Billie Joe’s Handwritten Song Lyrics (April 2019)
Featuring a collection of Green Day song lyrics from the past 30 years that were handwritten by Billie Joe Armstrong while the songs were being developed.
How We Got There From Here (May 9, 2016)
In June of 1985, Anna Armstrong, the big sister of a 13-year-old Billie Joe, took him on a road trip to Santa Ana to see R.E.M perform. This is her story of that night.
Larry Livermore Recalls His First Sweet Children Concert (March 5, 2013)
In an excerpt from his book ‘Spy Rock Memories’, Larry Livermore recalls the night he saw Sweet Children for the first time and knew immediately that he wanted to make a record with them
Billie Sends In Lyrics For ‘Platypus’ (September 1997)
Adrienne reached out and asked if there were any questions I wanted her to forward to Billie with the release of Nimrod approaching. I had heard that the lyrics to ‘Platypus (I Hate You)’ wouldn’t be included on the Nimrod inlay and asked why. Billie wrote back with not only the reason but also typed out all the lyrics for the then-unreleased song,
Billie Responds To Angry Parents Letter (Spring 1997)
Prior to the release of Nimrod, Adrienne faxed me this letter from a parent and Billie’s reply to be posted on the site. While I didn’t know it at the time, the song ‘Reject’ from the forthcoming Nimrod album was directly inspired by this parents letter and included in the lyrics is a line from Billie’s response letter, “(What’s) the difference between you and me. I do what I want and you do what you’re told.”
Billie’s Letter To The Fans (March 5, 1997)
Billie faxed me this letter to update fans on what was happening with the band in the winter of ’97, it was also sent out to Idiot Club members by mail. He also made sure to correct one of the news updates I’d posted on the site which reported that Green Day were working on demos for the next album.
My Adventure With Green Day (December 17, 1991)
Originally written for the punk fanzine, Tales Of Blarg!, the name “Laurie L” is a homage to Lookout! Records founder Lawrence Livermore. The fictional story was later featured on the Kerplunk inlay.
On Tour With Green Day (Summer 1990)
Aaron Cometbus has published his Cometbus zine for many years but he’s also served as Green Day’s roadie from time to time, not to mention being a member of Pinhead Gunpowder along with Billie. This is Aaron’s documentation of Green Day’s 1990 tour which appeared in an issue of Cometbus.