happy children's day!! 5.5!
happy children's day!! 5.5!
Interview by Eric Flexyourhead, originally published in Discorder Magazine, December 1991. Curious that they’re asked about playing Vancouver and there’s no mention of Billie Joe’s stalker lmao
Green Day are more punk than most punk or hardcore bands around. I remember saying this to myself when I first saw Green Day two years ago. If you've been among the lucky to hear any Green Day, chances are that you know where I'm coming from.
Green Day play in a style that most would call pop-punk. With even more pop to it than punk, Green Day play catchy songs; memorable songs. Hell...maybe you could even call it "fluffy-girl-pop stuff". But it's more than music. It's an attitude I'm describing. Green Day live to play their music, an unequaled passion that fills their lives. It's not about money or fame or girls, they just do what they want to do and keep on doing it. This, my friend, is what i strongly admire them for.
Green Day are: Billie-guitar/vocals, Mike-bass, Tre-drums.
So, how many times have Green Day played Vancouver now? Are things getting better for you with every time you come here?
Billie: I think four times now. We played in Victoria as well, and it was the first time that we've played an actual club. We've played all-ages there but (last time) we played at this place called Harpo's and it was a really, really good show.
Tre: I got a bike out of it! A real whoop-de old Schwinn with a stick shift on it...chopper. I got it for free from some kid.
Billie: I'm glad we got to play the Nappy Dugout just because of the name. Green Day at the Nappy Dugout sounds pretty cool to me.
That was a cool show, there were just over 200 kids there. That's pretty amazing. I remember the first time you guys played here, there was almost no one there!
Billie: It seems people tend to go to more shows here.
Are the rumors true that Green Day is the only band people will go to see at Gilman Street? (Gilman Street is a great volunteer run all-ages club in Berkeley.)
Billie: no, but we are practically the only band in the punk scene in Berkeley now. Everybody seems to be breaking up this year. This year there's been five or six different bands that have broken up; the bigger bands like Blatz, Mr. T Experience, Jack Acid, Paxton Quigley. Jawbreaker is going to break up soon. Fifteen is on shakey ground.
What is your response to people who say that Green Day's songs have absolutely no socially redeeming values, that you have nothing valid to say, and that you're just a "fluffy-girl-pop band"?
Tre: We say "ha, ha..."
Mike: They haven't read all the lyrics.
Billie: Let them think what they want to think. We write what we write and if they don't like it, to hell with them! We're not going to cater to people. We're not going to sit around and ask "Why don't you like us?". Our lyrics are obviously about something, you've just got to take a look at yourself more than looking at things on the outside, like politics.
Tre: Also, a lot can be said with simpler words; a lot of people find simpler lyrics easier to relate to. We get letters from people all the time that say "that song...I'm going through the same stuff". If we have no socially redeeming qualities, or whatever, I say to each his own.
You're not writing these songs as "this is what we're going to do", it just happens?
Mike: More or less. We don't sit and say "We're going to write a song about a girl today". If it comes up, that's the way we're feeling at the time.
How long do you see Green Day continuing as a band for? Do you want it to continue as a long term thing?
Billie: We just take it day by day and not try to build up expectations.
Tre: More like month by month actually...
Mike: Everyone likes to predict that we are going to break up. That's why the band has never been a "business thing", it's a "music thing". For example, people ask us when our next album is coming out, we're just writing music to write music, if an album comes out that's great.
Billie: We're doing what we're doing. Most of the people that say we suck aren't really doing what they're doing. It's basically just a jealousy trip.
Mike: Ya', we're just taking it show by show.
Tre: Our van broke today and Blueberry fixed it in an hour and twenty minutes.
Mike: Blueberry is roadie number two. Milkbone and Blueberry, that's Ben and Scott.
I hate doing interviews...totally. Although the finished product usually makes it all worthwhile.
Billie: It's really hard to "read" an interview. Sometimes people will say things with different tones of voice, and it's not actually what they're saying. If someone says somebody sucks you can't tell if they're being sarcastic or serious. Sometimes I'll read something I've said and think "what an asshole, did I actually say that!?!".
I think the hardest thing to do in an interview is have it really mean anything. It might mean something, but maybe that's just how you felt at that time. You may change your mind an hour later.
Billie: You can also think of that in the terms of the different stages of your life: something I may have said when I was seventeen isn't going to apply when I'm twenty-one.
The finished product has a sense of permanence. Here's this tangible thing sitting there with pictures...someone can read it and think to themselves "Cool, I think I'll check out Green Day the next time they come to town. I think I'll check out a Green Day record".
Billie: If you think about it, say ten years from now, you could have a little collection of quotes that all add up to one thing. You can kick back and go "Oh...that's what they're all about".
When you return home after touring do you have jobs to go back to, or is the band doing enough that you can devote your time to just the band?
Mike: We don't work. We're not rich, but we don't work. We live off playing (in Green Day). I just hope we don't burn out on each other. That's one thing that I fear...burning out.
Is kerplunk! doing well? Are you surprised with how popular you are?
Billie: It's going good so far, I've got no complaints. We've got to keep on looking forward, keep doing what we're doing, but also look to different audiences.
Since you're doing this day by day, month by month, seeing how things go along, do you have any plans for the big major label push?
Billie: That similar to what I was saying before, where one thing you say three years ago isn't going to match up with what you say later on; the circumstances are different. Three years ago I was a snot-nosed little punk in high school just shooting off my mouth. Now I've got a lot more responsibilities. I'm not saying we're going to sell out or anything, but you come to realize that you don't want to go to work everyday. People don't want to have a lame job, they want to do what they want to do. Some people will go to school for twenty years and still be unhappy with what they're doing. I've been playing music almost all of my life and this is what I'm going to be doing for the rest of my life. So who knows what my opinion on the music industry will be like three years from now, it's something that's just not predictable.
Mike: I'm not saying we're leaning towards that or anything but I see a lot of people that aren't punk, who won't even go to punk shows, who like our music. We go to punk shows, punk shows are rad, but there's a lot of punks sneering and spitting on us screaming "fuck-you!"...sometimes it's all you can take.
Billie: There's no way we're going to limit ourselves to one small group of people, that's just stupid. Everyone has a right to listen to what they want.
Any final words?
Billie: We're not as serious as this interview may make us seem.
Mike: We're totally ridiculous.
Billie: The things that we're talking about now aren't even the things we think about. We're not into this...
Mike: We don't even think about the band, we just play music and hang out.
For you, Brad.
GHOST ON THE DANCE FLOOR // BLINK-182
Uhm hello? WHY HAS NO ONE SHOWED ME THIS BEFORE
dads b like:
*sees a storm is coming* "time to do yard work!"
*thunderstorm on the horizon, possible flood warnings* "if we wait for perfect weather to mow the lawn, we'll never get it done." *finishes mowing the lawn as the storm fucking hits*
*fucking TORNADO WARNINGS* "god, the gutters havent been cleaned in forever"
Day 4: Grass Green
(Moblie and not proof read)
The rose spirit wasn't too hard to find.
There, sitting on a mossy rock by the pond, it sat in silence. Back turned to them, it watched the water, seemingly mesmerized by the ripples breaking the water's surface. It's long, ghostly hair draped over its shoulders and back, whipping around lazily in non existent wind.
Dominique urged them all to be quiet and to stay back. He was going to go talk to it while the others stayed put. Andre wanted to protest, sending a silent look of frustration at the man but Dominique wasn't having any of it.
'Stay', he held his palm up and pushed outwards, 'Here'. Andre still wasn't satisfied but the stern look in Dominique's eyes made him reconsider his stubbornness.
With a huff, Andre took a step back, crossing his arms across his chest like a child. Wrong move. A stick snapped beneath his foot and Andre tensed up, a look of alarm flashing across his face. The others tensed up too, Dominique sucking in a breath and throwing Andre a dirty look from which Andre shyed away from.
Dominique hoped that it wouldn't be enough noise to alert the spirit of thier presence. But he knew better. Knew that spirits had hearing like no other creature. It definitely heard them.
He turned his attention back to the rose spirit, starlted but not surprised to find that it was no longer faced away from them. Instead, vibrant, grass green eyes bore into them. Its sclera nothing but darkness that absorbed all the light from around it.
Dominique wished he knew what it was thinking, but those blank eyes held nothing for him to decipher. Only stared at them with strange intent, like it was picking them a part in its head and rearranging the pieces to fit a picture that only it could view.
give me novacaine by green day gives me feelings I cannot describe
Currently Listening To: "The First Day of Work at the Microscope Store" by Anthony Green
Did I just reblog a bunch of old art of James for 5/5 aka James Day? Yes. Yes I did!
National Totally Chipotle Day
Each year on May 5th, National Totally Chipotle Day is observed.
Celebrated right alongside Cinco de Mayo, May 5th is dedicated to the chipotle, a smoked, dried jalapeno pepper.
There are different varieties of jalapenos that vary in size and heat. There was a time when chipotles were largely found in the markets of central and southern Mexico. As Mexican foods became more popular in the upper parts of North America, the jalapeno production and processing expanded north into the United States.
Chipotles are often a key ingredient and add a mild spiciness to many different dishes in Mexican cuisine. You will often find them added to salsas, meat marinades, soups, stews, bean or lentil dishes and more.