Back in April I wrote that Green Day was releasing an album trilogy ¡UNO! ¡DOS! ¡TRE! later this year. We got a taste of that offering with the first single “Oh Love.” I must say, I am not impressed. Maybe because I wasn’t a huge fan of 21st Century Breakdown. Maybe because it seems like Green Day has fallen into the same pit as The Offspring, in that they have gotten older. Usually that isn’t a bad thing – unless you are in the punk rock business. I don’t hear any grit. No defiance. No sketchy pastimes. On their Sound Cloud page, Ghislain Hetfield Plaut’s comment at 0.39 sums it all up: “Where is the punk band?”
Good question. While the rest of the timeline is filled with comments gushing about how awesome the song is, I got to wondering, “How long have I been making excuses for Green Day?” After all, Dookie was the first record I listened to all the way through multiple times without skipping a song. And I realized Shenanigans was where it happened. There was a slow commercialization of their sound from then on. They kept me believing it wasn’t true because every record following had a few songs that made me think, “Ok, the Green Day I know is still there.” I really hope the rest of the album is better, or this may just be a skip.