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Green Day started in 1990, releasing their first album "1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours" with band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and John Kiffmeyer. Before the release of 1039 SOSH Green Day went by the name of Sweet Children, which was formed by band members above, playing…more

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  • Trivia

    • Green Day appeared in The Simpsons Movie, where they are credited by their real names.

    • Green Day was ranked #80 on VH1's Top 100 Artist of Rock.

    • Green Day had a drummer before Tre' Cool that did drums on 39/Smooth and Kerplunk! His name was Al Sobrante.

    • Mike Dirnt's real name is Mike Pricthard.

    • Green Day's most sold album is American Idiot.

    • billy joe's favorite song of Green Day is Jesus of Suburbia.

    • In the Nick Kids' Choice Awards '06 Green Day won two awards. One being for best music group and the other was for "Wake Me Up When September Ends" for the best song award.

    • Green Day's album American Idiot won the best album award at the Nick Kids' Choice Awards '05.

    • Billie is the only band member with his real name.

    • Green Day's breakthrough album Dookie has been certified diamond in the United States since its 1994 release, and won the Grammy Award for Alternative Album. Their second best-selling album American Idiot (2004), has been certified quadruple platinum in the U.S., and won the 2005 Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album". Green Day has won three Grammy Awards, and several MTV Video Music Awards and other industry and fan-based awards. They are also second to the Red Hot Chili Peppers for most number-ones on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart with eight.

    • Boulevard of Broken Dreams is Green Day's only top-five single and currently their most successful.

    • The Longview music video cost $300 to create.

    • According to Billie, Longview is about "boredom, masturbation and smoking dope".

    • Mike's engaged to his girlfriend, Brittney.

    • MediaBase.com announced that Green Day is the most played artist of all formats combined for 2005.

    • Green Day is #9 for Google's Top Gainers of 2005 along with MySpace, iTunes, and Wikipedia.

    • Green Day picked up Song of the Year/Adult Hit Radio, Song of the Year/Rock Radio, Song of the Year/Alternative and Active Rock Radio all for Boulavard of Broken Dreams, as well as Artist of the Year/Alternative and Active Rock Radio.

    • Green Day picked up best band, best single, best dressed star, hero of the year, best video, and best live show in the Kerrang reader's poll.

    • Mike, Tre, and Billie have an 'EBPM' tattoo which stands for East Bay Punk Mafia.

    • Billie named his cat after Basil Expedition from Austin Powers.

    • Billie Joe's birthday is on "National Cabbage Day".

    • American Idiot and Bullet in a Bible are the only parental advisory albums.

    • The song Welcome to Paradise is on two albums: Dookie and Kerplunk.

    • Jason White and Jason Freeze play with Green Day when they are live.

    • When Green Day was first starting the song FOD,it originally stood for "Finger of Death",but now stands for "F*** Off and Die".

    • On February 24th, 1989, Sweet Children (Green Day) played along with a local band called Sweet Baby Jesus.

    • Warning,American Idiotand 21st Century Breakdown are the only albums to be named after a song on it.

    • Billie Joe wrote Boulevard of Broken Dreams in his son, Jakob's, room.

    • Mike Dirnt was one of Billie's few friends that knew his father before he died.

    • Billie's son Joey has a fish named Speedy.

    • Billie Joe was 15 when he wasn't allowed into an Operation Ivy concert. One of the band members heard that he wasn't allowed in and they all came out to personally escort him into the show.

    • Billie Joe actually was a vegeterian in the early 90's but lost a lot of weight and felt weird so he gave it up.

    • Green Day has a private massage therapist on tour with them.

    • In every town Green Day plays at, Mike looks for a good coffee shop.

    • On the song El Scorcho (Pinkerton) by Weezer, Green Day is mentioned: "I asked you to go to the Green Day concert....You said you never heard of them."

    • Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning all came out in October. Insomniac on October 10th 1995, Nimrod on October 14th 1997, and Warning on October 3rd 2000.

    • The back up guitarist for Green Day's live shows is Jason White, who also plays for The Influents.

    • Before Rivers Cuomo, from Weezer, actually knew how to write a song he studied the songwriting techniques of Kurt Cobain and Green Day. Weezer would probably be nowhere without Green Day.

    • In the second grade two girls beat up Billie Joe so that he would date them. This might have led to the song, Pulling Teeth.

    • Mike took the picture of himself in the Nimrod booklet.

    • Tre only has one testicle. He lost the other one in a tragic unicycle accident. He was riding it on a stage at a high school near his home town when suddenly he fell off the stage and landed on the unicycle. His testicle went inside his body, and the doctor examining him took one look and said "hmm... translucent scrotum..."

    • Billie has two sons called Joseph and Jakob.

    • Tre once milked a dog because he wanted milk for his coffee, and the house he was staying in didn't have any.

    • Billie Joe sometimes suffers from panic attacks and anxiety.

    • Billie Joe used to have a nose ring, but he took it out because it kept getting caught on his guitar. Tre has his left nipple peirced (however he might have took it out in recent years).

    • Dookie's original title was Liquid Dookie, but they changed it because they thought it was too gross.

    • Green Day hates ska except for the band Operation Ivy.

    • The lyrics that are scratched out inside the Nimrod cover are actual lyrics that were taken out.

    • During the Kerplunk inlay, it also thanks Addrienne Nesser, Billie's wife.

    • Billie and Mike recorded the vocals for 1,039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours simultaneously, to save money, and Lawrence Livermore gave them the $1000 needed for the album.

    • Weird Al Yankovic covered Basket Case in his song Alternative Polka, which is on the album Bad Hair Day.

    • In the Minority video, Billie Joe is running around with the cape on and Mike throws a hand to trip him. The hand is given the peace sign. When it hits him it knocks off the index finer and gives the middle finger.

    • On the Insomniac cover, there are three skulls which are supposed to be the 3 skulls of the 3 members of Green Day, and in order to see the third one you have to look in the flames and hold the paper at an angle in order to see it properly. This technique was used back in the Renaissance.

    • The video for Redundant has the same scene playing over and over again behind the band, hence the name Redundant.

    • 5 of Green Day's mainstream albums all begin with drums.

    • The Insomniac cover art (created by Winston Smith) is called "God Told Me to Skin You Alive."

    • One reason there was such a long break between Nimrod and Warning was because Billie Joe was at a rocky point in his marriage and needed to spend time at home.

    • Haushinka was originally written for Kerplunk, but at the time they didn't like the sound of it. So they excluded it from the album then when Nimrod came they decided to include it.

    • "The Grouch" (on nimrod) was originally titled "Happy Grouch".

    • Insomniac is called "Insomniac" because Billie Joe didn't sleep at night. His son (Joey) cried all night, so Billie would write a lot of songs. Another way it is said that they got the name for Insomniac is that when Billie Joe came to Winston Smith, the guy who made the cover for it, to see what it was like Billie Joe thought that it was really cool and he asked Winston Smith how long it took him to do it and he said about 36 hours and Billie Joe said "Man, you must have been tired" and Winston Smith said "Really, I'm kind of an Insomniac".

    • When Green Day was recording songs for Insomniac, they were trying to think of an appropriate name for the song Stuck With Me. The band recorded the song now called Do Da Da around the same time, and that song was originally called Stuck With Me, because those words actually appear in that song. But, there was a studio mix-up, and someone labeled the third track on Insomniac "Stuck With Me". When the band discovered the error, they felt the name was appropriate for the song and kept it. Later, they decided to release the real Stuck With Me as a b-side, so they gave it the nonsensical name Do Da Da.

    • In 1995, the video for Longview was critiqued on the popular MTV show, Beavis and Butthead. Basketcase was also critiqued on the "Spanish Fly" episode of Beavis and Butthead.

    • There were new copies of Dookie made without Ernie on the back. That's because Sesame Street threatened to sue Green Day.

    • Tré Cool's birth name is Frank Edwin Wright III.

    • All of the members of Green Day have been on other previous bands.

    • Green Day started the famous mudfight on Woodstock in 1994.

    • 4 Singles from Dookie are Longview, Basket Case, When I come Around, and Welcome to Paradise.

    • The song Boulevard of Broken Dreams was #2 on The Top 40 Countdown of 2005.

    • The song Good Riddance was featured on the last episode of Seinfield.

    • Green Day has 5 singles from the American Idiot album, they are American Idiot, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Holiday, Wake Me Up When September Ends, and Jesus of Suburbia.

    • Green Day are the champions of the East Bay Pop-Punk,Green Day's Mid 90's success help bring punk breifly to the forefront of the music industry.

    • Green Day were one of the latter-day punk bands to emerge from the Gilman Street Scene in Berkley,California.

    • In Green Day's song Good Ridance (Time of You Life), approximately 4 seconds into the song you can hear Billie Joe mumble a cuss.

    • The term "Green Day" is reffering to a day just smoking pot, hanging around, and doing absolutely nothing all day.

    • Jason White was born on November 11, 1973.

    • Jason White did the guitar and background vocals.

    • Jason Freese also plays piano, guitar, accordian, trombone, and vocals.

    • Jason Freese did the piano for Green Day.

    • Billie coughs close to the end of Prosthetic Head.

    • Mike once kicked his teacher when he was in kindergarten because she told him to do something he didn't want to do.

    • Chump/Longview, Brain Stew/Jaded, Uptight/Last Ride In, Jinx/Haushinka, Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Are We the Waiting/St. Jimmy and Give Me Novacaine/She's a Rebel are Green Day's transitional songs.

    • Green Day toured in a bookmobile from Tre's dad in 1991.

    • In Homecoming: Rock 'n Roll Girlfriend, while Tre says 'I haven't drank or smoked nothing in over 22 days, so get off of my case,' you can hear Billie saying 'Don't wanna be an American Idiot' in the background.

    • In My Chemical Romance's music video I'm Not Okay (I Promise), they say thank you's at the end and Green Day is thanked first.

    • Band members Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt were originally in a band called "Sweet Children", when in 1987 they formed "Green Day" with Tre Cool.

    • They toured to Tokyo, Japan on August, 7 and 8, 2004.

    • In 1994, When I Come Around was ranked 4th on Rick Dee's Top 94 songs.

    • Kerplunk was #1 for 2 weeks in 1995.

    • Green day was ranked #36 in the Spin magazines for the Top 40 Bands in 1997.

    • The songs on Bullet in a Bible are American Idiot, Jesus of Subarbia, Holiday, We are the Waiting, St. Jimmy, Longview, Hitchin' a Ride, Brain Stew, Basket Case, King for a Day/Shout, Wake me Up When September Ends, Minority, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Good Riddance(Time of Your Life).

    • Green Day's Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) was the most popular wedding song in 2002.

    • The back up musicians in Green Day include Jason White, Jason Freese, and Ronnie Blake.

    • All of the members of Green Day have changed their hair colors numerous times.

    • The main members of Green Day are all 33.

    • Billie Joe and Mike met when they were only 10 years old in their school cafeteria.

    • They won 2 MTV European Music Awards in 2005.

    • They became popular at the same time as "The Offspring".

    • Green Day had 7 wins out of 8 nominations at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami.

    • They never say the words "Basket Case" in their song Basket Case.

    • Billie, Mike and Tre all have tattoos.

    • Green Day's songs has appeared on the following movie soundtracks: American Pie 2, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Varsity Blues.

    • All the Green Day boys were born in the same year: 1972

    • Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt are from Rodeo, California.

    • Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt began playing music together when they were 14.

    • Green Day's music video "Wake Up When September Ends " aired on August 9, 2005 on VH1 at 9:00 A.M. in the U.S.

    • Green Day has had 2 retired videoes on TRL, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams and Wake Me Up When September Ends.

    • Green Day won a moonman at the 1998 VMA's for Good Riddance as Best Alternative Video

    • Green Day was nominated for 8 moonmen at the 2005 VMA's.

    • The Wake Me Up When September Ends video is 7 minutes long.

    • Green Day has had 14 albums since they first came out, with 5 being main albums.

    • Wake Me Up When September Ends was the fourth single released off of American Idiot. The video is about a boy and a girl in love but the boy throws it all away and goes to Iraq while his girl waits for him at home. It has been shown in Europe and there were rumors of banning it in the US.

    • The name "Lorie L." on the Kurplunk! inlay story is a tribute to Lawrance Livermore of Lookout Records. Without him, Tre Cool would have niether his name nor Green Day.

    • American Idiot was voted "Best Rock Album of the Year" at the 2005 Grammys Awards.

    • Boulevard of Broken Dreams voted Australian Channel V #22 song of 2004.

    • Smash hit song American Idiot voted the Australian Channel V #3 song of 2004, losing out to What You Waiting For by Gwen Stefani at #2 and Just Lose It by Eminem at #1.

    • Green Day's song American Idiot stayed at #1 on VH1's top twenty countdown for 8 weeks.

  • Quotes

    • Billie: (When asked in 1992 where Green Day would be in 3 years) I'm going to point a gun at Tre. Tre is going to point a gun at Mike. Mike is going to point a gun at me. We're gonna count to three and pull the trigger.

    • Billie: (On Green Day) What annoys the hell out of me is the arrogance of some people. They don't even listen to our music, they decided in advance that they don't like it. You know even before we finished the album, before anybody ever heard just one track, some people had decided that it will suck. I don't give a s*** about them. If they can't appreciate good music, it's their own fault.

    • Billie: With the video for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" we were going for something a bit like Ladykillers, you know? Pretty and demented at the same time... like me!

    • Billie: (when asked what is the secret to keeping Green Day together) Circle massage... we like to massage each other.

    • Billie: Punk is always something that's going to be with us and to try and explain that would be stupid at this point.

    • Billie: History will tell if we were really a good band or just a one day fly.

    • Billie: There is not a band you can mention that we haven't kicked their ass at one time or another.

    • Billie: One day we'll [Green Day] either get kicked in the face, or get handed a big gold record. Either way it's going to be really shocking.

    • Tre' Cool: Roll, roll, roll a joint. Twist it at the end. Light it up and take a puff and pass it to your friends.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Okay band.

    6.0
    While I don't really like Green Day, I have to say that they have been decent enough in the music world to be noticed. They have some okay songs, but the thing that I think has made them appealing is their ability to be different from other punk-rock bands. In this music business, they have the ability to make themselves popular with simple songs about subjects taht have already been covered. Overall, they are an okay band, maybe not great singers, but decent enough to be a hit in the world of music. They have been a unique band today. Thank you.moreless
  • One of the best band ever

    10
    Green Day started in 1990, releasing their first album "1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours" with band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and John Kiffmeyer. Before the release of 1039 SOSH Green Day went by the name of Sweet Children, which was formed by band members above, playing a punk/rock sound. In 1991 Green Day released their second album, "Kerplunk," and gained modern day band member, Tré Cool or Frank Edward Wright III, as band drummer and therefore lost John Kiffmeyer as he returned to university. Almost three years later Green Day released, "Dookie" which sold a total of 12 million copies worldwide and 8million US. With the Videos Basketcase, Longview, Welcome to Paradise and When I Come Around, Green Day gained fame and became more than they ever could have dreamed of.



    After unleashing their fourth album ,"Insomniac," which did not do as well as "Dookie," Green Day toured for a year, only to cut it short as Billie Joe had family issues at home: Billie Joe's wife was having a their first son, Joey. But since the band had to cut it short, they gave something back to the fans, a brand new album by the name of "Nimrod". To this day "Nimrod" is said to be the greatest album released by Green Day and one of their biggest career boosts since they formed. It is known as a slightly more mature GreenDay album. After winning countless awards for their hit song "Time of Your Life" (still a popular song at graduations) and Australian TV publicity, such as Recovery TV and RAGE, Green Day went back to America to write songs for there 6th album, "Warning".



    After "Warning's" release, which wasn't as successful as Green Day members had hoped, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool decided to release, in 2001, a "Best of" CD with Green Day's biggest hit songs, called "International Superhits!" As this CD was a huge success, and the band soon realeased a CD full of B-Side" songs, called "Shenanigans". As a total in their career, Green Day released a total of 8 albums and innumerable singles, soundtracks, EP's and compilations.



    In 2004, Green Day released the album "American Idiot", which was their most popular album to date. They topped the charts, won Best Rock Album of the Year at the Grammy's for the first time since Dookie and gained a true place in the Punk Rock Hall of Fame. American Idiot is a "Punk Rock Opera" tracking the story of Jesus of Suburbia, who later warps in a character by the name of St. Jimmy in a haze of drugs and loneliness out on the streets. This album would not have been possible had it not been for a big accident... Green Day had recorded a completely different album, but, upon it's completion, the masters were stolen. This left the boys with a huge decision: re-record or start over with a clean slate, and the clean slate proved to be the beginning of a legend.moreless
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