A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although the members of Green Day love the word "s--t," as well as a bit of violent imagery and a perpetually depressed world view, their music comes across as sounding, well, sort of cheerful and perky. Some violent lyrics: "I'm taking all you down with me/explosives duct taped to my spine/Nothing's gonna change my mind/I won't listen to anyone's last words/there's nothing left for you to say/soon you'll be dead anyway."
What's the story?
Green Day's third album and major-label debut, DOOKIE, took the world by storm and cemented the group's status as pop-punk darlings in 1994. And the songs -- delivered with powerhouse drummer Tre Cool's thrashing intensity -- still sound fresh and fun so many years later. Clever songwriting helps, as does the biting vocal delivery of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. Lyrics are visceral, cynical, and include some violence (\"I'm taking all you down with me/explosives duct taped to my spine/Nothing's gonna change my mind/I won't listen to anyone's last words/there's nothing left for you to say/soon you'll be dead anyway\"), attitude (\"Do you have the time to listen to me whine…\"), and four-letter words.
Is it any good?
Although Green Day seems to love the "s" word and some violent imagery, their music manages to come across as a bit cheerful and perky. The songs are melodic and witty, and the overall effect is fresh, fun, and often even funny -- and all these years later, maybe even a little quaint and innocent.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Green Day's long career, and what has -- and hasn't -- changed (both in music and in the world) since this album was released almost 15 years ago. Why is this group still considered important, when others come and go? Read the lyrics to "Coming Clean" ("Seventeen and strung out on confusion/trapped inside a roll of disillusion/I found out what it takes to be a man/Mom and Dad will never understand"). What do you think they mean? Are there things in your life you are sure your parents couldn't possibly understand?