Two weeks ago, The Network released their long-awaited new album, Money Money 2020 Pt II: We Told Ya So! It’s the unexpected yet perfectly timed follow-up to their 2003 album, Money Money 2020. After getting videos for six of its 25 songs, most recently “Asphyxia,” we now get to enjoy a clip for one of the album’s highlights: “Degenerate.”
Sung by Fink, “Degenerate” is one of the standouts on We Told Ya So! It’s a mid-tempo but emotional song, elevated by Fink’s nice use of falsetto. In fact, it sounds a bit like Muse, which is always a plus! Further, the way Fink suddenly screams “don’t push me” at the end of each chorus is thrilling.
The accompanying music video keeps the distorted filter seen on all of The Network’s videos. But this time, we get the fun addition of CGI skeletons dancing everywhere: in the subway; in front of the pyramids in Egypt; over a digital spiral. Meanwhile, The Network is performing with their usual sense of chaos and abandon.
Watch the skeletal music video for “Degenerate” below:
“Degenerate” appears on The Network’s new album, Money Money 2020 Pt II: We Told Ya So! You can stream or buy the full album here. In addition to “Degenerate,” it also includes the previously released songs “Trans Am,” “Flat Earth,” “Fentanyl,” “Ivankkka Is A Nazi,” “Threat Level Midnight,” and “Asphyxia.”
Green Day’s Side Bands
Back in 2003, The Network was Green Day’s first side band. If you haven’t heard it already, or recently, be sure to listen to Money Money 2020 now before you give the new album a spin.
Between American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day’s next side band (and the first one they formally acknowledged) was Foxboro Hot Tubs. That group released the album Stop Drop And Roll!!! in 2008, and their song “Fuck Time” ended up becoming a Green Day song on their very Foxboro-esque trilogy album ¡Dos! in 2012.
Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt are in the covers band called The Coverups, formed in 2018. Further, all three members of Green Day have recorded and toured in other side projects of their own. Billie has been in the bands Pinhead Gunpowder and, more recently, The Longshot. Mike has played in The Frustrators; Tré Cool has played in the “Icelandic death metal” band Dead Mermaids.
More from Green Day
Early this year, Green Day released their album Father Of All… It features the singles “Father Of All…,” “Fire, Ready, Aim,” “Oh Yeah!,” and “Meet Me On The Roof.” It’s a fun and straightforward record, weaving in elements of Motown along with Green Day’s brand of punk rock. While it’s not their strongest or most ambitious release (see instead American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown, and the trilogy), it is refreshingly carefree and fast-paced.
Then, surprising fans everywhere, Green Day put out an EP at the beginning of April. The “Otis Big Guitar Mix” EP features alternate versions of three trilogy songs. Sure, the trilogy came out 8 years ago, but it’s never too late for more goodies from it, right? Hear new mixes of “Lazy Bones,” “Wild One,” and “Oh Love.”
Billie Joe spent much of this year releasing covers of songs. At the end of November, he released them all together in the album No Fun Mondays. See the full tracklist for No Fun Mondays below and be sure to listen to it today!
- I Think We’re Alone Now
- War Stories
- Manic Monday
- Corpus Christi
- That Thing You Do!
- You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory
- Kids In America
- Not That Way Anymore
- That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll
- Gimme Some Truth
- Whole Wide World
- Police On My Back
- A New England
Note that Green Day’s cover of “Dreaming” (originally by Blondie) does not appear on the album.
Hella Mega Tour
Next year, Green Day plans to embark on their Hella Mega Tour, co-headlining with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. COVID-19 forced them to postpone all dates to 2021. Let’s hope that the pandemic will be over in time for the tour to happen!
Tickets for the Hella Mega Tour are on sale now. Be sure to get tickets before it’s too late! Some dates have already sold out, so don’t wait!
Enjoy the video for “Degenerate,” as well as The Network’s full new album Money Money 2020 Pt II: We Told Ya So! Keep checking back here for all the latest music news.
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