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Following the disappointing sales of their previous album Warningthe band took a break before beginning their next album, Cigarettes and Valentines.
The recording was cut short when the master tapes were stolen, and the band decided to start from scratch. A concept album dubbed a " punk rock opera " by the band members, American Idiot follows the story of Jesus of Suburbiaa Various - Country Number Ones American adolescent anti-hero. The album expresses the disillusionment and dissent of a generation that came of age in a period shaped by tumultuous events such as the Iraq War.
Recording sessions were split between two California studios between and American Idiot Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) a career comeback for Green Day.
It charted in 27 countries, peaking at La Nostra Età Difficile - I Pooh* - Alessandra one in 19, and sold 16 million copies worldwide.
Its success inspired a Broadway musical and a planned feature film adaptation. It appears in several lists of the best albums Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) the year and the decade.
Green Day, which formed inwere one of the most popular rock acts of the s. Things had come to a point regarding unresolved personal issues between the three band members. The band was argumentative and miserable, according to band member Mike Dirntand needed to "shift directions". Green Day had spent much of recording new material at Studio in Oakland, California for an album titled Cigarettes and Valentines creating "polka songs, filthy versions of Christmas tunes, [and] salsa numbers" for the project, hoping to establish something new within Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) music.
After the theft, the band consulted longtime producer Rob Cavallo. Cavallo told them to ask themselves if the missing tracks represented their best work. The members of Green Day individually crafted their own ambitious thirty-second songs. Armstrong recalled, "It started getting more Silencio - Los Marismeños - Sevillanas as we tried to outdo one another. We kept connecting these little half-minute bits until we had something.
The group then decided that they would steer the development Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) the album toward what they dubbed a "punk rock opera.
Prior to recording, Green Day rented Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) space in Oakland. Armstrong invited Cavallo to attend the sessions and help guide their writing processes. Cavallo encouraged the idea of a concept album, recalling a conversation the two had a decade prior, in which Armstrong expressed his desire for their career to have a " Beatles -like arc to their creativity.
The band set up a pirate radio station from which it would broadcast jam sessions, along with occasional prank calls. Hoping to clear his head and develop new ideas for songs, Armstrong traveled to New York City alone for a few weeks, renting a small loft in the East Village of Manhattan.
While there, he also formulated much of the album's storyline, about people "going away and getting the hell out, while at the same time fighting their own inner demons. With demos completed, Green Day relocated to Los Κλάψε Αν Έχεις Δάκρυα - Κώστας Καρουσάκης - Αυτή Η Γυναίκα Θα Είναι Το Φινάλε Μου. The band took a relaxed approach to recording.
For five months, they stayed at a Hollywood hotel during the recording sessions, where they would often play loud music late at night, prompting complaints.
Armstrong described the environment: "For the first time, we separated from our pasts, from how we were supposed to behave as Green Day. For the first time, we fully Sehr blieSSbend - Nocheinmal so langsam als vorher - Mahler*, Wiener Philharmoniker, Leonard Bernste the fact that we're rock stars.
American Idiot was inspired by contemporary American political events, like the presidency of George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. There are only two explicitly political songs on the album "American Idiot" and "Holiday" but the album "draws a casual connection between contemporary American social dysfunction […] and the Bush ascendancy.
Armstrong expressed dismay at the then-upcoming presidential election. Summing up his feelings in an interview at the time, he said, "This war that's going on in Iraq [is] basically to build a pipeline and put up a fucking Wal-Mart. The album also takes aim at giant corporations putting small companies out of business.
Cool made an example out of record shops closing when a national retailer makes it to town. Speaking on the album's musical content, Armstrong remarked, "For us, American Idiot is about taking those classic rock and roll elements, kicking out the rules, putting more ambition in, and making it current. He felt groups like hip hop duo OutKast were "kicking rock's ass, because there's so much ambition. The band used more loud guitar sounds for the record.
Armstrong said "We were like, 'Let's just go balls-out on the guitar sound—plug in the Les Pauls and Marshalls and let it rip'". Dirnt ran his bass guitar through an Evil Twin direct box, a staple of his recording methods since Dookie. American Idiot is a concept album that describes the story of a central character named Jesus of Suburbia, an anti-hero created by Billie Joe Armstrong. Jimmy, a "swaggering punk rock freedom fighter par excellence.
Jimmy in the song "She's a Rebel". In this sense, Armstrong decided to leave the ending up to the listeners' imagination. Jimmy is driven by "rebellion and self-destruction," Whatsername is focused on "following your beliefs and ethics. Jimmy, which is revealed to be a facet of his personality.
Through the story, Armstrong hoped to detail coming of age in America at the time of the album's release. Encouraged by Cavallo, he completed the song.
After finishing the music for the album, the band decided that the artwork needed to reflect the themes on the record, likening the change of image to a political campaign. Armstrong recalled, "We wanted to be firing on all cylinders. Everything from the aesthetic to the music to the look. Just everything. The band aimed for the cover to be "at once uniform and powerful". Influenced by artist Saul Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) 's poster for the drama film The Man with the Golden ArmBilheimer created an upstretched arm holding a red heart-shaped grenade.
Although he felt that red is the "most overused color in graphic design", he felt that the "immediate" qualities of the color deemed it appropriate for use on the cover.
He explained, "I'm sure there's psychological theories of it being the same color of blood and therefore has the powers of life and death And as a designer I always feel La Piedra Del Sol - Azteca - Azteca kind of a cop-out, so I never used it before.
But there was no way you couldn't use it on this cover. The band also underwent "a significant image change," and they began wearing black and red Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) onstage. Armstrong considered it Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) natural extension of his showmanship, which began in his childhood.
American Idiot received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacriticwhich assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream publications, the 1,000 Miles - Dwight Yoakam - Hillbilly DeLuxe received an average score of 79, based on 26 reviews. Entertainment Weekly said that despite being based on a musical theater concept "that periodically makes no sense", Green Day "makes the journey entertaining enough".
It described some of the songs as forgettable, though, arguing the album focuses more on lyrics than music. Ian Winwood of Kerrang! American Idiot became Green Day's first number one album in the United States, sellingcopies in its first week of release, their biggest opening sales Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD). Incommenting on the success American Idiot brought the band, Samuel Bayerdirector of all of American Idiot 's music videos, stated "The Billie Joe that I work with now is not the same guy that walked onto the "American Idiot" set a year ago.
Now, he's a rock star. They were famous. They had done big stuff. But it's transcended that. But he hasn't changed. And they haven't changed. They're three friends who love one another. You know how when people get super A-list, their face gets prettier? I think it's perception. It's something that happens in your subconscious". As ofAmerican Idiot has sold 6.
Touring in support of the album began in the US, where the band performed in conservative stronghold states like TexasTennesseeand Georgia. The group headlined arenas that were only "60 to 75 percent full" and were often booed for performing songs from the album.
Armstrong often chanted "Fuck George W. The European tour soldtickets in less than an hour. John Colapinto of Rolling Stone summarized its immediate impact in a story: . American Idiot [ Jon Pareles of The New York Times deemed it "both a harbinger and a beneficiary of the Bush administration 's plummeting approval, selling steadily through as the response to Hurricane Katrina and the protracted war in Iraq turned much of the country against Novacaine - Green Day - Concert Compilation (DVD) government.
The musical was a collaboration between Green Day and director Michael Mayer. James Theatreand opened in April The show received mixed to positive reviews from critics, but received a rave review from The New York Times.
Jimmy multiple times. It also received a nomination for Best Musical. The first national tour started in late Billie Joe Armstrong had at one point, prior to its release, suggested the album would make good material for an adapted feature film. In an interview with VH1Armstrong said, "We've definitely been talking about someone writing a script for it, and there's been a few different names that have been thrown at us.
It sounds really exciting, but for right now it's just talk. In AprilTom Hanks and his production company Playtone optioned the musical to make a film version, and Universal Pictures began initial negotiations to distribute. Michael Mayer, who directed the Broadway production, was named as director, with Green Day and Hanks as producers.
Dustin Lance Black was initially hired to adapt the musical.
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