Punk Rock and Green Day

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Green Day is Punk Rock

Punk rock defined by dictionary.com is, “a type of rock-'n'-roll, reaching its peak in the late 1970s and characterized by loud, insistent music and abusive or violent protest lyrics, and whose performers and followers are distinguished by extremes of dress and socially defiant behavior.” Personally, the definition that people put to the word “punk rock” may be a little different than the actual definition, but the original definition still is the backbone of punk rock. A band that stuck out to me as being a punk rock band, even through all the criticism of them being a pop rock band is Green Day. In my eyes they have created their punk ethos through their music.

Green Day would perform and be seen with very unorthodox clothes when you think about punk rock. For example, they perform in suits and ties, which was very unorthodox for people to see. It was very unique, and it may not be exactly what the original definition had defined, but they continued the trend of punk rock by being different and not by following what others have already done. That alone, their ability to be risky and try something new, like their outfit, really gives them their punk ethos in my eyes. As well as their unique clothing, they would also wear eyeliner and other accessories that were different for their time, even though it was after the peak punk rock time.

Lyrically, being described as a pop rock band means their lyrics don’t go against certain social norms, which I strongly disagree with. For example, their song “Good Riddance” was a risky move that lead them to more success. But during their time, no song similar to that was ever created. The lyrics and the tempo were very different than all past songs. Also, albums like “American Idiot” in the title alone reject certain social norms. Songs such as “Basket Case” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” were so unique and were very different than the music being produced by other rock bands. Green Day...
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