radiohead and American pop-punkers Green Day entering at No. 1 and No. 4, respectively. Radiohead's "Kid A," the much-anticipated follow-up to the band's acclaimed Grammy-winner "OK Computer," sold more than 207,000 copies to easily outpace rapper Mystikal's No. 2 "Let's Get Ready," which sold 181,000 in its second week in the stores. Green Day's "Warning" sold about 155,000 units.
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May 15, 2009 | ANN POWERS, POP MUSIC CRITIC
Green Day 21st Century Breakdown Reprise * * * 1/2 One of the many very sticky songs from Green Day's new opus, "21st Century Breakdown," got stuck in my head the other day. It was "The Static Age," a bouncy little number named after a rant by New Jersey punk elders the Misfits. Green Day's ditty doesn't sound at all like that other "Static Age." Instead of being sludgy and hard, it's peppy, with a big kick-drum beat, machine-gun guitars and a melody that . . . reminded me of something.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2004 | Steve Appleford, Special to The Times
"This is a rock concert, not a ... tea party, all right?!" Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day was looking for some punk- rock spontaneity Sunday, urging more and more fans into the pit at the Universal Amphitheatre for the second night of KROQ's annual Almost Acoustic Christmas concert. Green Day closed the show by performing its ambitious new album, "American Idiot," in its entirety, a bold move for any band with a history of hit singles that fans actually want to hear.
NEWS
October 11, 1991 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson signed major environmental protection legislation Thursday empowering the California Coastal Commission to bypass the courts and order a swift halt to prohibited development. The commission sought the additional authority in part because it was unable under existing law to step in quickly enough to prevent developer damage in the exclusive Sweetwater Canyon area of Malibu and up the coast at Big Sur.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Barbra Streisand, the Rolling Stones and Green Day rarely hit the same note, but all of them are turning heads with new songs or videos about life in wartime. Veteran songstress Streisand and spiky-haired punk trio Green Day have surprisingly synchronized videos that tug at the heartstrings by showing troops in harm's way with lyrics about the lovers left behind on the home front. The Stones, meanwhile, veer into perhaps the band's most specifically political song ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 1994 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's early Sunday afternoon and Green Day is sending thousands of Lollapalooza '94 fans into the usual swirling, euphoric frenzy. The retro-punk of the trio's "Welcome to Paradise" is greeted with a torrent of flying shoes and water bottles. At least there is no mud. "Look at this," bassist Mike Dirnt, 22, tells the crowd gathered at Cal State Dominguez Hills for the next-to-the-last show on this year's Lollapalooza tour. "It's the poor man's Woodstock. I don't see as many hippies."
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