A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dos! is the second of three albums released a month apart the fall of 2012 by the mega-popular San Francisco Bay Area pop-punk band Green Day. (The other two are Uno! and Tre!). The album contains several f-bombs (and even includes a song called "F--k Time"), and there are references to drugs, alcohol, violence, and social deviance of various sorts. The music veers from rapid-fire punk rhythms to hard rock to pretty ballads -- standard-issue Green Day. There's an edited version available.
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What's the story?
Green Day is the most popular band to come out of the '90s punk rock revival. Their sound is a blend of punk energy and pop-rock sensibilities, and they they owe nearly as much to The Who as to The Clash, Ramones, and other punk progenitors. Dos! is the second of three albums the band put out in the fall of 2012 (the others were Uno! and Tre!). Green Day also made two of the biggest rock 'n' roll albums of the 2000s, American Idiot (which was turned into a hit Broadway musical) and 21st Century Breakdown.
Is it any good?
Green Day doesn't really break any new ground on their fall 2012 trilogy (Uno!, Dos! and Tre!), but all three albums contain several excellent songs, and everything fans like about the band is present: the driving punk beats, buzz-saw guitars, anthemic harmonies, and plenty of angst and attitude. That said, Dos! is the weakest of the three, but still a strong and varied collection of tunes, and unmistakably Green Day.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Green Day has continued to thrive when most other punk bands have broken up or faded away. What is it about them that makes them so successful?
Green Day's music has been influenced by many other bands. Can you spot specific examples that sound like other groups or songs you know?
Why you think Green Day put out three separate albums in three months? Does it make you more or less likely to buy all three?