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Editors’ Notes

Green Day’s overwhelming success with its third album Dookie sent the curious back to the earlier catalog to discover the band’s pop-punk charms were firmly in place. An early take of “Welcome to Paradise” is every bit as enticing and “2000 Light Years Away” is another perfectly catchy punk-pop anthem that highlights the band’s Jam-Buzzcocks-Dickies-Ramones-Descendents influence while still maintaining their own clear identity. Singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s clear, earnest vocals add just the right touch of snotty indifference and warm empathetic sincerity where necessary. “One of My Lies,” “Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?” and the moderately subdued “Words I Might Have Ate” riff with exuberance while “Christie Road” slows things down just enough to express what for this punk trio would be considered their “soft” side. It still attacks with Armstrong’s guitar never relenting on drummer Tre Cool and bassist Mike Dirnt’s meter-perfect attack. Cool even sidetracks the band into a little thigh-slapping country dig with “Dominated Love Slave.” Armstrong finishes things with a sloppy and lively take on the Who’s “My Generation.”

Customer Reviews


This album RULES!!!!! its the greatest thing green day ever made as a band! A MUST-BUY!!! non green day lovers $#*& OFF!!!


I am a true Green Day fan (I have every album), this album is truely the best, take my advice, My Generation has some insane guitar in it too, But, if you don't like songs about girls and stuff like that, don't buy it.

Excellent album, but don't call it Punk Rock

There is no denying that these songs are extremely catchy and the album as a whole is quite good. This is Green Day's strongest album in my opinion. They would be called sellouts with their next album "Dookie", but I always thought that was unfair. Green Day was never a Punk Rock band. Punk Rock consists of bands like "Fear", "The Misfits", "Black Flag" ect. This is pop rock just like "Dookie". The band didn't change their sound on "Dookie", they just changed from the independent "Lookout! Records" to a major label. Not a suprising move considering their much more Pop than Punk.


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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