Locomotive Music's The History of Green Day: Suburbia Bomb, much to the surprise of people who paid for this DVD, is just Pogo Paradise (which was released in 2002) with a new title and new cover art. If you've seen Pogo Paradise, chances are your heart sank when you saw the title on the screen.
It's a step back in time to the roots of the pop-punk darlings - Billie Joe Armstrong (lead vocals, guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass) and Tre Cool (drums). The documentary focuses on the early days of Green Day, going as far back to the days of Sweet Children, who were formed in 1988 by the sixteen year old pair, Billie Joe and Mike. By 1989, Tre Cool had joined the group, they recorded their first EP, 1000 Hours, and changed their name to Green Day.
I wish I could say that the DVD was worthwhile for diehard Green Day fans, but it isn't. It's cheaply put together, not easy on the eyes and features no Green Day music. Another disappointment is the fact that the total time of actual band interviews is, at the most, a minute and a half.
We are taken on a tour of Green Day's history by Jaan Uhelszki of Creem magazine (the only one who really seems to know what she's doing), Jesse Michaels of Operation Ivy, Winston Smith, who created the album art for Insomniac and, basically, others who really don't have anything of importance to say, including a random fan who claims he's "the biggest Green Day fan ever". Can we go "Aww.."? No, I didn't think so.
I'm trying really hard to give you an unbiased review here, but quite frankly, it's not possible. When the first thing you see on the screen is "This DVD contains no music performed by Green Day" on a documentary about one of your favorite bands, you have to wonder what the hell the creators of this were thinking. The DVD starts with a 30- second clip of a barely audible Green Day "interview" and that's all we hear or see of them during the hour long show (except for a very brief interview with the band at an awards show) until the very end when we get to see Green Day again. But wait! It's the same exact footage that we saw at the opening! Oh my god!