Happy Birthday, Billie Joe Armstrong! His 5 Best Quotes

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong celebrates his 465th birthday today!

Eleven studio albums into their career, Green Day have sold over 65 million albums worldwide, including 10 million copies of Dookie in the United States alone.

Armstrong, along with Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool (and later adding fourth member Jason White), broke out during the ’90s punk scene revival alongside Sublime, Bad Religion, The Offspring and Rancid.

In the 2000s, the band propelled to major success once again with their American Idiot album, including hits like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Holiday”.

To celebrate Armstrong’s birthday, we’re looking at five of our favourite quotes:

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“We’re not a political band. We don’t want to tell people what to do or what to think. We just want to tell them to think.”

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Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band To Release Career-Spanning Vinyl Box Set

Steve Miller Band has announced the release of an unprecedented new vinyl box set collection, Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976), which is set for release on May 18.

Pressed on 180g vinyl, the new box spans the band’s first studio album Children Of The Future from 1968 through to 1976’s multi-platinum masterpiece, Fly Like An Eagle. Also included in the box are Sailor, Brave New World, Your Saving Grace, Number 5, Rock Love, Recall The Beginning…A Journey From Eden and The Joker. All the albums have been remastered and are now available for pre-order. Each album is also available for pre-order as individual 180-g black albums to be released on the same date, as well as limited edition 180-g colored vinyl LPs for sale on MusicVaultz.

One of the world’s most commercially successful and acclaimed artist/bands in the history of popular music, Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late 60s. The Steve Miller Band released two LPs on Capitol Records in 1968: Children of the Future, and Sailor, which included ‘Living In The USA’, which became a staple on the new rock radio format. Next came Brave New World, the band’s third album including the hit ‘Space Cowboy,’ and ‘My Dark Hour,’ which Miller recorded in London with fellow label-mate, Paul McCartney, who is credited as Paul Ramon. (more…)

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Sloan Release New Single “Spin Our Wheels”

Canadian indie-rock icons Sloan are back with new music.

The quartet has unleashed “Spin Our Wheels”, the second track from the band’s upcoming 12th studio album aptly titled 12, out April 6. It follows “The Day Will Be Mine”.

Take a listen to “Spin” below:

The band will be hitting the road across North America this Spring and Summer. Take a look at tour dates below: (more…)

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Sonny Bono

Remembering Sonny Bono

The music world was in shock when Sonny Bono tragically died in a skiing accident in 1998.

While Sonny had been removed from music for a while up until his passing (he served as Mayor of Palm Springs, California and as congressman for the state for a combined ten years), his contribution to pop culture is undeniable.

He spent plenty of time on the screen, working with Cher on the Top Ten shows The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show. Sonny also had a very memorable role in Airplane II: The Sequel in 1982 as mad bomber Joe Selucci and a part in the ’80s horror movie Troll.

But TV wasn’t the first love: from 1965 to 1973, Sonny & Cher released five albums together that sold over 40 million copies worldwide.

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Shocking Blue

What Happened To…? One-Hit Wonder Shocking Blue

I’m your venus. I’m your fire. Your desire.

Many people attribute these words to Bananarama, thanks to the hit from the UK group that went to #1 in seven countries. And while they did sing the song, they weren’t the original act.

Rewind to 1969, when Dutch rock band Shocking Blue released the first version of “Venus” written by member Robbie van Leeuwen. It was inspired by “The Banjo Song” composed by Tim Rose.

It was from the group’s third album Scorpio’s Dance, and it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early February 1970. The single sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide. It even charted in the Top 10 in the UK and Australia in 1990, thanks to a house remix.

Although Shocking Blue secured a handful of psychedelic rock hits that achieved success overseas, “Venus” Would be the band’s only Top 40 hit in the United States. “Mighty Joe / Wild Wind” was their next most successful single, peaking at #43.

So what happened to Shocking Blue? (more…)

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