Following the launch of a campaign to try and get Green Day‘s ‘American Idiot’ to number one in protest against Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the UK, the single is currently soaring up the charts.
This week sees the controversial US President pay a one-day “working visit” to the UK on July 13. Despite plans to meet the Queen, Trump’s trip will not, however, be an official state visit.
A Facebook campaign to get Green Day’s 2004 hit to the top of the UK chart has so far been backed by over 20,000 likes and – and it seems to be working. The Official Charts Company reports that the song is currently at Number 18 in the midweek charts, and is just 4,000 sales away from cracking the top 10. However, ‘Three Lions’ by The Lightning Seeds with Baddiel and Skinner is currently on course to land the Number 1 spot, as England face Croatia this weekend in the World Cup semi final.
‘American Idiot’, originally written during the George W Bush era, features the lyrics: “Don’t wanna be an American idiot / Don’t want a nation under the new media / And can you hear the sound of hysteria? / The subliminal mind-fuck America”.
“He’s coming Friday 13th July… so if we ALL buy enough downloads of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ between Friday 6th-Thursday 12th it will time PERFECTLY to hit No.1 the very day he arrives on UK soil!”, the organisers wrote in a post.
“Streaming counts too but less effective,” they added. “Let’s do this!”
In a later post, the organisers said: “Yes, we know Green Day are already millionaires. No, you don’t have to get involved. Yes, we’re doing this regardless. No, we don’t want to choose another song. Yes, we’ll post up all links at the time”.
We have a date, he's coming Friday 13th July… so if we ALL buy enough downloads of Green Day's 'American Idiot'…
We're doing this because we think it would be funny. End of. It's not rocket science…▶️Yes, we know Green Day are…
Billie Joe Armstrong has now shared the campaign to his personal Instagram account, captioning the image “.. just going to leave this here..” You can see the Instagram post here.
He also told a Trump-sympathising fan to stop listening to his band’s music.
In 2016, Armstrong revealed that some of his family are Trump supporters. “I’ve got family members from Oklahoma that are big Trump supporters,” he stated. “And there’s no clear answer on why they’re supporting him because he doesn’t even have any policies.”