Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has released a cover of “Whole Wide World” by Wreckless Eric. The released is part of the Amazon Original cover series, exclusive to Amazon Music.
Previous releases in the cover series have included James Bay covering The Shirelles and Perfume Genius covering Mazzy Star. Armstrong himself has been keeping himself busy during quarantine with a slew of covers, including his cover of John Lennon‘s “Gimme Some Truth.”
The singer and his Green Day bandmates have been releasing their No Fun Mondays cover series. The series has included Eric Carmen‘s “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Kim Wilde‘s “Kids In America” and The Wonders‘ and Adam Schlesinger‘s “That Thing You Do.”
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A few acknowledgements for no fun Monday’s. Chris Dugan mixed all the songs and played drums on “not that way anymore” “gimme some truth” “kids in America”.. Bill Schnieder played bass on “kids in America”. Jason white played guitar on “kids in America”.. Greg Schneider mad all the videos! All my friends are talented!
When the group first launched the project in March, Armstrong shared his thoughts. “While we’ve all been in quarantine, I’ve been reflecting on the things that matter the most in my life. Family, friends, and of course, music. I figure if we have to spend this time in isolation at least we can be alone together.”
Armstrong’s cover stays true to his punk roots. The song, originally released in 1977, follows the narrator’s quest to find his true love, no matter where she is. The track starts out with just Armstrong and a guitar before the rest of the band kicks in with earnest. The track stays true to its classic rock influence, allowing for the song to stay in the spotlight over any fanciful production. The track even fades out as so many classic tracks do. Armstrong definitely went with the approach of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Armstrong’s efforts on the cover have not gone unnoticed. The track has since gotten the seal of approval from Wreckless Eric himself, who called the cover “the most punk rock version ever.”
Armstrong’s version of “Whole Wide World” is available exclusively on Amazon Music through their Amazon Originals cover series. You can check out the lyric video below!
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