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Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the band's first song "Why Do You Want Him?", when he was only 14 (appears on the '1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours' album).
The band was renamed from their previous name The Sweet Children, after their first semi-successful song.
Released their first album '1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours', a compilation album featuring singles from their earlier EPs, "1,000 Hours", "39/ Smooth", and "Slappy", hence the peculiar name. [1990]
Became popular at the same time as The Offspring. [1994]
Their best know hit-singles are: "Longview", "Basket Case", "When I Come Around", "Welcome To Paradise", "She", "Geek Stink Breath", "Brain Stew"/ "Jaded", "Time Of Your Life", "Minority", "American Idiot", "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams", "Holiday", "Wake Me Up When September Ends", and their newest single "Jesus of Suburbia".
Their lesser known hits include "J.A.R.," "Stuck with Me," "Walking Contradiction," "Redundant," "Last Ride In," "Warning," "Macy's Day Parade," "Maria," and "Poprocks & Coke".
Scored 7 wins (out of 8 nominations) at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami: Best Video for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", Best Group Video, Best Rock Video, Best Direction, Editing and Cinematography in a Video, Viewer`s Choice Award for "American Idiot".
In some songs, the lyrics don't include the title's name. For example, in "Basket Case", the phrase "basket case" is not in the lyrics.
In their song "Jesus Of Suburbia", there is absolutely no chorus. Kelli Garner appeared as "the girlfriend" in the video.
Won 2 MTV European Music Awards in 2005 for "Best Rock" and "Best Album" ("American Idiot").
They came up with their name in honor of a day-long weed binge.
Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the song 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' about his father's death when he was a young child and how he dealt with it then and deals with it now.
Won Kids' Choice 2006 award for Favorite Music Group, while their song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" won the award for Favorite Song
Members have included Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, Mike Dirnt.
In the studio working on the follow up to American Idiot. They currently have enough material for three albums. [April 2007]
Nomiated for the most VMA's (8). Video of the Year (Blvd. of Broken Dreams), Best Rock Video, Best Group Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction (American Idiot), and Best Video Game Soundtrack (American Idiot on Madden 2005) [July 2005]
Finished their "American Idiot" tour. [December 2005]
The new album "American Idiot" was released on the 21st, the first punk rock opera. [September 2004]
Won Best Rock Album Grammy at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. [February 2005]
Still in the studio, now with producer Butch Vig, recording the follow-up to their 2004 classic "American Idiot". [October 2008]
Billie, Mike and Tre are back in the studio working on material for their new album. [September 2006]

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