One of the best-known and most-quoted Smiths songs is “Panic!” which closes with a coda of Morrissey just repeating, over and over again, “Hang the DJ.” Green Day’s new song, “Kill The DJ” — the second single from their forthcoming ¡Uno! — has a similar lyric: Billie Joe Armstrong just repeats, over and over again, “Kill the DJ.” That’s where the similarities end. Like “Oh Love,” “Kill The DJ” shows admirable restraint relative to anything Green Day has released since 2000’s Warning, although it sees the band trying their hand at something approaching dance-pop. Armstrong told Rolling Stone the DJ in the lyric is actually just “static and noise … Like this government cannot, will not, agree with itself. They refuse to make it work. Right, left –- it doesn’t matter. It blows your mind and pisses you off. It’s a song about being drunk, going through this chaos, feeling fucked up and all you want to do is get more drunk.” Morrissey would be … not proud, exactly. Disinterested? Probably.
¡Uno! will be released 9/25 followed by ¡Dos! on 11/13, and ¡Tres! on 1/15/2013.