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Green Day Shed Light on the Truth in New Video for "Back In The USA"

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Green Day Shed Light on the Truth in New Video for "Back In The USA"

Green Day  is God’s favorite band. Or at least that’s how they were introduced when they appeared on Colbert earlier this year. They solidified their title today with the release of Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band, and also went the extra mile by unveiling the video for “Back In The USA,” one of the two new tracks that appear on the compilation. (The other is a reworking of “Ordinary World” from Revolution Radio, featuring Miranda Lambert.)

The video for “Back In The USA” reinforces the politically charged nature of the track. Set in an idyllic 1950s suburbia, the video tips its hat to John Carpenter’s They Live by portraying the band members as family men whose worlds get turned upside down when they’re presented with sunglasses through which they can see the grim realities of the world. After realizing their American Dream isn’t what it’s cut out to be and that a scheduled televised presidential address is a forum to tell lies, the trio sets out to expose the president for what he really is: a ghoulish monster. Afterward, the clip salutes Pleasantville: After the truth is comes out, the black-and-white world turns to color, and all is well again.

Watch the video for “Back In The USA” below, along with a Green Day performance circa 1994 from the Paste Cloud. Revisit the details of Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band here.

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