I love music. All kinds of music. Everything is fair game for my lovin'.
So it really takes a lot for me to completely and utterly hate something that is music related.
But, for the last six months or so since the release of this album, I can honestly say that I now hate Green Day and their horrifically overplayed album American Idiot.
Some songs are overplayed. This is a fact that is hard to control in this day and age of studio pimping and station coddling. A studio marketing person or a band's PR rep comes along and says, "Hey! We've got a great album for ya, please play it. Here's some free shit as thanks!" Sometimes it catches on. But usually it's only for one or two songs worth on the album. Those one or two songs receive A-list status from station program directors and it's Earworm City for the rest of us unlucky bastards. The songs go into rotation and only a sledgehammer or a sympathetic deejay can do anything about it.
It is rare, though, for practically an entire album to make it on radio rotation lists at the same time. And this is the case we have here. "American Idiot," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday," "Jesus of Suburbia," and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Oh that damn Boulevard song. God, I cannot stand it. That song seemingly received A-list designation from nearly every friggin' radio station in Chicago. Metal, alternative, rock, pop rock, top 40, you name it, they played it.
I can't remember the last time I hated an album this much. No... wait... I can. It was that God-awful, earworming, sanctimonious piece of tripe known as Whitney Houston's Bodyguard soundtrack. The very thought sends shivers down my spine.
It's not as though I'm anti-Green Day or am against the message that this album delivers. Some of it is intended as a rally cry against George Bush. Heck, that fact alone made me buy the album initially. That, and I actually once liked the song "American Idiot." Yes, I actually bought this album the first week it came out. I wound up selling it a few weeks later, though. I'm not pro-Bush in any sense whatsoever. You all know that. Or, at least, I would hope you know it by now.
But this does not excuse Green Day from making one of the most overplayed and, upon constant listening and reappraisal, overrated albums of the last year.
And it just keeps popping up in more and more places. Muzak now plays it. How sad is that? Last night, Katie and I went to Applebee's for dinner. I was in the middle of telling Katie what a great night it was when "Boulevard" came on the Applebee's Radio Network. We both looked up in the air (one of those things you do when you realize the music is all around you and you can't really peg down one place from which it emanates), looked back at each other, and shook our heads in disdain. Yeah, we both hate Green Day now.
It's just not good, people. Give up on this album already. Let it die. Stop requesting songs from it. Switch the station when one of the songs is played. That'll learn 'em.
To cop a portion of one of Green Day's own song titles... Good Riddance.