Green Day's 20 Most Awesome Videos
From giant band member balloons, to exploding American flags, to epic scenes of war, there's not much cinematographic ground that Green Day haven't covered in their incredible career. So, we decided to re-live their most awesome on-screen moments. You're welcome.
20. Jesus Of Suburbia
Kicking off our list in completely triumphant style is Green Day's Kerrang! Award-winning video for Jesus Of Suburbia. A song as huge as this needed a pretty damn impressive video to boot, and the band well and truly delivered here - with awesome Bullet In A Bible footage appearing in between the story of Jesus Of Suburbia and Whatsername. Phew.
It's one of the Berkeley punks' most iconic tunes, so how comes the video is only at number 19? Er, because there are 18 even cooler videos than this one, obvs. Seriously, though, all the Longview video does is make us want to sit around on our bums all day, without a care in the world. It makes us want to get a monkey, too. That part is important.
18. Let Yourself Go
"Shut your mouth 'cause you're talking to much and I don't give a fuck anyway!" It's only right that Green Day - one of the greatest live bands in the world - give the explosive Let Yourself Go the live treatment. It makes the whole package one enormous smack to the chops. We really dig Billie Joe's blonde locks here, as well. He looks like one seriously cool motherfucker.
17. When I Come Around
Ooh, who's that there at 1:58? It's only Green Day's 'fourth' member and guitarist extraordinaire, Jason White, with his then-girlfriend. Did you spot that when you first saw the clip, hmm? When I Come Around sees the band walking around San Francisco and California, having a nose around and looking all young. It's great. N'awwww.
16. 21st Century Breakdown
A video consisting mostly of killer animated graffiti? Yep, we are totally, 100% sold. Much like the song itself, 21st Century Breakdown's video is a bit of a trip - but it ends in the same manner of how all things should end... With Green Day doing what they do best: Jamming on a fancy-pants rooftop in the sunset. Right?
15. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
Fun fact: frontman Billie Joe Armstrong chipped his tooth just days before the filming of Good Riddance, by throwing televisions out of a hotel window. Luckily it doesn't take the attention away too much from Mike and Tré, who spend the entire video staring off into the distance, while Billie does all the work on the guitar. Tsk tsk.
14. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Picking up where Holiday leaves off (more on that video later...), Boulevard Of Broken Dreams sees Green Day get all deep and meaningful, with the band strolling sombrely down a, well, boulevard. It's not the most thrilling of clips, sure, but it's in perfect keeping with the enigmatic track, and it won six awards at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005. Hard to argue with that, innit?
13. Know Your Enemy
A single as anthemic as Know Your Enemy requires a bold video, so it's a good job that this promo is as bold as they come. After all, what says more of a statement than night vision security cameras and burning silhouettes of the band? Exactly. If this doesn't make you want to rally the troops for a protest, then we're not sure what will.
So much slow-motion. Or, should that be, sooooo muuuuchhhh slooooow-mooootiooooon? That's us re-creating Green Day's video for Waiting in words form, that is. The pop-punks' glass-smashing, flour-throwing, drink-pouring clip is pretty darn great, y'know. And then Tré falls over his drum kit and we love the whole thing even more.
11. Stray Heart
Did we not pay enough attention in science classes, or something? We've never actually been fortunate to see what our own hearts look like, but if it's a leather jacket-wearing, cigarette-smoking badass, then this changes everything. This ¡Dos! single is seriously underrated, and it's accompanying video is one of the funniest videos in Green Day's back-catalogue. It's also a little bit gross, but we can deal with that.
Kids, we're telling you now, don't pay too close attention to this video. It's dangerous. It's also highly impractical, with the band jamming in a kitchen of all places. Anyway, whether the main character is eating a big greasy burger before a dip in the pool, or munching on a plate of raw chicken, the video for Warning makes our stomach churn a whole lot. Eeeek.
9. Wake Me Up When September Ends
Featuring Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood, Green Day's big budget clip for the American Idiot single is as iconic as they come. From the Iraq battle scenes to the falling sparks during the guitar solo, Wake Me Up When September Ends is heart-wrenching, powerful and intense, and also the first time Jason White appears in a Green Day video as a band member. Sup, Jason.
We've all seen this video a thousand times, but those CGI giant balloons just never get old, do they? In typical Green Day fashion, the pop-punks end up destroying everything around them, which is completely priceless, too. All together now: "A free for all, FUCK 'EM ALL!"
Be honest, how many times have you watched this video to count the characters' moves? It might sound like a boring video when you take into account the fact that all people are doing is mundane jobs, like picking up newspapers, moving paintings and carrying plant pots. But it's hypnotic, clever and Mike and Tré both have amazing coloured hair.
All you need to do is look at the Holiday video in Wikipedia for the list of characters Green Day play, to know that this rules. Billie Joe takes up the roles of the Representative of California, a punk, a nerd and two fighting clients. Tré Cool is a priest, an arrested patron, and a female prostitute, while Mike Dirnt plays the barman, a punk, and a policeman. 'Nuff said, really.
5. Hitchin' A Ride
That moment when the huge fly starts rapidly buzzing, Billie Joe screams "Shit!" and everything kicks off and suddenly turns to chaos? Yeah. That bit's our favourite. From giant Betty Boop losing her head, to Billie Joe getting kicked out by a very tall man, Hitchin' A Ride is bursting with awesome moments. This is one play that we'd definitely pay to see.
4. Nice Guys Finish Last
"Green Day Stadium. The mere mention of its name conjures up images of sweat-covered mosh-pits, vomit-soaked stands, and very worried parents." We don't care, to be honest - if Green Day Stadium was an actual real-life place, we'd probably spend all our time there. Like, we'd literally never leave. Nope.
3. Basket Case
Tré Cool playing drums in a wheelchair and still owning it is SUCH A BRILLIANT THING, and that's before you add Mike's fetching orange boiler suit in to the equation. We've got to hand it to you, lads, you pull the look off pretty darn well. The fact that this is one of the greatest pop-punk songs ever certainly helps, too. "DO YOU HAVE THE TIME?" (Your turn)
2. Walking Contradiction
While Billie Joe's causing traffic chaos with that fine lookin' beard thing he's got going on there, Mike accidentally electrocutes a poor man, and Tré obliviously does a truck-load of damage with a bread van. Lesson learned here? If you see these men walking down the street, avoid them. Avoid them immediately.
1. American Idiot
THE GREEN GOO. The green goo was always going to win it for us, wasn't it? The iconic, Grammy Award-nominated video for American Idiot sees Billie Joe, Mike and Tré Cool putting their green screen fast and slow-motion skills to phenomenal use, while being soaked in liquid and still looking cooler than every band ever. Simply unbeatable.
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