Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Shares Cover of Wreckless Eric’s Power-Pop/Punk Classic ‘Whole Wide World’ — Listen


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Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong is a student of punk music history — and the singer/guitarist has spent much of the past few months sharing solo recordings, usually coming out of his home in Northern California, and always channeling one of his musical heroes.

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The latest update to Armstrong’s series of tribute recordings is “Whole Wide World,” the punk/New Wave gem from Wreckless Eric that was released in 1977 and has become something of a classic, despite not charting when it was released.

Here’s Armstrong’s take, which was made available via Amazon Music:

And for comparison’s sake, here’s the original. Note how Armstrong’s voice is perfectly suited to tackle this song:

In a statement, Wreckless Eric raved about Armstrong’s cover: “I love this – the most punk rock version ever!”

While on the topic of “Whole Wide World,” it’s worth noting that Cage the Elephant covered the track on a live album that was released in 2017 and is available here:

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Other recent entries in this series of covers from Billie Joe Armstrong was “Police on My Back,” originally by Eddy Grant’s band The Equals and later by The Clash:

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”:

He also covered John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth”:

“Kids in America” by Kim Wilde and the Muffs:

And “That Thing You Do!,” in memory of late Fountains of Wayne songwriter Adam Schlesinger:


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