Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who just completed his second stint on Broadway in his show American Idiot, sat down with Details magazine to talk about a range of topics from fatherhood, to punkness to politics. It’s when he is asked to discuss the political climate here in the US that his interview gets really interesting. He refers to the Democrats as a “bunch of pussies” and to Republican governor Mike Huckabee as “the guy that diddled you while holding the Bible”. Clearly, Armstrong is not afraid to share how he really feels about things. Read on for some of Billie Joe‘s more colorful quotes from his new Details magazine interview.
On fatherhood: “It’s hard. I’ve been playing rock and roll since I was 16 years old, and now I have a 16-year-old. There’s no better meter for knowing your age than seeing a real 16-year-old. People always think they’re so young at heart. I see my son, and I’m like, ‘Aw, fuck, I feel old.’”
On whether being “punk enough” matters: “On a certain level, but that’s always been a love-hate thing with me. And for the first time in my life, I realize how shit on we were by our own community. I get so mad that when I run into these people on the street, they’re lucky I don’t have a fucking knife in my boot. The only thing we ever did was realize our potential and push it. I did get nostalgic for the old days at one point, but now? No fucking way.”
On the risk of being too political: “It dawned on me at the end of the last tour that things had become heavy. It’s a fucking balancing act, man. And you don’t want to always write about politics just for the sake of writing about politics. I don’t want to become Rage Against the Machine. Bono is having lunch with George Bush to get money from him. I don’t operate that way. I stick to my opinions.”
On today’s political climate: “The Democrats are a bunch of fucking pussies. It was so smart for the Republicans to embrace the Tea Party: ‘We don’t believe everything you say, but we’ll listen to you.’ I get more confused every day. Then I feel like I’m not doing enough. It starts to make my head explode. Maybe I should go talk to the troops in Afghanistan.”
On Sarah Palin: “I listen to the shit that comes out of her mouth, and I’m just in awe. These are Sunday-school teachers becoming politicians. Mike Huckabee? He’s the guy that diddled you while holding the Bible. He’s so soft-spoken, so Mr. Rogers. Palin is the same—it’s this sneaky way to make Americans feel comfortable, but you know they’re rotten to the core.”
IMHO, I can’t say that I totally agree with everything that Billie Joe believes politically … but I can appreciate that he is unafraid to express his opinions. As I mentioned before, I really did not like the Green Day Broadway show American Idiot (at all) but as a band, I really do enjoy their catalog of music. Those first Green Day albums really helped shape my musical tastes in the early/mid 90′s. It’s when Green Day turns an album into a thematic opus that they lose me. I miss the albums they put out that were a collection of songs that told different stories … their thematic, usually political albums are too stifling and not interesting enough for me. But … I digress. Any Green Day fans in the hiz? What do y’all think of Billie Joe‘s political beliefs? I wonder if Mike Huckabee will want to respond.