Billie Joe Armstrong “No Fun Mondays”

There isn’t anything Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong can’t do. COVID has put the kybosh on what would have been a busy year for Green Day touring the world in support of their new album Father Of All Motherfuckers. Rather than wait for all of this to hopefully blow over quickly Armstrong started recording a series of solo cover songs as digital singles which became No Fun Mondays which proved an awesome way to keep connected with the fans. Armstrong was even quoted on Twitter as saying he would release a cover song every week until we are all let back in to the world. So far there are fourteen songs which was enough to become an album and whilst life hasn’t got back to the way it once was, we can only there are more covers to come.

The majority of the songs are some very well chosen 70s and 80s pop ditties and given a punk edge by Armstrong. Kicking things off with I Think We Are Alone Now made famous by Tommy James And The Shondells (made famous again by 80s pop star Tiffany). The song isn’t too dissimilar to the original capturing that happy go lucky vibe. No Fun Mondays does give a good insight to Armstrong’s influences and music that has been on his player particularly War Stories by seventies band The Starjets and Corpus Christi by Californian punk band The Avengers. The fun continues with cover of Italian singer and actor Don Backy’s Amico.

One of the highlights is a tribute of sorts to the late Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne) covering That Thing You Do. Manic Monday (written by Prince for The Bangles) is an absolute banger and combining with Susanna Hoffs to bring that sense of sentimentality to the song. The pop-punk slant of Kim Wilde’s Kids In America is great as is his version of John Lennon’s protest song Gimme Some Truth.

The fiery take on a song by The Equals by rising to prominence by The Clash Police On My Back is just as relevant now as it was back then. It would be remiss not to mention the Johnny Thunders cover You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory and there is definitely a message to take away in A New England (Billy Bragg). No Fun Monday is that go to album to bring a little fun back in to your day and let’s hope he keeps the covers coming.

Album Review By Rob Lyon

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