3. DOOKIE PRODUCER ROB CAVALLO WOULD DO FAKE ACCENTS WHEN CALLING RADIO STATIONS
In an attempt to drum up attention, Dookie producer Rob Cavallo would repeatedly call up LA’s most popular rock radio station, KROQ, requesting that they play the album’s lead-off single, Longview. His tactic here was to put on a variety of fake accents, ranging from nervous-nerd to frat-jock, so as not to get recognized. “I wouldn’t try this more than once or twice a night,” remembers the producer. His persistence paid off: months after its original release, the track became Green day’s first hit single.
4. BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG ALMOST BECAME RANCID'S SECOND GUITARIST
Billie Joe Armstrong played a show at infamous California DIY venue 924 Gilman Street with Rancid when the latter were searching for a second guitarist. Talk of the Green Day founder joining his near-namesake Tim Armstrong in Rancid on a full time basis were dashed by Tim, who said, “I think he’s doing pretty good with his own thing.” Truth.
5. EPITAPH RECORDS WAS FOUNDED WITH A LOAN FROM BRETT GUREWITZ'S DAD
Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz founded Epitaph in 1980 with a loan of a $1,000 from his father Richard, known to some as ‘Big Dick’ (…nice). Epitaph would become the most famous and influential punk rock labels of all time, releasing albums by NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion and, of course, The Offspring. ‘Big Dick’ Gurewitz would later accompany his son to the opening of Epitaph’s European office in Amsterdam in 1995.