via my new toy, Google Reader, I see that this band with whom I have a full-tilt obsession these days is opening for the always surprising Green Day.
I was a moderate fan of Green Day's bubble-gum punk back in the early 90's: tell me "Longview" isn't the anthem of a generation (not mine, thank christ). "When masturbation's lost its fun, you're fucking breaking." Poetry. So sue me: I've always been a sucker for the percussion and percussive guitars that drive the verses here (See: "I Don't Miss You"). But they were kind of goofy and silly, and they tried to buy weed from a friend of mine once, so I'm afraid I didn't take them too seriously.
Then they had that shocking, enlightening flash of relevance about five years ago: American Idiot was a scream into the dark of those days, articulating for all of us who'd been told to STFU about the war and Gitmo and the sociopaths running the nation that it was not just us. It was rock and roll as genuine outsider protest, the way it was meant to be, and it was Good. (Plus, they gave the cute Evan Rachel Wood a gig before that fascinatingly weird Across the Universe.)
They've got a new record coming out, 21st Century Breakdown, next week, and they're touring this summer.
And the Kaiser Chiefs are opening for some dates. I love these guys: though as a pedagogue I can't support the essential message of "Never Miss a Beat," but I note here that, like "Longview," the verses are essentially driven by percussion. And who knows whether the Kaiser Chiefs may not create the essential and necessary records of resistance in 2020?
Weirder things have happened.