By Robyn Collins
Green Day has just released a new music video for “Back In The USA,” which addresses the current political climate in America by paying homage to John Carpenter’s 1988 film They Live.
The video starts out in black and white in a suburban setting. All is peaceful and calm. Then a traveling salesman delivers some reality glasses to a sweater-vested homeowner (played by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong). Suddenly, he starts to see the world as it really is.
Words like “consume” and “procreate” and “President to Lie Tomorrow” show up where other images or slogans once were.
The lyrics, of course, match the poignancy of the imagery: “Let freedom ring with all the crazies on parade/ Let them eat poison and it tastes like lemonade.”
“Back In The USA” is the only new song featured on Green Day’s new greatest hits album God’s Favorite Band.
Check out the new video, which contains explicit lyrics, below.