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The Network
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The Network performing in 2004
Background information
OriginUnited States
GenresNew wave, punk rock
Years active2003–2005
LabelsAdeline, Reprise
Associated actsGreen Day, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Pinhead Gunpowder
Past membersFink
Van Gough
The Snoo
Z
Captain Underpants
Balducci

The Network were a six-piece new wave band.[1][2] A secret side-project of punk rock band Green Day,[3][4][5][6] they released their only album Money Money 2020 on Adeline Records on September 30, 2003.

History

Formed in the Summer of 2003, the band consisted of lead vocalist Fink, bassist Van Gough, and drummer Snoo, as well as additional members Snoo and Z on keyboards and rhythm guitarist Balducci.[7] They claimed they were "brought together by an ancient prophecy".[8][9]

The band's debut album Money Money 2020 was released in September 2003 on Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong's record label Adeline Records. The Network concealed their identities by using accents and wearing masks.[10] They frequently released press statements denouncing Green Day.[7]

Money Money 2020 was re-mastered and re-released by Reprise Records on November 9, 2004, with two additional tracks, "Hammer of the Gods" and a cover of The Misfits "Teenagers from Mars" which can also be heard on Tony Hawk's American Wasteland while "Roshambo" is on the NHL 2005 soundtrack. The original Money Money 2020 release came with a companion DVD with music videos directed and produced by Roy Miles of AntiDivision.

In October 2005, the group opened for Green Day for several shows.[11] After this, they became inactive.[10]

Identities

At the time, Armstrong denied the involvement of any Green Day members in The Network, saying "All I gotta say is fuck The Network. These guys are totally spreading rumors."[12]

However, the three members of Green Day are cited as songwriters for Money Money 2020 by the group's publisher.[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25] Additionally, several journalists noted the band's vocals were unmistakably that of Armstrong.[26][27][28][29]

In a 2013 interview, bassist Mike Dirnt finally revealed that the group was in fact Green Day, mentioning that Money Money 2020 was worked upon alongside other Green Day projects in the mid-00's.[4]

Members

Line-up
  • Fink - lead vocals, lead guitar (2003–2005)
  • Van Gough - lead vocals, bass guitar (2003–2005)
  • The Snoo - drums (2003–2005)
  • Z - keyboards, backing vocals (2003–2005)
  • Captain Underpants - keytar, backing vocals (2003–2005)
  • Balducci - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2003–2005)

References

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  4. ^ a b Fricke, David (1 March 2013). "Q&A: Green Day's Mike Dirnt on Billie Joe Armstrong's Recovery".
  5. ^ "Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong shares entire debut LP from new side band - 105.7 The Point". 23 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Green Day Members Perform Secret San Francisco Show as The Coverups".
  7. ^ a b "The Network - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Green Day Unmasked?". 16 October 2003.
  9. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "Has Green Day gone incognito?".
  10. ^ a b "11 of Green Day's most unforgettable moments - Alternative Press". 26 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Are Green Day Their Own Worst Enemy? Only Time — Or Concerts — Will Tell".
  12. ^ Boone, Brian (2011). I love rock 'n' roll (except when I hate it) : extremely important stuff about the songs and bands you love, hate, love to hate, and hate to love. New York: Perigee. ISBN 9781101507919. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Roshambo". 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  14. ^ "Joe Robot". Web.archive.org. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
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  17. ^ "Supermodel Robots". Web.archive.org. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
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  22. ^ "Hungry Hungry". Web.archive.org. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  23. ^ "Spastic Society". Web.archive.org. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  24. ^ "X-Ray Hamburger". Web.archive.org. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  25. ^ "Hammer of the Gods". Web.archive.org. 2008-06-04. Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
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  27. ^ "Did Green Day Secretly Release A New Album Tuesday? Only The Snoo Knows".
  28. ^ "The Many Sides Of Billie Joe Armstrong — Kerrang!". Kerrang!.
  29. ^ Lord, Jesse (23 December 2003). "Money Money 2020".