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Posted October 13, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes
 
 

Billie Joe Armstrong to Release Highlights From His No Fun Mondays Series

No Fun Mondays , Billie Joe Armstrong
No Fun Mondays , Billie Joe Armstrong

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will release his YouTube covers series No Fun Mondays as a 14-song collection on Nov. 27 via Reprise/Warner Records. It’ll arrive on vinyl and CD, and it’ll be available on digital platforms too. 

No Fun Mondays finds Armstrong including classics by John Lennon, Billy Bragg, and Johnny Thunders. In the run-up to No Fun Mondays’ official release, a different track from the album will be made available on streaming services every week. Additionally, a limited baby blue colored vinyl will be available at U.S. independent music retailers.

The No Fun Mondays series launched in March on Green Day’s YouTube channel. Armstrong thought he would spend much of this year on the road touring in support of Green Day’s latest album, Father of All…However, once the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to put those plans on pause, Armstrong started revisiting his influences.

“While we’ve all been in quarantine I’ve been reflecting on the things that matter the most in my life: family, friends, and, of course, music,” he says.

I figure if we have to spend this time in isolation at least we can be alone together.

Highlights include a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “I Think We’re Alone Now” and his takes on the Avengers’ “Corpus Christi,” Stiv Bators’ “Not That Way Anymore,” John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth,” Billy Bragg’s “A New England, the Bangles’ “Manic Monday” and theme to Tom Hanks’ 1995 film That Thing You Do!, which he covers as a tribute to the song’s writer, Adam Schlesinger, who passed away from COVID-19 complications in April. 

At the moment, Green Day plans to embark on a global stadium tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer kicking in June of 2021.


Jeff

 
Jeff started writing about rock ’n’ roll some 20 years ago when he stood in the pouring rain to hitch hike his way to see R.E.M. on their Life’s Rich Pageant tour. Since that time, he's written for various daily newspapers, alt-weeklies, magazines and websites. Feel free to comment on his posts or suggest music, film and art to him at jeff@whopperjaw.net.