Take 2@2 for Friday, February 17th, 2017 we celebrate the 45th birthday of Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong.
He met future Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt in elementary school. The Oakland, California kids started playing punk music together and started Green Day. In 1990, they hired Tre’ Cool as their drummer and a year later they released Kerplunk. Now members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day has released 12 studio albums including their latest Revolution Radio.
Twenty years ago, Green Day released Nimrod. One song on the album was written several years prior to Nimrod’s 1997 release. In 1990, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote a song that he kept to himself for several years. In ’93 during the sessions for Dookie, he then shared a song with Dirnt and Cool called “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)” The guys loved the song but they all agreed it didn’t fit with the rest of the songs on Dookie. Their producer for Nimrod decided to add the strings to the arrangement. After the song was released it quickly took a life of its’ own. It is now a staple at proms, graduations, and infamously used in the final episode of Seinfeld.
For all their ups and downs, Green Day has been on quite the ride since the early 1990’s. Let’s raise a glass for Billie Joe on his birthday and wish him well.
Country legend Glen Campbell released his 60th (yes 60th!) album in 2008. Meet Glen Campbell is all covers of more modern tunes. Campbell puts his signature voice on songs from John Lennon, Lou Reed, Tom Petty, and this cover of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life.)”
I hope you enjoy today’s Take 2@2, sponsored by Brown Automotive Group.
– Tad Abbey