Every band is hated by somebody. However, I’ve noticed among a lot of people an extreme and excessive hate for the band Green Day. Really, people, what is the big deal? I don’t listen to them all the time, but I do know some of their songs, and some of them are pretty good. I hear a lot of different arguments.
“They’re not real punks.”
What are “real punks”? Do they not play loud enough or scream loud enough?
“They’re obviously just faking it.”
As opposed to everyone else, who are obviously not faking it?
“They’re sellouts to the record industry.”
I don’t know a successful band that isn’t. It shouldn’t be a musicians main priority to make money, but they defenitely have the right to keep it in mind. Besides, taking a major label gives them extra money, but it also gives them extra listeners, an easier time setting up tours, and so forth.
“They’ve changed, they’ve become more poppish just to please the masses.”
First of all, people’s music changes. It had been quite a while since Green Day had released anything, so a different sound could be expected. The Stones and the Beatles would change styles constantly back in their heydeys, but people loved it. If American Idiot is dumbed down just to please the masses, I sure can’t hear it. The music sounds pretty original to me.
I don’t mean to make such a big deal out of this or anything, but when a friend of yours blocks your SN briefly just because you told them that you like Green Day, you tend to wonder just what is wrong.