Billie Joe Armstrong
You think your life is tough? Try being a parent!
Never run in the rain with your socks on.
The beauty of the punk thing is that everyone has their own interpretation--like the Bible.
I'm not gonna say anything inspirational; I'm just
gonna f****** swear a lot.
Punk rock's dead, and I f****** killed it.
There's nothing wrong with being a loser, it just
depends on how good you are at it.
A lot of people, when they talk to me, I can't wait for them to shut up. Like, shut up. You're a moron. I have nothing to say, you know?
I want to go home and just go for a long walk. And where I want to go, I have no idea.
We're just a silly little band from the Berkeley-Bay
I never thought that being obnoxious would get me
where I am now.
I sound like an Englishman impersonating an American impersonating an Englishman.
We're proud to be a punk band because that's very high-energy music.
Mistakes are a big part of our sound.
I'm a f***** idiot.
Apathy rules, f*** everyone!
I'm just the same idiot from Rodeo, CA that I was before Dookie came out. So if you see me in the street, come by and say "hi". I guarantee you I'll say "hi" back.
I f***** hate Lynyrd Skynyrd, I've always hated
Lynyrd Skynyrd. Fuckin' backwards ass hillbilly shit!
Aw shit! It's Ka-Ka! Poo-poo! Shit! It's shit! It's
shit! Shit... I hate god! Shit!!
This song is about forgetting what you're gonna say
because of heavy drug abuse.
Practice makes perfect but nobody's perfect so why
This song's off our album. It's called Kerplunk. It's kind of in line with the shit thing, ya know, it's like you take a dookie and it kerplunks in the toilet.
That's a fat dude man... it's like WHOA WATCH OUT!
Throw mud at each other... see how many stupid things
you can do to each other all at one time.
This song is dedicated to everyone in 69 - this song's
What? You can heckle me if you want, it's okay I
It's weird. I mean, I consider myself kind of an ugly guy.
Woodstock... To tell you the truth, it was the closest thing to total chaos I've ever seen in my life. The audience took over everything.
This song is about forgetting what you're gonna say because of heavy drug abuse.
Aw shit! god damn! Aw shit! Ah fuck! Ah f***** shit
f*** shit f***! Stick that up your ass FCC!
We can play anywhere at anytime.
I'm an asshole, I'm a jerk, I'm a twerp, I'm a flea
We've gone through a lot to get here, but it's been
Yeah f*** me! I wish all of you could f*** me!
That's a big guy... much bigger than me... but I'm
working on it.
We're just a silly band called Green Day, and we're
from no place special, just like no one else on this fucking planet.
They have bad taste. I am NOT a good-looking guy.
I've never had a very high standard of living. Any money I've seen hasn't changed the way I do things at all. The only benefit is that I recently got married, and I can treat my wife the way she deserves to be treated.
I'm just the same idiot from Rodeo, CA that I was
before Dookie came out. So if you see me in the street, come by and say "hi". I guarantee you I'll say "hi" back.
You're just mad cuz you're in the rain, well F***
YOU! I hope it rains so much you all get STUCK!
Then all of a sudden we got introduced to punk music and it was the coolest f***** thing.
A lot of shows on that tour had to be canceled because the crowds got too big.
We used to go out and print merchandise over our guitar cases.
We grew up in Berkeley, which is the f***** methamphetamine capital of California, so everything.
I told Billie, 'Let's just take it as far as we can. Eventually we'll lose all the money and everything else, anyway. Let's just make sure we have one great big story at the end.' I think we will. In a lot of ways, we already do.
It was real difficult to make it through with our sanity. Major label people kiss your ass before they sign you and then they don't give a shit afterward. On Reprise it's not like that. They're for real. Everything they do, they check through us first and that makes us feel real good.
I'll remember 1994 as the year that ... ate shit.
We personally believe that dog's are going to take over the world. And when they do, they're gonna hit everyone with shit.
We keep our receipts, kids.
It's, like, an OK tour bus and all, but people see
bookmobile on the side and come up and ask us if we have any book to sell. I mean how stupid is that...books? We don't even read.
It's a good song, toot toot, f*** you. Robert Smith,
eat our dust.
We don't like superstars and rock idols.
All you do is get fucked up there in Berkeley. There's nothing to do. It's like 'What'd you do yesterday?' -- 'Smoked a fatty and drank a six pack.' You just sit there and rot.
After the release of Nimrod, Tre's asked what Green Day will never do: We'll never sellout, we'll never sign to a major label, we'll never get played on MTV.
I have a message for all the kids out there: I didn't complete high school, and I'm very rich very successful.
The store just couldn't even handle it. Tré on the trashing of Tower Records.
We're all just like a big freak show! Big circus f****** freaks parading around being our. freakish selves. The monkeys, and the clown cars, and the guys in chicken feathers. Of course, there's the sad clowns too.
She was so pissed, so was gonna make us leave the hotel..but she didn't. Big mistake! Tré talking about Mike shitting out off the hotel belcony.
I signed it Jack Meoff.
Prosthetic Head is better then no head in the morning.
I'll tell you our secret: MSG. It's a preservative, you know, you've got to eat a shitload of MSG to survive punk.
There is blood in that pit baby!....Quite a bit of blood..I like that.
Hey! Did you just call me a dolt?
We're charging what we're worth and we don't think we're worth $22.50. We take a lower cut than Pearl Jam.
I like to smoke a couple of hours before the show, to get in the right mood... I get mad when people are against pot. That's what makes me mad. It should be ligalized. Do it! Do it, but don't give the control to the big tobacco companies.
When we went on tour, we came back to discover that these crusty punks had squatted our place, and every single thing we owned was gone. All our records, all our stuff. And my love letters ended up on the Internet.
Drums started to be the only thing I was excited about. School sucked.I was a bad student--too rambunctious, and I never paid attention. But bands were cool. I was totally into being in a band. I liked how bands looked at the awards shows, like the Grammy's, in their little sparkle suits. When you're a little kid, that looks pretty rockin' impressive.
I wanted to be like the guy from Duran Duran. I wanted to play 16th notes and 'four on the floor' so bad. I was listening to punk all day and my uncle used to listen to heavy medal, and I really started paying attention to what the drummers were doing. I didn't get my own set until my dad sprung for a Pearl kit for my thirteenth birthday. I got headphones and a Walkman and I was playing along with The Cars, Zepplin, AC/DC is the best way to learn how to play rock. They're the easiest drum parts ever, like they make you feel like you're king of the world almost right away.
When I die, they'll bury me in an Anvil case--with wheels.
I don't push my drums down; I go through 'em. I use my body as a battering ram. I had some sports therapists yelling at me for not taking better care of my body. I got a concussion bake in Rhode Island--no,that's where I got thrown around by this bouncer. I got the concussion in New York City. The paramedics wanted to take me to the hospital right there. But I was like, 'No, I'm cool. It's not like I'm going to settle down. I thought it was funny. The thing is, I could never afford to just trash my drums like that before, until I got my deal with Slingerland.
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