This is made up of two songs, "Mass Hysteria" and "Modern World." Vocalist and chief songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong explained to Q magazine May 2009: "It swirls all the information that's going on in the record around in an emotional blender. At the end it's going to sound like a wall of TV screens. It's sensory overload."
Green Day were recording the drums for this two-part song on election night in November 2009, when Barack Obama was elected president. Drummer Tré Cool recalled to Q magazine May 2009: "It was pretty insane. We were running in and telling Butch (Vig, producer), Yeah, we got another state!" Cool added that the song title is "kind of fitting, especially if Obama would have lost. We'd be busy trying to start a revolution if McCain had won."
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.