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International Superhits!

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Album Review

In the heady days of the post-grunge mid-'90s, it was hard to see who were real and who were pretenders — and that didn't even take into account whose music would stand the test of time and whose wouldn't. Which is a roundabout way of saying that even if Green Day's breakthrough record, Dookie, sold millions upon millions of copies, it was hard to tell if it was a fluke of their talent or their time — whether they deserved it or not, or whether they just were in the right place at the right time. Years later, after many more hits and brilliant albums like Warning, it became clear that Green Day were an exceptional band that was blessed to come along at precisely the right time, so they could flourish commercially and artistically. If you look at their peers, you'll realize that not many were able to pull that trick off, and a collection like International Superhits! confirms that they not only were popular and good, but they could have held their own against their idols. And that's not an idle boast, either — listening to this generous 21-track collection, which does contain all the hits but also a new song and such non-LP songs as "J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" (from the Angus soundtrack, if you're keeping track), it becomes clear that the group was as melodic as the Jam or the Buzzcocks and as impassioned as the Clash, only they were American and coming about 15 years too late. Those British comparisons are accurate — they borrowed the sound and style of classic U.K. punk and delivered it with the spirit and attitude of the '80s underground, which gave them a distinctly '90s spin, where '80s irony met '60s and '70s classicism. So, even if they were unintentionally working within a familiar framework, they infused it with passion and unpredictability — particularly in the sense that nobody would have guessed that Billie Joe Armstrong was such a damn good songwriter, no matter if he was writing frenzied punk like "Brain Stew/Jaded," sub-Stray Cat strut like "Hitchin' a Ride," or affecting pop like "When I Come Around" and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)." Better still, that just scratches the surfaces of his talents, and it doesn't even acknowledge that he partnered with a band that could deliver those songs, resulting in a body of work more consistent and thrilling than the Sex Pistols and more ambitious than the Ramones. If that sounds like sacrilege, well, you just haven't listened with open ears, as this stellar collection proves. Distilled to their singles, Green Day sound fiercer than ever, and more musically vibrant — and, if you're a fan of the albums, it's easy to realize that this just scratches the surface of what they've done. But that surface is spectacular — proof positive that Green Day are one of the great punk bands, regardless of era. And there's no better proof of that than this addictive, essential collection.

Customer Reviews

Great Album!

Good songs like Basket Case, Warning, Good Riddance(Time of your life) and Poprocks and Coke are in a well put together album and £7.99 is a good deal. I would advise it to people who like Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay and Oasis. There are a mixture of songs however some sound very similar.

Green Day

I don't know what band 'Arv152' is listening to but Green Day sound nothing like Franz Ferdinand or Kaiser Chiefs. Green Day are one of the best punk rock bands around, (if not the best), their music has been a lifeline for many people. The International Superhits album has every great track from Dookie to Warning that were released and also there are 3 unreleased songs, Poprocks and Coke, Maria and J.A.R. If you are a new fan of Green Day then buy this album, if you already own all their albums you need to get the 3 extra tracks.

Best Songs are Basket Case, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), Brain Stew, Hitchin' A Ride, Minority, Welcome To Paradise, When I Come Around and Longview. But i am sure if you shop around, you can get this album for less than £4. If you buy this and like most of the songs, then i would advise you to buy the albums, they are incredible, especially Dookie.

awesome!

this album is great. all of their best songs are included, especially the hits like 'basket case', 'minority', 'good riddance (time of your life)' and 'hitchin a ride'. its also got two previously unreleased tracks, 'maria' and 'poprocks and coke', which are awesome. make sure you also check out 'international supervideos!', its got most of the music videos of the songs off this album, plus 'last ride in'. great album to add to your collection! rock on green day! <3

Biography

Formed: 1988 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam in terms of influence. At their core, Green Day were simply punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie, their 1994 major-label debut. Dookie sold over ten million copies, paving the way for a string of multi-platinum...
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