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Album I can't live without: American Idiot

CAMERON CORBAN
Last updated 05:00 08/12/2013
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COVER ART: Green Day's American Idiot made me who I am today. And I'm going to get a tattoo to celebrate it.

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My all-time favourite album hands down has to be Green Day's American Idiot.

This album isn't just my favourite album. It's the album that made me the man I am today, the album that has shaped my outlook on life.

From fast paced, punk-laden beats such as the title track, American Idiot, to slow, heart-felt masterpieces such as Wake Me Up When September Ends and Whatsername, this album delivers.

It drew me in with the title song in a blur of high energy, stick-it-to-the-man rock. I was already a reasonably big Green Day fan but that song launched my fandom into the stars. It was the first album I bought with my own money and I spent weeks listening to it in my room, feeling the energy and emotion in each and every line.

Finally at school, we had a mufti day where we were encouraged to wear whatever we wanted. Of course I wanted to show off my brand new Green Day t-shirt to all my friends. On the day I showed up to class where most of the kids were wearing shirts with artists like Tupac and Eminem (even the kids who used to always ridicule rap).

I'm a massive fan of the Pac-man and Mr Marshall Mathers but I (foolishly) tried to get my friends to listen to this album, this life changing CD! I was sent home with a black eye and a bleeding nose and mouth.

It was that day that I realised that even though I was shunted out for my music choice, I didn't care. My music made me happy and I didn't care what other people thought. I could get beat up every day during school and not be phased as long as I had my music to return to.

I learnt to do what made me happy and not to follow what everyone else did, just because it was the 'in' thing. In doing so, I met my two best friends, one with whom I flat with and the other whom I will be best man for his wedding next year.

American Idiot made me the person I am today. I look out at a world where kids like the Roastbusters are in the news and the kids I went to school that followed the crowd are now jobless and druggies and I am ever so thankful that I turned out the way I am today.

American Idiot was the album I listened to locked up in my room with a bloody mouth, the album that myself and my best friends blasted on all of our roadtrips and tried to play in my garage with a dirty old drum kit and a couple of guitars. It's the first album I learnt word-for-word and the first album I thought of when I read about this assignment.

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Artwork from the cover of the album is going to become my first tattoo next year to commemorate its 10 year anniversary and I couldn't be prouder.


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