Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong turned his lockdown project on YouTube into an album. “No Fun Mondays” will appear on Friday – named after the series of the same name with which he wanted to get his fans out of the Corona low. In the home office he covered classics by John Lennon (“Gimme Some Truth”) or Billy Bragg (“A New England”) and gave them the typical Green Day sound.
Actually Armstrong would have spent the year on tour with his band to present the album “Father Of All …”, which was released in February. A big concert in Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium was also on the agenda. But the pandemic – like all rock musicians this year – thwarted his plans.
Instead, he used the time and dealt with his personal heroes. “While we were all in quarantine, I thought about the things that mean the most to me in life: family, friends and of course music,” he says, according to his record company. “I thought if we have to spend this time in isolation, we can at least be lonely together.”
The cover album sounds more like Green Day than the studio album “Father of all …” released in April. According to the record company, the YouTube videos were also made themselves.
It started with a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “I Think We’re Alone Now” – in keeping with the quarantine theme. And he even dares to play a great classic of pop music: “Manic Monday” by the Bangles. Music that is fun in serious times.