At a time when live music continues to be put on hold during the current health crisis, we’re spending the time to reflect on music recommendations by some of those who know best. A little while ago, Green Day took to a recent interview to look back at their discography and pick their favourite song.
Billie Amstrong, always original, was in the studio with KROQ 106.7/FM’s The Kevin & Bean Show where he was asked about his favourite tune from the band’s extensive back catalogue. His choice? The track from the band’s seventh album, American Idiot, that Billie Joe picked was the nine-minute opus ‘Jesus Of Suburbia’. Mike Dirnt, on the other hand, who was also in the studio, said he couldn’t pick a favourite, likening it to picking a favourite child.
Armstrong’s number one song, which would feature on the 2004 album, is an odd choice for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s from the band’s more commercially-minded LP. Secondly, because in a recent interview with Kerrang, the singer revealed he didn’t like “long songs” anymore. He added, “I always look at how long the song is, and if it’s over three minutes I go, ‘Urgh, pass. I don’t wanna listen to that shit!’ Who has time for that?!”
This statement follows Billie Joe recently opening up about another song on the American Idiot album, ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’. In a chat with Howard Stern, Armstrong revealed that the song was in reference to the loss of his father at the tender age of 10.
“I think it’s something that just stayed with me; the month of September being that anniversary that always is just, I don’t know, kind of a bummer,” Armstrong said to the host Stern just moments before performing the song. “But it’s weird. When things happen like that when you’re that young, it’s almost like life starts at year zero, or something like that.”
He also revealed that he still thinks about his late father whenever performing the track. “I think about him every day, really. I kinda avoided writing about him for many years, and then finally having a breakthrough like that felt good. It wasn’t like a negative emotion so much, but it was just kind of like honouring him.”