Billy Joe Armstrong, Green Day’s of September


It wasn’t all that fun when Green Day stepped into the spot light of fame. Likewise, beneath all their success in the music industry, there were ups and downs in the making of the song ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’. And by that, it pushed Billy Joe’s passion for music big time. But let us welcome you Billy Joe’s childhood after he got famous.

Billie Joe Armstrong was born on February 17, 1972. Raised in Rodeo, California, Armstrong developed an interest in music at a young age and recorded his first song at the age of five. He met Mike Dirnt while attending elementary school and the two instantly bonded over their mutual interest in music, forming the band ‘Sweet Children’. When the two were 15 years old, the band changed its name to Green Day, and would later achieve massive commercial success. Armstrong has also pursued musical projects outside of Green Day’s work, including numerous collaborations with other musicians.

In 1997, to coincide with the release of Nimrod, Armstrong founded Adeline Records in Oakland to help support other bands releasing music and signed bands such as The FrustratorsAFI and Dillinger Four. The record company has since come under the management of Pat Magnarella.

Now, he is a songwriter and an actor who is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day, which he co-founded with Mike Dirnt. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder and provides lead vocals for Green Day’s side projects Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network.




But success didn’t come out to be that enjoyable when Billy Joe’s father suffered a tragic cancer and died on September 1, 1982 when he was ten. Armstrong, According to his Story, he locked himself in his roomand when he’s mom tried to pamper him, He replied at a crying voice saying, ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’. At one point, dubbed the song as the most autobiographical song he had written to that point, considering it “therapeutic” but also difficult to perform. Then the song was released on June 13, 2005 as the fourth single from the group’s seventh studio album, American Idiot (2004).

You might be wondering why the video doesn’t really relate to Billy Joe’s story and only his song. Here’s the reason why, the song’s music video was directed by Samuel Bayer, best known for his work with Nirvana and Metallica. Bayer wrote the treatment for the video, which he envisioned as a mini-movie. Bayer brought the idea of an Iraq War-themed video to the trio after interviewing soldiers who had signed up to fight after being persuaded by a television advertisement.


The song’s music video thusly attempts to “turn the machine on itself” by acting as a commercial for “free thought or peace.” Although it was far from the song’s literal meaning, Armstrong felt it appropriate considering the song’s theme of loss. Bayer noted that he felt bored with predictable music videos, and wanted to produce a video that felt like a film. Consequently, he and a crew spent a month casting actors for the roles and conducted rehearsals, uncommon for music videos. The clip was filmed in Los Angeles in late March 2004.

The video focuses on a couple inlove (played by Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood).The boyfriend promises never to leave his girlfriend but they later argue when the boyfriend enlists in the United States Marine Corps. The boyfriend interprets his actions as a way to show her that he loves her so much that he would put his life on the line to keep her safe; the girlfriend, however, is heartbroken, as he broke his vow to never leave her, and terrified at the thought that he might die in battle. The video then shows the boyfriend in battle in Iraq being ambushed by insurgents.

This scene is intercut with scenes of the girlfriend tearfully mourning in a quiet field. The video ends on this juxtaposition, emphasizing the pain and heartache of losing loved ones due to the war.

The clip prompted criticism from conservative media pundits. On the subject of the clip being seen as exploitive of the war for entertainment purposes, Dirnt rejected this notion: “Rock & roll should be dangerous. It should be striking and stir questions, and I think that that video, at the end of the day, comes down to that core emotion of loss.” He said.Bayer considered it his best production to that point, remarking, “’September’ is hands down the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”

The video reached number one on Total Request Live, and came in second for best video of the year in a 2005 Reader’s Poll by Rolling Stone.

Now, it is clear that those that you saw in Youtube has its own reason why it is publish that way but one things for sure it is still Billy Joe’s song that derived  that video. It is for certain that every Rock and Roll doesn’t mean it is always disturbing to hear but it has its own story to tell but in all that fame and success they had alwaysconsider what past they gone into before they stepped into their reputation.




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