3 May 2013 Stuff We Like
Green Day - Dookie (Reissue)
Dookie is the third studio album by renowned American punk rock trio Green Day. After achieving initial success with their second album, Kerplunk (1992), Green Day left their own independent label, Lookout Records. They were signed to Reprise Records where the release of their break out album attracted international recognition. Green Day caught some flack from then grass-roots fans who pinned them as sell-outs, though Dookie eventually became their most successful album to date. The album achieved Diamond status and sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Green Day is credited with reviving main stream interest in punk rock during the 90’s.
While the name of this album is more than mildly unappealing for obvious reasons, ironically every single song on Dookie is pure gold. Mike Dirnt’s bouncy bass lines and melodic vocal harmonies give Green Day’s songs a pleasant, catchy element that is largely responsible for their commercial appeal. Green Day was one of the first bands that I considered myself a huge fan of as an eleven year old, though these songs are more relevant at twenty-two than they ever were as an adolescent. Green Day’s poppy sound is countered by their darker thematic content: issues with drugs, anxiety, and sexuality make this album pertinent as a coming of age account for many. The universality of Billie Joe’s struggle as a young twenty-something punk kid is easily relatable.
The first track on this record is titled “Burnout”: here the listener acquaints himself with the lifestyle and general attitude expressed on Dookie. Billie Joe struggles with the pain of growing older and is faced with strong emotions as well as simultaneous apathy. “Longview” touches upon similar battles against boredom and lack of motivation. Mike Dirnt’s unforgettable bass line was allegedly composed under the influence of LSD. “Welcome to Paradise” rips as a song about the pressures experienced by a youth who has recently moved out of his mother’s home. Billie Joe cheekily refers to slummy neighborhoods as “paradise” and describes his initial feelings of fear, which are eventually overcome by the glory of independence despite his unsavory surroundings. Their infamous set at Woodstock 1994, which captures the mud-fights, is a must-see.
– Arielle Koonin