Billie Joe Armstrong’s Mission For 2016: Destroy Pop-Punk
New year, new resolution, you know about the story, and each year, you hear the most ridiculous ones. Billie Joe Armstrong may have won the price of the most stupid one for 2016, and he tweeted about it:
‘my mission for 2016? to destroy the phrase “pop-punk” forever’
Sure, he got 27,000 retweets and 46,000 likes for this simple sentence, but he didn’t say anything about a possible plan to destroy this strange oxymoron hybrid which is pop-punk? I don’t even know what he means to be honest, does he hate the term or does he hates the music he makes?
Green Day is THE pop punk band, but Billie probably would like to be more punk than pop, he has always suffered of a complex of inferiority, taking any pop reference as an insult and fearing that Green day would never to be recognized among the great punk bands. It’s obvious he would have always preferred his band to belong to the same team that the Sex Pistols or the Clash than to the Katy Perry of this world. I guess he thinks Green Day can’t just be taken seriously, but he has changed his mind, because this is what he was answering 5 years ago to the question ‘what do you respond to people who say Green Day isn’t punk anymore?’
‘Our main goal is to write great songs, and that comes before genre. The thing about punk is that there are purists. Once you start going outside of that, they don’t think what you’re doing is punk rock. My range of favorite songwriters goes anywhere from the Sex Pistols all the way to Lennon and McCartney. So that’s what Green Day is — there are no rules.’
Green Day is a punk-pop band, destroy the phrase would destroy Green Day! He would have to change the type of music he plays, and I don’t think it’s gonna be possible. How can you describe Green Day’s sound without pop in the description? May be we can talk about it when they are not writing music so Walmart-sellable, marketable music, a few fucks in the lyrics and some eyeliner around the eyes doesn’t make you punk!
But can we say they are on the road to recovery from this pop-punk curse? It’s difficult to believe so after the Christmas song they just released a few days ago.