Green Day
International Superhits


4.0
excellent

Review

by Adam Downer STAFF
October 23rd, 2005 | 93 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


I really didn't want to review this. I wanted to just let this one go. I didn't want to look like TOO big a Green Day fanboy. But three mediocre efforts of this excellent collection of Green Day have incurred the wrath of the fanboy. So be afraid people. Be very afraid....

Anyway, onto the actual review. Ever since Dookie, Green Day was a huge multimillionaire band, putting out solid album after solid album. After Warning, however, the band was in a rut. They were arguing. Billie was scared to show Mike and Tre new songs. He could hear their voices saying "That sucks" in his head. Green Day had forgotten how to be friends with eachother. So after their sub-par studio album Warning, they went on a long, drawn out hi-aidas. It appeared the band was breaking up. So what does a huge successful rock band do on the point of breaking up? They release a greatest hits. Enter International Superhits, a huge collection of the biggest, largest....um....Superhits ever churned out by the California trio.

Now I know what you're thinking. You're on your high horse saying "Oh, every greatist hits sucks, except the ones that have songs that no one knows." Yeah, first off, your defenition of a greatest hits album is completely backwards. But Green Day accounted for you crazy little people. Now, an ordinary band would put out a greatest hits with 18 songs people know and call it a day. But Green Day is not your ordinary successful pop punk band. They came out with a new song, and two songs relatively unknown to the general public. The new song, Poprocks and Coke, is garbage. But the other two songs, Maria and J.A.R. are two excellent pieces of work. To give you an idea of Maria, it is a hot punk song that has (Gasp!) A political edge to it! (Scandal!). Now before you American Idiot bashers raise your fists, it's incredibly easy to not notice the one political line in the entire song. Other than that, the song has a catchy chorus and some good verses. It's the Waiting B-Side, and it is completely better than Waiting in every way. J.A.R. is a song written by Mike Dirnt, and is found on the Angus soundtrack. Shockingly, it doesn't suck. It begins with a fun bassline and has an anthem chorus that Green Day's best work always has. Catch the A Capella ending with Billie and Mike harmonizing with absolutely nothing behind them. That makes the song the cool little diddy it is.

Other than the new songs that are scattered throughout the album, the rest of the hits you KNOW are basically thrown together in chronilogical order. After Poprocks and Coke (shudders), you find that rolling tom roll and that cathcy as hell bassline that make up everyone's favorite song about masturbation, Longview. Let the nostalgia begin. All of your favorite Dookie hits are on here, from the panicky skater anthem Basket Case, to the unknown gem of a single She. Welcome To Paradise makes it's third apperance on a Green Day album, and it's arguably the greatest song musically Green Day's ever written. The world famous bass solo is truly something to be commended, and truly shows the talent Mike Dirnt could have brought to heights never before seen, if only Billie's later songs didn't greatly hinder his work. Tre's work is also the best here, especially on Basket Case.

The Insomniac section has nothing to complain about. The darker punk anthems of Geek Stink Breath and Stuck With Me are absolutely underrated Green Day songs. Stuck With Me has an explosive riff that has that power filled chorus that I already said is part of every truly great Green Day song. Oddly enough, the easiest song ever is the biggest hit off Insomniac. Brain Stew is a cathcy song, even if it's critics call it just a cash-in on nu-metal. It's repetetive riff is the biggest part of it's charm. Hoever this segways into the furious Jaded, which is a magnificent play-as-fast-as-you-can diddy that is jam-packed with attitude and several genius lines that get lost in Billie's totally non-understandable spits.

The quality of the work begins to shift from punk to pop here, as we reach the Nimrod section. Starting with the dark Stray Cats ripoff Hitchin' a Ride, the Nimrod section has some great songs. Hitchin' a Ride has one of the best solo's ever done, with max distortion and a cathcy as hell riff that pops up throughout the song. This is curiously followed by the final single off the album, Good Riddance. Now if you've never heard Good Riddance, there is literally something wrong with you. It's the most touching, soulful piece of work to ever come out of Billie's head. It's the first song I could ever play on guitar, which is a testament to how simple it is. However that chord progression has become a staple of American culture, giving voice to an aimless genration that was brought up on years of bad TV and the doesn't-know-***-about-music Music Television. The Nimrod section rounds out with the powerful but forgettable [bRedundant[/b] and the fantastic punk anthem Nice Guys Finish Last. Nice Guys Finish Last is definitely worth a listen even if you don't like Green Day that much. The instrumental work is not noticeable here, a thing that has plagued Green Day's music ever since Nimrod.

The Warning section begins with the magnificent bass heavy Minority. Minority is a great song that is the last Green Day song taking advantage of Mike's creative bass fills and other work. Minority is the biggest hit off of Warning, and rightfully so. Billie's kickass *** 'em all line is damn well a reason to give this song a spin. Warning follows, and it's a catchy but forgettable song that uses clever metaphors, but a repetetive acoustic riff dooms the song to mediocrity. Waiting blatantly rips off "Downtown" and is not a good song by any stretch of the imagination. However all is forgotten with the touching Macy's Day Parade. Macy's Day Parade is another acoustic ballad that takes pretty much no talent to play. However it is laden with some wisened vocals done by Billie. This gives the song the edge it needs to be a classic. It was the first song I learned on bass, and it's definitely a Green Day classic.

OVERALL

Green Day's success is unparalled by any band in the nineties, and that cannot be denied. They are gods of music, whether you like them or not. Hey did the Greeks like Hades, god of the underworld? No, of course not. But nevertheless he is a god. So shutup all you Green Day haters. This is a victory lap for a great band that was on the verge of breaking up. Thankfully, they did not break up, otherwise I would never have gotten into them, and my idea of punk would be Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, and New Found Glory. And that's just wrong.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS

Longview
Maria
Good Riddance
Minority
Stuck With Me
Jaded

PROS:

Yay for Mike's basswork on the 1st half of the album.
21 songs! That's like a third more than rivals' The Offspring and Nirvana's greatest hits.
Every great song you could want by the California trio.
A perfect introduction for any green Green Day enthusiast.

CONS:

Waiting
Seriously that's it.

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Thor
October 23rd 2005


10202 Comments


I liked this album in middle school, but now I just can't stand Green Day. Good review.

barosjn
October 23rd 2005


501 Comments


All Punk music is bad... except for Blink-182, Sum 41, The Offspring, and Green Day. Those are the most real punk bands you'd ever come across. I agree with you, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, and New Found Glory are just a bunch of posers.

Zebra
Moderator
October 23rd 2005


2647 Comments


^^^Those bands you mentioned are not "the most real punk bands you'd ever come across."

Jawaharal
October 23rd 2005


1832 Comments


All Punk music is bad... except for Blink-182, Sum 41, The Offspring, and Green Day. Those are the most real punk bands you'd ever come across. I agree with you, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, and New Found Glory are just a bunch of posers.

Your not serious right?

barosjn
October 23rd 2005


501 Comments


Well, some older punk must have been better, but the four bands I mentioned were the most original out of the newer punk bands.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2005


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oye please somehting on the review!

Storm In A Teacup
October 23rd 2005


13191 Comments


All Punk music is bad... except for Blink-182, Sum 41, The Offspring, and Green Day. Those are the most real punk bands you'd ever come across. I agree with you, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, and New Found Glory are just a bunch of posers.


I about died reading that. I'm scared of what he thinks the best metal bands are


Zebra
Moderator
October 23rd 2005


2647 Comments


^^^MCR???

Awesome review, your best yet, keep up the good work.

barosjn
October 23rd 2005


501 Comments


That's not frightening for you, Kripes. I like KoRn (everything they've done except for Issues and Untouchables), System of a Down, Metallica (when they had long hair), Megadeth, and Queens of the Stone Age (some people think their more of a rock band, but I think they're a transisition of rock and metal if you haven't read my Rated R review).This Message Edited On 10.23.05

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2005


15743 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=Zebra]Awesome review, your best yet, keep up the good work.[/quote]

My best yet? Really? Thanks. Much appreciated. please vote;-)

Zebra
Moderator
October 23rd 2005


2647 Comments


^^Don't worry I voted, I always vote when I say good review.

The only thing about this greatest hits comp that upset me was that there was no Kerplunk songs or my favorite GD track, "Panic Song."

Laafe
October 23rd 2005


347 Comments


nice reveiw. when i come around is one of the best!
why isnt castaway on here??

pulseczar
October 23rd 2005


2385 Comments


i used to have this when i was a lil pop punker. I still like the songs Geek Stink Breath, Hitchin a Ride and Macy's Day Parade

innerdark
October 24th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

10/10 on the review but... i dunno, i took the approach of somebody who already liked green day.
and by the way , yes my review Was hypercritial

and by the way again, greatest hits discs only have singles, panic song wasn't one and(as far as i know ) there were no singles from kerplunk, so there's your answer(s)

i'm gonna go edit mine

Storm In A Teacup
October 24th 2005


13191 Comments


I like KoRn (everything they've done except for Issues and Untouchables), System of a Down, Metallica (when they had long hair), Megadeth, and Queens of the Stone Age.


Korn and QOTSA aren't metal. System's music is now to quiet and boring to be considered metal.

innerdark
October 24th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to HYPNOTIZE (not to be confused with MESMERIZE)
that's the heavier stuff, now that i say this i remember it's not out yet
but honestly hypnotize will (does) have heavier stuff

Storm In A Teacup
October 24th 2005


13191 Comments


i heard it on the radio and it sucked. I used to like them.

innerdark
October 24th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

are you SURE you're talkin bout the right one


innerdark
October 24th 2005


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think the reason there's 3 reviews is cause mine, which was chronic, offended Musicofficial.it's been edited though...This Message Edited On 10.24.05

2muchket!
October 24th 2005


900 Comments


I used to like green day and there music ia still good but I've lost all respect for them since billie joe armstrong appeared in Teenage girls magazines claiming him to be 'cute'. Anyway good review all the good Green Day stuff is on here so yeah it's all good for meThis Message Edited On 10.24.05



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