Green Day Revives the Network with 25-Track Opus, ‘Money Money 2020 Pt. II: We Told You So!’ (Listen)

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Like a blip of activity on a long-dormant radar, The Network came back to life in recent weeks.

It’s the irreverent New Wave side project of Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt (just don’t expect them to admit that) — and the band shared a couple videos, social media posts and a four-song EP shortly before Thanksgiving.

Then, today, Dec. 4, a 25-track album titled Money Money 2020 Part II: We Told You So! was released, the sequel to the Network’s lone previous full-length, 2004’s Money Money 2020.

Green Day has always maintained an amusing attitude about the Network. For years, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame punk trio has maintained a playful “no, that’s not us!” mantra regarding it, which released its only album, Money Money 2020, in 2003 on Adeline Records (which happened to be founded by Armstrong).

Packing 25 tracks into a tidy 54 minutes (and featuring attention-getting song titles such as “Pizzagate,” “Ivankkka is a Nazi,” “Jerry Falwell’s Pool Party” and “Art of the Deal with the Devil,” this new record is quite a bizarre musical statement, ostensibly the result of some COVID-19 pandemic-influenced free time.

Remember, Green Day was supposed to embark on a huge Hella Mega Tour this past summer with Weezer and Fall Out Boy, only to have the entire trek postponed to Summer 2021 due to the pandemic. Armstrong kept busy with his No Fun Mondays covers series, which resulted in a new solo album released on Nov. 27 — and also found time, apparently, to put together another bit of music with The Network.

Listen to the madness of Money Money 2020 Pt. 2: We Told You So! below, via Spotify:

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