You can usually count on Green Day to come up with something controversial, and they don’t disappoint with the new video for their previously unheard track Back In The USA. It’s one of the two obligatory new songs on their greatest hits album God’s Favorite Band, with Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool pulling a Back To The Future and traveling back to the 1950s — only to discover that the much-vaunted American Dream is all myth-like.
Chatting with New Musical Express hacks shortly after the current US President was elected, Armstrong said, “I don’t think anybody was prepared and that’s why you see so much shock and outrage right now. Nobody thought Trump would win and that’s why everybody is scared out of their minds, but I think that when you get desperate and feel that you’re not heard. Already, you are starting to see demonstrations. for example there were 100,000 people in New York and there’s a lot more to come. I hope that continues.”
“I think a lot of people are grieving, it’s like there has been a death in the family. That’s what’s going on. So I know it’s really hard to laugh while you’re scared – that’s what comedians say, so most people are scared. When the smoke begins to clear, you’ll see creative people speaking out.”
Green Day are also working on a movie adaptation of their comeback album American Idiot. Last year, Armstrong said that things were moving along, with HBO on board, and that he’d be reprising his role as St. Jimmy from the Broadway show. “That’s the plan right now, yeah,” he said. “We’ve got a green light from HBO, and the script is currently going through a couple of rewrites here and there, so I’m not sure when exactly we’re going to start shooting, but it’s definitely all systems go at the moment.”
Possible era inaccuracy in the video: I suspect the only guys you would have seen with tattoos like that in the 50s were either in jail or working on the docks. But what do I know — I was not in jail or working on the docks in the 50s.