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Uno!

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Some graphic language, content from pop-punk band.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No over–the–top negative messages, though several songs describe being a "troublemaker" and living life with a kind of self–destructive desperation. 

 
Positive role models

Some may admire the band for their outspoken political views, but others may disagree; it all depends on your perspective.

Violence

No intense violence, though some starkly violent metaphors. For example: "Snap my heart like a stick in the mud/ Cut my chest just to see the blood" and "Someone kill the DJ/ Shoot the f––king DJ!"

Sex

Some clear if not overly graphic allusions to sex: "Stay the night ... I don't wanna say good-bye." 

Language

A fair amount of "f––k," with some other words like "s––t" and "p–ss."

Consumerism

Patron, Old English.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Pills, drinking, and cigarettes are mentioned. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though Uno! is by a mainstream band (pop–punksters Green Day), it includes its fair share of profanity ("f––k," "s––t"), references to substance use (pills and drinking), some violent metaphors about blood and shooting, and let's–get–into–trouble types of behaviors. There's an edited version available.

What's the story?

UNO! is the aptly named first in a three–record series by pop–punk juggernaut Green Day. It's the ninth album in the band's history, released after a three–year hiatus following 21st Century Breakdown.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Green Day is known for erring on the safe side with their music, not going to the extremes of some of their punk peers. Uno! is a good example of this approach: even on "angry" tracks like "Let Yourself Go," lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's vocal rebellion sounds somewhat tame. Still, the fun, upbeat tones in this album will definitely appeal to the legions of Green Day fans out there. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Green Day has been able to bridge the gap between the underground image that characterizes the punk music genre and mainstream success.

  • What are some of the reasons why the band has become massively popular despite its choice to focus on punk music?

  • What lessons can more obscure bands learn from Green Day about how to make it in the music business? 

Music details

Artist:Green Day
Release date:September 18, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Reprise
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent of a 20 year old Written by11111111111111111111 December 27, 2012

Good

I got the edited version, but i can tell where there are swears, and there are tons. The normal version consists of at least 50 swears. i'm not exaggerating. In Kill The DJ, Billie Joe wrote that as a metaphor.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byHajile November 13, 2012

Green Day- iUno!

While I personally love this album, it does contain countless f words and repeated pervasively lyrics include "always f**k f**kin with my head now" on repeat. Parents should take heed of the Parental Advisory. There are no positive messages here. BUT on the flip side iTunes sells the edited version without all that crap and this CD is pervasively catchy. Meaning every song is catchy as heck!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old December 21, 2012

Great album if your child understands why bad language really is bad.

This album contains some really catchy hooks, riffs, and vocals that you would most likely sing-along to if not for the often used swear words throughout the album. There are songs like Let Yourself Go or Kill The DJ where there are over 10 f-bombs dropped but then there's a lot of pop-rock anthems like Oh Love that are just 100% clean and good for anyone to listen to. The swears are basically the only reason this album might be considered "explicit" for a lot of people, but I don't think it should be such a huge deal. I have personally been a fan of Green Day since I was about 7 and I know how bad bad language is and so I avoid using it. That is why I think you should know your kids, you could talk to them about what they think about why bad language is bad, why would they use it, and if they understand all that then I think they should really listen to Uno because it's just a really great album full of awesome puck-rock songs like Loss of Control or Angel Blue.
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Too much swearing

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