Remember when Green Day was edgy and relevant? The California punk rockers are back with their latest album, “Green Day – God’s Favorite Band”, is a comprehensive greatest hits package with 22 songs including two brand new tracks. All of your favorites from “Basket Case” to “When I Come Around”, “Holiday”, “Good Riddance”, “Wake Me When September Comes”, and 21 Guns” make the final set list. I’d have like to see “Geek Stink Breath” from Insomniac or their tribute to Amy Winehouse on “Dos” make the collection complete but they did a great job picking the biggest hits.
Billie Joe Armstrong has always tried to blend political commentary with his brand of pop punk. Sometimes it’s incredible like “American Idiot” which took a jab at George W. Bush and the sheeple mentality so many take today. Their duet with U2 for “The Saints Are Marching” was a powerful metaphor for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Green Day is back with their latest political message track, “Back In The U.S.A.”. The black and white video is set in a town like Pleasantville, USA in the 50’s. Once the band receives special goggles they’re able to see through the “fake news” and hear the “real” message from a zombie version of President Donald J. Trump. The video is a little too obvious and those special glasses are stolen from the lost 80s horror classic, “They Live”. But the song is classic Green Day and a great addition to the greatest hits package.
“BACK IN THE U.S.A.”
The second new single on “God’s Favorite Band” teams up Billie Joe Armstrong with Miranda Lambert for a remake of “Ordinary World”. The pairing crosses musical genres and hearing Billie Joe with a banjo accompaniment will certainly catch you by surprise. It’s a soft song with a hopeful message and Miranda’s sweet harmony adds a nice touch to the album’s closing track. This is the second greatest hits album for Green Day after their “International Superstars!” release a decade ago and this is the superior album. We’re still waiting for a box set with their B-Sides (Simpsons Theme, I Fought The Law…).