03年夏天，乐队来到录音室开始下一张专辑的创作。最初他们为叫做 Cigarettes and Valentines的专辑录了约20首歌，但是母带失窃。乐队并没 有重新录制这张Cigarettes and Valentines，而是重新开始了另一张专辑的 录制。 03年底，Green Day还抽空为Iggy Pop的Skull Ring合作了两首曲目 ，而04年2月1日，他们为第38届NFL超级碗决赛翻唱了Clash的I Fought the Law，作为iTunes的下载曲目。而那张Cigareets and Valentines却是消失 不见了。据Bille Joe Armstrong称，这张专辑有着不错的题材，发生这样的 失窃事件很遗憾，但是塞翁失马焉知非福，重新制作的专辑绝对会是超过这 个未曾发表的专辑。歌迷对这个失窃的专辑也非常有兴趣，不过除了一些伪 造的曲子，没有人能够发掘出来任何有关的材料，所以很多人宁可相信这不 是“失窃”，而是母带不小心被误删除，或者是硬盘存档损坏了。直到09年8 月18日，乐队在加州圣何塞的表演中，他们才首次上演了这一曲目 Cigarettes and Valentines。
照此说来04年9月21日发行的American Idiot实际上应该是他们的第7张得到 发行的录音室专辑。制作人是老搭档Rob Cavallo。鉴于母带的丢失，他们决 定尝试下歌剧式朋克。这或许是收到The Who等的启发吧。最后Billie Joe Armstrong创造了一位非正统派主角“Jesus of Suburbia”。专辑推出后收 到了全世界歌迷的热捧，在26个参与榜评的地区中拿到了19个冠军，其中就 包括英国UK榜和美国Billboard。这也是Green Day首次在Billboard拿到冠 军。专辑首周销量是26万7千张，而到了目前，这张专辑已经创造了1400万 张的销量。American Idiot获得了格莱美最佳硬摇滚专辑奖，并且在各项乐 评中都获得了不错的评价。而其它与专辑相关的提名中，他们拿走了8项中的 7项，其中就包括歌迷票选出来的听众选择（Viewer's Choice）奖。
随后他们展开了有史以来最长的一次巡演，来到了日本，澳洲，南美和英国 。随后发行了一张名为Bullet in a Bible的现场专辑。
专辑的第一支单曲是American Idiot。最初这还并不能算是一首歌，有一天 Mike Dirnt在录音室弄了个30秒的贝司小样，Billie Joe Armstrong听过后很 感兴趣自己也弄了个片段，而鼓手Tré Cool也做了同样的事情。最后他们把 各自的创作组合在了一块。照着同样的方式，他们又创作了Homecoming和 Jesus of Suburbia，这就是后来他们决定创作一张概念专辑的原因。前面讲 过，乐队受到的是The Who，以及Arthur Laurents的音乐剧West Side Story，还有 Tim Rice 与Andrew Lloyd Webber创作的摇滚歌剧Jesus Christ Superstar的影响。创作的那段时间，三个人整日整夜的泡在880录音 室里。他们甚至还架设了私人电台，将一些录好的材料播放出去。
American Idiot讲述了名为Jesus of Suburbia这个非正统派主角（Anti- hero）的故事。整张专辑的风格和之前的Green Day完全不同。Armstrong 称，“放弃了副歌－合声－副歌－合声－桥段这样的架构，我们进入了一个 完全不同的写作状态，完全无视任何的规则。”他很有信心的表示，这张专 辑会达到同一时期的摇滚乐队无法企及的高度。（事实上，这张专辑的确做 到了）Armstrong在这张专辑运用了大量的主音吉他，超过了之前所有的 Green Day的作品。而加大了音量的吉他以及Cool的鼓点，Green Day这次 创造了非常富有冲击力的声音。
故事的主角Jesus of Suburbia，正是Armstrong设想的这位American Idiot 。他称这位是个Anti-hero，是个没权没势的普通人。他厌恶他所居住的小镇 ，于是来到了大城市里。随着故事的进行，Armstrong又创造了两个人物， St. Jimmy和“她”（Whatsername）。St. Jimmy是个朋克摇滚自由斗士 ，而“Whatsername”则是受到Bikini Kill的作品“Rebel Girl”的启发。这 两个角色始终贯穿着“暴力vs爱”的主题。Jesus of Suburbia最开始只是想 追随自己的信念，而Saint Jimmy走上的则是一条盲目叛逆而自我灭亡式的道 路。专辑的结尾，St. Jimmy自杀了。而最终故事的结尾，Green Day并没有 明确交代出来，不过Armstrong称，他本意是让听众们最后认识到，Jesus of Suburbia实际上就是后来的St. Jimmy。结尾的曲目，Whatsername中 ，Jesus of Suburbia和“她”最终失去了联系。
Cigarettes and Valentines is a canceled studio album from punk rock band Green Day, following 2000's Warning. The album was nearly finished when the master tracks were stolen from the studio. Instead of re-recording the album, the band decided to start from scratch, leading to the creation of American Idiot. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said the album's material was "good stuff". However, he called the theft a "blessing in disguise," believing the album wasn't "maximum Green Day". Bass player Mike Dirnt admitted that backups of the tapes were made but claims that "it just wasn't the same as the originals." As of this time, there is still a great deal of speculation surrounding the actual events among fans, due to the unusual elements of the story such as the album remaining unleaked as of the current date (only a fake track pack made up of live or website recordings exists) and variant unfounded rumors or stories exist with the album supposedly being lost due to a hard drive error, or erased by the band themselves, as is common with any such "missing" works.
The raw master track tapes for drums, bass, guitar and vocals were stolen, allegedly by someone close to the band at the studio. The master tracks remain missing to this day. Cigarettes and Valentines was never even roughly mixed, according to various interviews with the band. Hence no "legitimate" versions of songs or artwork are in existance.
On August 18, 2009, at a soundcheck for a show in San Jose, CA, Green Day played the title song, "Cigarettes and Valentines."
American Idiot is the seventh studio album by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was co-produced with longterm collaborator Rob Cavallo and released on September 21, 2004 through Reprise Records.In mid-2003, the band began recording songs for an album titled Cigarettes and Valentines. However, the master tracks were lost and the band decided to start over rather than re-record Cigarettes and Valentines. They decided to produce a rock opera, inspired by the work of The Who and numerous musicals. It follows the life of "Jesus of Suburbia", a sort of anti-hero created by Billie Joe Armstrong. Following early recording at Oakland, California's Studio 880, the band finished the album in Los Angeles.
The album achieved popularity worldwide, charting in 26 countries and reaching number one in nineteen of them, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Since its release, American Idiot has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, including 267,000 in its opening week. The album won numerous awards including a Grammy for Best Rock Album, and was received mostly well by music critics.
The resulting 2004 album, American Idiot, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, the band's first ever album to top the chart, backed by the success of the album's first single, "American Idiot." The album was billed as a "punk rock opera" which follows the journey of the fictitious "Jesus of Suburbia". American Idiot won the 2005 Grammy for "Best Rock Album" and the band swept the 2005 MTV music awards, winning a total of seven of the eight awards they were nominated for, including the coveted Viewer's Choice Award.
Through 2005, the band toured in support of the album with about 150 dates — the longest tour in its career — visiting Japan, Australia, South America and the United Kingdom, where they drew a crowd of 130,000 people over a span of two days. While touring for American Idiot, they filmed and recorded the two concerts at the Milton Keynes National Bowl in England, which was voted 'The Best Show On Earth' in a Kerrang! Magazine Poll.These recordings were released as a live CD and DVD called Bullet in a Bible on November 15, 2005. This CD/DVD featured hits from American Idiot as well as a few songs from all its previous albums, except "Kerplunk" and "1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours". The DVD featured behind-the-scenes footage of the band, and showed how the band prepared to put on the show. The final shows of its 2005 world tour were in Sydney, Australia, and Melbourne, Australia, on December 14 and 17 respectively. On January 10, 2006 the band was awarded with a People's Choice Award for favorite group.
The first new song Green Day wrote was "American Idiot". The band had difficulty following it up. One day, bassist Mike Dirnt was in the studio recording a 30-second song by himself. Armstrong decided he wanted to do the same, and drummer Tré Cool followed suit. Armstrong recalled, "It started getting more serious as we tried to outdo one another. We kept connecting these little half-minute bits until we had something." This musical suite became "Homecoming", and the band subsequently wrote another suite, "Jesus of Suburbia". Armstrong was so emboldened by the creation of the two suites that he decided to make the record an album-long conceptual piece. The band took inspiration from concept records by The Who, as well as musicals including West Side Story and Jesus Christ Superstar. During their sessions at Studio 880, the members of Green Day spent their days writing material and would stay up late, drinking and discussing music. The band set up a pirate radio station from which it would broadcast jam sessions, along with occasional crank calls.
American Idiot is a concept album that tells the story of a central character named Jesus of Suburbia. The album was a departure from Green Day's typical way of writing music. Armstrong said, "As soon as you abandon the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge [song] structure ... it opens up your mind to this different way of writing, where there really are no rules." Armstrong said the band aimed to be ambitious, which he felt many contemporary rock bands were not. The band favored loud guitar sounds for the record; Armstrong said "we were like, 'Let's just go balls-out on the guitar sound--plug in the Les Pauls and Marshalls and let it rip'". The guitarist played more lead guitar on the album than he had on any previous release, which he said he previously shied away from for fear of sounding "corny". Armstrong added tracks of acoustic guitar-playing throughout the record to augment his electric guitar rhythms and Cool's drumming, creating a percussive sound.
The album's protagonist, Jesus of Suburbia, emerged out of Armstrong asking himself what sort of person the title of "American Idiot" referred to. Armstrong described the character as essentially an anti-hero, a powerless "everyman" desensitized by a "steady diet of soda pop and Ritalin". Jesus of Suburbia hates his town and those close to him, so he leaves for the city. As the album progresses the characters St. Jimmy and Whatsername are introduced. St. Jimmy is a punk rock freedom fighter. Whatsername, inspired by the Bikini Kill song "Rebel Girl", is a "Mother Revolution" figure that Armstrong described as "kind of St. Jimmy's nemesis in a lot of ways". Both characters illustrate the "rage vs. love" theme of the album, in that "you can go with the blind rebellion of self-destruction, where Saint Jimmy is. But there's a more love-driven side to that, which is following your beliefs and ethics. And that's where Jesus of Suburbia really wants to go", according to Armstrong. Near the end of the story, St. Jimmy apparently commits suicide. While the singer did not want to give away the details of the story's resolution, he said the intention is for the listener to ultimately realize that Jesus of Suburbia is really St. Jimmy, and Jimmy is "part of the main character that pretty much dies". In the album final song, "Whatsername", Jesus of Suburbia loses his connection with Whatsername as well.
02.Jesus of Suburbia
I. Jesus of Suburbia
II. City of the Damned
III. I Don't Care
IV. Dearly Beloved
V. Tales of Another Broken Home
04.Boulevard of Broken Dreams
05.Are We the Waiting
07.Give Me Novacaine
08.She's a Rebel
11.Wake Me Up When September Ends
I. The Death of St. Jimmy
II. East 12th St.
III. Nobody Likes You
IV. Rock and Roll Girlfriend
V. We're Coming Home Again
17.Too Much Too Soon
18.I Fought the Law (Clash Cover)