Green Day pays tribute to John Carpenter’s classic 1988 sci-fi film They Live in the band’s official music video for their new single “Back in the USA”.
The track is a new song included on Green Day’s upcoming greatest hits compilation God’s Favorite Band.
The video opens with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong living a sterilized, black-and-white 1950s sitcom existence until a woman shows up at his house with a pair of sunglasses that allows him to both see colors and, like Carpenter’s film, subliminal messaging.
As in the film, when Armstrong puts on the sunglasses, he sees messages like “Consume” and “Procreate Now.” After recruiting the rest of the band, they set out to alert the nation by putting the sunglasses over the lens of the camera that’s about to be film the president’s speech, exposing the president – who bears a strong resemblance to Donald Trump – as an alien. Green Day then take over the stage to perform the new song.
In a nod to the film Pleasantville, once the alien plan is exposed and Green Day is heard, colors begin to spread throughout the black-and-white world, modernizing the society.
Check out the video below!
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