Green Day - Time of Your Life (Good Riddance)

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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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Among these accusations was the fact that Green Day was a supposedly punk rock band with a major record label, an ironic twist on the anarchy and independence that so many punk rock bands represent. Billy Joe Armstrong actually commented on the group’s status as a punk rock band by saying “…we’re this big band now. We’ve made a lot of money. We’re not punk rock anymore… You can take us out of a punk rock environment, but you can’t take the punk rock out of us”. Although some avid punk rockers may argue that Green Day is not a true punk rock band, it is indisputable that Green Day created popular music that received high ratings.
Green Day, along with several other bands such as The Offspring, Sublime, Rancid, and Blink-182, is widely credited for bringing the attention of mainstream popularity to punk rock in the United States, benefiting punk rock in the end regardless of technical musical classification. These bands characterized the pop punk of the mid to late 1990s. Although pop punk music has waned throughout the years, but its culture is still ubiquitous in many venues from the Vans Warped Tour to the Bamboozle Festival.
Kerplunk and Dookie were responsible for the financial success of Green Day; after taking a brief hiatus, the band recorded Nimrod, which deviated from its normal styles of music. As an album, it demonstrated how Green Day had matured, but not completely lost it Nimrod was composed of a variety of different songs influenced by ska,

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