Shriek of the Week: Green Day, “Longview”
Green Day isn’t one of my favorite bands. Wait, that’s a bit of an understatement. There was a time when I thought they were OK. Now, I cringe whenever I hear them. There is one exception to that – anything off of Dookie, the band’s1994 breakthrough album (and also their major label debut).
There will be Green Day fans who tell me that their prior two albums released on Lookout! Records are better. There are probably others who swear by American Idiot. I’m not here to tell anyone that they’re wrong. For me though, Dookie has special meaning.
Long-time readers may recall this post from one year ago today. It begins “I don’t often write about sporting events, but today is an important day over here at 2bitMonkey. 10 years ago today (March 25, 2003) my brother tragically and suddenly passed away at the age of 19. In his honor and memory, I am posting a story about a day we spent together that forever lives on in my mind as a day that our friendship (which is different than our brotherhood) was cemented.”
Today, on the 11 year anniversary, my Shriek of the Week is dedicated to my brother, who simply loved Dookie. He loved it so much that when my parents’ house partially burned down my brother left every ruined CD behind – except for the obviously damaged copy of Dookie. Green Day wasn’t his favorite band (that was U2) but my little bro inexplicably could be found listening to this CD over and over. I think it had some sentimental meaning for him, which is a little bizarre when you consider the lyrics to songs like “Longview”, which includes the following brilliant stanza:
I sit around and watch the phone but no one’s calling
Call me pathetic, call me what you will
My mother says to get a job, but she don’t like the one she’s got
When masturbation’s lost its fun you’re fucking lonely
Ten years ago, when I maintained a little blog dedicated to remembering my brother, I wrote this: “I put Dookie on my mp3 player and I listen to some or all of it every so often. I kind of like that I don’t know why he loved it so much. It’s pretty good, don’t get me wrong, but I know that there’s something there that I’m just not getting and that I probably will never know. In a way that’s nice. Everyone should have some things that belong to them and them alone. This was Leo’s and no one else’s. If I figure it out one day, that’s great. … But if I can’t figure it out, that’s OK too. It’s enough to remember that it was important to him, and for me that makes it one of my favorite CD’s too.”
Green Day – Longview (Official Video)