I was in elementary school when the American Idiot album by Green Day came out, and like every other child growing up in a liberal area I gladly sang along to those angry anthems about life under the Bush administration (not knowing that’s what they were). As time passed and I grew up, I always just assumed that Green Day was a band for 13 year old punky boys, so I never listened to them.


I was recently listening to a Spotify playlist called “Middle School Punk Rock Boner Jams.” Don’t ask why. Anyway, Basket Case by Green Day came on and I thought to myself “I could get down with this shit.” I pulled up the Dookie album and listened to it from start to finish. I couldn’t believe my ears. Was I a punky 13 year old boy? Well, the answer is no. I am not a 13 year old boy, I am a young adult female who loves Green Day.


It took awhile for me to adjust to my new identity. Do I keep this to myself? Do I shout it from the rooftops? I knew the first person I had to tell was someone I trusted deeply: my sister. When I confessed to her that I had transitioned into a Green Day woman, something shocking happened. She admitted that she recently had also revisited GD and reassessed her whole opinion of them.


The truth is, I had a complete misconception about a band I hadn’t even listened to in 15 years, and I honestly felt like a judgemental turd when I realized they are talented. I am now on a quest to make up for lost Green Day time. I’m not sure the relationship between Green Day time and plain old regular time so if anyone could get back to me on that it would be great.

P.S. I heard a rumor that they might do a 25 year anniversary Dookie tour next year. So if you need me, I’ll be selling my undies online to afford this bee-otch.