Why Do You Want Him?

Album: 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1990)


  • This is one of the first songs Billie Joe Armstrong wrote. He wrote it when he was 14, and it is about his stepfather whom he and his 5 siblings detested. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tanya - London, England
  • After his father died and his mother started dating a different man, Billie Joe wrote this to get his feelings out. It's a great example of the expressive songwriting that is characteristic of his songs. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jennifer - Oakland, MD

Comments: 5

  • Hayes from Newark, OhNone of Billie's siblings liked his stepdad, so he made this song. And I don't think it was his first song he wrote....it says he used to sing at the hospital when he was 5. Oh and just a side note: Billies dad died of esophageal cancer.
  • Douglas from Staten Island , NyEven though this album is so simple and the songs all sound the same, it is one of my favorites.

    I listen to it in my car all the time.
  • Spam from West Islip, NyPrevious poster is wrong. He was 14.
  • Katie from Berkly, CaThis was the first song Billie Joe wrote at the age of 11 after his dad died and his mom met his stepdad.
  • Tanya from London, Englanddefo one of my fave albums
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