Fans of Green Day Remind Us Why ‘September’ Memes Aren’t a Joking Matter

Well, it's September, which means Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" will likely get a lot of play in the social media universe. But Green Day fans are reminding people who are posting jokes exactly why doing so may be bad form.

While the title may lend itself to some humorous ideas for memes, singer Billie Joe Armstrong revealed during a Howard Stern Show appearance in 2019 that the actual inspiration for the song is a rather sad and personal one for him. The title comes from a phrase he told his mother upon learning of his father's death. Andrew Armstrong, Billie Joe's father, died when Billie Joe was just 10 from esophageal cancer.

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