Performing via the singer’s recording studio, the Armstrongs delivered a fiery punk-pop take on the Tommy James and the Shondells single.
In a statement to Rolling Stone, Tommy James said of the cover, “I am honored that Billy Joe Armstrong covered my hit of ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ – I have always been a huge fan of Green Day – met them a few years back at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Billy did a great job and the lyrics seem to be so perfect for this moment in our history…..the quality of the recording is so good, it’s hard to believe he did it from his house. Thanks, Billy!”
Armstrong previously covered “I Think We’re Alone Now” as part of his ongoing at-home covers series No Fun Mondays, which also featured the Green Day frontman performing “Manic Monday” with the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs and “That Thing You Do!” in tribute to the song’s co-writer, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger.
“I have a small studio, and as soon as the shutdown happened, I was like now I can go in and to occupy my time, go in and do some recording and some writing,” Armstrong told Corden of the No Fun Mondays series.
In an interview that preceded the performance, Corden asked Armstrong — who has appeared on the big screen in Ordinary World and on the stage in the American Idiot musical — whether he’d want to do more acting. “I think so, I like to think of myself as a pretty decent b-movie actor,” Armstrong said. “I have a thing, I wanna do things like The Young & The Restless, or do a soap opera.”