Anathema (Justin): Yes, dude. I thought your post was funny. Was it that confusing?
Phrosty: I can say Dookie was better. I did and I will continue to. If you think "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" is better than, say, "Welcome to Paradise" then we don't need to continue this conversation because in my opinion there is no comparison.
You're right. I don't think the same as I did 10 years ago. But pace, intensity, and power are things that made Dookie great for me and American Idiot lacked all of those. The drumming on Dookie was turbocharged. The guitar and bass playing was quick and feverish. "Holiday" sounds like something off of a Good Charlotte CD.
As soon as Billy Joe applied eye liner Green Day was written off my list. They said it themselves in the last issue of Rolling Stone. Something to the effect of "We wanna be the biggest band in the world." Anyone who says that is not aligned with what I think music is about. It's not a popularity contest for me.
Just because they grew up, lost their balls, and their music changed doesn't mean it got better.
SHAKE YOUR BLOOD