Shakira’s cover of Green Day’s ‘Basket Case’ gets approval from Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day’s iconic Dookie track ‘Basket Case’ has been given an extra special cover from one of pop’s Queens, Shakira. The cover has now been given the seal of approval from frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.
The album Dookie is celebrating it’s 25th birthday this year and remains a seminal moment in not only Green Day’s career but the punk movement that swept America in the mid to late nineties. You can watch the cover of ‘Basket Case’ below which came via Shakira’s social media channels.
Shakira shared the post on Twitter, captioning the video “Me, being a basket case with my producer.”
The video was then given the seal of approval by Billie Joe who reuploaded the video on to his own Instagram channel with a black heart emoji acting as a giant thumbs up.
Billie Joe Armstrong recently took to the Howard Stern to open up about the song ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’. The 2004 single, featuring on the band’s American Idiot, was directly influenced by Armstrong’s father’s sad passing when the punk rocker was only 10 years old. He revealed that these were the words that he said to his mother shortly after his death.
“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.”