Friday, May 22, 2009
On Friday mornings, I'll check to see what music is on Good Morning America. Today was a winner: Green Day. The band gets the crowd involved, uses the whole stage and plays their hearts out. The Ramones references have been around since the beginning of the band, it especially rings true with the economic length of their songs.
Wal-Mart is not selling their latest record, 21st Century Breakdown. They wanted a "clean version". Green Day refused to alter their art for the sake of a retail chain. Kudos to them. As lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said, "They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there," he said. "We just said no. We've never done it before. You feel like you're in 1953 or something."