for a number of years, media has been searching for a rock band to come out and give mainstream rock a caffeine jolt of relevance it's needing. A few years ago, MTV and rock mags really tried to do this with The Vines, hyping them to death, and yet the album wasn't all that big, and by their second album, the hype was over. However, there's been a fairly big wave of pop-punk acts (usually emphasising on the POP side) the past few years, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Yellowcard, Simple Plan, etc... all have been doing okay even tho none of them get any critical respect or have hit #1 on the chart. Yet the group who was doing what these guys were doing a decade ago, and BETTER, Green Day released "American Idiot" last September. I think most people assumed it'd probably debut top 10 and then die a quick forgettable death like their "Warning" cd has. But yet it's the opposite. The album debuted at #1, and while it fell, it remained in the top 30 the whole time, and now, in it's 16th week, is back on top, unseating Eminem. Granted, it was a bad sales week, but how often do you see this type of chart life for a rock album. To top off brisk comeback sales, Green Day's album also received numerous Grammy nominations, being the sole non-r&b/hip hop album nominated for Album of the Year. "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" is so close to making the top 10 singles chart as well, which is largely hip hop dominated. Is this it? the media has been searching and searching for the band to make rock viable again in a mainstream perspective, lauded groups like The Vines, The Strokes and Jet just couldn't do it, yet a veteran act whose peak in popularity was a decade ago, has been able to do something that hasn't really happened in awhile (sorry, Ashlee and Avril don't qualify) with a rock band.