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The Letter That Inspired Green Day’s ‘Reject’ Has Resurfaced Again Online

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 14 November 2019 at 10.47

...Which is a good enough excuse to remember an entertaining chapter in punk history.

The letter that inspired Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to write 'Reject' has been floating around the internet again - so it's as good a time as any to look back on a memorable chapter in their history.

In the months and years after 'Dookie' made them one of the biggest bands on the planet, the band collided with mainstream culture in all sorts of interesting, sometimes uncomfortable ways.

In 1996, a year after the release of 'Insomniac', one parent took issue with the band's... well, pretty much everything - and decided to write to them about it. This is the letter:

In response, Billie Joe wrote the following letter:

In a more boring world, that might have been the end of it. But fortunately for all of us, the band went on to write 'Reject' as another, equally direct response:


And the rest is history.

Next year, Green Day will be heading out on the Hella Mega Tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer.

They'll also be releasing their new album, 'Father Of All...' on February 07.

Pick up your special, collectors' edition Green Day cover of Rock Sound's 250th issue now! There's only 250 of these in existence, and once they're gone, they're gone.


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