Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Recorded a Cover of Tommy James & the Shondells’ ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ While in Coronavirus Quarantine


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Self-isolation and social distancing are putting a strain on all of us. The guidelines put in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place or safer-at-home designations in major cities across the United States aren’t fun — but they’re necessary. And on Monday, it drove Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong to his bedroom, in the name of musical expression.

Reflecting on Instagram, Armstrong revealed he felt inspired by the isolation to record a cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” the classic track that became a hit for Tommy James & the Shondells in 1967.

Said Armstrong:

Dear friends.. 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 recorded a cover of @tommyjamesandtheshondells “I think we’re alone now” in my bedroom.
I figure if we have to spend this time in isolation at least we can be alone together.
Love BJ

The Billie Joe Armstrong cover was then uploaded to YouTube, intercut with some vintage photos of Armstrong, drummer Tre Cool and bassist Mike Dirnt, as well as scattered other Green Day-related materials and other artistic flourishes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHNkfUaIrkI

Not bad for a spur-of-the-moment thing, huh?

This difficult situation keeping us all indoors has led to some creativity on social media — witness these America fans inspired by “A Horse With No Name” turning it into something funny:

As for further exercises in entertainment caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this past weekend also saw Neil Diamond introduce a tweaked version of “Sweet Caroline,” with lyrics tailored to self-distancing and hand-washing guidelines:

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Stay safe out there!

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Liam Gallagher of Oasis, meanwhile, parodied his own band’s classic Britpop anthems into hand-washing PSAs, too:


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