Green Day
Dookie


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Downer STAFF
October 19th, 2005 | 59 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


When Nirvana broke the wall separating good music from 80's hair metal, they led a rush of alt rock bands up the charts. At the forefront of the post-Nirvana days was Green Day. After putting out two wildy popular independent albums, the major labels were chomping at the bit to sign the California pop-punk trio. After a long battle with themselves, Green Day finally signed with Warner Brothers and became the big band that would come to be shunned by their original Gilman Street following. With undeniable pop-punk gems that would become anthemd to generation X, Dookie became one of the undeniable classic albums of the decade.

Dookie had some of the greatest songs of the 90's. The world famous LONGVIEW is a perfect example of what Green Day could really do when they felt like it. Everything that Green Day was is incorporated into this diamond. Tre's awesome tom roll, Mike's now world-reknowned bass line and some of Billie's best songwriting. This song is what made masturbation cool again. It's anthematic chorus detailing Billie's escapades in his own cell made many a teens little escape much more acceptable. Also the skater anthem of 1994, BASKET CASE, did gigantic things for Green Day's popularity. It's undoubtedly a punk rock masterpiece, using so many trademark things, that I still find this song a classic. You can get tired of Longview. But Basket Case is one of the best punk songs in history. One of Green Day's most underrated tracks, the musically engaging WELCOME TO PARADISE is perhaps their best song talent wise ever. It's breakdown in the bridge is reason alone to go out and buy the album. It was a single, but a live performance video didn't get airtime on MTV, so it didn't blow up into the world famous hit that Longview and Basket Case. Shwoing a little depth, Green Day's touching but still fast hard rock song SHE is a very tight song. It's eerily simple bassline is a thing of beauty and it's impossible to not play it whenever you sit down. The third most famous single, WHEN I COME AROUND, is a repetetive and IMO overrated song. However it showed some of the feeling that Green Day could have. It's the closeest thing to a ballad on Dookie.

Some of the non famous tracks are some of Green Day's most charming work. It's deceptively simple stuff, like the oddly titled and repetetive SASSAFRAS ROOTS. But some of them had an underground following, like the opener, BURNOUT. Burnout's a killer anthem, complete with great drumming and a tight chorus. The songs on Dookie made the album the classic it is today.

It's impossible to deny the nineties charm Dookie has. It's so appealing to any survivor of the nineties. It's nostalgia is one of it's key selling factors now. And why would it not be? The hook heavy radio friendly consistency throughout the album leads to the undeniable love any fan of music has. Musically it's Green Day's best album. Tre's drumming blows my mind every time I hear it. Check out the spasmodic transition between CHUMP and Longview. It's a minute an a half of breakdown solo like "Panic Song" off Insomniac. Tre's work there is one of his finest, and who among us drummers hasn't sat down and played along to Longview or Basket Case? This is still when Tre was considered a god mind you, before the makeup and tight pants brought disappointingly simple beats. And what can be said about Mike's bassowrk? A whole lot. Of course there's Longview, which is the catchiest bass riff, quite possibly of all time, but so much more gets lost in that. The solo on Welcome to Paradise is genius, along with the transistion between Chump and Longview. There are magnificent fills scattered throughout the album, like in She. During the solo he absolutely goes crazy. Mike could have been one of the best bassists of all time.

The only downside that I can think of is the string of short 1:30 minute songs at the end. There not of lesser wuality than most of the album (Except the boring EMENIUS SLEEPUS), but their length is a disappointment. The best of these three is the simple, but effective IN THE END which has another fantastic breakdown in the middle. Dookie ends on a high note, with the excellently written acoustic F.O.D. It is a soft, all about Billie song, until the end explodes with ferocity put forth by punk gods before them. For the patient fans, the hidden ALL BY MYSELF is a hysterical Tre Cool ode to -what else- masturbation.

OVERALL

This is a classic Green Day album. This is their tour de force. If you want to get into "real" Green Day the one that still had it's roots and hadn't forgotten the punks they were, this is for you. There are several masterpieces on here, which make it enough to buy even if you've never heard of Green Day. This is a must have to any music lover, whether you like punk or not.

Grade: A

Recommended Tracks:

Longview
Basket Case
She
Welcome to Paradies
F.O.D.

Pros:

Excellent bassowrk
Some of the catchiest songs ever
This is what Green Day should be known for, not the makeup.
Tre's drumming... wow, why can't he keep this up?

Cons:

um.....Eminius Sleepus?

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Thor
October 19th 2005


10194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mediocre album.

innerdark
October 19th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a great review on a great album but, and i may be alone, but i like Eminius Sleepus

Rudd13
October 19th 2005


952 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ehh, this was never way too great. A very overrated record, but to this day I still love SHe. Good writing though Official, I like how when you write these Green Day reviews you know exactly what youre talking about.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LoL Rudd well I have been a little bit of a fanboy, so I try to always know what I'm talking about. To any Green Day fan, a 5 seems right. I really hope people don't think that my rating of it makes the review non credible, because I think It's one of my better ones.

Digging: Ricky Eat Acid - Three Love Songs

innerdark
October 19th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

5 is a bit o.t.t.

but it is a gr8 album

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Perhaps 5 is a bit much. I'll change it to a 4.5

Neoteric
October 19th 2005


3243 Comments


I'd personally give it a 2.5 for influence but I don't like much punk so meh.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, you like metal, but this, along with Nevermind and Blue, are must have albums in general.

Killtacular
October 19th 2005


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This isn't really anything special.

But, it's better than American Idiot, and I guess that's all that matters.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really dont see why people hated Idiot so much. For me Idiot is GD's second best behind Dookie, with Insomniac a close third.

Jawaharal
October 19th 2005


1832 Comments


Basket Case gets pwn3d by a ton of other punk songs I know.

pulseczar
October 19th 2005


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

meh, gets boring fast, isnt really punk

Zebra
Moderator
October 19th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dookie is a good solid pop-punk album. As for a classic album, I don't think so.

Good review, you really know your Green Day.

Rayne264
October 19th 2005


64 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think when i come around was green days best song, but oh well

innerdark
October 19th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=Zebra]Dookie is a good solid pop-punk album. As for a classic album, I don't think so.

Good review, you really know your Green Day.[/QUOTE]

you and me are of the same opinion

not quite classic but gr8 anywayThis Message Edited On 10.19.05

Jawaharal
October 19th 2005


1832 Comments


but gr8 anyway

please tell me you didn't type gr8 seriously


Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Cheeto-T]please tell me you didn't type gr8 seriously[/quote] Guys lay off Hoppus, geez. He can barely post without someone flaming him.

Apathy
October 19th 2005


645 Comments


I don't much like this band...in fact, you might even say I hate them.

That justifies my 0 rating.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2005


15740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No it doesnt. If you hate a band, but they still put out respectable material, then an unbiased rating would actually be good.

Apathy
October 19th 2005


645 Comments


Sorry. I realize now that "justify" is the wrong word. "Explain" would have been better. Nice avatar BTW.



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