Billie Joe Armstrong Wants a Redo on This Green Day Album

The band’s new album 'Father Of All...' is out on February 7

January 30, 2020
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Green Day is almost ready to unwrap Father Of All…, the band’s first new album since Revolution Radio arrived in 2016. The 10 song set is expected to be a fast and fun 26 minutes, leading the way with the title track and featuring previously released songs “Fire, Ready, Aim” and “Oh Yeah!”

Before the band drops the new collection, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is looking back at the 12 LPs that came before, reminiscing with Rolling Stone about 15 of the highlights from the group’s 30 year career. Taking a tour through each of their albums, there’s one that Armstrong admits he would like to rerecord.

2000’s Warning marked another change for Green Day, easing up from the break-neck speed of their previous album, Nimrod, and incorporating more acoustic guitar into the mix.

“After ‘Time of Your Life,’ I started getting into playing more acoustic guitar, and I really wanted to have more for ‘Warning.’ And there was also a lot of kind of bad pop punk that was starting to happen, and I wanted to go against that genre. This felt like the next step. I had been getting into listening to more of the Kinks and The Who, who found a lot of power in an acoustic song, and used the guitar almost like a drum.”

Armstrong talks about the political ambitions of the album’s lead single “Minority,” written before the 2000 election. However it’s the actual making of the album that has him looking for a redo.

“I’d like to go back and rerecord that album. It was right when Pro Tools started happening. I want to go back and just do everything more live, because I think “Minority” live is a lot better than it came out on the album,” he explains. “But that’s just one of those things that you think about too much.”

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Elsewhere Armstrong also has criticism for ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!, the trio of albums the band released in 2012. “I understand it sounds a bit stiff and the production isn’t great. I love those songs, but a lot of it feels half-baked.”

“It was a weird time. I sort of had my own private nervous breakdown. Well, it wasn’t really private. I think it was just a lot of exhaustion. There’s, like, 36 songs on that album. It’s insane.”

You can read more from Billie Joe with Rolling Stone here. Green Day will also launch their HELLA MEGA tour this summer. You can find more details and dates here.

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