New from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong: Stream His Cover of ‘Police on My Back,’ from The Equals (and Later The Clash)


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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is back with another cover, part of his ongoing #NoFunMondays covers series.

This time, the singer/songwriter tackles “Police on My Back,” first made famous by Eddy Grant’s English band The Equals (from 1968’s Equals Explosion LP) and then later by The Clash on 1980’s Sandinista!:

Here’s the Equals’ original:

And The Clash’s cover:

With Green Day’s Hella Mega Tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy rescheduled to next summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Armstrong has been premiering a series of solo covers for much of the past couple of months.

Green Day also teamed up together for a version of Blondie’s “Dreaming”:

Recent weeks have seen him share covers of Billy Bragg’s “A New England”:

John Lennon‘s “Gimme Some Truth”:

Armstrong’s take on “Kids in America”:

Other recent entries to the #NoFunMondays cover series from Billie Joe Armstrong 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:

As well as a tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger with “That Thing You Do!”:


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