No Fun Mondays
July 30, 2020 12:11 AM   Subscribe

No Fun Mondays (YouTube playlist) Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has been releasing YouTube videos with covers he recorded at his home studio. "While we’ve all been in quarantine I’ve been reflecting on the things that matter the most in my life. Family, friends and of course music."

The story so far:

Tommy James and the Shondells, " I Think We're Alone Now"
Johnny Thunders, "You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory"
The Bangles, "Manic Monday" (guest appearance by The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs)
The Avengers, "Corpus Christi"
The Oneders, "That Thing You Do!"
Starjets, "War Stories"
Don Backy, "Amico" (cantato in italiano)
Kim Wilde, "Kids in America"
Stiv Bators, "Not That Way Anymore"
Eric Carmen, "That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll"
Blondie, "Dreaming"
John Lennon, "Gimme Some Truth"
Billy Bragg, "A New England"

Some of the videos use Green Day concert footage, but I'm pretty sure these are all solo recordings from Billie Joe's home studio.

The covers are available on various streaming services.

"I Think We're Alone Now" on James Corden with his grown-ass children
Solo acoustic version of Green Day's "Graffitia"
posted by kirkaracha (14 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
The Oneders made me actually lol
posted by gc at 4:31 AM on July 30 [1 favorite]

I have been wearing my Oneders t-shirt all summer!
posted by Ike_Arumba at 4:53 AM on July 30 [2 favorites]

with his grown-ass children

posted by gwint at 5:02 AM on July 30

Susanna Hoffs is unfortunately upstaged by a sleepy pup on the sofa behind Billy Joe.
posted by amarynth at 5:51 AM on July 30 [1 favorite]

I'm not usually a pop fan but I haven't heard a version of "I Think We're Alone Now" that I don't like and that streak continues.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:55 AM on July 30 [2 favorites]

So I was a huge Green Day fan in middle school and then kind of stopped following them by the time high school rolled around so I am shocked to see that twenty years later Billie Joe LOOKS THE SAME. Also yes I had the same reaction gwint to him having grown-ass children.

I’m really enjoying these and hearing his voice again, thanks! I stopped listening to them because it if wasn’t obscure I was sure that meant it wasn’t for me, because I was a special snowflake, but now I don’t give a dookie about that!
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 3:52 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]

I am literally angry with rage that I haven't heard about this before now. I could have been listening to this version of That Thing You Do MONTHS ago!
posted by nonasuch at 7:20 PM on July 30

I listened to “Dreaming” and “That Thing You Do” and they were both great, gonna put 'em in my regular playlist, but the video for “I Think We're Alone Now” is amazing.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:12 PM on July 30

"I Think We're Alone Now" on James Corden with his grown-ass children.
"While we’ve all been in quarantine I’ve been reflecting on the things that matter the most in my life. Family, friends and of course music." Sorry but big freaking yikes from me. Teach your "grown ass" kids to be less rapey. Fucking gross.
posted by chococat at 9:43 PM on July 30 [3 favorites]

Sheesh, realize I haven't listened to Thunders in ages.
posted by Gotanda at 5:58 AM on July 31

It's really cool to see the influences, Green Day fans know there's a lot of doo wop in their sound actually, for instance: Brutal Love

My boyfriend's a musician and he's also been using quarantine to record covers, mostly to learn home recording software / Logic... actually he has a couple Green Day covers...
posted by subdee at 1:32 PM on July 31

posted by Mrs. Rattery at 4:39 PM on July 31

The Coverups have played a few gigs Here in the Bay Area over the last couple of years.
posted by Trinity-Gehenna at 6:38 PM on August 2

The Greenday single, "Oh Yeah!" is about the saddest, sweetest, most banging thing I've heard in a long while, and it's utterly unlike the rest of their stuff.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:33 AM on August 3

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