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If you have ever listened to some of Green Day's more recent material (American Idiot, 21st century breakdown etc) then this is a completely different sound, and, although American Idiot and 21st century breakdown are still great, I honestly prefer this, their earlier work.
This album was released in January 1992 and was their 2nd album, the 1st with Tre Cool on the drums.
Some songs are better than others it has to be said, my personal favorites are One for the Razorbacks, Welcome to Paradise, Christie Road, One of My Lies, Android and Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?, most probably because they all feature catchy tunes and some great vocal harmonies from Mike Dirnt, especially on One for the Razorbacks and Welcome to Paradise, which was rerecorded for their next album, Dookie, but I prefer the original version on this album.
The lyrics are wonderful (even if you have to concentrate hard to work out what they are sometimes) and Billie Joe (vocals) really fills the songs with passion and meaning.
If you haven't listened to Green Day yet, it's probably best not to start here, I would recommend Dookie as a good starting point, and if you've only heard their modern material, take the time to try out their older albums, you don't have to listen to them again, but you may well find, like me, that you can't get enough of them.
Green Day, the massive punk rock band have had major success since forming in the late 80s as teenagers, this album showcases the band in their earlier days, before they achieved mainstream recognition. Kerplunk was Green Day's second album, released in 1992 after the success of 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. This is the first Green Day album to feature Tre Cool on drums, after original drummer John Kiffmeyer (aka Al Sobrante) left the band to study at college, this completes the band lineup as we see it today. Tres drumming brings a new element to the record, something that was somehow missing in 1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. The record was released originally on indie label Lookout Records and sold a unthought of number of copies. The album was so successful that it enabled the band to tour America and Europe at quite an early stage in their carreer. The songs are still very poppy but are heavier and more punky than the previous release, you can definetly hear the beginings of Green Days signature sound coming together. The big hits on this record are 2000 Light Years Away, Welcome to Paradise, Christie Road and Who Wrote Holden Caulfield.
Kerplunk was the second studio album released by the punk band green day back in 1992. It featured some really big songs, unlike their first album but like their first album it was very punk and a very good sound they had at the time.
The first track is 200 light years away. it's a perfect song to kick the album off, its fast and very cool, the lyrics are fairly slow and not really up beat as it's a bit of a love song kind of. However its sung nicely and the guitar and fast drums keep the song going and make it a fast paced nice song.
Welcome to paradise is the third song off the album, its now one of green days most successful songs just because of how catchy the lyrics and the instruments are I think. Its just one of those great songs that you immediately want to sing along to as soon as you hear it.
One of my lies is track number seven and its another song that I really like, the vocals seem a bit patchy in parts on this one but I kind of like this vulnerability sound in his voice. it's a quite slow and relaxing song and this is quite rare for green day, its just a great song.
1. 2000 Light Years Away
2. One For The Razorbacks
3. Welcome To Paradise
4. Christie Road
5. Private Ale
6. Dominated Love Slave
7. One Of My Lies
10. No One Knows
11. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield
12. Words I Might Have Ate
13. Sweet Children
14. Best Thing In Town
16. My Generation
This album was certainly better than their first album, it contained some really great songs but when you look back on this its no where near as good as their later album, but theres still great songs on here for fans to listen to.
Green Day is an American rock band that has been active now since 1987. The bands debut release came in 1990 in the form of '39/Smooth', 'Kerplunk' was the bands difficult second album and emerged in the January of 1992. Released through Lookout Records, this album is a far cry from the finely produced Green Day music of today; the recording is tinny and it's almost like listening to an entirely different band. Sixteen tracks are included here, the album runs for a total of 42 minutes and comes to its close with a cover of the classic 'My Generation' which was of course originally written by Pete Townshend and recorded by The Who for the bands first album of 'My Generation'.
An interesting inclusion on this 'Kerplunk' album is that of the early recording of 'Welcome to Paradise' which later went on to feature on Green Day's commercially successful breakthrough album 'Dookie'. 'Welcome to Paradise' was released successfully as a single off the back of the successful 'Dookie' album, and even given the poor production of this 'Kerplunk' release it still sounded good here. The makings of the track were already there, the melody was already formed and the only thing that was lacking was a high quality recording.
Throughout this 'Kerplunk' album is sounds as though the bands drummer Tre Cool is beating on bean cans, the drums really don't sound up to much here and this is probably the weakest quality of this album. The music is well structured, it's simple and yet it's also extremely effective. Already the bands killer guitar hooks can definitely be heard here, the vocals of Billie Joe Armstrong are extremely nasal but then again this is something that is still true even now; it's just the way he sings. The guitar riff to 'Private Ale' is I feel incredibly powerful, it's as strong as the band has ever recorded in fact and listening to this one is therefore greatly enjoyable. The music of Green Day has never been particularly complex, the bands strength is not in producing music that is technically profound but instead in creating music that is greatly catchy and terrific fun to sing and dance along to.
One track from this album that I feel definitely deserves a mention is that of 'Dominated Love Slave'. Not your typical Green Day song, the music of the band here takes quite a country form and this one therefore breaks this 'Kerplunk' album up nicely. It's an interesting piece of music I feel, far different to anything the band had ever done before and definitely a far cry from the music that this band has created since. The lyrical content of this track isn't to be taken seriously; this track offers the album a bit of light relief and is put together with the great sense of humour that Green Day has always possessed as a band. 'Dominated Love Slave' is an incredibly fun track, due to the fact that it is so different to anything else on this album it really does stand out and this in my opinion is certainly no bad thing. This one definitely deserves to be listened to, the lyrics are highly amusing and for that reason I definitely recommend seeking this one out even if you do decide to pass on listening to the rest of this 'Kerplunk' album.
When this album was originally released on vinyl it was intended as a twelve track album, 'Kerplunk' therefore came to its close with 'Words I Might Have Ate'; an additional four tracks were added when the album transitioned to CD and cassette however and this is the reason that the album comes to a close with the cover track of The Who's 'My Generation'. The final four tracks of this release are from the bands 'Sweet Children' EP which was recorded in 1990 and released through the now defunct independent record label Skene! Records. 'Words I Might Have Ate' is a strong track I feel, one that is more than capable of closing an album. The track is only two and a half minutes long; it's incredibly catchy however and is an absolutely brilliant piece of music to listen to. The song is well structured, the guitars come across strongly here and the vocals of Billie Joe Armstrong also sound excellent. The production values are not strong here and yet there is something distinctly professional sounding about this track. This is a simple track, the vocals are crisp and clear however and everything about the track just seems to work. On this album the low production values seem to suit the bands sound brilliantly, only on a few tracks here do you ever feel that the roughness of the recording detracts from the overall quality of the 'Kerplunk' album as a whole.
With the final four tracks of this release a change in sound can definitely here be heard. The first twelve tracks are rough and sound extremely low budget, with the tracks that were originally included on the 'Sweet Children' EP however the quality is even weaker. For the final four tracks of this album the volume level seems to drop off and you therefore have to turn the music up in order to hear it all properly. The graininess of the recording is particularly apparent on the tracks of 'Sweet Children' and 'Best Thing In Town', there are times when I find it difficult to listen to 'Best Thing In Town' in fact. A hissing sound can at times be heard here, it's difficult to put up with and sometimes the vocals fade away to an almost inaudible volume. 'Strangleland' is a lot better produced I feel and sounds far clearer than any of the other three that are included here as 'bonus' offerings. The problem with 'Strangleland' is that even though the recording is a lot clearer, the vocals are poorly sung and often in fact Billie Joe Armstrong can be heard here to go completely out of key.
'My Generation' is I feel a decent closing track for this 'Kerplunk' album, it's perhaps not as strong as the intended closing track of 'Words I Might Have Ate' and yet still it works well. For the most part here the band sticks very much to the script of the original The Who recording of this one, little change has been made here and only slight tweaks and changes can be heard. The recording is quite poor and yet this adds atmosphere to the cover, 'My Generation' is pulled off well by Green Day here and both the main and the backing vocals are sung incredibly well. The cover is fast, frantic and come to a perfect climax. The punk energy of Green Day can be heard coming through strongly here, something that is in fact true of this 'Kerplunk' album as a whole. You can tell throughout this release that the three members of Green Day have a strong grounding in the genre of punk rock, the attitudes of the bands three members scream punk rock and so too in fact does the low budget recording of this 'Kerplunk' album. Green Day was a fresh faced punk rock band back when this album was recorded, something that is highly apparent from start to finish throughout the sixteen tracks that are here included on this album.
For those that have only got into the music of Green Day in recent years through albums such as those of 'Warning' and 'American Idiot' then this early album may come as quite a shock. Green Day has not always been a huge mainstream rock band, there was a time when Green Day recorded low budget albums such as this and my opinion is that the band was all the better for it. I'm not at all a fan of the recent works of Green Day, I do however have a massive love for the bands albums of the past such as 'Insomniac', 'Dookie' and this 'Kerplunk' album also. 'Kerplunk' is a strong album I feel, sixteen tracks are included here and whilst the recording is not of a particularly high quality the music is most certainly excellent to listen to. For those with an appreciation for punk rock music then I highly recommend giving this album a listen, if you're a fan of Green Day and have yet to hear this album then it may well be worth investing in this also. 'Kerplunk' is by no means perfect, this album has some serious flaws and yet I personally find the sound created here to be hugely appealing. Green Day shows some strong signs of what was to come here, the 'Kerplunk' album is full of promise and this band did of course go on to sell millions of records worldwide.
Firstly to all of the people claiming to be Greenday fans after the release of "Time of your life", I just want to state that Greenday were around a Long time before that single and that they have missed out on some amazing material. The Band:- Billie Joe Armstrong - Guitar and Vocals. Mike Dirnt - Bass and Backing Vocals. Tre Cool - Drums. Greenday formed in the late 1980's, Inspired by some of the best underground American pop punk artists such as The Mr T Experience and Op Ivy. They were origanally signed to the Underground label LOOKOUT RECORDS home of some very good unknown acts. Before this album they released a short 10 track album called 39/smooth (Later rereleased with added Eps and bonus tracks as 1039/Smoothed out slappy hours) This was a very good album and showed a lot of promise although the production was a bit poor. Then came this album... Most people talk about Dookie whenever they here of Greenday, But that album was mearly a copy of this album. Although the production isnt as great as some of their later albums, The songs on this more than make up for that. Track 1- 2000 light years away. This track has all of the characteristics of Dookie era Greenday, It has a nice hooky pop punk guitar riff, Some simple but effective drumming and Billie Joe's Trademark lovelorn lyrics. Track 2- One for the Razorbacks. This track has a little more of a darker intro riff than the opening song. It builds up into a very good mid paced punk track with a chorus reminicent of basket case and longview. Track 3- Welcome to paradise. If you already own Dookie then you will already know this song as it appears on that album aswell. This version seems more darker than the later version due to the production, In my opinion this version is better. Track 4- Christie Road. The Stand out track of the album. A slower track than
most of their early work, With a chuggy guitar sound that brings The vocals out to the front. The lyrics arnt there usual bright sound they are more dark and brooding. Track 5- Private Ale. Another track with a very catchy chorus and chuggy guitars but this track seems a bit like a filler. Track 6- Dominated Love Slave. Tre cools first venture into singing, This track is a very funny intermission from the usual style. Its more of a Country style song with lyrics about S&M. A filler but definately worth listening to. Track 7- One of my lies. The Younger cousin of Basket case, This song has everything that BC had, Great Guitars Crashing drums cool lyrics a very catchy chorus. If this track had been released 3 years later it would have been very succesful. Track 8- 80 This song begins quite slow then builds up to a nice paced finish. As with most Greenday tracks the Chorus makes this song so good, You have Billie Joe singing the main bits and Mike doing the backing vocals which really works well. Track 9- Android. Another song about growing up, Throughout the album this is one of the main topics of Billie Joes lyrics. A quite fast paced pop punk track that is very likeable. Track 10- No one Knows. A Semi Acoustic track that lays its heart on its sleeve, A very downbeat song with Billie singing about all his friends growing old around him. Not one of my favourite tracks but shows what was to come on later albums. Track 11- Who wrote Holden Caulfield? Fast paced punk that could have done with a bit better production, but again very catchy and you will be bouncing around to it. Track 12- Words I might have ate. Another stand out track, Sounds a little different from the greenday we all know, but still has the hooky chorus. Not really a punk track more pop, Very good. Track 13- Sweet children. When Gre
enday first formed they were origanally called Sweet Children and this is one of their earliest songs. The production is very poor, the drums sound like someone hiting a tin! fair track that doesnt do the rest of the album justice would have suited a rarities album better. Track 14- Best Thing in town. This is again from the time of Sweet Children, Its also quoted as the very first song that Billie Joe wrote its a fast paced pop punk track that again suffers from bad production but it is a very good track. Track 15- Strangelands. Another Sweet Children track so it suffers the same production problems that the last two did. It is nice to see the way the bands has progressed from their early efforts, Which showed their early promise. Track 16- My Generation. The last track on the album is a cover version of The Who's classic "My Generation" In my opinion its better than the original because it doesnt use the stuttery vocals that the original did. A very nice way to end a very good album. If you like this album i would also recomend all of their other albums and any albums by THE MR T EXPERIENCE (Also on lookout records) you wont be dissapointed. You might also like Pinhead Gunpowder, Billies side project.
When I first told my father to buy me Kerplunk and Dookie as a means to make up for 11 years of neglect, I was a little apprehensive. I had only heard Dookie at my friend's house and had liked it. Buy Kerplunk? It was shrouded in mystery. I already owned Insomniac, Nimrod, International Superhits and Shenanigans. Would Kerplunk prove to be immature and boring, or as good as everything else I had heard? The good news is that it WAS. Kerplunk starts off with 2,000 light years away. For me, it was the song that "eased me into the water". "One for the razorbacks" had me singing along (albiet a little slowly) and I admit. I do a little bit of air drum in Christie Road when there is that guitar bit. Weird. The bonus tracks are neat, but I think that Strangeland and Best Thing in Town are very similar. Their cover of "My Generation" is great, in my opinion. So, my dad was able to keep me happy and I scabbed two cds off him. Go me!
Green Day’s Kerplunk, their first studio album (but not on a major label), is one of the most important records of the last ten years. In me saying important, I mean influential. There are plenty of these “important” records but here’s my rough list for the past ten years: Weezer- Pinkerton Nirvana- Nevermind Green Day- Dookie Each of those records has created a new musical style and attitude. Nirvana masterminded the grunge revolution, Weezer brought emo-rock to the masses (although Pinkerton was a dismal commercial and critical flop) while Green Day started the punk revival of the 1990s. Dookie is always the album credited as doing this. It’s the most successful punk album of all time, selling around 14 million copies at the time of writing and without its existence we wouldn’t be blessed with a few great bands like Blink-182 (don’t laugh) and Ash. However it also spawned a number of hopelessly bad bands such as New Found Glory, Sum-41 and Wheatus (yes, they all still exist). There’s no denying that Dookie brought punk back into the mainstream but it was really Kerplunk that was the important album. Back in 1991, Green Day comprised of Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals/guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass guitar/vocals) and Tre Cool (drums) set out to make a low-budget album on a relatively small indie label. In 1992 the result, titled Kerplunk (playground slang for dog s**t), was released and was a minor hit. Its bare-bones punk sound attracted several major labels that were hungry for a new Nirvana to emerge from the ashes. Eventually Green Day signed to Reprise records for an undisclosed amount of money. The rest is history. After hearing Green Day’s latest demos like Maria and Poprocks And Coke for their sixth studio album due for release next summer, I can safely say that Green Day are returning to their old punk roots. There’s none of that horrible novelty R
20;punk” music as heard on the rather flawed Warning record. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest Green Day fan in the world: I own all four major label records (and Kerplunk) and I’ve seen them live once. There are many more fans that are more obsessed with the godfathers of nu-punk than me (I’m obsessed with Weezer and Blink-182, and Ash). Yesterday I saw Kerplunk in HMV at a “budget” price of £6.50. I decided, what the heck, I have a few pounds to spare and so I emerged from HMV with one more record in my ever-growing collection. When I came home, I didn’t expect Kerplunk to be on par with Dookie, Insomniac or Nimrod. Most bands grow better with time and make the best music far into their career (anybody remember Blink-182’s Buddha “record”) so I wasn’t expecting that much from Kerplunk. I just hoped it wouldn’t be the catastrophe that Blink-182’s Buddha is. I was absolutely shocked by Kerplunk. I was devastated, horrified, pleased and happy with Kerplunk. I couldn’t believe I had never bough such a gem before. I can undoubtedly say now that Green Day’s best album is Insomniac, but Kerplunk comes damn close to its stature. I’m devastated, as I’ve got my favourite albums list all wrong now. The revised list goes like this: 1. Weezer- Pinkerton 2. Blink-182- Cheshire Cat 3. Green Day- Insomniac 4. Ash- Nu-Clear Sounds 5. Beach Boys- Pet Sounds 6. Green Day- Kerplunk So why is Kerplunk a gem? Well, it’s simply the perfect punk/pop album (Insomniac isn’t punk/pop but more punk rock so it’s impossible to compare the two). I’ve heard loads of them: Enema Of The State 1977 Dookie Weezer (1994) I can safely say that Kerplunk is better than any of these albums and I urge you that if you like any of the above, then Kerplunk needs to be in your
record collection. It’s one of those records. So after all that babbling, where do I start? Well, Dookie is basically Kerplunk Part Two- and as we all know sequels are always worse than the original. Kerplunk takes all the maverick deadbeat themes and melodic hooks on Dookie and removes the horrible studio panache and production that really dragged those songs down. This album has no production whatsoever and its all the better for it. Punk was never about amazing production and rock opera styles- it was always about playing catchy tunes as fast as you can on full distortion. This album does that only too well. And for a band like Green Day in 1992, it has surprisingly mature and often suicidal themes. Every song has a tinge of sadness and there isn’t a completely happy song on this record. Just like being a teenager, you can always pick out the faults in something- you’re always pessimistic and thinking about death. However the real ace of spades about this album isn’t its lyrics, more its tunes that really never let up until the latter part of the album. That said, there are two types of song on this album: The fast paced “see you at the finish line” kind with distortion and full throttle drums that never let up. Android, Who Wrote Holden Caulfield, One Of my Lies and the Green Day classic 2000 Light Years Away are all fine examples of this. Each of these songs have hooks that only a brainless person couldn’t recognise- the biggest example is on 2000 Light Years Away. The real hook is when Billie Joe sings “because she’s 2000 Light Years Away” in the songs booming chorus. After the first chorus finishes, instead of the next verse- we’re treated to it again, just in case we didn’t catch it the first time! What kind of numbskulls do Green Day take us for? However, the finest example of these fast paced songs is Who Wrote Holden Caulfield. In brief, it is the Basket
Case of this album- all crashing drums, hurdle hopping basslines and psychedelic guitar tunes. It starts with a quiet guitar line (distorted like on Basket Case) as Joe sings about hiding secrets from loved ones: “I’ve got something that I don’t want to tell you”. The line sounds hopeless and in want of love coming from Billie’s mouth- to the benefit of the song. By the time the chorus swoops in, everything gets a hell of a lot louder while the songs jumps themes from laziness to boredom to hate. However what makes the song better than Basket Case is that it’s so raw with barely no production duties coming from the guitars. This raw feel makes it more fun to listen to after the tirades of bands that have suffered from overproduced songs, like Blink-182 on their latest records. The sound is so fresh and exciting, you can’t help but move around to it. Android touches on the subject of homelessness and how we’re all afraid of not having a pillar to fall onto. Billie Joe Armstrong sings under an addictive bouncy riff “Will I become like that” (referring to a homeless person and then says the immortal line: “my life, I’ll waste away”. What makes it so catchy is how the “away” is not just sung but more drawn out into about four syllables under simply just a crashing drum beat and slide guitar with a vibrato bass note. The other type of song on this album is the slower, toned down kind that delve into depression and themes of suicide. The best example on this is Longview’s twin brother: Christie Road. Its opening line goes “staring out of my window, watching the cars pass by really slow, my friends are gone, I’ve got nothing to do”. That line means so much to me. You see, I live with retarded parents who want to go to Paris for holiday for no more than two nights. When you have friends cruising around with girls in California for eight weeks that is ve
ry depressing. What makes it worse is that I haven’t been on holiday for the last four years. So, this year my parents promised me something special. Everything backfired (as usual with my family and me) and I’ve ended up with Paris. So I’ve been stuck in the house, depressed and feeling that I’ve developed agoraphobia (phobia from going outside). Hell, I’m even typing on a broken computer keyboard rightnow so please feel for me! So, when Billie Joe comes out with a line like that that is so in touch with my inner feelings and beliefs I jump up in joy. The theme is continued in the song’s booming chorus: “give me something to do to kill some time”. Cliched words, I know- but when Green Day do it, they do it excellently. Other examples of slow songs are 80 and No One Knows. The latter starts with a melodic bassline building up to a huge guitar burst in the chorus. The song sounds similar to Nirvana’s best song- All Apologies. So- is Kerplunk pure punk/pop perfection. In one word: no. Kerplunk is sixteen tracks long and thirteen of those are fantastic. Unfortunately it loses steam towards the last three tracks of the album- Best Thing In Town, Strangeland and My Generation. These tracks really lack the soul of the other classics on this album and each sounds uninspired and repetitive- the most annoying being My Generation’s Beach Boys style chorus: “I’m happy for my generation”. Kerplunk would work much better as a thirteen track record with maybe these three songs as bonus tracks. The album would feel much more comfortable and fantastic if that was. Other highlights on Kerplunk are two fantastic country numbers: the spoof Dominated Love Slave and the hilarious Words I Might Have Ate. The former sounds like the twin brother to Blink-182’s recent cult hit F**k A Dog. The song delves into bondage and a dominatrix with Tre Cool singing for the first and hopeful
ly not last time for Green Day. However, the real highlight of this album is the original version of Welcome To Paradise. The song, also featured on Dookie, is such a classic but hearing it in its original form is so myuch better than the production heavy Dookie version of the cult hit single. The song sounds more off the rails than before and the bass interlude is much faster- in fact, the whole thing runs a lot faster than before with the chorus sounding more subtle and aggressive than the Dookie version. So, in conclusion, this is one good record. Green Day have seemingly done the impossible and have made an album with pop undertones, catchy hooks and booming choruses without losing the punk spirit and credibility that they lost on 1994’s classic Dookie album. Now, all you need to do is rate this opinion as very useful and nominate it for a crown. I want my second crown! I do read the message boards and reply so drop me a line. Chow Pinkertonisrad.
I must admit that I am not a fan at all of Green Day?s latest work. I find it bland, and middle of the road, the type of thing that has been watered down in order to please the mass market and the little kids who think they?re oh-so-punk because they happen to like one of the songs. Their earlier stuff however, and especially this album, is so much more fresh and different in comparison, and this album has become one of my all time favorites. <2000 light years away> The album starts with the crash of guitars and drums. The song is very skate punk with the couldn?t-care-less voice, and the very few guitar chords!! The song gets quieter (but not slower!) at some points, and then kicks off again with the drum rolls! It?s a very good start to the album, and gets you into the mood! 7/10 <One for the razorbacks> I think that this song is slightly more thoughtful, and there is a definite difference between the tempo of this song and the last. It?s not the best song on the album, but it manages to keep interest and sing-a-long ability. There is also a really good guitar solo right in the middle, but the song doesn?t really seem to go anywhere. 5/10 <Welcome to paradise> This is once of the best on the album, and unless I?m mistaken, I think it was a single. The tune is really appealing, but the instrument <only-3-chords> that is becoming Green Day?s sound is still there! The chorus in particular is very catchy, and is what makes this song one of the best on the album! The song breaks in the middle where there is a little guitar/bass playing which gradually builds up, louder and thicker until the song explodes again! 9/10 <Christie road> This song starts slowly with slower, steadier guitaring. This song is much more like their latest offerings; it lacks the young sound that makes this album so much better than the others. The singing in this song is slower, and I think drearier, but you can hear i
t a lot easier than the rest of the album. However, near the end of the album, the instrumental kicks off a bit and the song gets slightly more interesting. 5/10 <Private ale> This is another song of <Christie road>?s genre, a bit boring. It?s not slow, and it does have a tune, but it just isn?t one of my favourite on the album. Sometimes I can?t help but wonder whether some songs were just added to pad it out. It is a very good song, and it does have everything that it needs, good guitaring, a good tune, mad screaming, good lyrics, it just doesn?t really stick out in my mind or inspire me much. 6/10 <Dominated love slave> Definatly the funniest song on the album, this was just added on to make us laugh! It?s played on a tacky sounding guitar and sung in a hill-billy voice. The lyrics are just what you?d expect from the title; <Cos I love feeling dirty, and I love feeling cheap, and I love it when you hurt me, so drive those staples deep!>. 9/10 <One of my lies> This song sounds sensible in comparison! This is another standard Green Day song, not amazingly fun, but not boring either. To be honest, it sounds like a song they wrote in an hour! 5/10 <80> Personally I think this song is about being mad, or a criminal or something. It starts off relatively slow, and thin, and then the chorus begins and it gets livelier. It?s got a good tune, but not exactly one that you?d find yourself humming when you?re walking down the street! This is also probably one of the longer songs on the album, in that it?s longer than 3 minutes! 6/10 <Android> This song starts off really fast, but with a steady rhythm! The drums are really really fast, with loads of cymbals and add a great accompaniment to the tempo of the song. In the background, the guitars (or bass?) are continually throbbing (that?s the best word I can think of!). For some bizarre reason, there is a sound effect of a
toilet flushing, and a man with a really deep voice saying something I can?t hear! 5/10 <No one knows> This is a really slow song. At first you think that Billie Joe is going to start singing a ballad or something! Actually that would be quite funny to hear! But the guitars start up, really slowing, and only playing a few chords. The tune is really boring, and I can never be bothered to listen to this song! 4/10 <Who wrote Holden Caulfield?> This is a lot better song, much faster, and it?s much more fun. It comes as a welcome relief to the last few songs! I don?t know what it?s about because the lyrics aren?t clear! The tune is really catchy, and slightly different to the others on here! It?s not exactly a standout track, but I like it! The instruments and the singing sounds much stronger and genuine, and I don?t get bored! 7/10 <Words I might?ve ate> This is another song that sounds quite different to me. The guitars sound acoustic, although they probably aren?t, and they?re still played in the same punk style! The chords are also different enough to be distinguished from each other, and to have more impact! The lyrics are bizarre, but I can never hear them well enough to make a developed comment! Also differently, it fades out rather than stopping abruptly. 8/10 <Sweet children> The title of this song used to be the name of the band, and I suspect that it used to be one of their main songs. It?s a fast moving, catchy fun song. The vocals like normal sound slightly pre-occupied, in that I?m not sure he really puts enough emotion into it, but then this is punk, so why should he? It finishes early, but is one of the best songs on the album. 8/10 <Best thing in town> This is another punky song, but not quite so fast as the last. The tune isn?t quite as appealing as the last song either. It contains a slightly old-fashioned punk guitar solo that adds just that bit extra
to it. The lyrics aren?t hugely developed, mostly comprising of <The best thing in town!>. 6/10 <Strange land> This song sounds a bit samey, and especially at this point in the album when most of their different techniques and so on have been used up! Like normal, it?s a very fast song with really fast drum rolls and beats, and the normal instrumental guitar bits. The voice at this point does start to get a bit grating, and this is definatly just on the album as a filler. 4/10 <My Generation> This is a cover of the Who song with a punk twist. It?s shouty, fast and Green Day even add their own sound effects in the form of some bloke shouting and glass breaking! I haven?t really listened to the original particularly closely, but from what I gather there isn?t a huge amount of difference to the 2 songs, but I think this is a really good track on the album, and defiantly a highlight. 9/10 <The artwork> The cover of the album is in white and green, with a line drawn cartoon of a childish looking girl with a gun. The band name and the title of the album are written in carton style text. I think they could?ve used more colours, because it?s not particularly eye-catching. On the back, the cartoon theme is continued, with the logos, and the track listing, and there is a black and white photo of the band looking young and sweet ? awww! Lyrics to all the songs are included, and in the center pages there is the best story!
This was the last Green Day album i bought. I have spent the last year saving up and purchasing every album until now, when i finally have them all. The first album i bought was Nimrod and i loved every minute of the 49 it contained. However, i was only ever recommended "Dookie" by my friends. Now that i have all of the albums i don't see why this is so. It's kind of like "Nevermind" with "Nirvana." It was the album that single handedly changed rock as the world knew it, but the majority of fans would not call it their favourite album. Priority going to "Bleach" or "In Utero." I thnk the same should be true of "Dookie." Although it opened a gateway for new punk-pop acts to come through and started a whole new genre of music, it can be argued that it is not the best album. It may be the best collection of their work but i feel Kerplunk is their greatest album. Songs like "Christie Road" and "2000 Light Years Away" have a brilliant punk-pop element, enough to make the album reveloutionary, yet it wasn't. It was put hardly even recognised my the media. However, it still contains the raw punk rock, anti-social feel that bands such as Rancid contain. Notable in songs like the raw punk cover of "My Generation" and "Best Thing in Town." Also, the comic scene is set here for Blink 182, with "Dominated Love Slave," the Yokal sounding, choral happy song is pure pop-punk in its own unique Green Day way. You can tell that this album was not produced by a major but that is no reason to ignore it as a great piece of punk culture. Without this album Dookie would not exist so all you Dookie lovers should remember that.It was the quality of this album that brought Green Day the chance to move to Reprise. I feel that if this album was made on a maojor, then the pop-punk revoultion would have come a lot earlier. It is clear when you listen to the two versions of &q
uot;Welcome to Paradise" that Kerplunk was not given the same treatment that Dookie was. I think that is what makes this album so special, the rawness and the fact that they were a pure band, untouched by greedy major label producers.
Green Day recorded this album at the end of 1991 and it was released in 1992. Already they had quite a large underground following following the release of their 39/Smooth LP, and this album underlined and emphasised their appeal. Whilst not selling anywhere near as many as it’s successor, Dookie, it is still a fine album. It is fairly different to Dookie – recorded on independent label Lookout Records; the recording budget was only a few thousand dollars so the sound is a lot rawer and less polished than on Dookie. The songs are more advanced lyrically than on 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (39/Smooth was re-released with a few EP tracks added to it). Having grown up and seen a bit more of the world, the lyrics are less clumsy, but still deal with the same sense of teen dissatisfaction. Typically of Green Day, the lyrics are simple, but they get the message across really well and you can feel what he’s saying. Any teenager, or those remembering what being a teenager was like will identify with most of the songs. It’s why I like Green Day so much – they can say what I’m trying to say, except in a much better way. 2,000 LIGHT YEARS AWAY “I hear some laughter, we laugh together” A nice up-tempo number to open the album on, in a pretty typical Green Day three-chord style. It’s a love song to a girl who doesn’t know he exist, he feels she’s so far out of his reach she may as well be “2000 Light Years Away”. ONE FOR THE RAZORBACKS “Open up your worried world and let me in” It’s another song about unrequited love, and again, Billie uses an up tempo tune to convey quite a sad subject. The song is about a girl that he keeps seeing, and who he likes. She is depressed and he is trying to make her see that the world is a nasty place but he will do the best he can to make her happy. WELCOME TO PARADISE R
20;Some call it slums some call it nice” One of the all-time Green Day favourites, this song also appears in a reworked version on follow-up album Dookie. The song is driven by a great bass-line, showing how talented bass player Mike Dirnt is. It’s about leaving home to live in a less desirable area, and how much he dislikes it, but as time progresses he actually likes it. CHRISTIE ROAD “Take away the strains of being lonely” This is one of my favourite tracks on the album. It means a lot to me because one summer I was stranded out at home on my own, and I was lonely and depressed, and this song really summed up how I felt. It’s a slow depressing song that really comes to life at the end, about being alone when all your friends are away, waiting for something to happen and take away the boredom. PRIVATE ALE “I don’t seem to care” I don’t really like this one as much as the rest of the album. The tune isn’t great and the lyrics are a bit weak. It’s another unrequited love song, about waiting outside her house and wondering what she’s doing. DOMINATED LOVE SLAVE “You can spank me when I do not behave” This song is hilarious. It’s by Tre, the drummer and it more or less sums up the way his mind works. It’s all about wanting to be beaten up and hurt in the name of love a pleasure. It’s played in a country style, it’s funny and really not typical Green Day! ONE OF MY LIES “Why does my life have to be so small yet death is forever?” This is another highlight of the album, based around a really cool little riff. It asks that perennial question – “Why?” It’s about growing up and realising not everything in the world goes your way. 80 “80 please keep taking me away” This is a pleasant change for Green D
ay – a love song with a happy ending. Written for Billie’s wife Adrienne (Adie – 80 – geddit?) before they started going out, it’s mostly the bassline that makes this song. The lyrics are really sweet, describing how hung up he is on he and how much he loves her. ANDROID “Time passes by like lightning” This is another one of the weaker songs; it’s about growing up. Billie spots a man in the street wearing woman’s clothes and wonders if one day he’ll turn out like that. The tune is a bit forgettable, but the lyrics are quite good. NO ONE KNOWS “But sometimes my actions hurt” This is the darkest song on the album. It’s really slow and bleak, picked out on the guitar. The song doesn’t really have any point, it’s about being confused, not liking yourself and feeling guilty about hurting others. It’s great to see Green Day capable of doing more than three chord pop songs. WHO WROTE HOLDEN CAULFIELD? “Oh well never mind” Green Day return to the three chord pop song, hitting back into top gear. I really like this song; it’s fun and fast, with great lyrics. It takes it’s inspiration from the book “Catcher in the Rye”, the subject of the song making plans to do something to change his life, but never actually getting round to doing it. WORDS I MIGHT HAVE ATE “But now it’s gone and I take the blame” Green Day return to the slower song, and I may even be hearing acoustic guitars on this one! It’s a sad song again, about the aftermath of a relationship, Billie wondering what he might have said in order to stop it from going bad. There are some nice harmonies on this song. The final four songs weren’t on the original release of Kerplunk, they are from the Sweet Children EP, the first EP Green Day ever released (when they wen
t under the name “Sweet Children”. The production isn’t great on them, they’re very raw and the vocals are difficult to make out. Remember Green day did this when they where still in High School! Oh, I’m so jealous! SWEET CHILDREN “Will never win” Opening up very similar to “Welcome to Paradise”, it’s about a relationship where a girl is being used by her boyfriend. Less than two minutes long. BEST THING IN TOWN “Hearing colours and all I see are sounds” Another fast, raw number, Billie trying to get a girl to go out with him. STRANGELAND “Looking at the clouds in the sky” The worst track on the EP, the song has unintelligible lyrics, it sounds like Billie is trying to convey the experiences of a trip to his friends. MY GENERATION “People try to put us down” A brilliant cover of the Who classic, played with as much venom as the original, Green Day using it to tell everyone who has been putting them down where to go. The best part is where they each have a solo at the end. Overall, I love this album. While I wouldn’t play it as much as the more recent ones, I prefer the lyrics on this one, they’re a lot more personal and mean more to me, I’m at the same stage in my life now as they where when they released this album. It probably is only of real interest to Green Day fans, but they will really appreciate it. The music is up-tempo and the lyrics identifiably Green Day. If you haven’t listened to Green Day before get Dookie or Nimrod first, but if they have whetted you appetite, make sure you get this.
This was Green Day's second album and undoubtedly their best. It was this album that gained them mainstream recognition and led to them getting a record contract with Reprise. The album gets off to a promising start with 2000 Light Years which has gone down as a classic. The production job wasn't particularly top quality on this album but it was acceptable. Billie Joe manages to create some very strange sounds from his guitar most of which sound excellent. Other standout tracks on this CD include Welcome to Paradise which has also gone down as one of my favourites. Billie Joe never struggles to find a catchy melody and it can take a very long time to become bored of Green Day CDs. Mike Dirnt on bass does a stunning job on Welcome To Paradise which has a very tricky bass part underneath the guitar. Tré Cool (drums) as ever seems to do a very good job although sometimes his drums don't seem to match with the overall sound of the album. Some people call Green Day a punk band and whilst I don't totally disagree with this I don't think it is entirely correct. Punk is supposed to be a very quick and aggressive form of music and to be quite honest Green Day have never been like that. They have had the punk attitude though so I suppose that punk would be the best genre to neatly slide them into. Billie Joe doesn't have traditional punk vocals - i.e. he can actually sing. He has a very clear voice that really compliments his guitars. Overall I would say that this was Green Day's best album and they are yet to better it.
This is a far more accomplished album than their first, and a lot more punky and raw in feel than any later oferings. To its credit, it contains the awesome Welcome to Paradise, the memorable 2000 Light Years Away, the tuneful Christie Road, the hilarous Dominated Love Slave, and an unmissable cover of My Generation. It isn't as polished as Dookie, and there are a few fillers, so I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction to the band - but as a second purchase after Dookie, you can't go far wrong with Kerplunk.
KerPlunk is a great improvement from their first album "Smoothed outslappy hours" showing that Green Day are not just a one sound band as you can clearly hear when comparing "Dominated Love Slave" to " Welcome to Paradise" later to be realesed on dookie with a less harsh sound to it. When listening to the album you can hear green days unique catchy tunes forming but are held back by their indie punkstyle. There are many good songs on this album including "2000 light years away" "welcome to Paradise" and "Dominated love slave" The combination of Billy Joes great lyrics and the skills of the new drummer, green day are setting themselves up for somthing big. I would recommend it to anyone who likes punk.
"Kerplunk" is Green Day's second album and if you don't own it then go and buy it now. My second favourite of their albums, "Kerplunk" stands out with a genuine punk rock feel and brilliant lyrics, which combine to give a fabulous result. Great tracks include "2000 Light-Years Away" and "One of My Lies". There are also extra tracks at the end, tacken from EP's, including "Sweet Children" and a cover of the Sex Pistols' "My Generation". An absolutely essential addition to your record collection.
Green Days second album and they still dosen't disappoint the fans. This is a must buy for any Green Day fans it is one of there best albums. "2000 Light Years Away" is one of my all time favourites it has a catchy tune and a catchy chorus this is the best songs on the album. The other great songs that stand out for are "One of my Lies" and "80" which are so original and raw sounding. This is pure quality so buy it.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 2000 Light Years Away
2 One For The Razorbacks
3 Welcome To Paradise
4 Christie Road
5 Private Ale
6 Dominated Love Slave
7 One Of My Lies
10 No One Knows
11 Who Wrote Holden Caulfield
12 Words I Might Have Ate
13 Sweet Children
14 Best Thing In Town
16 My Generation