A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?