Jesus of Suburbia (song)

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This article is about the second song on American Idiot. For information about the character himself, see Jesus of Suburbia (character).
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Jesus of Suburbia
Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong
Song length: 9:08
Release date: October 25, 2005
Album: American Idiot
Mixed by: Chris Lord-Alge
Produced by: Rob Cavallo
Single chronology
Previous single: "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
Next single: "The Saints Are Coming"
Album chronology
Previous song: "American Idiot"
Next song: "Holiday"

"Jesus of Suburbia" is the fifth and final single from Green Day's seventh studio album American Idiot. The single was released on October 25, 2005. The original song ran just over 9 minutes, which was considered to be unfriendly for radio appeal, so it was cut down to around 6½ minutes for the radio edit. The long version was still played on many album rock-oriented radio stations.

Track list[edit]

Australian single[edit]

  1. "Jesus of Suburbia" - 9:09
  2. "Are We the Waiting" (Live from VH1 Storytellers) - 2:57
  3. "St. Jimmy" (Live from VH1 Storytellers) - 3:07

10" vinyl[edit]

  1. "Jesus of Suburbia" - 9:09 (Side A)
  2. "St. Jimmy" (Live from VH1 Storytellers) - 3:07 (Side B)

Song meaning[edit]

Main article: Jesus of Suburbia (character)


"Jesus of Suburbia" has five movements:

  1. "Jesus of Suburbia"
  2. "City of the Damned"
  3. "I Don't Care"
  4. "Dearly Beloved"
  5. "Tales of Another Broken Home"

The song was also featured on the band's live album Bullet in a Bible.


Main article: Jesus of Suburbia/lyrics

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Jesus of Suburbia" was directed by Samuel Bayer. It premiered on October 14, 2005 in the UK and on October 25, 2005 on the MTV network for viewers residing in the US. Two official versions exist: One is a twelve-minute edit, complete with dialogue while the other is a six and a half-minute director's cut, inclusive solely of the music itself and devoid of additives. The six-minute version is censored, whereas the 12-minute version is not. The video starred Lou Taylor Pucci as the main character (an indie actor who has starred in Thumbsucker and The Chumscrubber). Pucci's co-star (Jimmy's love interest) was played by Kelli Garner, who happened to play Pucci's love interest in the film Thumbsucker from that same year (2005). Jimmy's mother was portrayed by Canadian actress Deborah Kara Unger. Although Billie Joe was originally tipped to provide the acting role of the main character, this was altered during pre-filming.

The plot of the video essentially follows that of the song.