Our announcement yesterday that Green Day’s eighth album is forthcoming this spring was met by derision (“green day is a bunch of twats”), responses to said derision (“you AMERICAN IDOTS are just jealous of their awesome talent!”), analysis (too long to quote), nostalgia (ditto), and plain old excitement over the news (“American Idiot is most likely better than any of these people’s favorite albums of the past 5 years. Can’t wait for the new one”). Today we offer you 21st Century Breakdown’s somewhat clunky Sixten-inspired you-and-me-against-the-world cover image.


21st Century Breakdown is out in May via Reprise.

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  1. erikaspanis  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    lol they are so fucking desperate

    • Ian Hoare  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

      Boy you’re pretty dim,man…don’t you get what they’re referring to?Given the title of the album?Think a little deeper if you can……;O))

    • Twiggy  |   Posted on Feb 12th, 2009 0

      Looks Amazing. It’s gonna kick Sooooooo much ass. Like morbidly obese women’s ass. Love Green Day. Passionately.

    • anyone that doesnt like green day is gay and none of your threats will make me take it back

  2. Banksy? Please.

  3. Ruben  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    What a lame cover

  4. Bill  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Graffiti is edgy.

  5. Person L  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Kinda of reminds me of Blur’s Think Tank cover.

  6. Matt  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Banksy indeed.
    This is bullshit.

  7. che  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    the wall and the graffiti are so 90′s

  8. Matt  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Banksy indeed. This is bullshit.

  9. I feel it’s more of a Watchmen ripoff.

  10. nj  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    green day

  11. nj  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    green day

  12. I mean…it’s cute. I agree that it has a whole you-and-me-against-the-world statement. I’ve seen worse album art, but all that really matters is what it sounds like!

    http://bonafidewithheadphones.blogspot.com/

    • Drake Tungsten  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

      I guess the you-and-me-against-the-world thing could be cute… if they were like twenty years younger.

  13. NJ  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    green day < banging my head repeatedly with a hammer

    • fkembucky  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

      repeating yourself 3 times on a stereogum message board < green day < banging my head repeatedly with a hammer

  14. Brad  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Reminds me of nuked lovers whose charred image was blasted on a wall in “Watchmen”

  15. Chris  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Cause Banksy did the cover for Think Tank

  16. toto  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    the kids will buy it. That’s all it matters.

  17. i believe my chemical romance already did this cover…except with an unnecessary amount of blood

  18. Dylan  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Please. Don’t even try compare animal collective and green day. Regardless of your feelings about either one, they’re not doing anything similar. (this and i happen to think animal collective is advancing music in a tangible way as opposed to what every other band but radiohead are doing i.e. Rehashing older genres with new twists)
    Secondly, American Idiot was epic fail. It’s a great record, and i like it, but when compared with the thermals’ the body the blood the machine, it can’t even begin to approach not only the kind of insight about what it means to be an american, but also it’s just not as fun. If you’re going to try punk, make the music mean something don’t just hang it around your ideas like a (ramones?) poster covering the hole in your door your psycho girlfriend made after you told her you impregnated her sister. Actually that’s the point i’m going for; green day is the pregnant sister and the thermals are the psycho girlfriend kicking a hole in your head trying to exorcise the pop punk demon babies left behind.

  19. oh god who gives a shit.

  20. matt  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    can’t like gd, they’re too popular

  21. Evan  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    YUCK

  22. Duncan  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    But the real question is: What is Blink 182′s album cover?

  23. drab  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    these types of posts are obvious attempts to fuel ridiculous comments. how about some subtlety, Stereogum. or at least some dignity.

  24. Willie  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Posting about Green Day on Stereogum is about as useful as sucking on a cough drop to treat your herpes.

    What do you suppose the kids over at Metalsucks think of the new Great Lake Swimmers?

  25. bcb1340  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    at least a new album means a new tour. even if you hate their records and think that you’re cooler than green day and their fans (isn’t that why you’re here?), you could at least enjoy their shows. they give a great concert.

  26. joseph war  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    looks to me like they are putting out a record. i think the targeted markets, the kids who purchase music in mass quantities legally (10-14 year olds), will eat this shit up. Green Day and their label know what they are doing. i think commenting on the artistic integrity of a Green Day album cover is arbitrary at this point. Aren’t these guys grandfathered-in by now?

  27. joseph war  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    looks to me like they are putting out a record. i think the targeted markets, the kids who purchase music in mass quantities legally (10-14 year olds), will eat this shit up. Green Day and their label know what they are doing. i think commenting on the artistic integrity of a Green Day album cover is arbitrary at this point. Aren’t these guys grandfathered-in by now?

  28. I will agree that the cover art is boring and that Green Day fans keep passing the band on to their younger siblings when they are “over” them. But I will not agree that Animal Collective is advancing music in any tangible way.

    If bands like Green Day are rehashing old genres, Animal Collective is rehashing the same album over and over until they can figure out what combination of loop pedal and drum machine beat is catchy enough to make people who live outside of the blogs care. (eg: “My Girls”)

  29. joseph war  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    looks to me like they are putting out a record. i think the targeted markets, the kids who purchase music in mass quantities legally (10-14 year olds), will eat this shit up. Green Day and their label know what they are doing. i think commenting on the artistic integrity of a Green Day album cover is arbitrary at this point. Aren’t these guys grandfathered-in by now?

  30. well I guess it fits their music…

  31. Alex  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    That girl looks pretty sexy.

  32. chris  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Why the fuck are you blogging about Green Day? Seriously.

  33. Brandon  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    If EVERYTHING in the future sounds like Merriweather Post Pavillion, I’m just going to kill myself now.

  34. mighty undies  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    I hope they get arthritis

  35. merriweather post pavilion > the movie my blueberry nights

  36. mark  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    why does everyone on here need to make every post some sort of ’6 degrees to Animal Collective’. there could be nothing more irrelevant to this post.

  37. radio zero  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    very edgy. very urban. very “we are still in touch with our audience despite the fact that we live in multi-million dollar homes and have our servants wash our bungholes for us”. very “our artwork does not match the sterile chipmunk punk music actually contained within”. congrats.

    • Brandon  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

      What’s the income limit that once an artist hits, he/she/it isn’t allowed to make music anymore?

      • radio zero  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

        I would say it would be in the 30 million dollar range (or else they can just stop claiming to be a “punk” band and call themselves what they really are….bubblegum pop)…..thanks for asking. BTW – they should also stop wearing Cosby sweaters and one or more of the members should consider becoming a heroin addict.

  38. tamara12  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    That cover looks so…emo. To be honest, I used to be a Green Day fan when I was 13/14 years old, but now, as someone who is about to enter university I could honestly care less about their music.

  39. Justin  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    Wow, thats urban

  40. burndownradio  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    screams mall punk (paramore anyone?)

  41. ff  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    You’re right Mark, every fucking post has something related to animal collective! haha. wtf? “U2′s new album sucks, nothing like animal collective’s new album”.

  42. not braintree  |   Posted on Feb 10th, 2009 0

    This album art is awesome, so is Green Day. You know who is a great band? Braintree! If U2 and Radiohead had a baby, Braintree would be that baby (brainchild). and Green Day would be the creepy uncle who does coin tricks. I’m totally not in the band, and I love them anyways.
    seriously, check them out.

  43. adelaide  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

    oh god what an ugly, ugly cover.

  44. What is this Green Day all the kids are talking about?

    P.S. – Animal Collective

    I think we’ve reached our quota now.

  45. greenday _lover  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

    green day arent lame, or desperate or whatever.. if u were a true Greenday fan you wouldnt care what the album cover looks like, all you should care about is the sound thats what to come.. green day is apart of my life an will be forever.. be thankful there releasing a new album!

    ps: they should tour with Blink182!

  46. kurt  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

    banksy – politics + teen angst = this album cover

    • Iain  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2009 0

      Haha. As if Banksy could get any more teen angst into his artwork.

      Mona Lisa with a rocket launcher? SHOCKING!
      2 policemen kissing? MY GOD HE’S RIGHT WHAT’S WRONG WITH SOCIETY?!?!

  47. Chris  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

    This looks way too much like the cover art to My Chemical Romance’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”.

    Kurt Cobain died, and minutes later Green Day is the most popular band on the planet. The beginning of the end for popular music as we know it.

  48. johnnytantan  |   Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 0

    i thought bat for lashes would be the obvious choice for worse album cover this year so far…oh how i was so, so very wrong..

  49. This album cover looks like a flyer for a high school drama play. Lame.

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