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.