How did Green Day come up with their name?

4 May 2020, 12:54 | Updated: 28 September 2020, 16:55

Green Day have had their name for over 30 years, but do you know the origins of the East Bay punk rockers' moniker? Find out here.

It's hard to believe that Green Day have been at it for over three decades.

First formed in 1986 by Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, the East Bay punk rockers have made up a formidable threesome with Tré Cool, who replaced John Kiffmeyer in 1990.

Green Day's Tré Cool, Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong at the Lollapaloaza Concert at New York City's Randall's Island in 1994
Green Day's Tré Cool, Mike Dirnt and Billie Joe Armstrong at the Lollapaloaza Concert at New York City's Randall's Island in 1994. Picture: Getty Images

30 years and 13 albums later, the punk rock trio are still going strong, with their Father of All Motherf**kers album released on 7 Februrary 2020.

Watch the video for the album's title track here:

But how did Green Day come up with their name, and what does it mean? Find out here...

How did Green Day come up with their name?
How did Green Day come up with their name? Picture: Press/Pamela Littky

What's the story behind Green Day's name?

Green Day started off their life as Sweet Children- a name coined by Armstrong and Dirnt in 1986 at the age of 14.

However by 1989, the band's fondness for marijuana had been well established, and they needed to change their name to avoid confusion with another band who were called Sweet Baby.

Some fan sites say Billie Joe picked the name after "chilling in the basement of a Berkeley University building," while others say it was the decision of the whole band.

However, what they all agree on is the fact that a Green Day was Bay-area slang for a day of doing literally nothing but smoking weed.

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