Is this the new Green Day?
Billboard projects Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown” (out today) will be the No. 1 selling album this week. Before Billy Joe Armstrong dreamed of being The Who, he had more modest ambitions: Maybe being Stiff Little Fingers?
In the movie version of Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity,” geeky record clerk (redundant?) Dick tries to impress a female customer by explaining that Stiff Little Fingers was a major influence on Green Day. When he plays the band’s song, “Suspect Device,” another customer walks up and asks “is this the new Green Day?” which elicits the obligatory eye roll from the clerk.
Alas, Billy Joe was never going to become a Grammy-winning multimillionaire sticking to the Stiff Little Fingers’ playbook. That aging band is still playing pubs and small fests across the pond. “Suspect Device” was left off High Fidelity’s CD soundtrack.