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20 years ago a band called Green Day, who had formed several years previous, propelled themselves into the spotlight. "Dookie", their third studio album, is arguably one of the best punk rock albums that has ever been released. The album itself is quite a bit different from their more recent released like "American Idiot" yet it still manages to be, by far, my favourite. "Dookie" was experimentation - Green Day finding their feet - and they truly landed in something spectacular. It has something for (almost) everyone.
2. Having A Blast
5. Welcome To Paradise
6. Pulling Teeth
7. Basket Case
9. Sassafra Roots
10. When I Come Around
11. Coming Clean
12. Emenius Sleepus
13. In The End
15. All By Myself
Personally, my favourite is track 5 - Welcome To Paradise but truthfully there isn't single track on the album that's simply just a filler. The combination of Billy Joe Armstrong's vocals and the powerful guitar riffs make this album awesome and definitely worth a buy. You can get a copy for around £7 from various stores online or otherwise...Seriously, what are you waiting for?
Dookie is Green Day's 3rd and arguably most popular album to date, being released in February 1994.
If you have listened to Green Day's more recent albums (American Idiot/21st Century Breakdown) you will notice that this is a completely different sound, which I in all honesty, I prefer. However if you haven't heard Green Day before then this is definitely the album to start with, as in my opinion, it is their best work to date.
I enjoyed listening to practically every song on this album - they all have annoyingly catchy tunes (ones that will stick in your head for weeks) and brilliant lyrics from Billie Joe. Many of these songs come from his and the other band members' experiences, notably Basket Case and Welcome To Paradise, and this really shows through.
It is difficult to pick out the best songs from this album, but at a push I would give Basket Case the top spot, followed by Pulling Teeth and Emenius Sleepus, which was written by Mike Dirnt (Bass).
I highly recommend having a listen to a preview of a track or two before you buy the album, as it you like one song from the album chances are you will like the rest, otherwise, probably best to steer clear.
What makes a great punk rock album? Put in a bit of hard life situations, mix in some silly and hard rock, a little teenage angst, and a little luck. That's how you end up with Dookie, one of the greatest punk rock albums of all time. Dookie has something for everyone. It offers a variety of songs that have become instant classics. This list of songs includes "Longview", "Welcome to Paradise", "When I Come Around", and "She". If you didn't know any better, you'd think this was Green Day's greatest hits album. It has most of their major hits all one album. I absolutely love this album. I have spent days listening to it from cover to cover because I believe that it's one of those albums worth listening to in chronological order. I even love the crazy album cover art. Can someone please tell me what's going on in it?
Anyways, if you want to hear the absolute best of early Green Day, give a listen to this album. It showcases Green Day before they made it big, before they selling out shows, travelling across the country, and making the big bucks. What I find to be the most impressive is that this was only the first album. This kind of freshman greatness is rarely achieved in music, and it really is a testament to just how good of a band Green Day is.
Dookie is the album that well and truly propelled Green Day to mainstream prominence - it's a collection of fast, short, fun songs about life, and is largely considered their best album by both critics and fans. It's quite different to the newer albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, in that Green Day just wrote songs about life rather than trying to be politically incisive - I for one don't care what Green Day think about the war!
From the heavy and fast paced opening track, Burnout, this is a wild album that moves at an unrelentingly fast pace and is all the better for it. The well known tracks, though, don't really come in until we reach Longview, a hilarious song about existential ennui, where a man has even become bored of pleasuring himself - THAT'S how much of a rut he's in! From this, we segue into the heavy and jubilant song Welcome to Paradise, which is one of the band's most famous songs, and from here we continue into by far their most famous song from this era - Basket Case, a song about a crazy man. The music video is also very good, being shot in an insane asylum as the band are inmates.
Possibly my favourite, though, is When I Come Around, a very short and simple song but one with an immensely catchy riff and some great lyrics. It also has a very memorable and heartfelt music video.
It's fair to say that not all of the songs on this album are totally memorable, but there are no bad songs and plenty of great catchy ones. It's probably the best work that Green Day ever produced, and came out just before they were supposed to have "sold out", although I really do hate that term. A sight better than their newer stuff anyway.
I have to admit that I have only really been a Green Day fan since the release of American Idiot in 2004, and even then it took me a while to get into them. Now however, I am a dedicated fan and now purchased all their previous albums and own the whole back catalouge. Dookie was Green Days 3rd album, but their first under a major label and therefore the most controversal. Green Day started as a punk band, admittedly quite pop punk, but because of this alot of the fans they gained were angry that Green Day had signed to a major label and "sold out". However the band still hold some of their punk ethic in this album with almost every song about the pains of growing up and becoming a man. This in my opinion is Green Days best album, songs such as Basket Case, Welcome to Paradise and Longview are some of the best on it and are still held as favourite Green Day songs even 15 years on.
I love Green Day. Am more into their recent stuff, American Idiot is my all time favorite album and am falling in love with 21st Century Breakdown as we speak. Dookie came out back in 1994, and really lauched the band into the spotlight. So what's it like? Well here is my opinion of the songs:
1. Burnout - Good solid start to the album. Typical Green Day, everything you would expect from the band. 8/10
2. Having A Blast - More of the same. Fast music, beat beats and rhythms. The lyrics are a bit drowned out on this one, so not quite as keen. 7/10
3. Chump - Classic Green Day. The lyrics just belt out and the sound is excellent. Still not one of my favorite songs but a good solid song. 8/10
4. Longview - Brilliant intro. I love the base on this song. Has a really good sound to it, chorus really explodes into life. 9/10
5. Welcome To Paradise - Another great song. Everything that is good about the band comes out in this song. Rebellious lyrics speaking out against society. Good song. 9/10
6. Pulling Teeth - Funny little song. Not quite as good as some, but this one always make me smile. 8/10
7. Basket Case - Best Green Day song ever? Possibly! It's certainly up there. The sounds is wonderful, the words great and the drive and pace of the song just blows you away. When the drums kick in I can't help but play along in the air! Brilliant brilliant brilliant!! 10/10
8. She - Another strong song. Good words and a good base beat to it. 8/10
9. Sassafras Roots - This one sounds very raw. A good song again, all about wasting your time! 8/10
10. When I Come Around - Awesome. This is just a massive anthem. You still hear it played quite a bit 15 years on. Classic Green Day. 10/10
11. Coming Clean - Another song that sounds the same as all the rest. Not bad, but needing some variety by this time. 7/10
12. Emenius Sleepus - Sounds exactly same as last song. Getting boring now. 6/10
13. In The End - A really fast song. Can't really hear the lyrics, feels like the band have run out if ideas now. 7/10
14. F.O.D - Something different. Well done the band. But it doesnt last, after a nice quiet intro it reverts back to the same sound. 7/10
So a really good album, but just lacking the variety that Green Day now offer in modern times. Some monster tracks and some real classic, just a few weaker ones to towards the end. Still a very good album and if your a Green Day fan it's well worth getting a copy.
Overall it gets 8/10
Dookie was the third studio album from the band green day. He songs are very fast, very upbeat and very punk, most people look back on this album as their best ever work, and I am also some what into that, it was a time when they were still experimenting with music, a time when they were still very fresh and new and it was a terrific album because of that.
The first song burnout is a great fast number to kick the album off with a bang. Its not the best song in terms of lyrics or instruments however it is a safe little song and it's a good listen.
For me the album doesn't get into full flow until track 5, well track four before it Longview is fairly good but when welcome to paradise kicks in you know your listening to a great album. Everything about this song is perfect, it is catchy, punky and just a great song.
And then it comes, the best song off the album, perhaps the best song green day have ever released. Basket case is now such a huge song and it did so well, everyone knows it and its just a really great song. I think the reason is that its just got so much energy, almost as if you can feel there performing it when there singing.
F.O.D is the last song off the album, it's a little different from the others in that it starts very slowly with only Billie singing and him playing an acoustic guitar which is rare for green day. But its just great to hear him sing without all the other instruments as he does have a great sounding voice. The song does really get going though and its quite a rocking song in the end. If you listen right to the end of this there is a kind of hidden comedy track on the end of this one. All by myself is just added on at the end.
2. Having A Blast
5. Welcome To Paradise
6. Pulling Teeth
7. Basket Case
9. Sassafras Roots
10. When I Come Around
11. Coming Clean
12. Emenius Sleepus
13. In The End
Judging by the artwork of the cover and inlay material alone, you might be forgiven for expecting this album to be yet another unlistenable, repetitive punk/grunge monstrosity, as so many other post-Nirvana punk bands have produced. It is a credit to its' authors that 'Dookie' is some way above this, certainly a little more intelligent than I expected.
A notably anarchic, disaffected tone continues throughout the album, most prominently in the angst-ridden (and therefore typical of Green Day) lyrics to 'Having A Blast' and 'Chump'. Powerful guitar riffs and pounding drums do little to dissipate this. 'Dookie's' primary strength lies in its' lyrics, something which cannot be said of the work of most other punk groups. The best lines have simple yet effective rhythms, often ignoring the convention of rhyme to achieve a lyrical balance more pleasing to the ear, less forced. Thankfully it is also largely devoid of screams, whoops and yelling. In terms of content the songs predictably concern hate, bitterness and anger, but can often be well balanced with a relieving dose of good humour, such as 'Longview,' a witty and typically depressing ode to masturbation.
However when the darker tones are allowed to go unrestrained it is to the album's detriment. The resultant sound is bitter, loses its' subtlety of lyric and degenrates into paranoid mumblings accompanied by wild guitar thrashings. The tail-end of the album goes this way: "Coming Clean" and "Emenius Sleepus" are notable low-points.
But when the balance between humour and bleakness is achieved, the product is extremely entertaining, particularly in the singles, 'When I Come Around' and 'Basket Case'. It is a shame that this quality of music is not sustained.
'Dookie' is essential listening for punk/grunge fans. At some times the music could probably be described as the zenith of this particular genre. However, Green Day sadly fail to completely escape from the least attractive trapping of this genre: unnecessarily intrusive music which serves no particular end other than to communicate an unconvincing feeling of anger. It sounds harsh, but at times 'Dookie' is as guilty of this as other albums by less accomplished artists. That said, for its' moments of brilliance, 'Dookie' can be a wholly entertaining album for anyone to listen to.
I bought this albumas a present for my brother nine years ago now. When i bought it, my favourite band was ABBA (try not to laugh) though after listening to it, my favourite band rapidly became Greenday, and it still is! This is, without a doubt, their best album. This is true Greenday, with their catchy short pop punk tunes, with references to mild drug use, and feeling alienated in a pointless world. Billy Joe's voice is easily recognisable, and it perfectly accompanies the mild sense of punk that comes with most the songs. This is an album which is thoroughly catchy throughout, with no song over the 4 minuts mark, keeping things short and sweet. I am genuinly a fan of every song on this epic CD, and i'll give a sample review of some of the ones which stand out the most.
1. Burnout. Keeps a steady rythm throughout, though it is the lyrics that rule this one, as Billy sings about the futility of life and being a youth, and the pointlessness of ageing, instead choosing to waste his life and live in apathy.
2. Having A Blast. This is a song which takes a comical perspective on being a suicide bomber. This song was released in 1994, and clearly wouldn't have the same conotations as it does now. This is a moderately fast paced song, with catchy guiter throughout and a throbbing background base. Billy Joel does a catchy little singing solo at 1:58 while he sings about taking his life because it would be more fun that living. Though, this song is in no way depressing, almost as if they are trying to have a laugh by playing a rapid, catchy tune, about suicide.
4. Longview. A song devoted to those of us who can't tear ourself away from the computer, or our sofa. Basically, a song about apathy, and sitting in your house day to day as life goes by. With amusing lyrics, and a chorus which kicks intorapid life regulary, splitting you away from Billy's slow verse drawl, this is a classic.
7. Basket Case. Probably the most famous Greenday song out there. Billy here sings about losing his mind to the point of questioning his sexuality. The guitar riffs in this are fast paced, and it is best described as extremely catchy pop rock. Though the king of this song is of course the lyrics, which once again, are incredibly intellectually written, with immense humour.
10. When I Come Around. The pace makes this one stick out. It is slow, and far more melodic than the rest. An excellent song when you feel like just having a chill, this is one of the only songs where you can here the guitar actually being plucked at any point, as apposed to thrashed.
If you have the patience to wait through track 14 past the silence, you are greeted with All By Myself, a gentle song sung in Elmo from Sesame streets voice, about what he does when he's all alone (the people out there with minds like me can probably imagine. This bonus track is comedy gold!
This album is a must for any fan of rock/punk/pop punk/pop rock etc. It is a classic, and anyone who hasn't heard it must give it a listen. Anyone who likes Greenday and hasn't heard this is missing out. Anyone who says American Idiot is better is probably ill in some way........
Green Day are an American punk trio from California, USA who have been together since 1987. The band are probably most well known for their memorable songs and lyrics voicing their various views on politics etc. Dookie was their major debut album that boost them onto the punk scene where they have stayed ever since thanks to their brilliant albums. The members of the band are: Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. Over the years Green Day have released 7 Studio albums:
American Idiot (2004)
They have also released some compilation albums and some DVD's.
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2. Having A Blast
5. Welcome To Paradise
6. Pulling Teeth
7. Basket Case
9. Sassafras Roots
10. When I Come Around
11. Coming Clean
12. Emenius Sleepus
13. In The End
14. F.O.D/All By Myself
**MY FAVOURITE TRACKS**
This song first caught my attention because it sounded quite different to what I had heard of the album so far. It starts off with just a bass guitar that carries on throughout the short first verse and is quiet compared to the rest. The chorus definitely picks up the pace and is catchy. I personally think that this song is about self confidence and worrying about how other's perceive you, or how this girl is unhappy because she doesn't have the confidence to be herself but he thinks that she should just go for it basically. That's how I see it, I don't know if that is the real meaning but it's a really good song. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "She screams in silence, a sullen riot penetrating through her mind, waiting for a sign to smash the silence with the brick of self control, are you locked up in a world that's been planned out for you? Are you feeling like a social tool without a use? Scream at me until my ears bleed, I'm taking heed just for you". It's a great track and one that I would definitely recommend listening to, 8/10.
**10. When I Come Around**
The opening riff of this song is really catchy; it gives off a great atmosphere. Also, I really like Billy Joe's vocals on this track! I think that this song is so popular because it is so simple yet so great. I think that this track is about a relationship where it sort of feels like one person wants more than the other but the other person isn't ready for it and they don't want to be forced into something that doesn't feel right. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "I heard it all before, so don't knock down my door, I'm a loser and a user so I don't need no accuser to try and slag me down because I know I'm right, so go do what you like, make sure you do it wise, you may find out that your self doubt means nothing was ever there, you cant go forcing something if its just not right". 9/10.
**11. Coming Clean**
I really like the way this song explodes into riffs and powerful vocals right from the off, its very attention grabbing. The pace of this song is very consistent and the lyrics incredibly catchy which is one of the reasons that I love it. The great thing about this track is that although there is probably one set meaning; the lyrics can be interpreted in many ways. Apparently it is about being confused about sexuality and deciding to come out but I think that it could also be about having a secret that you know has to come out eventually. One of my favourite Green Day songs ever, it's fantastic. My favourite lyrics from this track are: "Seventeen and coming clean for the first time, I finally figured out myself for the first time, I found out what it takes to be a man; mom and dad will never understand what's happened to me." 10/10
**MY OVERALL OPINION**
Out of all of the albums that Green Day have produced I have to say that this is my favourite. It's full of catchy riffs and great lyrics. Billy Joe is extremely talented in both song writing and performing. I would recommend this album 100% to and punk/rock fans although most of them will probably own this album anyway!!! 10/10 from me.
Dookie by Green Day (1994)
Billie Joe Armstrong - Vocals, Guitar
Mike Dirnt - Bass Guitar
Tre Cool - Drums
This was not the first Green Day record but it marked their major label debut and also signalled Billie Joe Armstrong was one of the most talented pop-songwriters of his generation. MTV hyped the single Longview to the gills but Basket Case has probably endured as the album's most famous song. Dookie has sold something in the order of fifteen million units worldwide. It was ten years before American Idiot matched the critical and commercial success of this record again, but in the interim the band continued to have hit singles and were undoubtedly one of the most influential rock bands of their era, spawning a legion of imitators, for better or worse. As such, their 1990s American peers are to be found in the rarefied stratosphere populated by such acts as Metallica, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, REM, Weezer, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Nirvana. In the UK they influenced Busted and McFly.
My favourite ever review of Green Day posited that Billie Joe's singing persona sounds like an American pretending to be a British man pretending to be an American, and that's probably not far wrong. Despite the frequently alleged Britishness of these punkish endeavours, if I absolutely had to compare Green Day to a punk band I'd probably pick an American one, The Ramones, and if I were trying to detect British influences in the songwriter's musical attitude, I might tentatively venture for The Who or Black Sabbath. Although die hard fans would probably seek to identify the band with a lineage tracing back through The Clash, The Jam, The Sex Pistols et al, Green Day have also clearly absorbed the lessons of 1980s alternative acts such as The Replacements and Husker Du, and fused these influences within nominally "punk" frameworks, but also alongside a deeply commercial instinct that frequently incites criticism from the old guard. It would be fair to say though that corporate rock has rarely sounded this competently crowd pleasing, so I find it hard to begrudge Billie Joe his populism. Like Anthony Kiedis, another front man of a band with a reputation for harder stuff, Armstrong knows how to write a great tune with unexpected but simple dimensions.
One - Burnout
Burnout presents the illusion of having rougher surfaces than it really does and fairly bounces along thanks to a tight and snappy rhythm section as the vocal postures with cultural affectations. It's a tuneful and lightweight two-minute pop song with a simple but effective hook. "I'm not growing up, I'm just burning out." The lyrics seem typically calculated to appeal to bored and disaffected suburban teenagers with pocket money to spend but I'm all in favour of giving the people what they want. They actually have a fair bit of poetic depth in this instance. Elsewhere, there's a dry sense of humour that prevents the songs sounding myopic, and, over time, it would become apparent that Billie Joe actually had a sizeable social conscience, only directed at the personal politics of conflicted teenagers and young adults' inner lives, a sphere over which music may very well have a real influence, as opposed to the empty agitprop of faux rebellions a generation earlier, which were impotent to effect the national systems they railed against and which served only to further disenfranchise people from participating in society, before eventually having their values co-opted into the commercial norm on disagreeable terms anyway. When Green Day began to sound more overtly political after September 11th they really did seem to speak with the voice of youthful suburbia and that cultural cache was sincere and earned, precisely because of the inclusiveness of their music about alienation. It's a grave pity so many of their less talented "emo" and "nu-metal" imitators have become so fashionable whilst remaining unremittingly shallow, earnestly aping the style but not the substance. At least Busted and McFly know they're a bubble gum pop act.
Two - Having A Blast
This actually sounds a lot like some of the rockier numbers from college radio bands like the Gin Blossoms from this era and has a catchy melody and plenty of rhythmic propulsion. The words aren't as good to this one but the sentiment is accessible. Chalk it up as another short but great pop song.
Three - Chump
The band could almost pass as a speedier 1980s REM song on this occasion. It takes a while to get past Billie Joe's intonation and really get a feel for his performance but he has a likeable voice once you adjust to it and realise he's not going to vary his delivery very much. It's a throwaway lyric about relationship issues, one that gets by on the universality of its theme. Although this song is under three minutes it actually feels padded out a little with a slowly quiet lull that does eventually pay off by leading into a nicely percussive climax. The song neatly transitions into the next one without breaking.
Four - Longview
The monster breakout hit that made the band famous employs the type of loud then quiet dynamic that the Pixies and Nirvana favoured but the bouncy rubbery bass line has a more cartoonish character and the guitars only pretend to get noisy. The words "Sit around and watch the phone, but no one's calling / Call me pathetic, call me what you will / My mother says to get a job / But she don't like the one she's got / When masturbation's lost its fun / You're f*ck*ng breaking" pretty much sums up the ethos of the whole record. Billie Joe manages to convey an air of wide-eyed vulnerability in his listlessness and seems open to self-examination whilst not feeling entirely to blame for the circumstances. "I've got no motivation / Where is my motivation?" he sings, and the band claimed in interviews they wrote the original version of Longview on LSD. This is the longest song on the record at a shade under four minutes. I've not seen it for about fourteen years but if memory serves the promotional video featured a guy cracking up in front of the television in a suitably grubby apartment before trashing his couch with a knife, as if in a pillow fight with himself.
Five - Welcome To Paradise
Originally featured on the band's second album Kerplunk, Welcome To Paradise was re-recorded for inclusion on Dookie and was released as a single. This one also clocks in at over three and a half minutes. The lyrics deal with Billie Joe's experience of moving out of his mother's home and squatting with a community of people in an abandoned warehouse in Oakland, an image that also appears to have featured in the Jesus of Suburbia video a decade later. "This sudden fear has left me trembling / Cause now it seems that I am out here on my own." The punk influenced musical structure of the song captures elements of paranoia whilst remaining warm and tuneful, and the backing vocals sound a bit like the kind of faux Brian Wilson stuff Mike Mills favours in REM.
Six - Pulling Teeth
This song sounds like a cross between a laid back alt-country band and something Fountains of Wayne might rustle up. For two and a half minutes it stands out as a pleasant enough oddity.
Seven - Basket Case
One of Green Day's most iconic signature tunes, Basket Case is full of big-hearted pop sentiment underneath the quick tempo guitar noise and alienated lyrics. The video was set in a mental institution but was played for colourful laughs. "I am one of those / Melodramatic fools / Neurotic to the bone / No doubt about it." Rhythmically tight and dripping with hooks.
Eight - She
The band maintain a fairly brisk tempo but the vocal is essentially a ballad even when the sound fills out with more guitar for the rousing chorus. "Are you locked up in a world / That's been planned out for you?" It's a simple composition but catchy as hell; and short, at a little over two minutes. Enjoyed success as a single.
Nine - Sassafras Roots
Once again the vocal weaves a melody around guitars which are fuzzy and warm but the drums maintain a slightly more frantic edge, accompanied by quite a lush sounding bass line. "I'm a waste like you / With nothing else to do / May I waste your time too?"
Ten - When I Come Around
The fifth single is one of the best tracks on the record and again appropriates an unashamedly pop mentality despite the band's nominally punk aesthetic. It's also not afraid to hammer one big dumb riff into the ground throughout the whole song, because it works. The guitars have shades of the Smashing Pumpkins but the production is sparse and spacious. Sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best.
Eleven - Coming Clean
The record draws towards the finishing line with three songs in a row that are each barely more than a minute and a half long. Later on in his career Billie Joe would find the confidence to string multiple ideas like these together into a single composition. This is pleasant enough but hasn't really got enough throttle to it and never really leads very far musically. The lyrics deal with sexual ambiguity.
Twelve - Emenius Sleepus
Rhythmically this sounds a lot like the last track and so there is a natural progression to the sequencing and this does have a bit more energy about it. The dynamics also manage to be more explorative with a nice interlude from the drummer. The lyrics are about how friends can change over time.
Thirteen - In The End
A noisy but ultimately gentle guitar thrash out that never loses sight of the slightly countrified college rock melody and again lets the rhythm section get a groove going for a while when vocals and guitar take a step backward. Finishes rather promptly, as noted above.
Fourteen - F.O.D. / All By Myself
The record concludes with a song that starts out with an acoustic guitar framework and vocal reminiscent of an earlier one, a slowed down version of a section of Basket Case perhaps, played quietly with echoes of She. Eventually this bursts to life with electric guitars and a rhythm section. This finishes after two and three quarter minutes. But we come back for a hidden track a while later, a comedic sounding ditty sung by Tre Cool and accompanied by brightly twinkling acoustic guitar plucking.
Dookie won the Grammy Award for best alternative album in 1995. Rolling Stone magazine placed it at # 193 in their 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Two years later, Spin magazine considered it the 44th best record released between 1985 and 2005. Longview was nominated for best video and best new artist at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2006 BBC Radio One listeners voted Basket Case "The Greatest Punk Song Of All Time" and a lot of aging and retired punks probably felt angrier than they had done for a very long time.
Green Day are a band that I've heard of mainly just over the last few years with the release of their global smash 'American Idiot'. I thought the songs were good on it so I didn't object to my son putting one of their earlier albums 'dookie' on my new MP3 player. And I must say I'm very glad he did. I know most women of advancing years would not like this sort of music, but I've been converted by my son's never ending blasting out music!
If you are not familiar with Green Day I should inform you that they are a pop-punk trio from the USA who have been on the go through the 1990's and 2000's.
The only song that sounded familiar to me on my first listening to 'Dookie' was 'Basket Case'. It's an anthemic song of theirs which is lively, punky, and incredibly catchy. The album has other songs that will stick in your head very quickly like 'Welcome to Paradise', 'Longview' and 'When I Come Around'.
I really had no idea that Green Day had such a good back catalogue and really am happy that it was brought to my attention.
'Dookie' was the album that brought mainstream success to Green Day in the 90's. Released in February 1994 through Reprise Records it contains the hit singles of 'Welcome to Paradise', 'When I Come Around', and of course 'Basket Case'. Although it was the bands breakthrough album, it is not my favourite of theirs and it is in fact their 1995 follow-up release 'Insomniac' that appeals to me most of all their albums.
'Burnout' kicks the album off well and from here on in the band blast their way through this album with some fantastically well produced Pop Punk music that is sure to impress. Whilst 'Basket Case' is perhaps the best known track from this release however, it does in fact grate on me no end and is one track that I always skip when listening to this album. I was never a huge fan of the track, but over the years I have heard it played on the music channels so many times that I have just come to entirely despise it. I do like a lot of the tracks on this album but this one I feel is grossly over rated and I can no longer endure its droning tone. In this track Billy Joe Armstrong speaks the vocal of 'Do you have the time to listen to me whine?' and to be perfectly honest with you Billie, on this occasion I certainly don't.
'Welcome to Paradise' was originally included on the bands 1992 album 'Kerplunk', however was rerecorded for the 'Dookie' album and is one that I feel has been pulled off incredibly well here. It is one of my favourite Green Day tracks and every time I listen to this one I smile. The vocals are strong, the chorus is excellent, and the guitars shine through magnificently as the band smash this one out with great attitude and a huge level of excitement. The band sound so full of life and energy here, this is in my opinion Green Day at their very best.
'She' is another of my favourites from this album. It is a well written track and once more shows the band at their best I feel. It's quite soft in sound but the lyrics are hard hitting and it works extremely well at the centre of this album I feel. It is an incredibly effective track, it cries out to be listened to and as you do so it certainly does not disappoint. Green Day definitely succeed with 'She', few times in the bands career have they recorded a sound as fine as this.
The album appears to come to an end with the track 'F.O.D', a decent closing track for the album and one that I believe to be an excellent punk rock anthem. The reason I say that the album 'appears' to come to a close with this track is that there is in fact a hidden track tagged on the end of this one. The track I am referring to is the excellent 'All By Myself', a song performed solely by Green Day drummer Tré Cool. It is an amusing little number with a lyrical subject of masturbation, it provides a nice bit of light relief for the album to end on and is perhaps one of the most memorable final tracks ever. It's obviously not the most technically sound of closing tracks ever, but it certainly comes as a surprise tagged on the end of 'F.O.D.' and is most definitely one closing track that never shall I forget.
Since its release, 'Dookie' has sold over 15 million copies all around the world. It is the bands only 'Diamond' classified album and is therefore of course their best selling album to date. It is an excellent album and yet in my opinion is not their best. I'm sure there are countless numbers of people out there that would disagree with me here but there you go, if everyone had the same opinions of things then life would be very dull indeed. 'Dookie' is without doubt an album that I would recommend to all out there, and if you're not amongst the 15 million owners of this album then I suggest that you join the club and get to purchasing 'Dookie' as soon as possible. It is an essential album in the Green Day back catalogue, an excellent album packed full of brilliantly recorded and truly exciting Pop Punk material.
Dookie- where do I start? Well, in short, this is one of THOSE albums. Nevermind- Nirvana Never Mind The Bollocks…. - Sex Pistols By The Way- Red Hot Chilli Peppers Pinkerton- Weezer Dude Ranch- Blink-182 Highly Evolved- The Vines Insomniac- Green Day Pet Sounds- Beach Boys Is This It- The Strokes Box Car Racer- Box Car Racer Those are some of the best albums I’ve ever heard and it comes as no surprise that Green Day’s Dookie is up there with the best of them. In short, Green Day is the defining punk band of the last ten years. Yes, I hear you- Green Day isn’t really punk! They’re more pop/punk but with punk lyrics. But, I hate the phrase pop/punk so lets just stick with punk for now! You see, before Green Day arrived on the scene with Dookie the world was ruled by electronica and horrible trance chill out songs. Reggae and pop was the thing and after the legendary Kurt Cobain died, the world was in need of a new great rock band. Green Day was the perfect answer to these needs. Having already released two albums on a low budget label, Green Day was snatched by major label Reprise to the dismay of some fans that thought they would sell-out. Well, with Dookie, Green Day definitely became more radio friendly but at least did it gracefully and with maximum style. For me the key to Green Day’s success is Billie Joe Armstrong. The vocalist/guitarist writes witty, funny, catchy lyrics that are in touch with the teenage generation. An army of insecure teens like me could relate to him through his words that detailed everything from masturbation to the end of the world! Ok, the first thing I like about Dookie is that Green Day is a three-piece band. There’s something about that combination of bass, guitar and drums that really sucks me in. You see, trio bands take the regular punk song and strip it down to its bare bo
nes to create full throttle “I’ll see you at the finish line” style music. The result is exhilarating. Green Day were the first to really make good use of this technique after Nirvana imploded. Green Day have inspired countless bands, most notably Blink-182 who they have just wrapped up a co-headlining tour with. Being a big fan of Blink-182 myself, I have a lot to thank Green Day for! Now, Dookie is a stunner. Although it’s no Insomniac (it lacks that album’s emotional depth), it just pips Dookie and Warning to 2nd place. Now, why should you buy this album, you ask? The reason is because all of Green Day’s classic songs are on this: - Longview Welcome to Paradise Basket Case When I Come Around F.O.D. (F**k off and die) Each tune has its own little quirk to it. On most tracks Billie Joe uses is guitar to its full effect: high speed! Such inexplicably fast riffage can be heard on opener Burnout, single Basket Case and both Emenius Sleepus and She. The result is that these songs showcase raw power and just beg for you to start moshing around wherever you are. The only negative point of this is that some songs, for example Emenius Sleepus, last for little longer than one minute making you wish that the song would be longer. However, I think I’m nitpicking now and this isn’t a serious complaint. In other parts of the album the band slow down a bit probably to give the listener a breather from the sheer concentrated adrenaline rock displayed by the faster songs on this album. This more calculated, toned down formula can be heard on When I Come Around, the delicious pop extravaganza Pulling Teeth and Green Day’s breakthrough single, Longview. The latter starts off with an intimidating snare drum that merges into a funky bass riff with some guitar overtones. The result is a quiet sensation as Billie Joe sings about boredom and masturbation. Everything seems
cool and calm until the chorus. The chorus for this song is so exhilarating as it comes on you unexpectedly. For one minute, the listener has been duped into thinking this is a calm and quiet song but then the distorted guitars kick in for a three chord punk classic. It also comes with trademark lyrics like “I’ve got no motivation, smoking my … inspiration!”. Hilarious stuff. Basket Case is probably the album’s shining moment. Three minutes of teenage insecurity and angst converted into a quick fire, witty and funny punk song. Basket Case is what Smells Like Teen Spirit is to Nirvana. The song starts off with just Billie Joe Armstrong and a distorted guitar and bears the classic opening line “Do you have the time, to listen to me whine”. Things remain so for the stunning chorus, this time, a few percussion hits are added into the blender as Billie Joe Armstrong utters the classic line “Sometimes I give myself the creeps, sometimes my mind plays tricks on me”. Then- everything explodes and turns really loud and much faster. So what are the negative points of this album? There aren’t many. As I’ve already said, a few tracks are too short leaving the listener wanting to hear much more and as a result the album is very short as well but leaves the listener feeling satisfied at the end. She is the lowlight of the whole album. Something about She is just missing. The song sound very convoluted in places and lacks the punk perfection on other tracks on this album. Also, Billie Joe’s whining vocals can become really annoying at times- the biggest warning to your ears is on She where he sings with all his whining power that excruciating line “Scream at me, until my ears bleed”. I just can’t take that- you’ll understand when you buy the album and hear She, and you’re going to buy it! Some tracks are overtly simple and although they’re fun songs, you w
ish that Green Day could have added more to them. The main culprit to this is Chump, which has the simplest riff you’ll ever hear in your life. And that’s about it! In conclusion, Green Day’s Dookie is the classic punk album of the last ten years. They seemingly have done the impossible. They’ve created an enjoyable album that never gets boring by using the three-chord punk rock formula that has made many bands before them and in their legacy fall down miserably (most notably Sum-41, NFG and Smash Mouth). Every song in here, excluding She, is a winner and a would be single. The lyrics always are original and funny and witty and innovative. It is also a credit to this album that its best track is its last. F.O.D. (otherwise known as f**k off and die) is one hell of a punk song. Starting off with Billie and an acoustic guitar (for two minutes) this song leads into a memorable acoustic chorus with the infamous lyrics “lets blow up the bridge we’ve torched 2000 times before, come on lets blast it all to hell”. Hell- those are some great words! Soon everything breaks loose into what seems like a jamming session, as everything is so uncalculated and off the rails at times. The distortion rises to ear splitting levels while the drums pound with no real beat. Performance wise, Green Day are very talented musicians. Billie Joe certainly knows how to play the guitar very fast while Mike Dirnt provides the perfect antidote with melodic bass lines. Tre Cool’s drumming is always tight and keeps everything intact. Dookie is a magnificent major label debut for one of the best bands since bands existed. Now- all you need to do is tick the very useful box and nominate this opinion for a crown. Thankyou pinkertonisrad
Dookie is a classic album. People didn't think you could be punk on a major record label, however Green Day have shown you can still produce quality songs. This is 1994's release of the year! The are a few reasons it became popular. 1 - thanks to the inital support of MTV for the first single Longview. Repeated showing of Longview helped the sales. 2 - At Woodstock 94' during Green Days set, they caused a Massive mus fight during "When I Come Around" and the sales sky rocket! Dookie starts of with Burnout. "Im not growing up/just burning out" Billie Joe declares on the chorus. One thing in this song that impresses the most is Tre's drum solos. These are simply amazing. Then its into Havin A Blast. This comes and goes, just like Burnout did. Chump is a ultra-violent song about someone that he doesn't even know. "Maybe its just jealously mixing up with a violent mind" shows that its probably about a girl and would like to kill her boyfriend. At the end of this song - its gets every messy and mixes in with the next song very well with all the instruments, drums bass and guitar. The next song is the single Longview. This is mixed in greatly with the drum and bass verse's and the punk chorus. The next song is Welcome To Paradise, which was the bands debut single, however Longview was the break through single. Welcome To Paradise is an old Green Day song - it was on the bands last release on punk label LookOut! records, Kerplunk! Then Pulling Teeth is next, and is possibly the weak song on the album. It is written by Mike Dirnt, about his "bad luck" with his girlfriend. Then the bands biggest hit over here in the UK was Green Days next single. Basket Case reached number three in the charts. Its possibly the most catchy song on the album, but its in competition for being the best song on the album, as well as best Green Day song. She is the next song, and is still played at the live shows, even though it weren
't released as a single. Basket Case and She is always played together. Sassarfras Roots is the next song, and the title has no relavance to the actual song, its just that they was thinking of a name and Mike came up with this. Then one of Green Days best songs and last single of Dookie is When I Come Around. This has a good guitar riff in it, good drum timing and a great bass line. The lyrics blend into it really really well. Coming Clean is the next song, and is about Coming Clean basically, about the law. Emineus Sleepus are above average songs, but nothing special compared to the rest of Dookie. FOD (fuck off and die) is possibly Green Days most violent song. Its between this and Platypus (I Hate You). A song about hate a rage. Starts of with a acoustic guitar, then turns into a really heavy song, heavist on the album. Then the secert song is by Tre Cool. All by Myself is about masturbation. Tre sings it with a bunch of stoned people in a house with a recorder and guitar. Hilarious All In All i think this album is brilliant and is possibly one of the greatest punk albums ever!! Bye Bye
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Burn out
2 Having a blast
5 Welcome to paradise
6 Pulling teeth
7 Basket case
9 Sassafras roots
10 When I come around
11 Coming clean
12 Emenius sleepus
13 In the end