There’s a British campaign to make Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ the No. 1 song when Trump arrives

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Musicians Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt of Green Day perform onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Oh, the things President Trump will be greeted with this week when he visits London: demonstrators, a giant “Trump Baby” balloon — and a uniquely British musical protest.

For the past couple of weeks, a social media campaign has sought to make Green Day’s classic 2004 jam “American Idiot” the No. 1 tune in the UK by the time Trump arrives Friday. The “Get American Idiot to No.1 for Trump’s UK Visit” Facebook page has been advocating for some type of musical protest during a Trump visit to Britain pretty much since the start of his presidency. After Trump’s “working visit” — as opposed to a formal state visit — was announced in April, the effort went into overdrive.

The campaign asks people to download “American Idiot” between Friday, July 6, and Friday, July 13, to push the 14-year-old single to the top of the Official UK Charts.

So far the effort appears to be working, with the song checking in at No. 18 on the chart Tuesday. It’ll take a particularly strong push though to get the song to the top of the chart by Friday.

A British tradition

For Americans all of this may seem, well, kind of weird. But the Brits have been waging campaigns to get certain songs to chart for a decade.

Back in 2008, a DJ, tired of singing competition winners clogging the charts at Christmas, began a Facebook campaign to get Rick Astley’s 80s anthem “Never Give You Up” to No. 1. Since then there have been numerous attempts to get tunes as varied as Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” to the themes from “Star Wars” and “Pokemon” to the top of British charts in time for Christmas.

“American Idiot” was a Billboard Hot 100 hit for Green Day back in the fall of 2004 and originally aimed its politically charged lyrics at former President George W. Bush.

That’s not the only protest

Trump is not exactly popular in the UK right now, and his unpopularity with the Brits is shaping his first official visit there. He’ll meet Queen Elizabeth and huddle with British Prime Minister Theresa May but, in a break from custom for a visit by a foreign leader, he will not visit Downing Street.

He really won’t spend too much time at all in London during the three-day visit, as the President’s handlers seek to minimize the risk of awkward encounters with angry protesters in the streets. Or in the air for that matter.

During a planned “Stop Trump” march in central London on Friday, a 19-foot-tall orange balloon — shaped to look like a baby version of Trump — will be flown as high as 98 feet in the air near Parliament.

 

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7 comments

  • Augster

    How’s that Muslim mayor treating you? How many unreported rapes and stabbings have occurred in your neighborhood? Have you greeted your new neighbors in the no-go zones? Has your government approved your cancer treatment yet? Our American Idiot finished his term last year. Meet the patriot that’s working to prevent us from becoming like you retards!

  • C

    England, you should be so lucky to have a leader like Trump. He’d straighten out a once-great country that has allowed itself to become a liberal cesspool of insignificance in the world.

    • Augster

      Ya know, C: the last time I cried was when BeBe Netanyahu addressed the U.S. Congress, just wishing we had a leader remotely loving us and our principles as much as he did those of Israel. I’m so glad he’s here!

      • C

        I remember that speech. Impressive, especially when one’s passionate in his beliefs and ethics. I think Honest Obe was invited but couldn’t make it as he was out on his world apology tour.