Green Day

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

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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.

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This article was first posted on August 26, 2013