Green Day - Time of Your Life (Good Riddance) Essay

1427 Words Dec 19th, 2013 6 Pages
Matthew Jung
Sarah England
14 November 2013
Paper 3
When prompted about a song that was important to me in high school, one song in particular comes to mind: “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day. Almost anyone who has contemplated the length and depth of life can relate to this gentle song with its slow, almost yearning tone and deep lyrics. To me, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” is a timeless ballad that never fails to comfort me in times of change and confusion. This song should be included in the “History of Popular Music, 1950-Present” course, not only because its deviation from normal punk rock epitomizes the struggle that Green Day faced in order to find its own sound, but also because Green Day has
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Records, on January 17th, 1992. Kerplunk highlighted Billy Joe Armstrong’s raw and witty lyrics, as well as the band’s seamless rhythm, catchy choruses, and memorable riffs. Many avid fans of Green Day characterize this album as “old Green Day”, due to the magnitude of mainstream popularity of later albums; some even go as far as to say that the classification of Green Day’s genre changed as their sound did, shifting from their punk rock roots and becoming a more mainstream pop punk rock band.
Astoundingly, Kerplunk has gone on to be one of the best selling independently released albums of all time. Due to their unexpected commercial success, selling 1,000,000 copies domestically and 4,000,000 worldwide, the band inevitably realized that they had reached their practical capacity with Lookout! Records. As a result, they signed with Reprise Records and released their third studio album, Dookie, in 1994. Luckily for Green Day, Dookie also became a commercial success with aid from extensive MTV airplay. The band went on to perform in many prestigious lineups such as Lollapalooza and Woodstock ’94. With Green Day’s growing reputation and popularity, Dookie was eventually promoted to diamond status. The album even went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album as well as nine MTV Music Video Awards including Video of the Year.

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