Here is Billie Joe Armstrong's own description of a
few of the works that make up his band's upcoming album,
I don't know if it's political commentary, because
I'm not much of a politician, but the lyrics are taken from warning labels.
There are always these warning labels that tell you "don't cross these
lines"-"don't do this" and "don't do that". It can become really suffocating.
I hate being told what I can and can't do. If they keep making laws, pretty
soon we're not going to be doing anything, and all of us are going to be
ordering our groceries over the Internet.
Tre was wearing this t-shirt
that said: "VERSACE, FASHION VICTIM #1" and it had these bullet holes on
it. Not to say that it was good he was shot... but I just started coming
up with lyrics about fashion victims and how the media exploits them. You're
supposed to have the perfect body to fit these perfect clothes, and you into
these stores and there are these clothes that were designed for 11-year old
Japanese girls. It's where our society is at- especially as far as our kids
fall victim to- 'This is what you're supposed to look like.' It's been part
of our society the whole time, but now I think it's escalated. Like these
fashion models are donating their eggs for $20,000 a pop so you can make
these perfect human beings. To me, that's sort of parallel to Hitler's perfect
"BLOOD, SEX AND BOOZE"
"Blood, Sex And Booze" is metaphorically about someone
being beaten by a dominatrix. But it's really about someone who's being
self-destructive and distorting being self-destructive by using it for pleasure.
I have no problem with people doing that, but the lines become so
"Minority" is about being an individual. It's like
you have to sift through the darkness to find your place and be the individual
that you want to be your entire life.
This song id like crying out for some kind of hope-
to not give up, which is pretty heavy. It's not about a specific holiday,
but there's one line in it- "Christmas lights in the middle of August" -
which is... I like that line.
"MACY'S DAY PARADE"
"Macy's Day Parade" goes: "Today is Macy's Day Parade
/ Night of the living dead is on sleigh / With the credit report for duty
call / It's a lifetime guarantee stuffed in a coffin, 10 percent more free
/ Red-light special at the mausoleum." It's another song about how you fell
marketed-to your whole life. There are all these subliminal messages to tell
you to maintain your lifestyle. There's one line in the song that goes, "What's
my consolation prize? Economy-size dreams of hope."
Some of the lyrics are about being an individual and
trusting your instincts. quit intellectualizing about it, just go on your
gut. I realized this pretty recently, but all I ever wanted to do with my
band was to reach the potential that I think we had. That's what basically
I think people should do - go with their guts, and try to reach their potential.
It goes: "When you've lost all hope and excuses / And the chepskates and
losers / There's nothing left to hold on to / You've got to hold onto