After 16 years as a band and with 11 studio albums under their belt, Green Day headlined this weekend’s Reading and Leeds Festival in a set filled with fan favourites old and new. In honour of this, we took a look back through the Green Day catalogue and picked out some of their less appreciated songs.
10. Favourite Son
If there’s one good thing about political unrest, it’s that it gives punk bands tonnes of ammunition to make great music. A recent example of this would be during the unpopular presidential reign of George W Bush. Many were outraged with his politics, particularly his decisions as regards the invasion of Iraq post 9/11.
In 2004, Fat Mike of NOFX brought together a collection of punk bands from the time to create a compilation promoting peace and opposing war. On it was this rare track from Green Day taking aim at George Bush Jr, accusing the “favorite son,” as being nothing but a disappointment.
Featuring the lyrics, “A clean cut All American really ain’t so clean, his royal auditorium is a murder scene,” it was a fitting addition to the compilation, and a great Green Day B Side.
This article was first posted on August 26, 2013