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Premiere: Green Day’s ‘Power-Pop’ New Single, ‘Oh Love’

‘We tapped into our own version of ‘Exile on Main Street”

Rolling Stone Jul 17, 2012
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Green Day have always been an extremely ambitious band, but this fall they’re taking it to the next level by releasing three consecutive studio albums: ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tres! The first disc drops on September 25th, 2012 the second on November 13th, 2012 and the third on January 15th, 2013. Here is the exclusive premiere of “Oh Love,” the lead single from ¡Uno!  (The lyric video works even better if you happen to have 3D glasses handy.)

Each of the three albums has a totally different vibe. “The first one is power pop,” says Billie Joe Armstrong. “The second is more garage-y, Nuggets-type rock. And the third is supposed to be epic. With the first album you’re getting in the mood to party. On the second one, you’re at the party. And the third album you’re cleaning up the mess.” 

The discs are produced by Rob Cavallo, who co-produced the band’s 1994 breakthrough disc, Dookie. “We wanted to get back to the simplicity of Dookie,” he says. “We also wanted to go pre-Dookie, back to our love of Fifties and Sixties music, close-to-the-bone rock & roll. You don’t hear a gazillion parts. The majority of this is drums, bass, two guitars and vocals.”

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Bassist Mike Dirnt says the group wanted to move away from the weighty, politically charged content of their previous two albums, 2004’s American Idiot and 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown. “We were just thinking about making a killer power-pop record ”“ dirtier, back to basics,” he says. “We tapped into our version of Exile on Main Street.”

 

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