Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
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Release date: 15 May 2009
21st Century Breakdown
Album review: Green Day: Grand Masters of the post-punk concept album, arch social satirists, counter-culture insurrectionists, a Who for g-g-g-generation zero. Duh, who’da thunk it? Three gonk-rock basketcases whose most political action in the 1990s was to catch each others’ flob in their mouths, reborn as the studded wristband against the throat of the capitalist pigdogs? You’d as...
- May 15, 2009
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- Song of the Century
- 21st Century Breakdown
- Know Your Enemy
- iViva la Gloria!
- Before the Lobotomy
- Christian's Inferno
- Last Night on Earth
- East Jesus Nowhere
- Murder City
- Last of the American Girls
- ¿Viva la Gloria? (Little Girl)
- Restless Heart Syndrome
- Horseshoes and Handgrenades
- The Static Age
- 21 Guns
- American Eulogy
- See the Light
Veteran punks complete their filler-filled trilogy, and stagger across the finish line looking badly in need of a lie-down
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- Nov 9, 2012
The first part of this ambitious trilogy, ‘¡Uno!’ fails to thrill
- Sep 21, 2012
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Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown: Wikipedia Album Entry
21st Century Breakdown is the eighth studio album by American punk rock band Green Day, released through Reprise Records on May 15, 2009. It is the band's second rock opera, following American Idiot, and its first album to be produced by Butch Vig. Vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong described 21st Century Breakdown as a "snapshot of the era in which we live as we question and try to make sense of the selfish manipulation going on around us, whether it be the government, religion, media or frankly any form of authority.
The span of nearly five years between American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown was the longest gap between studio albums in Green Day's career. The band had been working on new material since January 2006. By October 2007, Armstrong had 45 songs written, but the band showed no further signs of progress until October 2008, when a video of the group recording with producer Butch Vig in the studio was posted on YouTube. The writing and recording process, spanning three years and four recording studios, was finally finished in April 2009.
The album received generally positive reception. 21st Century Breakdown achieved Green Day's best chart performance to date. Upon its release, 21st Century Breakdown reached number one on the charts of at least fourteen countries. The album subsequently achieved number one on the Billboard 200, European Top 100 Albums and UK Albums Charts.
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Do you know what's worth fighting for?
When it's not worth dying for?
Does it take your breath away
And you feel yourself suffocating?
Sing us the song of the century
That sings like American eulogy
The dawn of my love and conspiracy
Forgotten hope and the class of 13
I got under the grip between this modern hell
I got the rejection letter in the mail, it was already ripped to shreds
Seasons in ruin and this bitter pill is chased with blood
There's fire in my veins and it's pouring out like a flood!
Can you hear the sound of the static noise
Blasting out in stereo?
Cater to the class and the paranoid
Music to my nervous system
But not hopeless
I feel so useless
In the murder city
Well, I've got a fever
I'm in a state of grace
For I am the Caesar
Born into Nixon I was raised in hell
A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled
The last one born, and the first one to run
My town was blind from refinery sun
Well I crossed the river
Fell into the sea
Where the non-believers
Go beyond belief
I was only dreaming
Of another place and time
Where my family's from
Sing us a song of the century
That's louder than bombs and eternity
The era of static and contraband
Leading us into the Promised Land
Hey Gloria, are you standing close to the edge?
Look out to the setting sun, the brink of your vision
Eternal youth is a landscape of a lie
I've got a really bad disease
It's got me begging
On my hands and knees
So take me to emergency
Do you know the enemy?
Do you know your enemy?
Well, gotta know the enemy, wah hey
I text a postcard, sent to you
Did it go through?
Sending all my love to you
You are the moonlight of my life every night
I'm not fucking around
I think I'm coming out
All the deceivers and cheaters
I think we've got a bleeder right now
She puts her makeup on like graffiti on the walls of the heartland
She's got her little book of conspiracies right in her hand
She is paranoid like endangered species headed into extinction
She is one of a kind, well, she's the last of the American girls
Raise your hands now to testify
Your confession will be crucified
You're a sacrificial suicide
Like a dog that's been sodomized