This is a great time for us to sort of reflect and look back with gratitude. Well, thank you Fall Out Boy, that fucking made me tear up a few times. And thank all you fuckers, coming here, we love you.
That seems like that should be an easy enough question to answer but kids and critics argue about it with the fervent and furious devotion of opposing religious sects, political parties, or Star Wars fans. So, I remember the first time I heard Green Day. Give you a little background: I was a little bit of a music snob when I was a kid. So one day some friends got me to sneak out of class, and mostly we just went home and listened to this cassette tape that one of them had. It was Dookie. So the thing that struck me right off the bat was how musical it was. After that, I was all over it. I followed every interview, I watched every TV performance. And the more immersed into the world I got, the more I thought that this band was one of the greatest. But with Green Day, every player, every sound that came out of these three guys was as important to the entire thing, including the one guy.
They have a Diamond record. Green Day are part of a rare club of musicians who have released Diamond-selling albums. That means one of their albums— Dookie —was purchased by over 10 million people in the U. The success of AI exposed Green Day to a whole new generation of younger fans and its success is why they remain so relevant today. Yeah, the Ramones, the Clash and the Sex Pistols are all there, but classic rock far outweighs punk. Generally, being a punk band is a lot harder than other genres, coming with little commercial success.
Touring guitarist Jason White became a full-time member in , but returned to his role as a touring member in The band's early releases were with the independent record label Lookout! In , their major-label debut Dookie , released through Reprise Records , became a breakout success and eventually shipped over 10 million copies in the U. Though the albums Insomniac , Nimrod , and Warning did not match the success of Dookie , they were still successful with the former two reaching double platinum status while the latter achieved gold. Green Day's seventh album, a rock opera called American Idiot , found popularity with a younger generation, selling six million copies in the U.