Some of the best rock and roll songs ever made don’t normally have much to say except have a good time. From Johnny B Goode to My Generation, it was the kind of rebellious attitude that went nowhere outside of just having a good time on the weekends away from your parents. Rock and roll has come a long way since then, and these songs have a lot more darkness in their soul than you probably remember.
Apart from the amazing hooks behind these songs, people tend to ignore the lyrics of these songs almost entirely, only to avoid the fact that they’re singing something really upset. From struggles with mental illness to organized crime to real life murders, these songs run the gamut of what you can do when you have a good enough tune.
Although many of these songs are mostly in the realm of modern rock, not all songs from the heyday of rock and roll were angels either, ranging from some of the most questionable lyrics ever written to downright shocking behavior that would even make Keith Richards wince a little. These songs were probably best left as album tracks, but you could only imagine the distant universe where it was the songs that sold people on the band?
Once Green Day hit some of the greatest heights in punk history with Dookie, they entered Insomniac’s recording sessions with an ax to grind. After having one of the most successful albums of their career behind them, they faced backlash from the legitimate punk crowd who thought they were using their roots as a springboard and didn’t really care about real punk rock. All that frustration made for an album with a lot more bite and songs that were a bit morbid in places.
With a title like that, Geek Stink Breath isn’t necessarily one of the most mature songs to write about, with most songs sounding like a guy with really bad breath. It’s more than just a song about needing to floss more, as Billie Joe takes on the persona of a guy who’s addicted to crystal meth, causing all his teeth to fall out.
Even though the punk crowd accused them of being a little soft this time around, having a line about finding treasure that’s on a thin white line isn’t exactly subtle coming from the guys who literally named their group after grass. The music video didn’t really hold back either, depicting one of the band’s friends having to have all their teeth pulled because of the issue Billie talks about in the song. It might be one of the most famous cuts on this record, but reading the lyrics isn’t exactly for the faint-hearted.