Heart Like a Hand Grenade

Synopsis: An intimate look of the band recording their album American Idiot...art house style.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): John Roecker
Production: Crazy Cow Productions
120 min


# Nobody likes you #

# Everyone left you #


Now, now!

[PHONE] Hey! What's going on,

this is Billy Joe.

I'm at home, it's Friday, gonna

be in Los Angeles tomorrow

to start the album, so I'll see

you there!

Anyways John, gimme a call.

Here we go!

Well, we wrote a big chunk of

songs, and even throughout the

process of that we kinda knew

that we needed to raise the bar,

and it was just a matter of it


and when Billy wrote American

Idiot, it was like

"Wow, this far supersedes

everything we've been doing,

"this is the level we should be

writing towards."

And when we hit that, we

decided to not push ourselves

to write this thing too fast,

or anything like that,

kinda let it go, and it kinda

ended up getting

this serious arc to it, and

have all the energy,

and creativity and inspiration

that something like

either Dookie or Nimrod had for

us and so really, it was kinda


that this was what we needed to

be doing.

And that was the first day of

our recordings.

-On American Idiot, day one

-Day one!

-Is it time yet? Is it 12?

No not yet, it's only f***in'

like 11 o'clock.

-It's almost papi's birthday.

-Oh, oh!

-No way! It's my birthday?!

-Almost, not yet.


32, a virgin, never been kissed!

Man, I can't even believe that

you missed the fire.

-Thanks -Me and Trey sat there

and we looked at each other

like ready to record, I looked

at him, he looked at me,

I looked over and there was

like a tube of smoke

and it was just starting to

come up.

Billow, billow, billow, billow.

-Oh, so you guys set the fire?

No, no, no, no, we never set a


-Oh sh*t! Dude, electrical!

-Fire, fire!

-Fire extinguisher!

-It's in the wall, right here!

-Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up!

It's our first day of recording.

It's the one that goes down in

the books!

Well, see you guys later, I'm

going back to the pool.

Nope, not today, not today.

-Print something before the

place burns down!

-Billy, what are they doing?

They are um.. testing out

different cabinet combinations.

-Why? -So we can get the very

best sound we possibly can out

of the guitar.

You know, it starts out with

American Idiot

and sort of broken off into 3

different sections.

And it follows this Jesus of

Suburbia character,

he gets pretty disenfranchised

with where he comes from

and you know, hates his town,

hates his family,

hates his friends, and he


And then he ends up going to

the city.

Where he then starts dealing

with what true rebellion means.

Like these are just so beefy,

and then it goes into here

and somehow it kind of like

loses balls.



Fear Factor, who could take my

xylophone playing the longest?

-Oh, could you do a Sonic Youth

xylophone song?

Hold on, let me get the 2 notes

that don't go together the most.

# Everyone's so full of sh*t #

# Born and raised by hypocrites #

# Hearts recycled but never

saved #

# From the cradle to the grave #

# We are the kids of war and

peace #

# From Anaheim to the middle

east #

# We are the stories and

disciples #

# Of the Jesus of suburbia #

# Land of make believe #

Oh keep going.

Let's do I Don't Care If You

Don't Care real fast.

It's funny because we say


"punk rock opera" people think

Pavarotti and they think


you know a lot of melodies, a

lot of singing,

all this other stuff, but

really it's just like playing..

it's almost like playing a

Ramones set. No breaks.

It's like shifting gears like 5


and playing 5 different punk

rock songs.

-This is a rock opera, a rock

opera is..

-Why can't it be a punk rock


Punk rock.. well like.. punk

ropera, punk ro..

Punk ropera.. punk opera.

I just think when people hear


and they're not.. don't really

know it

and they sit there expecting

like a Green Day record

they're gonna be like...

"What did I just hear?"

"Did I just hear what I think I

just heard?"

"Was that song.. How long was

that f***in' song?"

-Or like "Does my stereo go any


I hope so. I hope they f***in'

love it.

Alright, from the top, ready!

# I'm the son of rage and love #

# The Jesus of Suburbia #

# From the bible of none of the

above #

# On a steady diet of #

# Soda pop and Ritalin #

# No one ever died for my sins

in hell #

# As far as I can tell #

# At least the ones I got away

with #

# And there's nothing wrong

with me #

# This is how I'm supposed to

be #

# In a land of make believe #

# That don't believe in me #

# Get my television fix #

# Sitting on my crucifix #

# The living room or my private

womb #

# While the Mom's and Brad's

are away #

# To fall in love and fall in

debt #

# To alcohol and cigarettes #

# And Mary Jane #

# To keep me insane #

# Doing someone else's cocaine #

# And there's nothing wrong

with me #

# This is how I'm supposed to

be #

# In a land of make believe #

# That don't believe in me #

# At the center of the Earth #

# In the parking lot #

# Of the 7-11 where I was

taught #

# The motto was just a lie #

# It says home is where your

heart is #

# But what a shame #

# 'Cause everyone's heart #

# Doesn't beat the same #

# It's beating out of time #

# City of the dead #

# At the end of another lost

highway #

# Signs misleading to nowhere #

# City of the damned #

# Lost children with dirty

faces today #

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