Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Produces Record For Son
Apparently it was bring your kid to work day at Jingletown Recordings where Billie Joe Armstrong – frontman for Green Day and co-owner of Adeline Records – decided to let his 16-year old son Joey, and friends, play in the studio and record an album.
Billie Joe has produced the debut album from Emily’s Army which consists of Joey Armstrong (drums), the Becker brothers Max (bass) and Cole (vocals, guitar) and Travis Neumann (lead guitar). The group is named after the Beckers’ 15-year-old cousin, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as an infant.
The album is titled “Don’t Be a Dick” and will be released on June 15th via daddy Armstrong’s own label, Adeline Records – but before you rush out to reserve your copy, check out a preview of the band’s first single ‘Broadcast This’ then continue on reading for a truly sophomoric explanation of it’s meaning.
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Frontman and songwriter Cole Becker explains the song’s meaning: “‘Broadcast This’ is an anthem of my position against what radio has become,” he tells SPIN. “I was bored out of my mind one day and couldn’t find anything that was worth listening to, so I wrote the lyrics to ‘Broadcast This’ as sort of a middle finger.”
Really Becker?? You complain that everything on the radio sucks, and this lyrically deficient, bubble-gum junk-punk is the best that you can come up with? Ok, I get it – you’ve got an honorable band name and a drummer with music industry connections – that’s cool, take what’s being handed to you…but take your own advice and ‘don’t be a dick’.
Consider this as sort of an actual middle finger.
So what do you think, should we broadcast this?