It’s about West Oakland, living in a warehouse with a lot of people, a bunch of artists and musicians, punks and whatever just lived all up and down. Bums and junkies and thugs and gang members and stuff that just lived in that area. It’s no place you want to walk around at night, but it’s a neat warehouse where you can play basketball and stuff.
Billie Joe Armstrong on the song Welcome to Paradise(Kerrang August 3rd 2013)
I remember practicing Basket Case in Billie’s mom’s living room, and I remember him writing the lyrics and flipping things around, such as, ‘I went to a whore, he said my life’s a bore.’ I thought that was great; it takes people aback.