It's Billie Joe Armstrong's birthday! Throughout the lifespan of Green Day, Billie Joe has reach legend status both as a musician but also a personality, yet they are not the only band he has played some sort of role in. So to celebrate such a special day, here are all of the projects he has been involved in over the years.
Forming in 1991, Pinhead Gunpowder have been releasing music in the same timeline as Green Day. Bringing Billie Joe into the fold in its second incarnation and also featuring long time band touring guitarist Jason White, the band's deliciously scrappy sound has been pleasing the underground ever since. Last releasing music in 2008 and last playing a show in 2010, who knows what the future may hold for this longstanding and utterly infectious project.
FOXBORO HOT TUBS
Shrouded in mystery and formed simply from the idea of the "love to play music and be spontaneous, and after a few late night jams and a few too many bottles of wine, we were inspired to record some rockin' eight-track recordings", Foxboro Hot Tubs is more or less Green Day's garage rock alter ego. Going under the name Reverend Strychnine Twitch, Billie Joe fronts the troop and delivers plenty of riproaring punk rock in the process.
Punk-rock is all well and good, but sometimes you need a change of pace. Back in 2003, Green Day secretly worked on a new wave project alongside penning the usual day job, and the results were as baffling and mysterious as one would expect. Denying all involvement in the band for a solid 10 years after the release of their one and only album 'Money Money 2020', anyone in need of a bit of off kilter noise to blow away the cobwebs should not look much further.
A collaboration birthed from a chance encounter while playing with Stevie Wonder and a love for the Everley Brothers, Billie Joe and Noarh Jones joined forces back in 2013. A reinterpretation of their 1958 album 'Songs Our Daddy Taught Us', which in turn is a collection of traditional songs that Everly Brothers put their own spin on, the duo put their own beautiful twist onto things in a way that no-one expected.
Billie Joe sure does love a family affair. Forming a band with his family and releasing an EP is in many ways the dream that most musicians have at one point in their career, but this was made a reality for the Armstrongs back in 2011. As loose and snotty as punk-rock can possibly be, the self titled effort still to this day serves as a moment of carefree fun.
MATT GROCOTT & THE SHRIVES
Working alongside young and upcoming talent is something that Billie Joe has always prided himself on. Back in 2014 he backed that sentiment up when he took then unknown band Matt Grocott & The Shrives out of Grantham and into Jingletown Studios in California where he recorded their debut album with them. He also picked up the bass and did a bit of plucking too.
The latest of Billie Joe's side projects is probably his most pure and simple. Fast, frantic and melodic as it can get, The Longshot takes things back to the basement and sees our man taking care of guitar, bass, drums AND vocals. Ain't no rest for the brilliant.
Before SWMRS there was Emily's Army. Featuring Billie Joe's son Joey on the drums, Billie Joe produced both of the band's full lengths and all four of their EPs. As we have said before, he sure does love a family affair.