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Friday, February 18, 2011

Seven Things You Probably Didn't Know About Green Day Before Billie Joe Armstrong Got Twitter

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM

And my cat really did get caught in the dryer in deadbeat holidayless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Maybe it wasn't quite a Kanye-level entry, but late last month, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong tweeted his first tweet from his new, him-only account. "This is my new twitter. I'm losing my fucking mind," is how the Oakland pop-punk star's experience began, and after having his dog eat his phone (really) and praising Social Distortion, Armstrong began rattling off a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the old days of Green Day and Bay Area punk in general. In addition to having maybe the best Twitter profile pic ever, Armstrong's tweets are telling bits of nostalgia, regret, trivia, and hilarity. Here are seven of the best. 

1. Billie's failure of a first punk show.

First punk show I was supposed to go to was Circle Jerks at the Mab in SF when I was 14. But I was grounded and couldn't go. Ugh..less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

2. Whatever led the band to title its debut album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours.

39/smooth was named after my brother. He turned 39 the day we recorded that LP. Dec 29 1989.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Smooth was a stoner thing between me and mike. We couldn't decide to call it 39 or smooth. So we went with both!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

3. Why that song -- you know, Green Day's breakout single -- is called "Longview."

Our friend/roadie Kaz Hope, suggested we call our song Longview because the 1st time we played was in Longview Washington in spring 1992less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

4. Young Billie had some absurd fears.

Judges Daughter is about a "judges daughter" back in hi school. Had a crush on her and I thought her dad would throw me in prison.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

5. New York City wasn't exactly begging for Green Day back then. But of course the their Ramones worship was unabated.

First time in new york was summer of 90. We couldn't get a gig. Only drove through. Went to 53rd and 3rd and left.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

6. Billie Joe Armstrong, always the mischief-maker. (Okay, we kinda did know that.)

I snuck in a Dickies show in 89 @ berkeley square. Licked a hand stamp and rubbed it on my hand. Great gig! Thanks eggplant!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

7. The most intimate Green Day show ever.

I will be performing in my bedrOom by myself in front of my dog and stuffed animals. no charge and no guest list. Tickets still available!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

... if only.

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