Brits Want Oldie ‘American Idiot’ Atop Charts When Trump Visits

2004 song spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 following its release…

Billie Joe Armstrong photo

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(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) British protesters have launched an effort to have Green Day’s “American Idiot” top the charts ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom on Thursday.

The campaign even has its own slogan: “Make American Idiot Great Again.”

So far, it appears to be successful.

The 2004 song is now at the top of the Amazon charts and is steadily climbing the ranks of both iTunes and Spotify, reported the British newspaper the Mirror.

According to the Washington Post, the song was written “in the throes of the Iraq War and the angst of post-9/11 America” and the track “resonated with a generation of eyeliner-wearing, anti-establishment punks while at the same time playing ad nauseam on car radios in American suburbia.”

Written by the band’s Billie Joe Armstrong, the song spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 100 following its release, and is now enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the days leading up to Trump’s U.K. visit.

There, he and First Lady Melania Trump will fly to Blenheim Palace to dine with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and 100 guests, before spending the night at the official residence of the U.S. ambassador, and then having an audience with the Queen.

The song campaign was founded by Keith Curle and Geoff Thomas, who told the Post: “Us [sic] in the U.K. have a good record of protesting in this way. We are the country who put Sex Pistols and Rage Against the Machine at No. 1 in the past.”

President Trump is mostly avoiding London during his trip.

It’s just as well – because if he gets close enough, he might look up in the sky and see a giant blimp depicting him as a baby holding an iPhone.

In a remarkable display of immaturity and British inhospitality, the blimp was authorized by London Mayor Sadiq Khan – proof that Trump Derangement Syndrome is truly intercontinental in scope.

Check out the article from the Mirror here.