“Come away with me in the night. Come away with me and I will write you a song…” “Don’t want to be an American idiot; one nation controlled by the media!” The content of Green Day and Norah Jones, side by side, is somewhat discordant and uneasy, making this latest musical collaboration pretty compelling and worth watching out for.
Green Day singer-guitarist, Billie Joe Armstrong, was struck by the odd and morose concepts of death, being in jail and lost love that featured on the Everly Brothers’s album, ‘Songs Our Daddy Taught Us’. The 1958 production was an homage to the siblings’ Tennessee roots, featuring folk tunes and country laments influenced by the locality’s musical heritage. Armstrong has said that he thought “it would be cool to pass the tradition one more time”.
Foreverly came together relatively quickly; following his wife Adrienne’s suggestion, Armstrong recruited Jones to recreate the younger Phil Everly’s high harmonies. Armstrong and Jones were conscious of emulating the tight vocal formation that made the Everly Brothers so successful, but Jones said that the key was “not to just copy the record”. The emotional darkness and sexual tension is played up with the male/female pairing. The bizarre collaboration in itself is also part of the fun for Armstrong in a bid to keep things interesting.
Foreverly is out on 25 November on Reprise Records.