[Intern-in-residence Dorothy Lee looks at the beginning of Billie Joe Armstrong’s makeup empire. -AC]
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, his son Joey Armstrong (from the punk band SWMRS), Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, and Tim’s nephew Rey Armstrong have formed a new punk supergroup called the Armstrongs. Their first single “If There Was Ever a Time” was released earlier this year, and was recorded for the documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, produced by first-time director Corbett Redford and executive-produced by Green Day.
The documentary focuses on the legendary all-ages, non-profit punk venue 924 Gilman in Berkeley, California, which opened on New Year’s Eve in 1986; where Green Day, Rancid, and Tim Armstrong’s Operation Ivy first got their start. The two-and-a-half–hour documentary is narrated by Iggy Pop, and includes plenty of previously unreleased live footage. The project which was started in September 2013 took nearly four years to complete; and it captures both the music and the spirit of the scene, something Billy Joe felt was important. He also expressed how he felt this documentary differs from other punk documentaries:
“What I’ve always got from documentaries [about punk scenes] is, ‘The scene came, the scene died, and nothing else existed after that.’ I think this is one of the first documentaries that truly inspires the next generation to take it and do their own thing with it. And it’s their own thing: It’s like, ‘You don’t owe us anything – you owe it to yourself.’ ”
All proceeds from the sale of the single “If There Was Ever a Time” will go to supporting 924 Gilman. You can listen to or buy the tune via this link.
More information on the documentary, Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, can be found here.
In other news about Billie Joe Armstrong, he has also teamed up with Kat Von D (an American tattoo artist, model, musician, entrepreneur, and television personality) for a new eyeliner called “Basket Case”. While there is no news yet as to when the product will be released, there are plenty of behind-the-scenes photos that prove this collaboration is actually happening.