The five-movement track Jesus of Suburbia / City of the Damned / I Don’t Care / Dearly Beloved / Tales of Another Broken Home is one of my favorite pieces of music ever recorded. The entire American Idiot album is phenomenal, and was the driving soundtrack for me from when it was released in late September of 2004 through at least the next eighteen months. I still listen to it fairly often and consider it — along with The Wall, 1984, Born in the U.S.A., and Ten — to be one of the touchstone albums of my life.
My favorite lyrics from Jesus of Suburbia:
- in a land of make believe / that don’t believe in me
- the space that’s in between insane and insecure
- no one ever died for my / sins in hell
- running away from pain / when you’ve been victimized
- to fall in love and fall in debt / to alcohol and cigarettes