Green Day's 'American Idiot' climbs British charts ahead of Donald Trump visit

10 July, 2018, 23:09 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Billie Joe Armstrong of the band Green Day performs onstage at 106.7 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2016- Night 2 at The Forum

As of Monday, the rock tune - which was originally written about U.S. President George W. Bush - is the No. 1 single on Amazon's best sellers list. The song is now the best selling song on Amazon in the UK. The "Get American Idiot to No.1 for Trump's UK Visit" Facebook page has been advocating for some type of musical protest during a Trump visit to Britain pretty much since the start of his presidency.

"Want to annoy Donald Trump and Nigel Farage this week?" they tweeted on Sunday. Keep sharing to others what we are all doing!

Last week, Senator Tim Kaine referenced the "American Idiot" campaign in a Trump-mocking tweet. Its inspired slogan: Make American Idiot Great Again. After reports emerged indicating that Trump had gifted Kim Jong Un with a copy of Elton John's song "Rocket Man", Kaine joked that the North Korean leader sent back a copy of "American Idiot". The president is scheduled to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth during his visit. After Trump's "working visit" - as opposed to a formal state visit - was announced in April, the effort went into overdrive.

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He really won't spend too much time at all in London during the three-day visit, as the President's handlers seek to minimize the risk of awkward encounters with angry protesters in the streets.

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong wrote American Idiot in the throes of the Iraq War and the angst of post-9/11 America, which the song described as "an alien nation where everything isn't meant to be okay". It's also been popping in and out of the Top 10 and 20 on iTunes' singles chart for the past few days.

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