Green Day has a lot of upbeat and fun music, however, he has also tried to challenge his listeners. For example, he included a bisexual song in his hit “Basket Case”. Here’s why Billy Joe Armstrong added this song to this song.
Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day said the song is a ‘lost national anthem’
First, a little background. The 1990s gave us many classic alternative rock albums from Nirvana In uterus To nine inch nails Downward spiral Of no doubt Sad kingdom. These classic records have Green Day Stewed. Although it is not political like his later work, it is attractive and sometimes edgy. Perhaps the most famous song on the album is “Basket Case”.
During an interview with Rolling stone, Armstrong reveals his feelings about the track. The “basket case” became the national anthem of this loser, “he said.” But this is to say that it is limited regarding panic attacks. It is about to undergo total confusion. I feel a song like ‘American Idiot’, well, there is a lot of chaos in the world, people are killing. There is no way to make the world like that. You feel a victim of it. The ‘basket case’ is the same.
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How Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day tried to ‘challenge’ the audience with ‘Basket Case’
In one of the song’s lyrics, the narrator mentions spending time with a male prostitute. Why did Armstrong decide to make a prostitute male? “I wanted to challenge myself and anyone who could be a listener,” he said. “It’s also looking at the world and saying, ‘It’s not as black and white as you think. It’s not your grandfather’s whore – or maybe it was.’ This record touches bisexuality.”
Do the lyrics reflect Armstrong’s personal experience? According to Loudsound, He said, “I write a lot in the first-person perspective of my songs, even if they’re not about me. I’d rather sh * t write about myself than write about someone else.” From, it is not entirely clear whether he was saying the lyrics were personal or not.
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How did the world react to the ‘Basket Case’
So how did audiences react to this song in the 1990s? Rekha did not stop the song from becoming a huge success. The song was a major hit in Alternative Rock’s milieu. Reached the peak of the track Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart.
In fact, it would become one of Green Day’s 11 No. 1 hits on that chart. Others would be “Broken Dream Boulevard”, “Holiday,” “When I Come Around,” “American Idiot,” “Still Breathing,” “Javed”.R”,” “Minority,” “Oh yes!,” “Bang Bang,” and “Know your enemy.” Despite the success of “Basket Case” found on the Alternative Airplay chart, “Basket Case” did not figure on the chart Billboard Hot 100. Despite this, it remains a well-known hit – with a line to challenge audiences.