TR: I've seen interviews of you where you say, "I don't know what I'm doing or how I do it, I just do it" and I like that and wonder if Chet would say the same thing.
Green Day has their roots in pop-punk, which they dominated in the 1990's. They took that fame and vision to a whole new level with a one-two hit of rock operas: first, American Idiot, followed by 21st Century Breakdown. Both illuminated the decadence of American culture, with catchy hooks and subversive lyrics. They simultaneously affirmed pop artists as cultural critics and sold out stadiums around the world. Decrying the state of the world has never been so fashionable and rocking.
"Crossroads" by Cream: The driving beat and brilliant musicianship of Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton, collectively known as Cream, really vault this four minute classic into overdrive. Clapton's guitar solos at the 1:30 and 2:35 minute marks make ideal "push aheads". "Crossroads" is a perfect choice for the middle section of class when effort level is nearing its peak.
Top 40 pop music 2021 these days usually have great "hooks" but poorly written lyrics in the verses, rendering the majority of them nothing but "here today gone tomorrow hits." This is not good practice for songwriters who are in it for the long haul because once these songs run their course, most are rarely played again, and that amounts to less profit for the songwriter over the life of the song!
And Bob Moore once said to me, "Just play what you want to play here, and then when I tell you to stop, play this one note." And it was a song called "It's A Beautiful Life", which is just a riff on the bass. Bob said to me, "You don't know how many times I've gotten my hand slapped if I did one thing that wasn't exactly like the producer wanted". So in my case it helped to just go in and do crazy things. Even doing "Crying" was crazy at the time because it wasn't what I was supposed to be doing.
Written & sung by John Lennon. Along with being included on the A Hard Day's Night album, it was released as a single in the US. It hit #25 on the US singles charts.
Coldplay has sold over 50 million albums, making them an unstoppable force in pop music. They proved that heartfelt pop music could be fun, serious, and a little adventurous all at the same time. They've managed to explore new musical territory without abandoning the original style that brought them to fame. Many of the indie artists who are achieving success in this decade owe much to the lyricism and solid songwriting that made Coldplay stadium giants.
In Argentina, Brazil, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea and many other countries, people play soccer, watch soccer games, and even sing football songs in public places. Soccer is often the topic friends discuss over meals and soccer news is read in every street corner. Practically, soccer has been a constant part of the people's lives and in several countries the game has even become a part of their culture. Football right now is already more than just a leisure activity. It is a way of life.