If there is any particular band that singlehandedly revived a dying genre it’s Green Day. During the late 1980’s and 1990’s punk was literally a dying musical genre that survived only in the underground scene. It was time when heavy metal was starting to wane out of fashion and alternative rock was becoming a bigger hit with bands like Nirvana and REM. 1987 saw a glint of hope however when Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool hit the music scene as the punk band Green Day. Tre Cool was originally a replacement drummer for then drummer John Kiffmeyer but became the permanent drummer during the recording of the band’s second album.
Since their sudden rise to fame with their album Dookie, Green Day has been recognized as the single moving force that breathed life back into punk music. Many people like to compare the band with classical punk legends like The Sex Pistols, Ramones, and the Clash. During the 1990’s their popularity began to wane as popular music (pop music) began to steal the spotlight but they still managed to win multi-platinum status with their album releases. It wasn’t until their rock opera album American Idiot that the band once again hit mainstream success.
Green Day followed their political musical style with their next album, 21st Century Breakdown. The album carried socio-political issues in its poetic lyrics that reflected on the current revolution of the modern era. They are currently working to release three albums this September, October, and January (2013) titled ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!.
As for the band’s musical status, many have argued whether or not they can still be called as a true punk band. Billie Joe himself had once stated that with their mainstream success they can’t really be termed as a punk band since it would go against the underground image of the genre but the punk lifestyle would continue to live on in the members and in their musical style.
Their music has also become a major political tool from time to time. The songs from their album American Idiot became associated with protest art, especially against the decision to continue sending soldiers to the war in Iraq. These days, with the upcoming release of three new albums, Green Day is the move to once again change the trending rock scene and are on an ongoing tour.