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Apologies in advance if you're a fan of the Twilight series, but an interplay of Billie Joe Armstrong playing piano with shots of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 just doesn't really jibe.
Another standard video of the boys playing live in some sort of studio space. It's a shame this is the official video, because the animated video that won the band's contest is a lot more dynamic and fun.
There's something so charming about seeing early Green Day play a simple video in front of a green screen. While the band jams in a house, various characters repeat the same actions over and over again, hammering home the obvious metaphor of the song's title. (Wait for a LOL at the end.)
You may recognize the two title characters of this graffiti adventure from the cover of 2009's 21st Century Breakdown album. The animation in this graphic video shows various aspects of a relationship alongside pop culture, and finally gives way to Billie Joe Armstrong standing triumphant in front of the setting sun.
In this two-for-one special, we get the lolling, sepia-tinged haze of the band hanging in a junk yard for "Brain Stew," which rolls effortlessly into the hectic, hyper-bright colors and spiraling visuals of "Jaded." It's almost the visual representation of me before and after my first cup of coffee.
This powerful collaboration with U2 presents the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, along with footage of the bands playing live at Louisiana's Superdome. The back half of the video shows an alternate scenario of how hurricane relief could have played out, with fictional clips of military forces bringing aid to the victims of Katrina.
Where'd your hair go, Billie Joe?! This one-take video, shot in black and white, is a melancholy contrast of an abandoned junk yard and Billie Joe's suited-up self, searching for a bigger meaning.
After robbing a bank, our two protagonists from "21st Century Breakdown" (remember them?) seek refuge, only to be shot at through the walls (but managing to stay unharmed!) by the police. Billie Joe Armstrong's floating falsetto is the best part of the song, but the video unfortunately falls more flat.
Also known as the song you hear at every graduation EVER! A pensive song receives an equally thoughtful video treatment, with various characters looking out into the distance and reflecting on the lives that lay before them. It's an awesome song, and a "meh" enough video to go along with it.
Recognize our leading lady? Yep, that's the same actress from "21 Guns." Somehow, I think these two videos are connected, but I can't quite figure out how. Regardless, I'm all for women frolicking freely in the desert (and blowing up cars with nothing but their minds).
For a lot of us, the first mention of Green Day instantly brings this classic video to mind. (Am I showing my age here?) It has all of the band's best visual elements—Billie Joe Armstrong's black shirt with a red tie, moments of sped-up overdrive guitar shredding, and a finale finish that ends with everyone covered in green slime, of course.
A prelude to "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," this video is the story of what happens before the sad walk through the desert. Replete with velvet suit jackets, shots on shots on shots, and dancing in the desert, it's a wild ride that eventually ends in a stalled car and a terrible hangover.
One of Green Day's longest videos, it tells the story of Jimmy, a down-and-out kid who kinda hates his house, his mom, his cheating girlfriend, and his life. Jimmy eventually leaves home and sets outs on his own, like everyone wishes they could do at 17. Who could forget the scenes where Jimmy graffitis the convenience story bathroom, leaving his bloody handprint on the wall?
The one that started it all, "Longview" is the epitome of being so bored, in the days before smartphones and the internet existed, that the only thing you could do was...well, you can probably figure it out by the lyrics. And Billie Joe's green-tinged hair is pretty much everything. Notice how this isn't the only Green Day video to end in a shower of feathers?
Are you surprised? When you spend a month casting for a music video and rehearsing it before filming, that means it's gonna be pretty damn good. Regardless of how you feel about the song, you can't deny that Evan Rachel Wood's cries of "tell me you didn't do" are utterly soul-wrenching. "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is the perfect example of pairing visuals alongside music for the most powerful, emotional effect. Director Samuel Bayer considers it one of the best things he's ever done, and we'd have to agree.
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