Billie Joe Armstrong

Born on this day in 1972, Green Day front man, Billie Joe Armstrong. The musician, who was born in Oakland, California, turns 49 today.

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The WONDERful Billie Joe Armstrong!

To combat the boring isolation of sheltering at home, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong is covering some of his favorite songs. In today’s video, he’s doing one ogf our favorites, the theme song from the Tom Hanks‘ movie, That Thing You Do!, which was written by Adam Schlesinger.

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Father Of All… (Reprise)

In 2008, Green Day offered up a serving of 60’s garage rock, recorded under the pseudonym Foxboro Hot Tubs. The record, Stop, Drop & Roll, came and went without much fanfare, though it was found and loved by guitar-pop lovers like me. Father Of All… is the legitimate offspring of The Tubs’ singular release, and it’s been well-worth the wait.

While Green Day’s use of three punk chords hasn’t varied much, here, Billie Joe Armstrong seems to be reinvigorated, wringing out new melodies and vocal moves that feel both fresh and thoughtful. Propelled by Tre’ Cool’s slamming go-go beat and muscular guitars, the title track really gets the ol’ blood pumping.

Armstrong coyly winks his 48-year-old eye at his own legend in I Was A Teenage Teenager, before the band plunges into Hamburg Beatles’ mode with the gritty Stab You In The Heart. It’s cool that at this stage in the game, the band is still looking to stake-out new ground, when they could easily just clone their past success, to lackluster affect. Father Of All… is really solid from top to bottom.