Green Day
Dookie


5.0
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Review

by Four Ton Mantis USER (1 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 69 replies | 9,632 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


Artist: Green Day
Album: Dookie
Released: Feb 1, 1994 (reprise)

Billie Joe Armstrong: Vocals, guitars
Mike Dirnt: Bass
Tre Cool: Drums

Pop-punk music sometimes has a tendency to suck, especially these days. But if we rewind 10 years back to the release Green Day's breakthrough album, Dookie, I remind myself that in every genre of music there will always be an artist I like. The Cali trio's 3rd album, and 1st on major label (reprise), is in my opinion their undisputed best and has remained one of my all time favorite albums ever since I laid ears on it.

It's a progression in their music, if only a little, that's all they needed. Billy Joe's ability to write a good song has become widely apparent ever since. In their first two records Green Day were just a few underground kids in a punk revival band, they showed promise but were nothing more, I don't have to tell you they changed that. Dookie delivered Billy Joe's songwriting in full bloom, cynical and sarcastic, self-loathing, playful and even hateful. Green Day were deliberately acting like snotty adolescents. And they were having fun.

Dookie stormed out onto the charts in 1994, with help from MTV, with the release of the bands first single 'Longview.' The album continued to sell into the summer with the single release of 'Basket Case' (which some describe as the definitive Green Day song), spending 5 weeks on top of the charts. At the end of the summer they played Woodstock '94, stealing the show (if you've seen the footage you'd wish you were old enough (and living in the right country) to have been there) and promoting the album even further. By the time 'When I Come Around' was released, Dookie had almost sold 5 millions copies in the U.S. alone, which eventually went up to 8 million, and to 10 million worldwide. That's 10 million + copies over 10 years, a million copies a year, which is 2740 copies every day… anyhow. Green Day were blending pop into fast drumbeats and careless guitar chords, catchy lyrics over catchy melodies, making way for imitator after imitator. There's just something about it that takes me back every time I listen to it.

Track-by-track:

01. Burnout: It starts with a fast drum roll and keeps up the pace the whole way through. 'I'm not growing up, I'm just burning out' sets the tone for the rest of the album.

02. Having a Blast: Slowing down a bit and putting a bit more thought into the lyrics. The line 'To me it's nothing' repeated over and over in Billie's careless voice might stick in your head for a while.

03. Chump: Having a Blast and Chump are two tracks that sort of blend together sound wise. You might notice that, lots of the songs sound the same. Personally this is not one of my favorite tracks but it does have rather cool bass breakdown that segues into the next track 'Longview.'

04. Longview: You've all heard this song. The catchy-as-hell baseline over the lazy toms, with a chorus that forces you to chant along to makes for one of the highlights of the album.

05. Welcome to Paradise: Originally recorded on the last album, but re-recorded for Dookie. The Dookie version is much better in my opinion and I always consider this song as a 'Dookie' song. Another highlight to the album about growing up in teenage slums, with one of the best breakdowns ever.

06. Pulling Teeth: The album changes tones here. This song is a very country-ish love song. Pretty corny, but fun.

07. Basket Case: 'Do you have the time, to listen to me whine, about nothing and everything all at once?' The chunky palm muted guitars make this song, and It's been described as the definitive Green Day song.<

08. She: BRILLIANT song. A beautiful chorus melody with great lyrics. 'Are you locked up in a world that's been planned out for you?' One of my favorite GD songs of all time.

09. Sassafras Roots: A song about wasting time with the people you love. It's one of the 'happier' moments of the album.

10. When I Come Around: What can I say? This was probably the first Green day song I ever heard and it's just a classic. And you've all heard it, so I need say no more.

11. - 13. Coming Clean, Emenius Sleepus, In the End: I review these three songs as one because they are all short, fast tracks (all under 2 minutes) that blend into one another and in a way they almost come out as one song. These three tracks are part of the highlight of the album, so just because I review them as one, don't think they aren't great tracks. In the End is, in particular, a great song.

14. F.O.D.: The best song on the whole fucking album. A soft solo performance on a nylon stringed acoustic by Billie, cascading into the wildly unexpected chaos of distorted guitars and hammering drums, with the unforgettable line 'I'm taking pride in telling you to fuck off and die.' Not only is this the highlight if the album for me, but I think it's the best song ever written.

15. *All By Myself: The hidden track on F.O.D. The lyrics are hilarious, and it honestly sounds like Billie made them up on the spot.

Song highlights: Longwiew, Welcome to Paradise, She, When I Come Around, F.O.D.

With an album that starts fast and finishes loud, how could I not give it 5/5?


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ExitWound
February 13th 2004



40 Comments


The introduction to this review is good, but the track by track listings are pretty bad. A fan of the band reviewing a disc will almost always give it a 5/5, especially if it's one that's set the standard in hindsight, such as Dookie. Saying each track is "the best song ever" doesn't help much, even though you may be right. ;)

A few notes just for kicks:

- Pulling Teeth was written by Mike Dirnt after his girlfriend (accidentally) pushed him down injuring both of his elbows, causing him to spend weeks in casts and being unable to play the bass. The lyrics say it all, "I'm all busted up, Broken bones & nasty cuts. ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN But this time I can't get up. She comes to check on me MAKING sure I'm on my knees. After all she's the one who put me in this state. Is she ULTRA-VIOLENT? Is she DISTURBED? I better tell her that I LOVE her Before she does it all over again. OH GOD, SHE'S KILLING ME!!!"

- While Welcome to Paradise is on both records, there are minor differences, including the swapping of which notes Billy & Mike sing and Tre's breakdown is far more refined and perfected in Dookie. The bass has been brought out more and Billy's voice has deepened slightly. I enjoy both versions as a drummer, but I ultimately like how Tre plays it live.

- All By Myself was written by Tre and played by Tre on the guitar. He could only play 2 chords at this point. It's often played halfway during their shows with Tre on guitar and Billy Joe on drums, leading into Dominating Love Slave, a 39/Smooth hit.

- Sassassfrass Roots has some of Billy's well thought out lyrics such as "Why are you alone wasting your time when you could be with me wasting your time?" and "I'm a WASTE like you with nothing else to do. May I WASTE your time too?"

- Longview is about ultimately being bored and having nothing better to do than masturbate. It also can be heard in its pre-completed state in the WFMU show they did back in 1992. The lyrics aren't the same but Mike can be heard playing the infamous bassline in a broken state while a string is being changed.

brycey
February 13th 2004



205 Comments


^ i agree, the intro was great, but you need to vary your analysis techniques.

it was a cool review though. :thumb:

PunkinDonuts
February 22nd 2004



21 Comments


Besides Blink-182 Enema of the State, this is the greatest Pop-Punk Cd, or just ALBUM of ALL TIME!!

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 22nd 2004



2125 Comments


Fair review, awesome intro

pixiesfanyo
February 22nd 2004



1223 Comments


i think it should be rated 5/5 because it basically this cd and EoTS turn alot of people on to pop punk and that's what 5/5 is suppose to mean

ExitWound
February 22nd 2004



40 Comments


...but that's only in hindsight. The album by itself can be extremely poor, even if things changed because of it. Doesn't mean it's automatically a 5/5. Dookie's a great disc, but I think the material Green Day did before Dookie was so much better. Just because MTV got hold of them doesn't make it any better. It just blew their exposure through the roof.

5/5 should mean that the lyrics are top notch, the music perfect, and the flow and feel of the album to be there, and not feel repetitive. 5/5 does not mean it changed the world AFTER 10 years. You're basing your opinion on the success or demise of the band, rather than the material on the album.

RollerQueen
February 22nd 2004



209 Comments


Fair enough review, I think. I have a question, though.

I was driving to the hospital Friday night with this cd playing. For various reasons, I hadn't gotten much sleep in about 2 weeks so my attention span and whatnot was slightly altered (no drugs, just tiredness). Anyway, so I'm listening to the album, and I SWEAR I heard solos being played, mixed very low, on a bunch of the songs. Was my tired mind and racing brain making me imagine solos (or at least lead fills) or is it actually there? Don't say that Billy only plays chords, either, 'cause he does fun little behind-the-head solos at shows... So yeah. If you can help me, that'd be cool.

And :thumb:

ZEROthirtythree
February 22nd 2004



234 Comments


Good Review. I also give the album a 5/5.

Luxor
February 22nd 2004



166 Comments


Nice review... this is my favourite Green Day album.

superpeer
February 22nd 2004



257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I give Dookie : 3.5/5

YDload
February 22nd 2004



1207 Comments


This was the first album I ever owned. My review I did for this a long time ago was eaten and destroyed by the old server way back when, but you came through with a good enough one that I don't mind. I say, "I'm glad you're gone, review!"

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 23rd 2004



2125 Comments


[QUOTE=RollerQueen]Fair enough review, I think. I have a question, though.

I was driving to the hospital Friday night with this cd playing. For various reasons, I hadn't gotten much sleep in about 2 weeks so my attention span and whatnot was slightly altered (no drugs, just tiredness). Anyway, so I'm listening to the album, and I SWEAR I heard solos being played, mixed very low, on a bunch of the songs. Was my tired mind and racing brain making me imagine solos (or at least lead fills) or is it actually there? Don't say that Billy only plays chords, either, 'cause he does fun little behind-the-head solos at shows... So yeah. If you can help me, that'd be cool.

And :thumb:[/QUOTE]

One thing I admire about Billie Joe, is that he has the skills to shred, but he chooses not to for the sake of the song. Their first album has some shredding, apparently.

ExitWound
February 23rd 2004



40 Comments


The solo in "Only Of You" from their 1000 Hours EP is so un-Billie it's really great to hear! Check it out here.

Crashingleg
February 24th 2004



17 Comments


The solo he did in their cover of Op. Ivy's "Knowledge" on the Slappy EP is also pretty awesome. It goes to show how good a guitarist he actually is, even if he usually sticks to powerchords.

GibsonPyro
February 25th 2004



15 Comments


I love this album, some of the first songs i ever learned on the guitar, Decent review

hybridofsound
February 26th 2004



131 Comments


Great album :thumb: I like Warning a little more but this is only just under it.

Freedumb
February 27th 2004



4 Comments


great review
i used to bo into greenday but not so much anymore
none the less its a good CD so i ll give her a 4/5

ntnguitarist
February 29th 2004



10 Comments


this cd rocks..best greenday cd..i'd give it a 5/5

perkeyset
March 7th 2004



1 Comments


[QUOTE=ExitWound]...but that's only in hindsight. The album by itself can be extremely poor, even if things changed because of it. Doesn't mean it's automatically a 5/5. Dookie's a great disc, but I think the material Green Day did before Dookie was so much better. Just because MTV got hold of them doesn't make it any better. It just blew their exposure through the roof.

5/5 should mean that the lyrics are top notch, the music perfect, and the flow and feel of the album to be there, and not feel repetitive. 5/5 does not mean it changed the world AFTER 10 years. You're basing your opinion on the success or demise of the band, rather than the material on the album.[/QUOTE]

**** you

ExitWound
March 8th 2004



40 Comments


Where'd that come from? I love the album. But it's not correct to say the album is good 10 years later only because it helped defined the poppunk movement. The songs on Dookie are great, but far inferior to the pre-Dookie era. His lyrics have increased 10fold in quality and imagery, but he'll always retain that Billie Joeness about them. The music in Warning is much more complex as well. Dookie is a simple album that's all. And it's good becuase it's Dookie, NOT because 10 years later it looks good in competition to what's out there now. Dookie's a 4/5 but it's far from perfect.



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