Billie Joe Armstrong Explains The Title Of Green Day’s New Album, Father Of All…
The follow-up to 2016’s 5K-rated Revolution Radio, Father Of All… is set for release in February 2020 via Warner Records, and will be the band’s shortest album ever at just 26 minutes long.
But what of that title? Well, according to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in our world-exclusive interview with the band, song names were a huge part of the creative process when it came to making Father Of All… (full name: Father Of All Mother Fuckers); in fact, many of his lyrics were based on playful titles that he’d jotted down in the notes on his phone.
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“Song titles were really big on this one,” Billie Joe explains. “We have one song called The Art Of The Deal With The Devil – Trump wrote a book called The Art Of The Deal, back in the ’80s or something. It was just these titles that make you laugh. That kind of stuff would lead into lyrics. It’s like a puzzle, just trying to put it together.”
As for why the album is called Father Of All Mother Fuckers?
“Um…” the frontman ponders with a grin. “It’s just a badass title! I think it was Kerry King from Slayer – they have an album called God Hates Us All, and someone asked, ‘Do you really think God hates us all?’ And he goes, ‘I don’t know! It’s just a badass title!’ (Laughs) As soon as the title came up, I was like, ‘Oh man, this is good.’”
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