Last month, Green Day announced their second greatest hits compilation album, Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band. In ways a counterpart to their 2001 compilation, International Superhits!, the new collection comes with two new songs. Along with the straightforward, political punk song called “Back In The USA,” we also get an updated version of “Ordinary World” featuring Miranda Lambert.
“Back In The USA” is a quick punk song that tackles the troubled times we face today. Though it’s not a standout among Green Day’s catalog, it is a song that will appeal to fans of Dookie and Revolution Radio alike.
“Back In The USA” comes with a great music video, too. The video starts off with an old-school, black-and-white sitcom vibe, complete with overly-cheerful characters. Then Billie buys sci-fi glasses that show things as they truly are. First it’s the TV screen in color (a big contrast to their grayscale world). But then Tré notices the posters and newspapers are sending some disturbing subliminal messages. The trio looks at the TV, and instead of a normal presidential address, a figure that looks disarmingly like Donald Trump appears as the zombie he really is, complete with ugly welches. Green Day, of course, is prepared to save the day. They don suites, mug the TV staff, and show the world the truth via those handy glasses.
Watch the video for “Back In The USA” below:
The other new song is an updated version of the band’s Revolution Radio track, “Ordinary World,” now featuring Miranda Lambert. The acoustic, folksy song fits well with Miranda’s country croon, and she blends will with Billie. Listen to the simple song below:
You can stream Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band on Spotify now, or download it from iTunes. The physical copy is available in stores, and you can check out some spiffy bundles on the band’s official site. Along with “Back In The USA” and the new version of “Ordinary World,” it features 20 of Green Day’s biggest hits. Both Dookie and American Idiot are well-represented, while the other albums get just one or two songs apiece. (Except their underrated trilogy records, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, which are, sadly, unaccounted for.)
Green Day released their most recent album, Revolution Radio, last October. It launched three official singles, including “Bang Bang,” “Still Breathing,” and the title track. Earlier this summer, Billie Joe stated that the band would film a music video for “Forever Now,” but with this greatest hits announcement, it seems that plan was scrapped.
More cinematically generous than ever, the band also shared eight lyric videos, starting with gritty animated “Bang Bang,” “Revolution Radio,” and “Still Breathing” clips. After the album’s release, the fun “Youngblood,” somber “Ordinary World,” and rollicking “Say Goodbye” followed suite. Green Day kicked off 2017 with a pointed jab at Donald Trump in “Troubled Times,” and ended with “Too Dumb To Die” in September.
For even more Green Day, you can see a four-part documentary of the band’s early years on Spotify, too. If you want a closer look at the Bay area punk scene Green Day sprang from, be sure to watch their new documentary, Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk.
Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band is out now. Enjoy the new songs as we patiently await the band’s next move. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day news.