Wednesday, March 26, 2014


I'm a big fan of the punk band Green Day.  It's kind of weird calling them a "punk band", because the lead singer is over 40 years old.  They formed back in the late 1980s and achieved major success with their album Dookie in the early 1990s. 

I have all of their albums—over the last ten years, they have released the hugely popular American Idiot, which was turned into a Broadway musical.  However, even some hardcore fans may not know that there are two albums that are Green Day, but not really Green Day.

In 2007, the band released an album called Foxboro Hot Tubs, based on an alternative band that they formed.  (It was really just Green Day with a couple of other guys. 

The album sounds like Green Day (kind of).  Because there are other members, the sound is a little different but overall, the songwriting is very Green Day—very catchy with good hooks and interesting lyrics.

Foxboro Hot Tubs weirder counterpart is the new wave band The Network.  They released an album a few years earlier in 2003 called Money Money 2020

This band sounds like Men Without Hats meets Devo meets Green Day.  The really weird part is that the band all wear masks.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the vocals are Billy Joe Armstrong's (the voice of Green Day).  This is a darker, stranger album and definitely has pieces of Green Day in it, but overall it sounds like a different band.  If you like the techno-sounding bands of the 1980s, you will enjoy this little offshoot album.