Spit and Passion 2

With the songs from Green Day that the author chose, I can really connect with her on why Green Day made her the person she is. Road was a rebel, she was unapologetically herself and she didn’t give a damn who didn’t like it. Green Day also had that kind of vibe. What made them so famous back in the 2000’s (and also amongst their fans, like the author and myself) is that they were very blunt and outspoken about what they believed in. Making songs about criticizing society, the government, and the country were unheard of things back then. No matter how much hate they got for their lyrics, they simply did not care. Billie Joe Armstrong (the lead singer) has a very “I’ll say and do whatever I want and I don’t give a f*ck if you don’t like it” attitude. He was the literal definition of a punk, and that is why Green Day had such a big cultural and generational impact in their prime. The song “Basket Case” that Road mentioned in the story is also a favorite song of mine. The lyrics tell a story about realization that life is not as good as the government tries to make it seem. We are all fed these lies that we live in the best country in the world and no where else is nearly as good as us, but once you stand up for yourself, you realize that this country runs on corruption and lies at the expense of marginalized communities. The lyrics, “Sometimes I give myself the creeps, my mind keeps playing tricks on me, it all keeps adding up, I think I’m cracking up, am I just paranoid or am I stoned?” show exactly what it feels like to be smacked in the face with reality once you take off your rose colored glasses about society and the country. You are made to feel like you are crazy and that it is a simulation. It is kind of like the red-pill ideology that once you take it, you will see the world for what it really is. The lyrics of Green Day’s music are honest, vulgar, and blunt. It serves as the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves, with powerful messages being hidden in them. This attitude can be seen in Road’s book, where she is not shy to talk about things like sex, masturbation, and orgasms. I also think that the vibe of Green Day perfectly fits the art style of Spit and Passion as well. If you look at pictures of Green Day, they are not shiny, well-kempt men. They are grimey, with dyed shaggy messy hair, tattoos and smudged black eyeliner while wearing baggy clothes and leather jackets (not saying that that’s a bad thing of course). The way that Road draws herself with acne, messy hair, hairy eyebrows and a mustache above her lip is exactly the vibe that Green Day had. If I were to write a novel similar to “Spit and Passion,” I would also include Green Day. I would highlight tracks such as “Holiday” and “American Idiot”. Green Day lead the revolution of rebellion back then, and they weren’t scared to call out anyone they had a problem with, even if it was the President. Other artists that I would include would be Pierce The Veil, My Chemical Romance, System Of A Down, The Offspring, Slipknot, Paramore, and Kittie. Unironically they are all also from the 2000’s, but that’s besides the point. Just listening to one song from each of these artists can show you the type of vibe that they carry. Screaming, cursing, and singing with raw emotion. These are all things that describe rebels. They scream into their mics what we cannot speak about with our family, and that is why I think Green Day resonates so much with Road. They give us a voice and an outlet to let out all of the anger and frustration that we have inside of ourselves. 

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