Posted on: June 5th, 2018 7:20 am
Twin brothers Benji and Joel (born 3/11/79) grew up in a lower middle-class family in the town of Waldorf, Maryland-“the middle-of-nowhere suburbs,” says Benji.
“Ours was definitely a dysfunctional family situation,” he admits, “but luckily me and Joel always had each other. When things started to fall apart, we just got into music.”
The twins’ older brother Josh turned them on to influential albums by Rancid, Minor Threat, the Cure, the Smiths, and many more.
Benji began teaching himself guitar at 16; Joel gravitated towards lead vocals. “Right away, Joel and I started thinking up songs,” Benji recalls. “We’d go straight to our room after school, singing and playing for hours every day.”
After Paul (bass) and Billy (guitar) joined, Good Charlotte took their name from a children’s book and played their first gig in a neighbor’s basement for an audience of 20. “We only played our own songs-we weren’t good enough to learn anyone else’s songs!
Three months of dates with MXPX segued into the 2001 W.A.R.P. tour, then into more gigs up until Christmas Day (off), followed by still more gigs including a trip to Australia and New Zealand (where their debut went platinum). Through this intensive roadwork, Good Charlotte built an avid fan base-and MTV took notice, giving extensive airplay to the band’s videos for “Little Things,” “Motivation Proclamation,” and “Festival Song.” At this writing (August 2002), Benji and Joel are hosting MTV’s “All Things Rock,” which airs Monday through Thursday after 11 PM (ET).
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