Horror writer Stephen King has given a sales boost to Green Day's new album AMERICAN IDIOT, by urging fans to rush out and buy it for Christmas.

The author names the punk record his album of the year in his Entertainment Weekly column.

King writes, "It's not just the best-selling album of the year, but one of the best to be released in the entire rock era. There has never been a record so sweet and meaningful that is so...damn...LOUD.

"American Idiot succeeds on every level. Green Day has created a rock + roll masterpiece of far greater ambition than (The Who's) TOMMY. I've played the spots off this sucker, and every time I listen to it I can barely believe how good it is."

10/12/2004 09:29