Most of you know me as Mango, the one who usually posts top notch dank ass content, but not many of you know the softer side of me. Tonight’s article is not a rant where I ramble on and on, however, it is a personal experience I had as a child with my favorite band: Green Day - who, by the way, just released their 12th record “Revolution Radio” this week. I won’t actually be cursing as much as I usually do because I want to keep this more on the serious side. Right, let’s get into it!
I’ve told my story to a bunch of fans, but what you may not know is what I often omit from those chapters in my life and continues to happen to this very day. Let’s take this back to the mid-90’s where I was 8 ½ years old and having to endure a turbulent childhood. We had financial struggle, my parents were divorcing after 18 years of marriage, and having to get through school all while I was just a kid.
One day I just sat on the couch watching TV when I pick up the remote and switch it to MTV. Now I’ve always been into music, I mean, my first vinyl was “A Chipmunk Christmas” and I wasn’t even 10 years old yet. Anyways, so I’m watching the music channels when one day the video for “Longview’ by some band named Green Day who had just struck it big with their third album “Dookie” came on … and I’m scared to death.
Before all you little elitists go on about how stupid I am, puff out your chests about how many levels of punk rock you are or how children shouldn’t be exposed to this music - shut the fuck up! You, however, are extremely right about the latter point. It’s not just because of the lyrical content in that song, but it’s because that’s where the clusterfuck began.
You’re probably asking yourself why I was scared, am I right? Despite my young age I felt as if something wasn’t right. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that I had never heard a punk rock song in my life prior to this, but for whatever reason I kept watching it until the very end. Now lots of other, other questions are circling around in your head: A.) Where were your parents in all this? I already mentioned they were caught up in their own drama. B.) Why didn’t you just change the channel and/or never bother with their videos ever again? This last one I’ll simply say that I felt like I couldn’t; as if a heavy hand held me down preventing me from watching something else. I look back on it now thinking that perhaps that eerie sensation I aforementioned earlier in the article was perhaps something watching me….except that it never went away.
I guess after this encounter I really began to hate Green Day. Yes, I am using the word “HATE” out right. Please take into account that this era went viral as fuck during the mid-1990’s, and these guys were everywhere; literally all over the place. My older sister was a fan for a very brief moment during those days - probably because it was so trendy - so she’d play it in the car on blast while singing along. By the end of it I was pretty sick of hearing anything from this band as the cacophony rubbed me like sandpaper.
I want to go back to something I said before - what did I mean by it never going away? Simple. My parents are officially divorced come 1995 and I’m 10 years old, and the band are in their 4th record “Insomniac”. My mom had gotten remarried and I was once again left to my own devices on more than one occasion. I’ve explained to a few of my Green buddies that because our apartment had a screened porch, I had to lock it once my mom and her new husband headed to work, returning some time later to come take me to school but instead of going back to bed I switched on the TV until it was time to go. Lo and behold, what’s the first thing that pops on? Another video by Green Day, and I remember specially it was “Walking Contradiction”. As if something just knew I’d be awake to watch it, so of course I did that.
When I speak about this sort of thing, which isn’t often since it’s hard to explain, I usually quote former Nine Inch Nails member Chris Vrenna when he had a similar experience while working on his solo record for his side project, Tweaker.
“I do love Phil’s drumming! He really broke new ground both in the grooves he created, but also in the way his drums were recorded and sounded. I especially loved the darkness and sadness he explored lyrically in his solo records. While working on tweaker, ‘I Don’t Care Anymore’ began haunting me. For a few weeks every time I got in the car, it came on the radio. It happened so many times that I took it as a sign.”
Similar experience except that it went on for more than a few weeks. I can say it came on so much more aggressive during my high school years especially in the 10th grade. It was at this point in my life where I found myself actually really enjoying “Minority”, which came out on “Warning” during 2000. I really got right down to what they were trying to convey in the lyrics, they spoke to me so much I finally gave in and told myself to just let it be. I must have somehow gotten tired of fighting the current that I just let fate take care of it - best decision I ever made and it's where I’ve been for the past 15 years.
I had dropped out of college the same year I saw them in concert for the first time in 2005. “American Idiot” was actually the record I met our web developer Nimrod God when we engaged in random conversation some months before graduation in 2004. In October 2007 we began this website since we’re such huge music addicts. NG named it Nimrod Street because that’s his favorite album. I find it funny how it was such an act of fate or destiny - if you believe in that sort of thing - where it was right down to the same month a decade later; Nimrod was released October 1997; we’d done it without really ever thinking of that. Two years later we saw Green Day for the “21st Century Breakdown” era, and it was just as spectacular as the first time.
When 2012’s “Uno! Dos! Tre!” came around we were blessed to have the band answer our tweet when the guys were taking questions on MTV. Not only that...I took inspiration on reviewing albums from a Rolling Stone article where the writer did exquisite coverage discussing all the best part of the record. I soon made it in my own way and still use said formula to this day. I personally loved this album and feel it’s extremely underrated! It was a creative risk, therefore, you’ve got to give the band props for attempting new ways in handling their work.
In the span of four years we’ve had some amazing experiences working alongside some big time artists. We’ve managed to interview talented bands from Japan on indie label Charamel Records owned by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls (speaking of Goo, we were granted a media pass to photograph their live show on the Boxes 2016 tour), covered artists who’ve had their songs in films made by Quentin Tarantino, Trey Parker, and review Muse’s last record “Drones” from 2015.
Now that “Revolution Radio” is out in the open, of course I have another great story. We were able to cover the new album a day before it came out, but posting it had to be delayed because of the hurricane which knocked out the power going to our servers. Just knowing that we were able to climb a ladder to where we’ve always envisioned ourselves, albeit slow baby steps, it has been the best feeling ever. All because the power of music is so amazing!
I wanted to write this to send out some positive vibes. Hope you’re all having a great day!