Last month, Green Day announced plans to unleash a brand new greatest hits album and now that the album is here, so is the music video for the record’s only new track. On Friday (Nov. 17), the iconic California-based band unleashed their politically charged music video for “Back in the USA.” The video begins with the trio living their lives in a very oblivious, “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle.
About 15 seconds into the clip, the narrator is heard foreshadowing what is about to happen in the music video. “They don’t know it yet, but their lives will soon change forever because they’re about to see the truth.”
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is sitting at home with this “wife” and “son” when there is a knock on the door. A salesperson is at the door selling some glasses. When Armstrong puts the glasses on, he sees color and the truth as opposed to the gray-scale and lies he is accustom to. Not being able to keep his discovery a secret, he calls over bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool to show off the glasses. As Cool and Dirnt try on the glasses, posters that cover the room begin to read things like “conform” and “consume” while the television showcases the headline “President to Lie to Nation Tomorrow Night!”
The next day, the guys concoct a plan to break into the news station where the president’s address will take place to show the public the truth and bring back color into their otherwise gray world. As they sneak in dressed as Secret Service agents, the guys put the truth glasses on the camera revealing a gross, zombified, liar of a president at the podium. As the band takes over the stage and the zombie president is rushed off by the real agents, color begins to seep back and the public’s eyes are opened once again to the truth.
Watch the music video for “Back in the USA” above.
“Back in the USA” is featured on Green Day’s latest greatest hits album, God’s Favorite Band. The record includes a slew of the band’s biggest hits as well as the new version of “Ordinary World” featuring country music superstar Miranda Lambert.