Got the new Green Day album (21st Century Breakdown) on Friday, and I’m enjoying it quite a lot. Early favourites are Peacemaker and Little Girl, although I’m sure that will change over time. One of the strange things I find with Green Day is that most of their stuff goes past me the first couple of times, and then as I get to know it better it sort of - creeps in. Works its way under my skin, into my spine and heart and fingertips. (Excuse the poeticals, it’s very late here.) Right now, if I had to choose only one piece of music to take to a desert island, it would quite likely be Holiday, from American Idiot, but the first few times I heard it, it simply didn’t register.
So I’m guessing my preferences will change as I get to know the new music better; in the meantime these two tracks are I suppose, the simplest and most - um, don’t know how to describe it - open? Does that make sense?
As so often, this evening I have spent far too much time watching the boys on YouTube (I started with this interview - warning for language). My excuse is that I’m preparing for the concert. Anyway, I came across a sweet little moment in a recording of Holiday live in Milan. Billie’s just fluffed the last note, and he reaches out and holds Mike’s hand just for a moment. Awww.
I’ll stop rambling now, and get back to what I wanted to share in the first place - the daftest line ever. I mean, I love Billie Joe’s lyrics, but seriously - “Little one; little one the sky is falling - your lifeboat of deception is now sailing.” How he manages to sing that with a straight face I don’t know; I haven’t yet managed to hear it without laughing out loud.
I love these guys.