In a short interview with Rock Sound, Patent Pending frontman Joe Ragosta talks the band's early years and influences. They were a Green Day and Blink-182 cover band, except they couldn't really play the songs. Naturally, Billie Joe was one of his teenage musical heroes. Their song Classic You even references Green Day.
Of their first meeting at the Bowery Electric in New York, he says:
You can watch the full interview here.