So far in his #NoFunMondays covers series, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day has taken a dive through many of his biggest musical influences, from obscure punk bands to glammy pop/rock and beyond.
His latest foray into the past came on Monday, and it’s pretty much a perfect song for the iconic singer to tackle: “Kids in America,” first performed by Kim Wilde and later by the Muffs.
Dedicating the cover to Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt for Dirnt’s 48th birthday, Armstrong uploaded the energetic and faithful cover to the internet today with the following introduction:
This week’s No Fun Mondays is dedicated to the one, the only, Mike Dirnt. Happy birthday! Play this one loud just for him: We’re The Kids In America, originally by Kim Wilde and then recorded later by The Muffs
And the Kim Wilde version, while we’re at it:
And the Muffs’ take, which was featured in the 1995 film Clueless:
“War Stories” by the Starjets, a perhaps not well-known and short-lived New Wave/punk band from Belfast:
A tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger with “That Thing You Do!”:
As well as a fun rendition of “Manic Monday” by the Bangles, featuring Susanna Hoffs:
And, of course, Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day also released their peppy new album, Father of All … , back in early February.