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10 Things You Might Not Know About Green Day

I'm one of those people that just retains random facts about rock bands. I've been contributing to a few Bay Area publications and it got me thinking about my favorite band of all time, Green Day. It's kind of funny. I was born in Los Angeles and have lived all over the country. The greatest part of my time till this point was spent in the Midwest, so it was funny that I ended up in the home of my heroes.
Here are 10 things you might not know about Green Day, most of them have to do withthings they did in the Bay Area, so natives of Nor Cal, here we go~!

1. Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt went to Pinhole Valley High School

Contra Costa County is known for its refinery towns, but Pinhole Valley is known for their notable alumni Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day. It's pretty badass that this tiny high school in Northern California is like...world famous because of its alumni. I mean, they're some of the biggest rock stars in the world. There's even video of the guys playing on the school's quad, a lot like my band used to do. Everybody has to start somewhere.

2. Tre Cool grew up in some damn mountain range, but was originally born in Germany.

Those gorgeous mountains you canโ€™t help but stare at on your way north were once home to Green Day drummer Tre Cool who ended up spending all of his time drumming outdoors, because there wasnโ€™t much to do up in that altitude. No internet yet. You could develop a lot of skills back in the day, before entertainment was always at your fingertips and people became perpetually bored.

3. Green Day actually had a different drummer before Tre Cool joined.

His name was Al Sobrante. Of course, any Bay Area native would know that his name is a direct reference to El Sobrante, California another small town in the Contra Costa County. It directly translates to โ€œthe leftoversโ€ which is what ended up happening to Al when he left Green Day. Tough shit.

4. Green Day's first gig was at a BBQ joint called "Rod's Hickory Pit".

30 friends gathered to hear the first ever Green Day concert. Billie Joeโ€™s mother Ollie got them the gig because she was working there as a waitress at the time. My band used to play at a place called Zeke's Tavern. We'd have our friends and family come out and hang. We'd get paid like...100 bucks for a full set. Split 5 ways. Again, starting somewhere.

5. Billie Joe and Mike started playing their instruments around age 11, Tre at 12.

The first band Tre was part of played outside up in the mountains. They were called โ€œThe Lookoutsโ€. Tre was by far the youngest member of the band. My first band The Walking Contradictions (of course, named after a Green Day song) started playing when I was 12. The parallels keep on coming.

6. Green Day played with Rancid, Operation Ivy, The Queers and more at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California.

I have yet to make my pilgrimage to this punk mecca, but I will. One of my dreams as a little kid was to play here...maybe at 23 I will.

7. Green Day released two full length albums on Lookout! Records before Dookie was even thought of.

They're called "1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours" and "Kerplunk!". Some tracks that appear on Dookie were demoed during these recordings. See if you can pick them out.

8. The band was actually banned from Gilman for a while.

The song โ€œ86โ€ off of Green Dayโ€™s sophomore release, "Insomniac "was a direct retaliation against people who barred them from returning to Gilman because they were looked at as "sellouts" for signing to Warner Brothers in 1994.

9. Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong have recently created a coffee company called โ€œOakland Coffee.โ€

It's an environmentally conscious, entirely compostable product that boasts awesome benefits for the Bay Area economy. Green Day is all about keeping it local. Billie Joe even donates money to the East Bay food banks, and lends himself to charity work as much as possible.

10. All of the members still live in the Bay Area.

Maybe I'll run into one of them someday. Pretty cool that after all this time and sucess they know exactly where they came from.

What bands do you want to know more about!?

Tag me in a comment below and I'll see what my journalistic skills can dig up for you. In the mean time make sure to follow my music collection, where you can read about bands, listen to playlists and interact with more peeps who love the same kind of stuff you do.
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i would like to know more about blink-182 (specifically Tom)lol
I love Green Day and growing up listening to Slappy Hours and Nimrod, and all the funny stories they share.
@TessStevens all of them one of my favorite albums is American Idiot though
@SavannahEaton cool! I'll get to work on that :))
@Patmanmeow they are really funny aren't they? I used to die over their interviews. True especially...he is insane! hahah
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Are you sick of the ho-hum standards usually played during the Holiday season? Have no fear! Your amazing new Christmas playlist is here! Tune in rock out and get rid of those winter blues, because these highly original christmas songs are going to knock your socks off. Get modern, get cool, and get all ready for Christmas! 1. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out / Fall Out Boy This song is everything. And if you've never heard it before, you're in for a treat. Vengeful, cutting and completely clever it's the kind of Christmas song you can stomach over and over without throwing up. Get your Santa hats out, because you've got a new Christmas jam. 2. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) / The Ramones This punk rock classic is perfect for that moment when you're forced to decorate the tree with family members that don't necessarily get along. You know...all of them. So for your next Christmas gathering...just play them this, "Come on guys. It's Christmas time, don't fight. The Ramones said so!" Right? That's all it'll take. 3. Don't Shoot Me Santa / The Killers I wrote an entire list of all the great Killers Christmas songs. They're seriously all remarkable. I had to include my personal favorite, "Don't Shoot Me Santa" the catchiest, funniest most edgy Christmas song around. Play this video for your friends and watch them fall in love. Seriously. 4. I Wish It Was Christmas Today / Julian Casablancas The lead singer of The Strokes gives you this Dean-Martin-esque Christmas neo-classic. It's smooth and classic, but still has that classic Casablancas sneer. It's magic. So play this for your parents at their boring Christmas party, and just bop along. Because it's kind of like you're listening to The Strokes without offending old people right? 5. All I Want For Christmas Is You / My Chemical Romance This is my favorite version of this song. Your friends are probably all like..."What about Mariah Carey! She's the Christmas queen!" No. Gerard Way is the Christmas queen damn it. Trust me. This is the best version of this song you will hear. 6. All I Want For Christmas / The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Karen O's distinct vocals coupled with this rockabilly vibe make "All I Want For Christmas" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is the perfect song to listen to while you're contemplating your existence during the holidays. Rock music just does that. 7. Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass / All Time Low Much like Fall Out Boy's Christmas tune, All Time Low bring the spiteful part of the season to light. For some, the Holidays aren't a beautiful, golden time filled with presents and chestnuts and all that. For some, they're cold, lonely and a reminder of all the things you continuously screw up. This one's for you. Play it loud, even if you're a Grinch. 8. White Christmas / Panic! At The Disco Let Brendon Urie's velvety smooth vocals lull you into Christmas bliss with this lovely cover of a classic. Probably the most traditional on the list, its something you can jam with your grandma to, and have a little laugh to yourself because it's Brendon Urie not Bing Crosby. 9. The Flaming Lips / Christmas at the Zoo I had the distinct pleasure of seeing The Flaming Lips this summer at the Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio. It was one of the strangest experiences of my life. The scene was madness: big rock hooks with neon lights, swinging strings of lights, giant balloons, various strains of marijuana smoke flying through the air and the crazy presence of lead singer Wayne Coyne. This Christmas song is nutty, just like the band. It's also the perfect thing to play during one of your young, hip Christmas gatherings...if you have one. 10. Won't Be Home For Christmas / Blink 182 Rock and roll can be bitter business, but the truth is, that some people just can't get home for Christmas and others just don't want to. Whatever your reason for being away from home, you're not alone. You've got Blink 182 to lull you into holiday submission. Which Christmas song was your favorite!? If you like this playlist, or want to make one of your own, be sure to hang around the Alternative Rock community here on Vingle! And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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์–ด๋Š๋‚  ์ŠคํŠœ๋””์˜ค์— ๋“ค์–ด์˜จ ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๊ฐ€ย ๋ธŒ๋ฆฌ์—๊ฒŒ "๋„ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜๋ฉฐย ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด๋ดค์–ด." ๋ผ๋ฉฐ ๋“ค๋ ค์ค€ ๋…ธ๋ž˜.ย  Queen - Soul Brother (Under pessure sigle b-side) God bless my soul here he comes now The man with the most how does he do it? Sure he's got style he's so heavy He's a trip can do anything Anything anything He's my soul brother He's my best friend he's my champion And he will rock you rock you rock you 'Cause he's the saviour of the universe He can make you keep yourself alive Make yourself alive Ooh brother cause he's somebody somebody He can love He's my soul brother Whan you're under pressure feeling under pressure Yeah pressure yeah pressure He won't let you down Whan you're under pressure Oh feeling under pressure yeah pressure So he won't let you down He won't he won't he won't let you down He can do anything anything anything He's my soul brother Yea ah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Ooh soul brother anything (soul brother) Anything (soul brother) anything (soul brother) He's my soul brother brother brother brother brother Anything (soul brother) anything (soul brother) He's my soul brother Soul brother he can do anything He can do anything 'Cause he's my soul brother ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””์—๊ฒŒ ๋ธŒ๋ผ์ด์–ธ์€ ...ย  ๋‚ด ์˜ํ˜ผ์— ๋‚ด๋ฆฐ ์‹ ์˜ ์ถ•๋ณต ๊ทธ๋Š” ์Šคํƒ€์ผ์ด ํ™•๊ณ ํ•˜๊ณ  ์ง„์ค‘ํ•œ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ.ย  ๊ทธ๋Š” ๋‚ด ์ตœ๊ณ ์˜ ์นœ๊ตฌ. ๋‚˜์˜ ์ฑ”ํ”ผ์–ธ.ย  ๊ทธ๋Š” ๋„ ํ”๋“ค์–ด ๋†“์„๊ฑฐ์•ผ.ย  ๊ทธ๋Š” ์šฐ์ฃผ์˜ ๊ตฌ์›์ž๊ฑฐ๋“ . ๊ทธ๋Š” ์ธ์ƒ์„ ์ฆ๊ธฐ๊ฒŒ ๋งŒ๋“ค์–ด์ฃผ์ง€. ๊ทธ๋Š” ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋“ ย ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ์‚ฌ๋žŒ์ด๋‹ˆ๊นŒ. ์••๋ฐ•๊ฐ์— ์‹œ๋‹ฌ๋ฆด ๋• ๊ทธ๊ฐ€ ์ผ์œผ์ผœ์ค„๊ฑฐ์•ผ.ย  ๊ทธ๋Š” ๋ญ๋“ ์ง€ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์–ด.ย  ๊ทธ๋Š” ๋‚ด ์˜ํ˜ผ์˜ ํ˜•์ œ๋‹ˆ๊นŒ...ย  ๋ธŒ๋ผ์ด์–ธ์ดย ์ฒœ์ฒด๋ฌผ๋ฆฌํ•™์ž๋ผ๋Š” ๊ฑธ ์ž๋ž‘์Šค๋Ÿฌ์›Œํ•ด์„œ ๋ณด๋žฉ์—๋„ "๊ฐˆ๋ฆด๋ ˆ์˜ค"๋ฅผ ๋„ฃ์–ด์คฌ๋˜ย ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๋Š”ย  ์ด ๋…ธ๋ž˜์—์„œ๋„ย ๋ธŒ๋ผ์ด์–ธ์„ ์šฐ์ฃผ์˜ ๊ตฌ์›์ž๋กœ ์€์œ ํ•˜๊ณ .ย  ๋ธŒ๋ผ์ด์–ธ์ด ์ž‘๊ณกํ•œย keep yourself alive ์™€ย we will rock youย ๋„ย  ์ธ์šฉํ•˜๋ฉด์„œ ๊ทธ์˜ ์ž‘ํ’ˆ์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ์กด๊ฒฝ์‹ฌ์„ ํ‘œํ˜„ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. ์„ฌ์„ธํ•˜๊ณ ย ์Šค์œ—ํ•œ ์‚ฌ๋žŒ. ๊ทธ๋ ‡๋‹ค๋ฉด ๋ธŒ๋ฆฌ์—๊ฒŒ ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๋Š”?? ์˜๊ฐ์„ ์ฃผ๋Š” ๋ฎค์ฆˆ์ด์ž ํŽ˜๋ฅด์†Œ๋‚˜ ๊ทธ ์ž์ฒด. ๋ธŒ๋ผ์ด์–ธ์ด ๋งŒ๋“  ๋…ธ๋ž˜์˜ ๊ฑฐ์˜ ๋Œ€๋ถ€๋ถ„์€ ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ๋งŒ๋“  ๊ณก.ย  ์ž‘๊ณก์„ ํ•  ๋•Œ ๋ธŒ๋ผ์ด์–ธ์€ ์Šต๊ด€์ ์œผ๋กœ ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๊ฐ€ ๋ฌด๋Œ€ ์œ„์—์„œ ๋…ธ๋ž˜ ๋ถ€๋ฅด๋Š” ๋ชจ์Šต์„ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜๋ฉด์„œ ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•œ ๊ณก์„ ๋งŒ๋“ค๊ฒŒ ๋˜์—ˆ๋‹ค๊ณ  ๋ฐํžŒ ์ ์ด ์žˆ์–ด์š”.ย  ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๊ฐ€ ๋– ๋‚œ ํ›„ ๋ธŒ๋ผ์ด์–ธ์€..ย  ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””์™€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ์ „์„ธ๊ณ„ ์ฝ˜์„œํŠธ์žฅ์„ ๋ˆ„๋น„๋˜ ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””์˜ ํ”ผ์•„๋…ธ๋ฅผ ์ž์‹ ์˜ ์ง‘ ๊ฑฐ์‹ค์— ๊ฐ€์ ธ๋‹ค ๋†“์•˜์–ด์š”.ย ๊ทธ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋„ ํ‰๋‚ด๋‚ผ ์ˆ˜ ์—†๋Š” ์ž์‹ ๋งŒ์˜ ๋ฐฉ์‹์œผ๋กœ ํ”ผ์•„๋…ธ๋ฅผ ์—ฐ์ฃผํ•˜๋˜ ์˜ค๋žœ ์นœ๊ตฌ๋ฅผ ์ถ”์–ตํ•˜๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•ด.. "๋‚˜๋Š” ์ง€๊ธˆ๋„ ํ•ญ์ƒ ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๋ฅผ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•œ๋‹ค. ๋‹จ ํ•˜๋ฃจ๋„ ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๋ฅผ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๋Š” ๋‚ ์ด ์—†๋‹ค. ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๊ฐ€ ๋– ๋‚ฌ์„ ๋•Œ๋Š” ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ๊ณ ํ†ต์Šค๋Ÿฌ์›Œ์„œ ๊ทธ์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ๋ง์กฐ์ฐจ ๊บผ๋‚ผ ์ˆ˜ ์—†์—ˆ๋‹ค. ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ์ด์ œ ๊ทธ๋Š” ์‚ถ์˜ ์ผ๋ถ€๋ถ„์ด ๋˜์—ˆ๋‹ค. ์ง€๊ธˆ๋„ ๋•Œ๋ก  ํ”„๋ ˆ๋””๋ฅผ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜๋ฉด ๋ˆˆ๋ฌผ์ด ๋‚˜์ง€๋งŒ, ๋Œ€๋ถ€๋ถ„ ๊ทธ์˜ ์กด์žฌ๋Š” ๋‚ด๊ฒŒ ํฐ ๊ธฐ์จ์ด๋‹ค." (2011, ๋ธŒ๋ผ์ด์–ธ ๋ฉ”์ด)ย  ๊ด€์‹ฌ์ข€ ์ฃผ์„ธ์š”.. ๊ท€์ฐฎ์œผ์‹ค๊นŒ๋ด ๋Œ“๊ธ€ ๋‹ฌ์•„๋‹ฌ๋ผ๊ณ  ๋ชปํ•˜๋Š”๋ฐ ํด๋ฆฝ๊ณผ ํ•˜ํŠธ ์ •๋ง ์ข‹์•„ํ•ด์š”...โ™ฅ
Mac Sabbath: The McDonald's Metal Band Of Your Nightmares
Just when you thought Ronald McDonald was as scary as clowns got, in comes Ronald Osbourne. From the poofy red wig and the yellow gloves, he's got all the fast food joint's iconic colors in place; however, something sinister boils beneath the surface. This is Mac Sabbath, a Black Sabbath cover band that combines all things Prince of Darkness with ketchup, mayo, and the occasional sweet and sour dipping sauce. And in this gig, Ronald Osbourne is the fast food world's Prince of Darkness equivalent. Needless to say, you should be scared. Very scared. And instead of 'Iron Man', their signature song is 'Frying Pan', which equal parts mocks the quality of fast food and the health of the people who eat it a little too frequently. Oh, and you've got to see Ronald's bandmates. There's Slayer MacCheeze, Grimalice, and Catburglar, who looks a whole lot like Peter Criss from the original KISS line-up. And just like the original Black Sabbath, Ronald and the crew are just as notorious for their extreme stage antics. After attending their concert last summer, music journalist Jake Manson observed a move pulled right out of the Ozzy Osbourne handbook: "The highlight came when Ronald reached into his takeout bag, pulled out a hamburger with bat wings, and took a massive bite out of it." So what do you guys think about Mac Sabbath? Have you seen any clown rock this hard? Let me know if you'd be down to see Mac Sabbath live in concert in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection.