Billie Joe Armstrong Names The Green Day Album That Fans Misunderstood
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong revealed the most misunderstood album of the band during his Billie Joe Armstrong: Welcome to My Panic podcast.
During the podcast, Billie wanted to talk about their Warning album that released back in 2000 and said that it is the most misunderstood album of Green Day history.
As you might already know, Warning is the sixth studio album of the band and it features a lot of acoustic melodies and pop/folk styles. Lyrically, it contains more optimistic and inspirational themes.
Billie said that he wanted to get away from the popular pup-punk music at that time, and they wanted to make some acoustic music together, which has a huge audience for itself.
While Billie was mentioning that people pick Warning as their favorite recording when they revisit the old stuff right now, even though the album didn’t sell that much back in those days, which shows why Warning was misunderstood by the fans.
Here is what Billie Joe Armstrong said:
“Those songs on Warning, I really wanted to flesh out. I listened to that record for the first time in a while, and I think it was at a time where there was capital P pop-punk starting to happen very early, in the late ’90s and 2000s, that I wanted to kind of get away from and get into things that were more rootsy.
I was listening to a lot of Tom Waits and the Pretenders, just great, classic rock and roll. We really were trying to do something that was more acoustic. It has an audience…
I guess that’s the one thing about records and time. When people revisit stuff, there’s fans of that era or that time where they have that record as their particular favorite.
They want to be different, you know? I think Warning’s the one right now that I look at that maybe, at the time, was sort of misunderstood.”
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