Billie Joe Reacts to Seeing Green Day ‘The Office’ Cover


While the American version of Office officially wrapped up its run in 2013, the series has continued to do well in syndication and via streaming services in recent years, picking up new fans along the way. During a recent episode of the office ladies podcast, it was revealed that Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is a fan, and he recently came across a cover of his own music while binging the show.

This reveal came as Armstrong recorded some snippets and shared his reaction to the episode “Secret Santa” in which Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Andy (Ed Helms) karaoke a bit of Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” during from a recent podcast. .

Armstrong’s nods in the podcast are due to his friendship with actress Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Halpert on the American series. Fischer co-hosts the office ladies podcast with Angela Kinsey (Angela). Reflecting specifically on the episode, Armstrong recorded a bit where he read the full TV description of the episode aloud for listeners, ending the reading by singing his own track of “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”.

Fischer, later beaming that she had managed to include Armstrong through her friendship with the musician, recalled, “Billie had seen Office, but recently in 2019 did a big rewatch of the whole series. And I asked him, ‘When you did your rewatch, did you remember that you gave us permission to use that song?'”

She then shared Armstrong’s taped reaction in which the rocker commented, “I was binge-watching Office for the first time, and I was watching this episode and then all of a sudden the song came on and I was completely taken by surprise. And like, I think my face started going red and Andy… he started singing harmonies, which was almost like – we have a musical for american idiot, and he sang the exact same harmony as in the musical. So it was, it was good.”

Both hosts then responded to Armstrong’s comments, with Fischer stating (as transcribed by Mashable), “I love that he was surprised by his own song during this rewatch.” Kinsey then revealed that there was a musical interlude in the karaoke scene in which Helms and Wilson had to vampirize, with Helms scattering some of the music.

“I mean, I know they’ve already produced the musical version of american idiot, but I say if you bring it back on stage you might want to add this “riddit dit dit do”. You might want to because it’s pretty awesome,” Fischer commented, and Kinsey added, “We’ve all been there. We’ve all chosen a song for karaoke, and then there’s a big musical interlude and you’re like, “What am I doing?” I just move my head a little. I mean, Ed crushed it. “

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