Green Day posts video for new song "Back In The USA"
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Green Day has released a video for "Back In The USA," one of two new songs included on the band's just released greatest hits collection, God's Favorite Band. The video opens with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong living in a black-and-white '50s sitcom, until a saleswoman arrives at the door to sell him a pair of glasses. The shades allows him to see colors, and eventually, subliminal messages -- in a homage to director John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live.
As the clip continues, Armstrong sees his TV set in color, and goes to show his fellow black-and-white pals, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. They all begin seeing messages in their surroundings as well, with magazines and wall art suddenly saying "Consume" and "Procreate Now," while the TV says "President to Lie to Nation Tomorrow Night."
- The trio concocts a plan to place the glasses in front of the camera lens for the presidential address. The president, who vaguely resembles Donald Trump, is revealed to be alien as the public, including Armstrong's family, watch at home in horror. The band members take the stage instead and play the rest of the song as color starts spreading throughout society -- also in homage to a film, this time the movie Pleasantville.
- God's Favorite Band came out Friday and contains 20 of Green Day's biggest hits in addition to the two new songs. The other new track is a different version of "Ordinary World" featuring Miranda Lambert.
- This is the band's second greatest hits compilation, following 2001's International Superhits! It's also their fifth compilation album altogether, after 2002's Shenanigans and the 2014 demo collection, Demolicious.
- Green Day completed a South American tour on Sunday night (November 19th) in support its latest album, last year's Revolution Radio.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Before Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt played their first show together -- both just 15 years old -- under the name Sweet Children in 1987.
- Green Day got its official start later in 1987 at the legendary club 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California, with drummer John Kiffmeyer.
- Drummer Tre Cool temporarily replaced Kiffmeyer in 1990 when the latter left to attend college, then joined permanently on the band's second album, Kerplunk.
- Following the breakthrough success of Dookie in 1994, 1995's Insomniac and 1997's Nimrod managed to go platinum, but 2000's Warning barely sold 500,000 copies.
- Green Day planned to follow up Warning with an album titled Cigarettes And Valentines, but the master recordings were stolen and the songs abandoned. Green Day instead released an LP in 2004 called Money Money 2020 under the name The Network.