American Idiot

~ Release group by Green Day

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
American IdiotCD13
  • GB2004-09-20
  • XE2004-09-21
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)9362-48777-2093624877721
American IdiotEnhanced CD13
  • US2004-09-21
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)48777-2093624877721
American IdiotDigital Media9
  • XW2004-09-21
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)093624877769
American IdiotCD14
  • JP2004-09-23
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)WPCR-119104943674052356
American Idiot2×12" Vinyl6 + 7
  • XE2004-10-04
  • GB2004-10-11
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)9362-48777-1093624877714
American IdiotCD13
  • FR2004-11-02
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)9362-48972-20093624897224
American IdiotCD13
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)93624877729325583025525
American IdiotEnhanced CD14
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)CDW 48777093624877721
American IdiotCD13
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)WBCD 20756001212082536
American Idiot2×Enhanced CD14 + 6
  • JP2005-05-25
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)WPCR-12106/74943674057184
American Idiot (deluxe version)Digital Media13
  • XW2006-01-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)093624410560
American Idiot2×12" Vinyl6 + 7
  • US2006-04-11
Adeline RecordsAR033-1655223003316
American Idiot (holiday edition deluxe)Digital Media12
  • US2009-03-17
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)093624410669
American Idiot2×12" Vinyl6 + 7
  • US2009-11-03
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)517552-1093624979890
American Idiot (Mastered for iTunes)Digital Media13
  • US2012-09-04
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)093624947301
American Idiot (hi-res audio)Digital Media13
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)093624947301
American Idiot (Edition Studio Masters - 24-96 Hi-Res)Digital Media13
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)093624947813
American Idiot: The Ultimate American IdiotCD + DVD-Video13 + 1
  • XE2015-11-13
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)9362-48777-2093624922315
American Idiot (24-bit / 192 kHz)Digital Media13
  • US2016-10-07
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)[none]093624947301
Promotion
American IdiotCD21
Reprise Records (genuine label, not for bootleg use)[none]093624877721

Relationships

remixes:American Edit by Dean Gray
associated singles/EPs:American Idiot
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Holiday
Jesus of Suburbia
Wake Me Up When September Ends
covers:Vitamin String Quartet Performs Green Day's American Idiot by Vitamin String Quartet
included in:21st Century Breakdown / American Idiot
part of:Grammy Award: Best Rock Album (number: 2005) (order: 11)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 225) (order: 225)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 248) (order: 248)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/33161 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Green-day/American-idiot [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/3j3n [info]
other databases:http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/24528 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/green_day/american_idiot/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000387172 [info]
Wikidata:Q151714 [info]

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Listening to Green Day's rendition of Queen's "We Are The Champions" at Reading Festival this year, it seemed unimaginable that the same trio of hyperactive upstarts responsible for 1994's Dookie could take on stadium rock and get away with it. But, after listening to American Idiot, it makes perfect sense for the Californian punks to adopt Freddie Mercury's rally call for their own cause; if ever there were a time for the suburbs of America to unite against ennui and apathy, it seems, that time is now. Power to the people...

That, essentially, is the crux of American Idiot, Green Day's seventh studio album. Four years in the making, it's the story of the alienated, de-motivated Average Joe living under Bush's administration and the American media. 'Where have all the riots gone?' frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sings, '...the television's an obstructionist.' As far as content is concerned then, the album's political discontent is nothing new; topical, sure, and undoubtedly poetic, but not groundbreaking.

In terms of shape and form however, American Idiot takes an audacious leap from today's pack of punk-poppers. It's a narrative driven 'concept' album framed by two nine-minute, five-part tracks. Rather like T.S. Eliot's epic modernist poem The Waste Land, the album's fragmentary, hazy story revolves around several enigmatic characters, held together by themes and images that recur throughout its thirteen songs. The tales of "Jesus of Suburbia", "St. Jimmy" and "Whatsername" are loosely woven together, united by 'rage and love'.

Musically, Green Day have matured beyond belief since their debut LP, 39/Smooth (1990). Their trademark power-chord beef and manic drumming may now be tempered from time to time by the sound of church bells, piano and glockenspiel(!), but the band have never sounded so damn vast. "Are We The Waiting" resounds with jaw-dropping, eye-watering beauty, while the centrepiece harmony four minutes into "Jesus Of Suburbia" sends an inspirational shiver up the spine. In fact, only on "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" do Green Day trip up - tone down the distortion and exchange Billie Joe's adenoidal vocal for Liam Gallagher's and the track could easily belong to Oasis.

This isn't the first time that punk-rock has transcended its three chord, two-minute boundaries. Sew together American Idiots two nine-minute bookends and you'll equal NOFX's 18-minute epic The Decline (1999). Nevertheless, this is truly inventive and emotive stuff, and arguably Green Day's best work to date. Champions, indeed.