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'American Idiot' could top United Kingdom charts in time for Trump visit

12 July 2018

The song's performance on the chart is largely down to a social media campaign launched to protest Trump's visit to the UK.

The campaign's Facebook page explains this is happening "because we'd find it hilarious and reckon thousands more will find it hilarious too. We're doing this anyway".

The almost 14-year-old song is now sitting at number 18 with just over a week to go. Now can you hear the sound of hysteria?!

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For punk kids born in the late 90s, Green Day's seminal release 2004 American Idiot was a head-first foray into the sheer political power of power-chord laden anarchy.

Trump is not exactly popular in the United Kingdom right now, and his unpopularity with the Brits is shaping his first official visit there.

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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Green Day hasn't said anything publicly about its song being used to troll Trump. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, on Friday joking that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would send the U.S. a copy of their album. And although Green Day haven't officially supported the campaign, they have expressed their anti-Trump sentiments plenty in the last two years. He called the show an "amazing theatrical experience" on Twitter.

Of course, given the long, agonizing stretch English fans have experienced since the country's last World Cup win in 1966 (basically worldwide soccer's version of the Chicago Cubs' infamous World Series drought), the "American Idiot" pranksters probably won't mind.

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