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‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’: 10 Fun Ways To Commemorate Green Day’s Hit

Posted by MTV News On September - 30 - 2011

By Uptin Saiidi

In the words of Green Day, “summer has come and past,” and tonight as midnight strikes we’ll be humming the melody of the band’s second highest U.S. selling single, “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” On the surface, we completely understand the mellow-sounding track; it’s that awkward month between summer break and apple picking when the weather is totally bipolar.

But like me, you might have mistaken its meaning. Because of the song’s release date, it’s most commonly thought to be about the events of 9/11, but band member Billie Joe Armstrong clarified the song was actually written as a memorial to his father, who died of cancer in September 1982.

Later, the song was dedicated to the deceased guitarist Johnny Ramone of the Ramones, who died in September 2004.

The song eventually because a tribute to victims of Hurricane Katrina and was performed live with U2 at the first game played after the hurricane in the Superdome in New Orleans.

In honor of today’s timely meaning of the song, we made a list of ten fun ways to commemorate:

1. Blast the song on repeat with loud speakers from your window. Depending on the street you live on, you might get away with this for anywhere between 1 to 17 plays.

2. Host a party and make a playlist on your iPod consisting entirely of this song. When the annoyed guest gets restless of hearing it on repeat, tell him you’ll put it on shuffle.

3. Go to the Broadway musical “American Idiot.”

4. Head to a karaoke bar and request to sing it. (I recommend arriving early and telling the host you need to go on as close to midnight as possible).

5. Grab 24 of your closest friends and head to a nearby football game, put body paint (one person per letter) to read “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” (Again, arrive early so your group has their own row and so you have time to verify you’re standing in the right order).

6. Text your ex you haven’t talked to in 12 months. “Wake me up when September ends.” Nothing more, nothing less. Whether they’re a Green Day fan or not, it’ll give them a smile and don’t worry about giving off a misconstrued meaning…that totally could have been a mass text.

7. Text your mom. Just be prepared for her to call you around midnight.

8. Start a trending topic on Twitter #WakeMeUpWhenSeptemberEnds

9. Watch all of Green Day’s music videos all day.

10. Remember the song’s origin as Armstrong’s memorial to his father and the progression to become the tribute to Hurricane Katrina victims.

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Billie Joe Armstrong’s Son Follows In Grand Offspring Tradition With Emily’s Army

Posted by MTV News On May - 25 - 2011

By Zachary Swickey

It’s hard to imagine what life would be like if your dad was the singer for one of the most successful punk band of all time, but that’s just a day in the life of Joey Armstrong, son of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. And somewhat fittingly, the 16-year-old drummer is now ready to follow in his father’s footsteps by forming a punk rock outfit with three of his chums.

Dubbed Emily’s Army — a name derived from two bandmates’ 15-year-old cousin Emily, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis — the group’s rather sneeringly-titled debut album, Don’t Be a Dick, was produced by none other than Papa Armstrong himself and will be released through his own Adeline Records come June 14th.

“The record has a lot of youthful punk rock attitude. They’re raw,” Billie Joe proudly affirmed to Spin, “It’s well-played, has great hooks and is catchy as hell.”

So, to celebrate Joey Armstrong’s brand-new day job, we decided to take a look back at some other rock-star offspring who have decided to follow in their father’s footsteps … with, it should be noted, varying degrees of success.

Jakob Dylan
It shouldn’t be hard to guess that Jakob is the son of living legend Bob Dylan (happy belated birthday, BTW!) Forming his own band The Wallflowers in the early ’90s, the group experienced sweet success with hits like “One Headlight” and a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” for the 1998 ‘Godzilla’ Soundtrack. While The Wallflowers may be in a state of limbo, Jakob is now a solo artist and even had his last album produced by T-Bone Burnett … a man who has more Grammys than I have fingers.

Sean Lennon
Sean is the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and can even boast Elton John as his godfather. While Sean is, first and foremost, a solo artist, he has dipped in other musical endeavors as well. In addition to scoring independent films and helping The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. with his solo albums, Sean is the now the bandleader of his mother’s outfit, Plastic Ono Band, and produced their ’09 record.

Dhani Harrison
Another Beatles offspring, Dhani is the son of the group’s guitarist/mystic George Harrison. He began his musical career in 2001 when he took on the task of completing his father’s last and unfinished album, Brainwashed. Currently, Dhani fronts the London-based alternative rock band, Thenewno2, but also began a new project, Fistful of Mercy, last year with fellow musicians Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur.

Jeff Buckley
Jeff Buckley and his father, singer Tim Buckley, both had their lives cut short, passing at the ages of 30 and 28, respectively. While Tim managed to record 9 albums during his eight-year career, Jeff only managed to complete one solo record, Grace, which can always be found charting on numerous publications’ “Greatest Album of All Time” lists. His rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has been used countless times in television and film, and even shot to number one of the iTunes music charts in 2008, the week after “American Idol” contestant Jason Castro performed the tune on the show.

Hank Williams Jr.
Hank Williams Sr. is arguably one of the most important country artists of all time, and while those are some tough shoes to fill, Hank Jr. has managed to carve out his own rather sizable niche, too. In the 80’s alone, Jr. produced 11 albums, all of which went gold or platinum. And, then, of course, there’s his eternally epic theme for “Monday Night Football,” which has become a staple over the past twenty years. And his son, Hank Williams III, is a prominent “neo-traditional” country artist in his own right, releasing albums that veer from traditional Honky Tonk to punk and metal.

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MTV’s Musical March Madness: Green Day Vs. Paramore For The Title!

Posted by MTV News On April - 4 - 2011

It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!

Well, it’s all come down to this: After millions of votes (and nearly as many shattered dreams), thousands of comments, 62 matchups, five rounds and three weeks, we’ve reached the championship game of MTV’s 2011 Musical March Madness tournament: Green Day vs. Paramore, for all the marbles. Both bands have survived tough challenges to get here, but only will lay claim to the MMM title. Who will it be? Only you, the fans, know for sure.

Voting in the 2011 MMM championship game will close on Monday, April 4 at midnight ET. Oh, and since we want to keep things suspenseful, voting results — and our champion — won’t be revealed until Tuesday on MTVNews.com.

(3) Green Day vs. (5) Paramore
Our championship matchup pits third-seeded Green Day against #5 Paramore, a clash of two battle-tested bands (Green Day knocked off the likes of U2, Blink-182 and Panic! at the Disco in this year’s tourney, while Paramore survived showdowns against foes like No Doubt and Tokio Hotel), that also serves as the culmination of a year-long quest for redemption: both were upset in the opening round of last year’s MMM tournament, and have spent the past 12 months seething about that fact. For one of them, the long road back will end with the MMM title. And it will be your votes that decide our winner!

Voting in our championship match-up is now closed … to see who won the 2011 MMM title, make sure to check out MTVNews.com Tuesday afternoon!

Watch our updated look at the MMM championship game now!

Check out the Musical March Madness bracket and be take a look at the hoops-centric photos of some of the tournament’s biggest bands.

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MTV’s Musical March Madness: Green Day Vs. Disturbed

Posted by Kyle Anderson On April - 1 - 2011

It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!

Now that was intense! The regional finals in MTV’s Musical March Madness was as hard-hitting and cutthroat as it has ever been, and now only four bands remain standing. One of them will be crowned Musical March Madness champion, and each one makes a compelling case for that number one spot.

Voting for all Final Four match-ups will close on Sunday, April 3 at midnight. As always, you can follow all the voting here.

(3) Green Day vs. (9) Disturbed
In the Elite Eight, Green Day took an early lead on spry rivals Panic! at the Disco, and though the Panic boys closed the gap towards the end, Green Day tapped into their veteran instincts and finished off their opponents for a decisive victory in the West. Meanwhile, Disturbed went 12 rounds with defending champs Coheed and Cambria. There were over a dozen lead changes and a handful of late surges by both squads, but in the end, Disturbed managed to topple Coheed and Cambria by an extremely slim margin to deliver the 2010 winners their first ever Musical March Madness loss. With the Midwest in their pocket, can Disturbed continue their winning ways, or will Green Day’s momentum carry them into the finals? Your votes decide it!

Watch Dick Bagwell and Vincent Twice unveil the Final Four!

Check out the Musical March Madness bracket and be take a look at the hoops-centric photos of some of the tournament’s biggest bands.

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MTV’s Musical March Madness: Green Day Vs. Panic! At The Disco

Posted by Kyle Anderson On March - 30 - 2011

It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!

With the Midwest regional final already in play, it’s time to move on to the West. The two bands who are competing in the Elite Eight have both come through some devastating match-ups featuring a lot of late-game heroics and back-breaking runs. It should be a thrilling finish no matter who comes out on top.

Voting for all Elite Eight match-ups will close on Thursday, March 31 at midnight. As always, you can follow all the voting here.

(3) Green Day vs. (5) Panic! at the Disco
Green Day may have started the Musical March Madness tournament quietly, but they have been putting together a string of dominating performances as of late. They came back to defeat U2 in the second round and then fell behind early to Blink-182 before opening up a commanding lead at the finish. Their opponents are Panic! at the Disco, who went wire-to-wire with top-seeded 30 Seconds to Mars in the Sweet 16 and put together an incredible comeback to defeat them. With that kind of momentum, can they be stopped? Or will Green Day take their place in the Final Four? Vote and find out!

Watch the latest update on all the Elite Eight action!

Check out the Musical March Madness bracket and be take a look at the hoops-centric photos of some of the tournament’s biggest bands.

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