Music review by
Blair Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Classic pop-punk and rock from edgy and explosive trio.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The lovely ballad "The Forgotten" is one of those occasional compassionate Green Day songs that strikes an empathetic chord in us all.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Green Day is admired for its integrity, creative energy, and for remaining musically vital for decades. But charismatic leader Billy Joe Armstrong has struggled with drugs and alcohol and had to cancel concert dates following an explosive onstage tantrum at a show in Italy in 2012. 


No real violence against anyone. In "Missing You," the frustrated singer says "I punch the walls." Some metaphorical violence: "You're crushing my heart like a battering ram" ("Amanda"). The song "Sex, Drugs & Violence" contains none of the three, beyond repeating the title and the refrain "Gimme, gimme danger" (which doesn't necessarily mean violence).


One fast rock tune is called "Sex, Drugs & Violence" and seems to celebrate all three of those, but without getting specific about any of them. It also pairs those words in a couplet with "English, math and science," so go figure. "Brutal Love" mentions "mad sex" but doesn't elaborate.


A few casually tossed-off profanities: "You're not around/ And I'm a f--king disaster" ("Missing You"); "f--ked up beyond intervention" and "what the f--k does 'OK' stand for?"; "How the f--k did the working stiff become so obsolete?" ("99 Revolutions"). Some might not approve of the title "Dirty Rotten Bastards."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Dirty Rotten Bastards" contains "Here's to the wasted!," "f--ked up beyond intervention" and "I'm on a bender, it's one for the ages."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Green Day's Tre! is the last and best of the three albums the band released in the fall of 2012, after Uno! and Dos! The album is dominated by aggressive, punk-inspired rock tunes that often deal with the frustrations of relationships and talk about people who don't fit in with regular society. There are a few uses of profanity and one (actually fairly mild) song called "Sex, Drugs and Violence." Successive generations of teenagers have loved Green Day since the early '90s, but their songs are best for older teens and above.

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Adult Written byHot Fuss December 30, 2012

Tre! out of Tre! 100% Tre! Tre! Tre!

\Lots of f-bombs, on "Missing You", "Dirty Rotten Bastards" and "99 Revolutions". It's one of Green Day's cleaner albums... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byway245 December 28, 2012

Great Green Day Album

Like typical Green Day, you're going to find the f-bomb in almost every album. There are a couple of questionable song names like "Dirty Rotten Bastar... Continue reading

What's the story?

Tre! is the third of three albums that Green Day put out in the fall of 2012 (the others were Uno! and Dos!). 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. 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?

Tre! is the best of Green Day's three thematically unconnected album releases in the fall of 2012. Though not quite up the level of 2004's American Idiot and 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, Tre! has  all the elements of classic Green Day: driving guitars, crashing drums, strong harmonies, evocative Billie Joe Armstrong lead vocals, and songs about alienation, frustration, and desperation. "Dirty Rotten Bastards" is one of those multi-layered rock epics that the band does so well, and "99 Revolutions" shows the group has not lost its radical political edge.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Green Day's often manic music matches the emotions in the lyrics of principal songwriter and singer Billie Joe Armstrong.

  • How does the viewpoint of the political song "99 Revolutions" compare with other socially conscious Green Day songs?

  • How are Billie Joe Armstrong's well-publicized struggles with drugs and alcohol reflected in the songs he writes?

Music details

  • Artist: Green Day
  • Release date: December 10, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Reprise
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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