Thursday, October 26, 2006

Rock wars: Killers vs. Green Day

Thanks to the Fetching Mrs. Wookie for pointing this story out to me and downloading the Killers, album Sam's Town. They've quickly shot up my favorites list simply because of this story...

Apparently, Green Day's "American Idiot" album didn't sit to well with Killers front man Brendan Flowers. In fact I think it's safe to say it pissed him off.

"You have Green Day and 'American Idiot'. Where do they film their DVD? In England," The Killers' frontman told The Word. "A bunch of kids screaming 'I don't want to be an American idiot' I saw it as a very negative thing towards Americans. It really lit a fire in me."

Explaining he was offended by the set-up, Flowers added: "You have the right to say what you want to say and what you want to write about, and I'm sure they meant it in the same way that Bruce Springsteen meant 'Born In The USA' and it was taken wrongly, but I was really offended when I saw them do that."

The singer added he felt the DVD was a bit of a a stunt.

"I just thought it was really cheap," he explained. "To go to a place like England or Germany and sing that song - those kids aren't taking it the same way that he meant it. And he [Billie Joe Armstrong] knew it."

The Killers' frontman said he believed that his band's new album 'Sam's Town' is a much better representation of America.

"People need to see that, really, there are the nicest people in the world here!" he declared. "I don't know if our album makes you realise that. But I hope it's from a more positive place."

I personally refused to buy Green Day's "American Idiot" album, and to be blunt, I'm sick and tired of hearing the songs on the airwaves. Unfortunately, kids respond to rock, so outspoken groups like Green Day, Blink 182, and Good Charlotte will still get huge crowds whereas the Dixie Chicks have concerts across the country cancelled. I don't think the Killers have anything to worry about as far as liberal leaning rock fans not buying tickets to their shows because neither they nor their music are particularly political.

But negative comments are starting to come out despite the group's popularity. The Fetching Mrs. Wookie was recounting a DJ on San Diego's 91x and his comments that despite his anticipation about the Killers new album, he was "upset" that they're speaking out against Green Day.

So just to make sure the Killers get their fair shake, you can download the album now through iTunes or order the CD. It's pretty damn good...

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