Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Covers ‘Kids in America’ for #NoFunMondays and a Birthday Gift to Band Mate Mike Dirnt (Listen)


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So far in his #NoFunMondays covers series, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has taken a dive through many of his biggest musical influences, from obscure punk bands to glammy pop/rock and beyond.

His latest foray into the past came on Monday, and it’s pretty much a perfect song for the iconic singer to tackle: “Kids in America,” first performed by Kim Wilde and later by the Muffs.

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Dedicating the cover to Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt for Dirnt’s 48th birthday, Armstrong uploaded the energetic and faithful cover to the internet today with the following introduction:

This week’s No Fun Mondays is dedicated to the one, the only, Mike Dirnt. Happy birthday! Play this one loud just for him: We’re The Kids In America, originally by Kim Wilde and then recorded later by The Muffs

And the Kim Wilde version, while we’re at it:

And the Muffs’ take, which was featured in the 1995 film Clueless:

Other recent entries to the #NoFunMondays cover series, which Armstrong created out of COVID-19 lockdown-related boredom, have included his take on a relatively obscure Italian song by Don Backy:

“War Stories” by the Starjets, a perhaps not well-known and short-lived New Wave/punk band from Belfast:

A tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger with “That Thing You Do!”:

As well as a fun rendition of “Manic Monday” by the Bangles, featuring Susanna Hoffs:

And, of course, Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day also released their peppy new album, Father of All … , back in early February. 



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