Green Day
Nimrod


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Downer STAFF
September 14th, 2005 | 143 replies | 39,163 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


After creating the image of snot-nosed, booger obsessed punks with Dookie and Insomniac, Green Day took a little bit of a hiatus. They came back to the studio with the idea of making a newer, more mature image. Billie was 28 with a family. It was time for him to grow up. Enter Nimrod. Down with the three chord crap and usher in the harmonica, saxophone, trumpet, mariachi horns, violin, the works.

1. Nice Guys Finish Last- This is the perfect way for Green Day to say we're back, we've changed, and we're better than ever. While the intro is a little boring, the verse is better with Mike taking the backup. No guitar in the verse here which is an immediate change from everything GD's done before. When the pre-verse gets going, you feel the sarcastic anger in Billie's voice rise. The fist pumping cry of "Nice Guys Finish Last" in the chorus is the best part. Mike does some nice bassing, but its far less noticeable than it was in previous albums. You have to listen for the fill he does inbetween chorus lines. Great opener, and a good choice for a single.

2. Hitchin' A Ride- The strangest thing Green Day has done to this point in their careers, Hitchin a Ride starts off with a violin playing a haunting 1800's Europe diddy, and a Stray Cat's-esque guitar riff. The verses are sly and cold with the line "Need a lift to happy hour say Oh No...." like we're waiting for somehting that will explode come the chorus. That does come the first time when Billie un palm-mutes his riff and lets it ring with anger. Some good songwriting in the bridge, far imrpoved from Insomniac's lyrics. The solo is the best part with Billie screaming and the guitars sounding liek they're smashing together with a headbanging riff that digs into the upper reaches of the fret board. This is the real announcement that Green Day has changed.

3. The Grouch- And just when you thought you were in for a masterpiece, Green Day f*'s it up. Seriously, play Grouch and Brat at them same time, and it's practically the same song. Only this time, Mike doesnt go crazy with his bass to make it sound cooler. Mike's bass is disappointingly absent from this whole album. the lyrics are pretty funny though ("I dont have sex, cuz i cant get it up" :-D). The song otherwise is crap.

4. Redundant- This entire album is about Billie's songwriting and voice prowess and he's not going to disappoint. Once again another song Green Day fans say is crap that I like. Smart lyrics, even though they dont make any sense. They're more like one-liner themes ("Choreographed and lack of passion/prototypes of what we were"). My favorite part is the chorus where Billie lets his voice fly and he belts out a touching cry of his love for a girl. Musically kinda boring, no great work done instrumentally. This is the lost single, and it really shouldn't have been. Come on MTV, the song is fine. It's better than some Britney Spears crap.

5. Scattered- Billie has now lost said love of previous song, and he's writing about it. It's hard to tell if he's angry, which you could guess from the blaring intro, or sad, which you could guess from the melancholy lyrics of the verse. The chorus is ok. It all seems sad. Musically, the rhythym doesnt do much in the body again, but at least they play more than three chords, which is what they were limited to in the first 4 albums. Mike rips out a killer bass solo in the middle, but then the song just repeats it's chorus and it's done.

6. All The Time- For those of you hwo already have this album, you know this song. It's the one that gets caught in yer head. For Days. Well the riff is catchy, if not maddeningly so, that cant be denied. They do a three chord verse which is forgettable and then they go into a nice chorus or pre chorus with dirty tricks/dirty tricks/ and a trick question line. Notice how there's no work to be dont by the rythym again.

7. Worry Rock- Billie tones it even further down in this somewhat boring song about love (The third song of it's kind on this album, already tied with dookie and insomniac combined). Nothing to be said here. Everything fails to deliver.

8. Platypus (I hate you)- God do we need this. After the boring three songs before, two of them about sweet love, we need a punk anthem. So lets play our @$$es off at the highest tempo Tre can set and lett'er rip boys. A punk song to the fullest, with the verses that make no sense, the chorus that keeps up the tempo and the anger. The Bridge is the best part when Billie goes on a profanity streak so bad, his lawyers made him exclude this song from the lyric book. The intro and bridge riffs are great Thank god for giving us this, I was sick of slow, soft, un Green Day songs.

9. Uptight- It took me a while to get into this song because the verse drags a bit and the chorus at them end drags a bit. But when you concentrate in the anthem chorus, you start to like it. The Upthight cry is really what gets me likin it. But the instruments get screwed again. I really hate that.

10. Last Ride In- Oooo well here's a funky little diddy. The most unexpected song Green Day's done up till when they got all political. Tre kicks out a bossa nova beat and Mike keeps a soft bass line and Billie keeps a very mellow feel with his guitar. Things get interesting when the Mexican Marriaci players step in and play something that perfectly goes along with it. If you're ever having trouble trying to sleep, and yer counting sheep but running out (Haha... Oooohhh I need to fire my writers...) play this song. Not because it's boring, but because you will be very relaxed, like yer on the beach. Just dont play the next song cuz you'll have totally undone everything you were just trying to do.

11. Jinx- A same old Green Day three chord filler. Angrier, but crappier than the rest of the album, this is for you GD heads who love No Pride. Sounds just like that. And I dont like No Pride and I don't like this either. Tre pulls a Meg White and just bangs on his crash during the solo, but other than that he does some fine drumming, finally. The song's bad, but it leads into one of my favorites on the album, Haushnika.

12. Haushnika- Haushnika is a girl with a peculiar name. No ****. The intro has some great drumming by Tre and In a funky time signature too. I like this song not because of the catchy lyrics, but of the cool way they pull off the tempo and time signature. The chorus leaves a little to be desired, but the bridge makes up for that with "Will she ever find a way???" Again cheers to Tre for making this song what it is, and Billie vocalizes it realy good.

13. Walking Alone- This is where Billie "shows off" his harmonica laying talents, even though the harmonica is boring and so is the song. A 7 year old kid could play the drum beat, and with no bass or guitar to speak of, so they're pretty dead. Billie keeps it in his upper range as he has the whole album, and I dont like it. Very boring, and really shouldn't have made the album.

14. Reject- For those of you who don't know what this song is about, Billie got a letter from an angry parent who told him he was a bad influence. He responded by writing a shut the hell up letter and this song, an angry blaster with a kick-flam drum beginning and Billie belting out a take no prisoners anthem that comes off more as a screw the establishment cry than a screw you in particular. Mike makes the most out of one of his few bass solo's. He leads the bridge with a rising, angry riff and Billie ends with a middle finger pointing "You're not my type".

15. Take Back- An out of nowhere metal (or is it hardcore punk?) song that is so strange with Billie screaming (yes BILLIE SCREAMING), that It's impossible to describe adequately. Fast, hard, and strange. 1 minute.

16. King For A Day- This song starts with some swing band horns, and then leads into the story of a drag queen who has a heart, gosh-darnit. This song is a concert favorite and it's a fun song too. The jumpy tempo sets the stage for A laugh or two listening to the words (GI Joe In Pantyhose? Come on thats funny, especially coming from Billie). Whoever plays the horn does a great job and all the credit should go to him because without the horns, this song would be dead.

17. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)- What can be said? Touching, heartfelt, ballad coming from Billie's soul. The words don't point in any direction, which I think is on purpose because when I ask people what they think of when they think of it, they tell me they think of a time when their hearts were uplifted by something great, no matter what it is. This is the most beautiful song Ive ever heard. Simple to play and something evryone can appreciate. Set your feelings of Green Day aside people, just enjoy it. Would have been a great finisher, but we still have one more to go.

18. Prosthetic Head- Green day turns a 4 chord riff and with Billie's voice, turn it into something to listen to. No rythym greatness again, just Billie's time to shine. Again. The Chorus is an anthem-like "You Dont Know" and it rocks. The solo jumps all over the place, all in power chords, which is pretty good. The lyrics are great, though still no direction. It's a risky call to put another finisher when the world would have been content with Good Riddance, but it doesnt kill the album.

Overall, This album is a good buy for those who liked International Superhits. I mean simply get the album for Good Riddance if nothing else. This album is a huge change of direction since Insomniac and Dookie. There are some skips on it though. I'd give it a 4 and a half if it werent for those skips tracks. It was a bold step in a new direction for Green Day, without a doubt. Unfortuneately it led them to going straight pop and making Warning....shudder....

Plusses:

Good Riddance
A welcome leave from the three chord crappers that kept coming in Dookie and Insomniac.
Other instruments are used instead of the classic three that make a punk record.
Ends with 3 great songs, and if you ignore Take Back, 4 great songs

Negatives:

There's so much less bass :-(
Walking Alone.
Billie is no longer a punk, and on some songs he's simply a lovesick puppy.

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FauxApathy
September 14th 2005



98 Comments


as much as I disagree with you on some points, It's a pretty good review.

The only green day song I like these days in Hitchin' a ride. everything else got old fast.

And Billie was never a punk.

Really nice review though.

DesolationRow
September 14th 2005



833 Comments


^ Couldn't have said it better. It was indeed a very good review, but I completely disagree with your ratings. I really dislike Green Day.

Your review was quite exceptional, and your detail was very ummm, detailed.

finalhazard08
September 14th 2005



25 Comments


well the review was pretty nice but i have to disagree with u on alot. ur bein a lil harsh on warning its a pretty good song even if it is "pop"ish

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not the song the album, i like the songThis Message Edited On 09.14.05

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Rudd13
September 14th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, another album I was gonna hit.

But no matter. I wouldnt exactly give it a 4, but close. Theres far better albums by the band other than this. But I must say, FauxApathy said it best. Hitchin' a Ride is one of my favorite songs of all time. Great review as well. Keep it up! :thumb:

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^Lol sorry man. If you wanna do Warning, do it soon, I'm probably gonna hit that one soon (And in many GD fan's eyes, Im going to vastly underate it). Thanks about the review though :-)

Rudd13
September 14th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Warning is nothing short of amazing. I love the album, and it contains my favorite song by the band. But youre the fan here, go ahead. I had other reviews on my mind.

It's all yours, but only if you promise extremely kick-ass and dont underrate it too much. :smoke:This Message Edited On 09.14.05

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ugh I was gonna give it a 2.... but I admit perhaps it's harsh.... maybe a 3....

Rudd13
September 14th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*cough* "4" *cough*











and a halfThis Message Edited On 09.14.05

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 14th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol Oh come on they played the same repetetive pop song like 6 times and sprinkled in some singles.

finalhazard08
September 14th 2005



25 Comments


yea green day doesnt do as much for me anymore. i really liked em a ton more wen they werent as big

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You actually dont have to read them. Gasp!

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not saying Green Day's bad because htey unpunked themselves. I still love them to death. But when they unpunked themselves, the quality of their albums declined. Thats what i didnt like. I've only known Green Day as a big rock band, and I agree that people who hate bands because they're popular are jackasses

YDload
September 15th 2005



1207 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't like this album as much as Dookie or Insomniac. I guess it must be the lack of bass, or maybe I'm just sick to death of Good Riddance. Either way, this album is kind of played out for me. But my friend went to see them in concert recently and said they played "King For A Day," which is awesome. The only other songs that stick out as memorable to me are Hitchin' A Ride and Redundant.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
September 15th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok the hats were granted crap, as was Billie mooning the audience, and the wizard pupper.... but they did go into a cover of shout that was great because of that.

Brain Toad
September 19th 2005



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good job with the review. This is one of my favourite Green Day albums, it was the first one I listened to.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree with 1039. It's a good album. 1039, thank you for being the only one with his head on straight. everyone else just writes off GD as sellout posers, and that couldnt be farther from the truth.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't understand why people say they hate green day, when they've only heard their singles. The only reason they hate those is becaus ethe radio had to play them over and over again. So they go and listen to something no one listens to and calls it "real music".

tjrd
November 5th 2005



31 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review. I am a bit over Green Day, but I still think they are not (well, not always) the wannabe-punk band people claim them to be.
The only thing I want to point out is that there is an annoying amount of typos in your review, which is distracting.This Message Edited On 11.05.05

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 5th 2005



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's really no typos. I dont know what your talking about.



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