.

Green Day's "Nimrod" Charts At No. 10

October 24, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Green Day is "hitchin' a ride" up the charts with their new release, Nimrod. The album sold 81,000 copies its first week in the stores, securing the No. 10 slot on the Billboard album chart.

The band is excited about their third album, and is very involved in devising schemes to bring them closer to their fans, according to band spokesman Jim Baltutis. "We recently kick-started www.greenday.com, where you can get Green Day information and audio clips of Billie Joe (Armstrong), and send email to the whole band," he said.

Baltutis also confirmed that the Berkeley-based punk trio will be guesting on Fox's King of the Hill "sometime in mid-November." Nimrod's first single, "Hitchin A Ride," has been holding solid near the top of active rock charts. Baltutis says there is no decision on the follow-up single, though "Good Riddance," "Prosthetic Head" and "Redundant" are all possibilities.

In other chart news, teenage sensation LeAnn Rimes recaptured the top slot with You Light Up My Life, pushing Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope back to No. 2. Two film soundtracks also grace the top five -- Gang Related at No. 3 and Soul Food at No. 5, and Fleetwood Mac's The Dance sold 111,500 copies, jumping up three spots from No. 7 to No. 4. LL Cool J's latest release, Phenomenon, debuted at No. 7.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com