Know Your Enemy

Greatly Appreciated

“Know Your Enemy” is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the first single from their eighth album 21st Century Breakdown, through Reprise Records on April 16, 2009. Billboard described the song as being lyrically “just as politically charged as last time (on American Idiot)”, having a “Modern Rock radio-ready chorus”, whilst the song’s producer Butch Vig “brings enough punk sheen for mass appeal”. It was the first, and one of only three songs, to top the Rock Songs, Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock Tracks Billboard charts at the same time. “Know Your Enemy” has been certified Gold by the RIAA and has sold 798,000 copies as of August 2010.  (More from Wikipedia)
One Friday recently, we had Good Morning America on as we usually do. They have their Friday Summer Concert Series each year; this May, Green Day was the inaugural act, and did that bring back some great memories. It was fun seeing them in their element so many years after their founding. Their performance of “Basket Case” was as good as I have ever heard it; also broadcast were “Know Your Enemy” and “Still Breathing”.  
(June 2017)
Last edited: March 22, 2021