1 janvier 1981
Studio Vienna
Helnwein's Boulevard of Broken Dreams
james Dean
1984, 210 x 150 cm / 82 x 59''
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - a song by the US Punk band Green Day
In the 2005 VH1 Storytellers program featuring Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong has stated that the title of the song was "nicked" from the famous Gottfried Helnwein painting (of the same title) that features James Dean.
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" was the second single from Green Day's seventh studio album, American Idiot. Released in 2005, the single peaked at number two in the United States, becoming Green Day's first and only top-five single, and their most successful single to date. This song was named Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 2006. The song's broad appeal was demonstrated by its performance on several less-publicized Billboard singles charts. It became one of only two songs to ever reach #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, Modern Rock Tracks, and Adult Top 40 charts.
The song was written by Green Day (lyrics by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong), and was co-produced by Green Day and Rob Cavallo. In this moderate midtempo song characterized by moody and depressing lyrics, Green Day speaks from the point of view of the character Jesus of Suburbia from their American Idiot "rock opera". The song preceding this track on the album, Holiday, is supposed to be the character's "high" of being in The City and Boulevard of Broken Dreams is his loneliness after the fun stops. As described in the MTV's Green Day Makes a Video, Holiday is the party, and Boulevard of Broken Dreams is the hangover.
BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS
a poem by Austrian poet Wolfgang Bauer
Wolfgang Bauer Manuskript: "Song for Helnwein -Boulevard of Broken Dreams"
1981




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