Great Job, Internet!: A menagerie of movie characters team up to sing Green Day’s “Basket Case”

Back in 1994, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong took his own real-life panic disorder and used it as the fuel for an iconic song called “Basket Case” from the pop punk trio’s career-making, if tragically named, Dookie album. Though the song was deeply personal to Armstrong, it was taken up as a Generation X anthem of sorts in the Clinton-era malaise of the mid-1990s, expressing the vague, snarling dissatisfaction of teens and twentysomethings across America. But perhaps the song’s twitchy anxiety is not limited to any particular decade or age demographic. Maybe “Basket Case” is universal. That is the lesson of a new supercut by The Unusual Suspect entitled “Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ Sung By 109 Movies.” In this version, the song’s instrumental backing track has been left alone, while Armstrong’s lead vocals have been removed and replaced, one or two words at a …

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