Green Day vs. Jawbreaker

July 22nd, 2014 by

This gem was submitted by Mark Adams

Jawbreaker is one of my all time favorite bands. Granted the four chord punk riff simplicity of the “Boxcar” (1994) verse is nothing mind blowingly original. But check out Green Day‘s “She’s a Rebel” (2004) and the similarity is unmistakable.

Green Day - "She's a Rebel" (2004)

Jawbreaker - "Boxcar" (1994)

This is not the first time Green Day has appeared on this site. Check  some of these other posts:
Green Day vs. ELO vs. Scott McKenzie
Green Day vs. Motley Crue vs. Bryan Adams
Green Day vs. Night Ranger

 

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20 Responses to “Green Day vs. Jawbreaker”

  1. avatar Mark Adams says:

    Thanks. Do you like these sort of posts because they give you an excuse to listen to some of your favourite music? Anyway, I have a crazy Green Day comparison, but maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, the verse of Minority (2000) sounds kind of like Mickey Mouse’s theme song.

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    Keith Reply:

    Ha. Yeah, I would definitely prefer these over One Direction.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Maybe you could save yourself the hassle by asking Ben to look into the other One Direction similarities, except maybe you wouldn’t be that cruel.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    For another Disney and Green Day comparison, I think part of Geek Stink Breath (1995) sounds like part of the Donald Duck presents music.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzM0Z5jPtiQ#t=59s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r_WQXvGhv8#t=31s

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  2. avatar Mark Adams says:

    A guy by the name of Paul Pike claimed to have written the songs from American Idiot and filed for a court case with scant evidence in 2006.

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  3. avatar Mark Adams says:

    Horseshoes and Handgrenades (2009) sounds like a profanity-filled version of main offender by The Hives (2000), and I guess Hitchin’ a Ride (1997) sounds quite a bit like Stray Cat Strut not just in the popular riff, but in the melody as well.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And the riff from Boulevard of Broken Dreams sounds kind of like She’s My Heroine by Agent 51 (2003). Anyway, I don’t know how likely it is they heard these songs.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Guess I’d better add the verse melody of If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback (2008). If Today Was Your Last Day peaked at #2 on the US Billboard Adult Top 40, #1 on the UK Rock chart and #26 on the ARIA charts. Boulevard of Broken Dreams was the first song to top the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks (for 14 weeks), Modern Rock Tracks (16 weeks), Adult Top 40 (11 weeks) and Mainstream Top 40 (4 weeks) and also topped the Pop 100. It was also Green Day’s first song to reach the Adult Contempory chart, peaking at #30 and reached #5 on the ARIA charts. Chart performance information courtesy of Wikipedia, but there are many references.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrXIQQ8PeRs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie6g-muQm54
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tijW_SrCoxs#t=45s

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    The guitar solo or instrumental break of BOBD sounds even more like She’s My Heroine.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Green Day also has Restless Heart Syndrome (2009).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm5uY5hSA-8&list=SRgreen%20day%20restless%20heart%20syndrome

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And maybe I could add Nightlife (2012), but it’s in a drastically different style.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH-pwYJyDW0

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And funnily enough, Nightlife also sounds like this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0xx-8hT2QE#t=3m22s

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    But Horseshoes and Handgrenades also sounds like their own Prosthetic Head (1997), which sounds kind of like Is She Really Going Out with Him? by Joe Jackson (1979).

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  4. avatar Mark Adams says:

    And Last of the American Girls (2009) sounds kind of like a cross between Fun, Fun, Fun (1964) and When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbing Along).

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  5. avatar Mark Adams says:

    Anyway, Green Day, Jawbreaker and Dillinger Four all started out playing at The Alternative Music Foundation, 924 Gilman Street. Also, maybe they had heard She’s My Heroine as Agent 51 was signed to their Adeline Records in 2001, but then again, the album which contained She’s My Heroine was released by another company. They could have still heard them practising the song in the studio before they left the company.

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  6. avatar Mark Adams says:

    And the riff from Platypus (I Hate You) off of nimrod in 1997 sounds kind of like Master of Puppets by Metallica (1986).
    http://www.muzu.tv/metallica/master-of-puppets-video/267173/undefined
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM34hG421ks

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  7. avatar Mark Adams says:

    This might be a bit of a stretch, but the riff from East Jesus Nowhere (2009) sounds kind of like that of Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull (1971). Anyway, it sounds more like Locomotive Breath than Disposable Teens by Marilyn Manson, where the only similarity is the deadened strums. There is also a video performance for the Green Day song where Will Ferrell plays Cowbell.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWubhw8SoBE#t=1m05s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPu18Wt8e7Y

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  8. avatar Mark Adams says:

    The Forgotten (2012) sounds kind of like Always On My Mind, written by Willie Nelson and originally performed by Brenda Lee (1972). Interesting that the similar portions begin at around the same point and that’s not the beginning. All I know about the chart performance of The Forgotten is that it reached #39 on the UK Rock Chart, according to Wikipedia, but there are some references. I suppose Megan Washington’s new song Begin Again sounds kind of like these, but I can’t find it on YouTube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHKNk2He7vc#t=1m38s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rs2m3lhg-k#t=1m30s

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  9. avatar Mark Adams says:

    And the melody of Boxcar sounds kind of like Exhuming McCarthy by R.E.M, off of Document (1987) and Strange by Wire (1977). A comment states that Strange sounds like Sister Ray by The Velvet Underground (1968). R.E.M. covered Strange on the same album.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ-goz4q1qo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDclzxulwT8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d69mDT11yI

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    While I’m on the subject The One I Love by R.E.M. (1987) sounds kind of like Solitary Man by Neil Diamond (1966).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql4IiP__5ck#52s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7oQEPfe-O8

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