City of Roses
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams - by Greenday. Now, mind you, I'm normally a Greenday fan, but this song rubs my whiskers (metaphorically) backwards. It's sappier than a split maple and spools out of the radio like some kind of boy-band gone bad (or worse, considering the benchmark). Add to that, the title track from the same album - American Idiot - received/receives far less air time and is a brilliant song."
I'd disagree in part there.
The whole album of "American Idiot" segues together so very well, even when it is kind of a mess. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" serves a deep purpose to the album; it's the lonely place of ill fortune and desolation that so many are finding themselves go during this rough political climate and times. And if you were St. Jimmy or the Jesus of Suburbia, what would you think or say in that situation? Surely the words would struggle to come out, and that's why I really sympathize with this track and not suprised it is hitting huge, not to mention has already went #1 on three formats and will probably be a Pop #1.
"American Idiot", yeah, that was a killer lead single, though I guess I'm not suprised it didn't hit outside Alternative (it went #1 there.) It's an intense political track, with lyrics like "Well, maybe I'm the f****t America" that wouldn't appeal to listeners across other formats.
I bet "Wake Me Up When September Ends" will be a huge hit next year. They should release that in the summer and then it will hit when September comes around, thus making it one of the most memorable post-911 singles.
I even think Green Day should break the cycle and make a brave move like Queen did with "Bohemian Rhapsody" before, challenging the three-minute ditty single legacy and release "Jesus of Suburbia" as a single. That's the best song they've ever recorded in my opinion, and with the way this album has already went double platinum and a rumored movie deal on the way, they have nothing to lose so they should release this beloved track. I even can say it can go Top 20 at Alternative if released, even being over nine minutes long.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20