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New Green Day Video ‘Back in the USA’ Pays Tribute to ‘They Live’

His days as a filmmaker may be behind him, but John Carpenter continues to be one of the most influential horror masters in the history of cinema. From It Follows to “Stranger Things,” Carpetner’s influence seems to be absolutely everywhere in recent years, and one of his greatest hits even served as inspiration for Green Day‘s latest video.

The band’s just-released compilation album “God’s Favorite Band” includes previously unheard track “Back in the USA,” which gets the They Live treatment for its video.

In the video, which is essentially They Live meets Pleasantville, the members of Green Day come into possession of a special pair of black sunglasses, which allow them to see what nobody else is seeing. In the place of ads, they see words like “Consume” and “Conform.” On the cover of a newspaper, “The President to Lie to Nation Tonight.”

Carpenter’s They Live has taken on a new social relevance these days, just about 30 years after its release, and Green Day’s new video plays upon that fact.

That’s Carpenter for ya. Always ahead of the times.



  • Reason

    Another band, another anti-Trump message. I dig me some Green Day, though.

  • Looby

    Housebroken Punk Rock. Not so much They Live as They Dwell Safely.

  • Grimphantom
  • The chicken man

    The song is a little to emo for me, but I love the reference.

  • dukeblues

    Washed up band looking for relevance by doing what is trendy among Hollywood and the entertainment industry today…. Trashing the president. Snore and ignore

    • Mike

      Such rebels.

    • Matthew Reid

      Washed up? Green Day still has a huge fan base and is still around unlike most 90s bands.

    • Travis_Bickle

      Oh shit…Trumpanzie wandered over from Britbart.

  • Mitch O’Connell

    I hope that my 2015 They Live tribute might have been a small inspiration! 🙂

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  • Hack Snyder

    Green Day are a bunch of talentless hacks that need to throw in the towel. Hell, they should’ve thrown in the towel back in 1999. Their political songs are hollowly trendy, and they’re too damn old to go back to writing songs about juvenile hijinx.

    P.S. They Live is a great film.

    • Travis_Bickle

      P.S – You love trump

      • Hack Snyder


        • Travis_Bickle

          says Trump..

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