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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Green Day Needs to Stop Releasing So Many Things at the Same Time

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 7:20 AM

"I can release three albums in a single season!" - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • "I can release three albums in a single season!"

Hold onto your skinny jeans, everybody, because Green Day has not one, but two movies showing at this year's SXSW film festival in Austin next month. One is titled Broadway Idiot (a documentary about Billie Joe Armstrong's work on the American Idiot musical) and the other is called ¡Cuatro! (a documentary about the making of the trio's latest three albums ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!, all of which were released last year).

Now, as music nerds, we will watch any and all music documentaries ever made. And we really do mean all -- even that Katy Perry one where she's on tour all the time wearing ridiculous cake-related swimsuits. We don't even like that woman, and that movie still made us cry. (There's this scene where Russell Brand is breaking up with her and she's

crying uncontrollably backstage, but then she still has to get her shit together and get on stage with a smile on her face... Let's just say it's incredibly upsetting to watch.)

So, technically, if we can feel all that about Katy bloody Perry, we should be excited as all get out about these Green Day movies. Won't it be just fascinating to see the East Bay punk rock legends making their mark on Broadway? Won't it be great to see how the band works in the studio, behind the scenes? Well, kind of. The problem is, we're suffering from acute Green Day fatigue right now. Because -- and we can't overstate this enough -- no artist on earth should ever release three records at the same time. Ever.

Putting out three albums at once says a lot of things about a band. Like, "We have no idea how to edit ourselves anymore." And, "Our egos are so inflated, we think the world wants three full-lengths from us simultaneously." We also couldn't help but wonder if the whole concept was dreamed up in a drunken stupor one night, based solely around the fact that it would be kind of funny to call an album ¡Tre!, then stick Tre Cool's face on the cover, all on his own.


Of course, we're not supposed to say these things. We're supposed to say that the band is having a terribly prolific moment and just being really generous with its fans. But now, on the back of the three albums, these two simultaneous documentaries are just the final straw. The truth of the matter is that releasing too much material at once cheapens all of it. That's why, even though Bruce Springsteen writes 5,000 songs every time he's in the studio, he only releases 12 of them at a time. That's also why Bruce Springsteen has been consistently adored and successful for close to four decades.

It doesn't help that Green Day recently did the sappy soundtrack for the last Twilight movie as well. Offering up music for a movie series whose basic premise is rooted in abstinence-only sex education and an anti-feminist belief system is the opposite of punk rock. But then, so is having an on-stage meltdown at a festival because you think you deserve a longer set-time. (Sorry, Billie Joe, we still haven't forgotten.)

In a couple of years' time, we'll probably be ready to sit through these documentaries. And, hell, we'll probably even enjoy them. But the idea of seeing either (let alone both) of these things right now makes us feel exhausted and nauseous. The diehard fans will lap them up immediately of course, just as they did the three albums. But for most of us, everything Green Day is doing right now is just making us kinda sick of them.

-- @Raemondjjjj

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