Because your faux-punk loving friends can make all of the arguments they want about "Dookie" this and "American Idiot" that, but the fact of the matter remains: These guys blatantly ripped off The Kinks. This could be one of the worst rips ever.
(HOLY CRAP: Wait until the Green Day one hits between two and three seconds, then start The Kinks.)
Green Day's "Warning," from the 2006 album of the same name:
The Kinks' "Picture Book," from the 1968 album "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society":