Performer: Green Day
Engineer: Neill King; Casey McCrankin...
Producer: Rob Cavallo; Green Day...
Distributor: WEA (Distributor)
Notes: Green Day: Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals, guitar); Michael Pritchard (bass, background vocals); Tre Cool (drums). DOOKIE won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. Green Day was also nominated for Best New Artist, "Basket Case" was nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and "Longview" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance. In the days before there was grunge or thrash, a movement called punk arose as a populist response to the conformity of corporate rock, and a return to the garage roots of the music. Punk, new wave...whatever you want to call it, the movement was quickly co-opted by the major labels and radio as the best bands quickly evaporated into the pop mainstream while the rest faded into obscurity or day jobs. "I'm not growing up, I'm just burning out, and I stepped in line to walk amongst the dead," singer-guitarist Billy Joe screams on the opening "Burnout," enunciating a timely slacker sentiment over a decidedly punk trio track, roaring through your speakers like a freight train powered by old Ramones and Clash records. One can hear the complaints of DOOKIE articulated in a thousand smoke-filled bedrooms throughout America. On "Longview," tongue not so firmly implanted in cheek, they extend their view of slacker apathy to apply to the fading joys of masturbation, but quickly answer their own ennui with the real world complaints of "Welcome To Paradise," begging the question, is there anything out there? On a song like "She," Green Day seemingly answers all the questions of apathy with a furious groove and lyrics that urge listeners "locked up in a world that's been planned for you" to "smash the silence with the brick of self-control." And with "Sassafrass Roots" Green Day ups the slacker ante dealt up by Beck on "Loser" by asking, "So why are you alone wasting your time, when you could be with me wasting your time...may I waste your time, too?" The humor and furious musicianship Green Day display on DOOKIE (listen to them echo "Sweet Home Alabama" on "When I Come Around") undercuts all the talk of apathy, confusion and lack of direction by providing a whaling home-grown alternative to business as usual rock. And wasn't that what punk was all about?
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.53) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's." Rolling Stone (1/26/95, p.50) - Voted Best Album in the 1995 Reader's Poll. Rolling Stone (12/29/94-1/12/95, p.191) - "...Emplying the Jam and the Damned on DOOKIE in the same way the Rolling Stones emulated Elmore James...Green Day render the spirit of (19)76 in crunchy pop-guitar hooks, trebly bass and madcap tempos....They render teenage wasteland politics with...accurate deadpan wit." Spin (9/99, p.146) - Ranked #53 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s." Q (1/94, p.82) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...a mature, progressive, marvelous new record..." Alternative Press (3/02, p.96) - Included in AP's "Essential Punk Influences '02 Style" - "...Ground-zero in the mall-punk explosion..." CMJ (1/6/03, p.16) - Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time" Village Voice (3/94, p.5) - Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll. Village Voice (2/28/95) - Ranked #12 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll. Stereo Review (7/94, p.82) - Performance: Lively / Recording: Punchy - "...Green Day is a cartoonish lot of surprisingly adroit players who come off like the Beastie Boys with pop smarts, good guitars, and a great intuitive grasp of rock dynamics. DOOKIE is a virtual invitation to shut the door and pull out the air guitar...." New York Times (Publisher) (1/5/95, p.C15) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...Apathy has rarely sounded so passionate." NME (Magazine) (12/24/94, p.22) - Ranked #18 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'
Coming out of the grass-roots Gilman St. punk scene of the early-1990s Bay Area, Green Day exploded into the mainstream with their third album, 1994's DOOKIE. The trio's punk energy and pop hooks, influenced by first-generation punks like the Buzzcocks, in turn inspired a huge legion of punk-pop followers. Their energy level flagged a bit following the smash success of DOOKIE, but the band's enormously successful 2004 Grammy-winning political concept album, AMERICAN IDIOT, proved they were mature artists and far from a one-trick pony.
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