Am I Retarded, or am I Just Overjoyed?

At one point during Monday night’s Green Day show at Madison Square Garden, Billie Joe Armstrong announced that he needed someone on stage who could play the guitar:

If that little girl in her Misfits shirt and her pigtails can get up on stage at Madison Square Garden and absolutely own it, there is hope for the future. That is all.


Billie Joe did the same thing at their 2005 Albuquerque show, then gave his red Les Paul Junior to a girl in the front row. “You better be able to play that thing next time I come here,” he said. The RMLs are headed to Denver to see them on August 15.

ADD: That video literally gives me tears of joy.

Billie Joe: An enormous ball of awesome and hawt, doing the super bounce on the pavement of cool, forever and ever, amen.

If that’s her 15 minutes, she got a good deal.

Librarians in horned helmets in a book cart drill team. (Looking closely for one M. Cynica . . . )


I was a Green Day hater when they started. The wound of a Clash-less world was still too fresh. I even ate with some friends in a Chinese restaurant in Berkeley with Billie Joe a few tables away, ’96 I believe, and I went out of my way to be the Anti-fan (without confronting him, of course).

I like them now, and especially like The Foxboro Hot tubs.

ADD: Now Rancid – that was a Clash spawn I totally got behind.

I liked Green Day when they started, but American Idiot made me love them. This is so cool.

Meanwhile, check out the mash-up of “Sarah Palin v. That Crazy Santa Cruz Lady*” on HuffPo

*I shared that clip of the Santa Cruz City Council meeting a few days ago on a thread upstream.

@SanFran Hussein Lefty:

What’s truly incredible is that those speeches make perfect sense to large numbers of Americans, but then again, it’s just a demonstrable fact that many people speak fluent Kray-zee.

So I had my primero lesson in français last night.

I knew that it’s similar to el español, but I had no idea they were that close.

The Frenchies sure do like their extra silent letters and contractions, though. Mon Dieu!

What, we’re not liveblogging the Beer Summit? Plugz crashed the party.

Because it’s lame. If Crowley had any stones at all, he should have showed up in his uniform and tried to arrest Obama for interfering with a lawful arrest.


@FlyingChainSaw: I thought it was going to be a photo-op at best anyway. Were there plans for live foam-to-dregs coverage?

@nojo: Hey, I spotted fruit in Crowley’s beer. Preparing a post now. As usual, the video is fucked. Can you assist?

@FlyingChainSaw: I demand to see evidence of your constitutional right to be president

@Nabisco has a Fig Newton for your Feuds: Exactly. He wants to play the badass cop, let him take the opportunity at hand.

Ran this on the computer with sound. She has a better voice than the Billy but was her guitar plugged in?

@Nabisco has a Fig Newton for your Feuds: I had the same trajectory you did with Green Day, I hated them, to be honest, for their stealing so many melodies and hooks from other songs, but most of all, Billie Jo’s fake brit accent.

But since American Idiot, and watching a few live videos, I have turned 180 degrees.

They are one crunching punk band, and thats all you have to be for me to love you. BJ losing the accent was a big improvement, too.

Rancid I just loved always, even though they were just too outright imitating the Clash. But how can a Clash fan not love Time Bomb?

IFF, its a big If and Only If, this chick was not a plant, and her guitar was plugged in, then thats one of the greatest things I have ever seen.

@Promnight: Just ran it with the sound. Bloody ‘ell but that is one blissful 9 minutes in that woman’s life. Looks legit, Armstrong was coaching her on the chords, such as.

@Promnight: They do that at shows. They brought this chick on in Albuquerque who could not play and that’s who Billie Jo gave his guitar to at that show, telling her “you better be able to play it when I cme back”.

@blogenfreude: Yep. I’m just hoping they don’t drag her onto Good Morning America and Letterman and give her her own show on MTV. This needs to just stay like it is, a perfect moment in time. But execs see something real – so rare, like catching a glimpse of a unicorn – and instead of having it inspire them to do better in their own lives, they take their desire to have everyone feel that moment of realness and fuck it up royally.

@Original Andrew: Welcome to the wonderful world of learning a language that was invented purely to confuse the general populace.

@redmanlaw: @FlyingChainSaw: Cynics! Heathens! ITS TEH REALZ.

@Original Andrew:

Good luck pre-nouncing them things.

Shit, Chinese is easier than that.

Prenunciation-wise, of course. ;-)

@RomeGirl: I didn’t say it wasn’t. I tried to say that they brought out some chica in ABQ who said she could play but actually couldn’t, and they still gave her the guitar. So yes, it is real.

Here’s three dudes they brought up when I saw them in ABQ in October 2005. The part with the girl who couldn’t play was at another time in the show.

@Nabisco has a Fig Newton for your Feuds: Foxboro Hot Tubs = awesome summertime cd. I’m burning it for a friend’s husband, along with something by French metal band Gojira so he can keep track of what’s happening back home.

Did anyone know that Cinnamon Girl is in double drop D tuning? Saw that on the CD-ROM that came with the new Guitar Player magazine. Even Metallica does only drop D, so does Neil Young = 2x more metal than Metallica? (Ponders point).

@redmanlaw: And all this chick got was a set of drumsticks!

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