Green Day were (was?) new to me. Of course, I knew Basket Case - who doesn't? But that was all.
No other songs, no videos, no recollection of who was in the band. Then came American Idiot, their
much-lauded comeback album.
Pim Verhulst, a friend of mine, illegally sent me the MP3 of Holiday, one of the five singles that were
eventually pulled off the album. I was blown away by the song and played it all summer long. Boulevard Of
Broken Dreams was no stranger to me either, since most Belgian radio stations played it non-stop.
I decided to order the vinyl edition in the local recordstore. When I dropped the needle and the opening riff
from American Idiot (the song) started, I knew this album was going to be something special. And indeed,
it's very good. Almost every track could be a single.
The highlight for me is the sensitive Give Me Novocaine,
with the touching lyric "I get the funny feeling, that's allright/Jimmy says it's better than here". Another personal
favourite is St. Jimmy with "I am the son of a bitch and Edgar Allen Poe". I wish I had written that line.
With American Idiot (the album), Green Day came of age and found a new audience - I was only 10 when they released
their bestselling album Dookie. Let's hope the next album will be half as good as American Idiot. Recommended.
Julian De Backer, 14 June 2006