Here at blfr we frequently lament the scarcity of bright, bold, creative, iconoclastic young bands who can cut new ground in rock while keeping it real.
But there is Green Day—the power-pop, retro-punk trio from Oakland, California. They're not kids anymore, but they've reinvented themselves in recent years (with two experimental but mega-successful punk rock operas) and, in the process, scooped up a new generation of young fans.
This band is now the standard bearer for Generation X and the Millennials. If that wasn't enough, Green Day's music has spawned a Broadway musical this year, American Idiot, which should win over a few more generations.
One reason for Green Day's success, methinks, is their total commitment to their ideals, which are abundantly expressed in their records. True to the punk tradition (especially by way of the '80s Berkeley scene) they consistently rail against racism, misogyny, and homophobia. (They once confronted a guy waiting in line for their concert wearing a 'White Power' T-shirt and told him they'd throw his dumb-ass out if he created any trouble.)
With Green Day you don't have to figure out what they stand for. File this under good branding.