Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones Are Teaming Up to Make a
Covers Album Easy Holiday Present For Your Parents
First it was arena-opera-rock, then it was an arena-opera-rock Broadway musical, and then it was actually performing on Broadway in said arena-opera-rock musical. And now, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, onetime 924 Gilman denizen, is releasing a duets album with Norah Jones. Uh huh.
Coming soon to a Starbucks counter near you.
What's the proper reaction here: You can't make this stuff up? You have to grow up sometime? It's not that big of a surprise? Maybe all of the above? But think of it like this: Billie Joe and Norah have basically done us all a huge favor by making a super-easy gift for all our parents this winter holiday season. Because not only do we have the safe edginess of a bad boy gone good, and the sultry velvet of Norah Jones' vocals, but Foreverly, their new duet album, is an album of Everly Brothers covers. And you know who likes the Everly Brothers? All parents everywhere, that's who. So you might as well preorder like three copies of this right now, and take care of every older authority figure in your life with one quick transaction.
If you're still WTFing, read this Stereogum Q&A in which the two parties discuss the genesis of the project. (Tl;dr: it was all Billie's idea.) Like all white human fathers, Billie Joe loves the Everly Brothers, and wanted to do a covers project, and wanted a female voice, and his wife suggested Norah Jones, and they kind of knew each other, and so yeah, this happened.
The money quote:
"Me and [bassist] Mike [Dirnt] have always sang harmonies together, ever since the beginning of Green Day. One thing I've always loved is... I like being in a band or a group atmosphere, so with me and Mike, even in the earliest songs that Green Day wrote there were always two singers. I don't know. The average listener might be like, "Well, that's not punk rock" or whatever in regards to this record, but I like doing different things -- it's fun, it makes life more interesting."
But what could be more interesting than shouting over three fast chords for 20 years, Billie!
And, oh, in case you want to have a listen before you buy copies for the rents and the aunts and the uncles, here's a taste. Foreverly is out Nov. 25. This song, "Long Time Gone" sounds, well, exactly like what it is: