Green Day's 'American Idiot' pushed into British charts before Trump visit

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 11, 2018

You have to hand it to the Brits: they know how to balance giant, floating symbols of protest with more clever forms of channeling anger.

Green Day's 2004 hit American Idiot has reemerged in the UK Singles Chart this week, thanks to the efforts of a fan-lead campaign aiming to get the track to number one ahead of US President Donald's Trump visit to the UK this weekend.

A plan by another group of protesters also received a boost on Tuesday as Britain's air-traffic controller said it saw no reason to withhold approval of a request to fly a 6-metre inflatable, orange baby styled as Trump near the British parliament.

The song has strong political roots and was originally written in part about President George W. Bush.

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The chart-based protest could hit a snag, though, courtesy of England's men's soccer team, which takes the field on Wednesday evening in Russian Federation to play for a spot in the World Cup final.

To add some emotional heft to the "Three Lions" story: English coach Gareth Southgate was a member of that 1996 team and missed a crucial penalty kick that ended England's run in that tournament.

And if England defeats Croatia on Wednesday, reaching Sunday's World Cup final against France, it's very likely to become ensconced at number one no matter what Trump does or says.

American Idiot won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2005.

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