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Task 3 Billie Joe Armstrong
1994 Longview and Welcome To Paradise music
video Longview is the first ever Green Day music
video. He is wearing a brown and white stripy top, black jeans and his hair is black and curly and untamed. Here I don’t think Billie Joe fits into the male gender representation because
here he looks weak and insane which is opposite to the strong stereotypical male.
Welcome to Paradise features Billie Joe wearing a bright yellow top, black jeans with
a low crotch popular in the 90’s and again untamed black curly hair. As a front man of a rock band I think Billie Joe doesn’t fit in with
the rock band stereotype because he is wearing popular trends but also he is
wearing bright clothes when the stereotype for rock bands is wearing a lot of black
1995 Basket Case, When I Come
Around, Geek Stink Breath, Stuck With Me
In 1995 I believe this is the point where I think Billie Joe was finding himself. In 1995 you can see how he looks different in each video.
Basket Case features him wearing all black clothing and I think fitting into the more stereotype of rock band frontman. In the video for When I Come Around Billie Joe is wearing casual looking clothes, rather than
all black which he usually wears. Geek Stink Breath is the debut of Billie Joe's new bleached blonde hair and then Stuck With Me sees
Billie Joe with his black hair again but for the first time it is styled with styled with gel.
1996 Brain Stew/Jaded, Walking Contradiction
Brain Stew/jaded shows Billie Joe wearing a suit in this video which doesn’t fit into the
rock genre of music he is in so perhaps this could be showing a different side to Billie Joe he is showing in the Brain Stew music video.
Walking Contradiction is the second video released in 1996 where Billie Joe has
again bleached his hair blonde but this is the first time we see him wearing black skinny jeans whereas before Billie Joe
wore popular low bottom jeans popular in the 90’s this video could suggest him
breaking the norm.
1997 Hitching A Ride and Time Of Your Life
Hitching A Ride shows Billie Joe wearing a yellow/cream coloured suit with a bold
print on it. This video doesn’t fit into the rock band stereotype as they are all
wearing brightly coloured clothes and looking quite quirky this could be to fit into
the theme of the song. Billie Joe is still looking young with his non styled hair.
Time Of Your Life is probably the most popular early Green Day songs. Here Billie Joe is using an acoustic guitar and wearing all black. The
all black could be to give a mood/feeling to the song but also it does fit into the rock band
stereotype where all black makes a rock band. Lastly Billie Joe hair has been gelled into spikes
whereas in the Hitching A Ride his hair is looking untamed which could show that Billie Joe is becoming more aware of what he looks
The video for Redundant shows Billie wearing a white shirt with black shoes and black skinny jeans. Also this is the first time when Billie Joe’s tattoo is on show through the video. Tattoos are something which is stereotypical of
rock bands to have tattoos but also he is made to be the dominate one out of Green Day because he is placed more pronate in the frame which fits into the
stereotype that rock band frontmen think they are more important than the
rest of the band.
1999 Nice Guys Finish Last
In this video Billie Joe has a now dyed his hair again bleached blonde. This is the first time he had dyed his hair blonde
since 1996 during the video for Walking Contradiction. Here features Billie wearing black skinny jeans, a tight fitting top and a black and white belt. This outfit is similar to his outfit during Walking Contradiction
but Billie Joe is holding a guitar in this video which could suggest this music video is more of a performance than a
narrative music video.
2000 Minority and Warning
The video for Minority shows Billie wearing a navy blue sweater with a light colour top underneath it. The video was filmed in San Diego where it’s supposed to be quite hot so Billie Joe wearing long covered clothing which are dark colours when it’s hot could suggest a link with the song title Minority that he wants to be different to everyone
else. Billie Joe in Warning has now died his hair
bleached blonde for the fourth time. In this video he is wearing all black but also for the first time he is wearing a beanie so
we can see his face more compared to before but also we notice that Billie Joe now has his ear pierced. Piercings are a
stereotype that comes with being in a rock band.
2001 Waiting and Macy’s Day Parade
In the video for Macy’s Day Parade we see a completely different look to Billie Joe which we
haven’t seen before. Billie has gone for a skinhead haircut which is very different to his
usual short black scruffy hair. Billie is wearing a black suit which could suggest the formality of
the song such as a celebration because the name of the song is Macy’s Day Parade.
For the video ‘Waiting’ Billie Joe is wearing a purple and black stripy top and black skinny jeans. This is still the period where Billie Joe is not wearing eye liner. Billie Joe is was 29 during this video so he has matured facially a lot more compared to the first early Green
Day videos where he was 22 but he still dresses young which could suggest what
audience he is trying to target.
2004 American Idiot and Boulevard of Broken
Dreams American Idiot is probably the most
popular and well known Green Day song and this is his more well known which everyone knows Billie Joe for. The look consists of heavy black eyeliner, styled gel black hair, black shirt and the iconic
Boulevard of Broken Dreams shows Billie Joe wearing similar clothing but instead of the iconic red tie Billie Joe is wearing a grey tie matched with a grey blazer looking quite
smart. There the eyeliner has been laid off in this video giving it a more sane look in
comparison to the American Idiot video but it the insane look does fit in with the song.
Lastly in this video Billie Joe’s hair has grown and he is wearing very little hair gel.
2005 Holiday, Wake Me Up When September
Ends and Jesus of Suburbia
During 2005 Billie Joe has his hair very similar in all of it with the jet black hair styled in a spikey way with hair gel and the dark black eyeliner. In the
video for Holiday and Wake Me Up When September Ends his outfit is similar as he is wearing the black skinny jeans he usually wears but he is wearing a
blazer/shirt in both of these videos making him look very smart. The video for Wake Me Up Billie is wearing all black which could suggest the song is sad
and depressing. In Jesus of Suburbia you don’t see Billie Joe directly but you see him wearing an outfit similar to American Idiot which is his most popular look which is why they have chosen to make Billie wear his outfit because it
is the most recognizable one.
2009 Know Your Enemy, 21 Guns, East Jesus
Nowhere, 21st Century Breakdown
2009 Billie Joe is seen wearing roughly the same clothing throughout and there is not much difference in each picture. Billie Joe is wearing a black jacket in all 4 music videos all looking the same with a collar on
it. In all 4 music videos he is seen holding a guitar which shows he isn’t just a singer of the band he is a musician too. His ability to play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, play live and act for music videos so
he is very skilled in different areas.
2010 Last of the American Girls
This is the most recent video by Green Day. Here Billie Joe is wearing all black. Her is wearing black skinny jeans, a black shirt with what looks like badges, he has jet black hair with a messy styled but also
he is wearing black eyeliner. The black eyeliner gives Billie Joe a feminine look. The eyeliner is something which is not typical in men because usually make up is usually only for women so him wearing make up could be taken the wrong way and people may think that
Billie Joe is gay because he is wearing female makeup.
Here is a parody from Youtube that someone has done. Here you can see that the boy playing Billie Joe has chosen to use Billie Joe’s most well known
look which he wore in the Green Day video for American Idiot which is a red tie, black shirt,
eyeliner and styled with gel hair. The boy who has chosen to imitate Billie Joe has over styled his hair
with hair gel and over done the black eye liner which Billie Joe wears suggesting that this is what
stands out to this person about Billie Joe.