Hear Billie Joe Armstrong Sing in Italian for His Latest #NoFunMondays Cover of Don Backy’s ‘Amico’


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Billie Joe Armstrong doesn’t care about rules, even if they’re rules he imposed himself, and that means this week we get a double-dose of #NoFunMondays, his weekly series of cover songs.

The Green Day front man has been steadily releasing a cover song a week borne out of his boredom of being stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, and on Wednesday he premiered another edition … and this one’s an unexpected choice.

“Amico” is a song from Italian singer/actor Don Backy recorded in the 1960s. Here it is, in all its relatively obscure glory:

And here’s Armstrong’s cover, for which he requests “please excuse my Italian” in the YouTube description:

That’s not one, but two pretty out-of-left-field covers from Armstrong this week. The first was his take on a song by the Starjets, a short-lived New Wave/punk band from Belfast, Ireland in the late ’70s:

Billie Joe Armstrong also called in to the Late Late Show with James Corden to chat about quarantine, what else he’s up to these days and to perform his cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & the Shondells, which basically began this whole #NoFunMondays series in the first place:

Recent editions of Armstrong’s #NoFunMondays found him trying his hand at “That Thing You Do!” in tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger:

A fun rendition of “Manic Monday” by the Bangles, featuring Susanna Hoffs:

He also focused on another of his early punk heroes, the Bay Area’s The Avengers:


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