Green Day
Dookie


5.0
classic

Review

by twistedfooblink1234 USER (1 Reviews)
August 30th, 2011 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "99 percent of all men masturbate, and the other 1 percent lie about it." - Billie Joe Armstrong

Although Green Day is deserving lots of grumbles and gripes these days, there once was a time when they were not artificial politicians. There was a time when they were morons. There was a time when they died their hair blue. There was a time when they got high. There was a time when they were punk. And while they were punk, they were basically snotty adolescents. Not necessarily to the same level as, say, blink-182, but snotty enough to call their next album the Spanish word for brown stinky stuff that comes out your butt. Oh yes. It's no joke.

But you see, Dookie is not simply another alternative rock collection of tunes, as most would agree with me. Dookie is the staple of this genre, the punk of the 21st century. With each track you grow absorbed in the imaginary concert that Billie Joe has created throughout the entire album, one that is hard to forget. The album explodes with a pure teenage-angry song "Burnout", a song that is nothing too particularly special but loads of fun to play on guitar and contains not two, nor three, but four short-but-insane little drum solos near the end of the track, which definitely will get you pumped up for the rest of the album.

But what comes next is simply a mediocre track, otherwise known as "Having A Blast". The first two thirds of the song are simply the same thing, using a chorus of "To me it's nothing" which oddly enough sounds like it's been used quite a bit in other songs, although I cannot identify those exact songs. Strange. Another thing Green Day is good at doing is turning a tune with depressing lyrics into a perky-kind-of-sounding track, this one song being a good example of that.

"Chump" is number 3 here, and although the song's core is not really anything outstanding, it's really the instrumental breakdown near the end of the track is what makes this song worthwhile. After Billie is done singing his snotty lyrics ("I don't know you / but I think I hate you"), the Mike starts to pluck a rather technical bass line by himself, with Billie and Tre playing 3 quick notes every few measures in sync. Eventually Billie goes crazy with his guitar and plays a repeated high note several times while sometimes sliding back up the neck, until all calms down a bit as Tre changes his drumming to a lazy-kind-of beat (check out "Girl" by The Beatles so you'll know what I'm talking about). This next song is the all-famous "Longview", which was the album's lead single and a definite highlight.

Once the drumming picks up more, Mike comes in with a slide down his bass' neck a begins his famous bass line, which is impossible to describe. You just need to listen to it. Unlike other tracks on the CD, there is no guitar played during the verses of this song and is only used to accompany the chorus. After Billie Joe begins with "I sit around and watch the tube but nothing's on / twiddle my thumbs just for a bit / I'm sick of all the same old ***" the tempo stays the same but switches from a tom-tom based drum beat to a loud and steady snare beat in sync with Billie's power chord, until the swingy-like chorus comes in with "Bite my lip and close my eyes / take me away to paradise / I'm so damn bored I'm going blind / and I smell like ***" in an over-the-top snotty / angry tone. Immediately after, the rhythm goes back to the lazy tom-tom and bass rhtyhm. I don't think there's any other song out there that can capture exactly what this song does, which is simply sitting around your house in the dead heat of the summer with nothing to do but... jack off? For some perhaps. In this case the answer would be YES.

Ah, the classic, "Welcome to Paradise". Although the title is something you've probably heard a million times before, it is used a bit differently here. First, the song starts quick with the same formula we've seen used a lot already: rapid power chords accompanied by powerhouse drums on top of a plucky bass line, with occasional bass break-offs. This song has all of that, period.

This is honestly where the album really gets started, right after "Longview". Excellent use of harmony is used in this next track, "Pulling Teeth", which is also the first song in the lineup to feature a guitar solo. Gotta love it. And who could forget the signature Green Day song, "Basket Case"? No one can, it is scientifically proven. The song itself is amazingly catchy and exotically written, and while nothing really stands out much here, the way that Billie sings demandingly in the beginning only accompanied by a palm-muted guitar part makes you feel like this band is the master of something they have just started. NO doubt the best song here. "She" also provides you with the album's very best chorus with a very simple-but-fitting bass line. The lyrics in this little ditty are simply ingenius, no joke.

Right after a weaker song by the name of "Sassafrass Roots" (in which "wasting your time" is sung after every single line), we have one of my personal favorites, "When I Come Around". There's nothing like having your iPod on shuffle while this song comes on. It is rhythmitically slower than the other songs, which is refreshing. Although the same chord progression is used through the whole song, it never gets old with the perfectly used palm-muting on the strings and of course you can't forget the guitar solo right after the second chorus. Simply amazing.

When I first read the lyrics for "Coming Clean", I thought that it was simply going to be song that focused way too much on the words and not so much on the music. But was I wrong. Billie Joe reaches a point in his voice here that is definitely not shown anywhere else on the CD, as well as repeating it through the song. This never gets tiresome, for the song is only under two minutes. But really makes it stand out is the lengthy guitar solo near the middle of the song, as it basically has two parts and really matches the upbeat tone of the rest of the song. Very underrated.
As you can probably tell by the title, "Emenius Sleepus" is simply filler that sounds a lot like "Chump". If you really look into the lyrics, it kinda seems like this could have been a Blink-182 song. Just saying. "In the End", however, stands out a bit as the rhythm speeds up quite a bit and Billie sort of struggles to sing in tempo with the insane beat. Not really too much here, but it is kind of entertaining to listen to. In the same league as "The Party Song" by Blink-182.

The closer is the only track with acoustic guitar, which takes up as much as two thirds of the song. The beginning section is simply Billie as he strums his grungy acoustic guitar in time with his angry lyrics with spacey singing. You'll probably love it the first few times you hear it, and suddenly the chorus EXPLODES into your speakers as Billie and Mike both sing "You're just a f**k! / I can't explain cuz I think you suck! / I'm taking pride in telling you to f**k off and die!" And that, kids, is what F.O.D. stands for.

Oh by the way, about a minute and a half after this last song ends, you hear another acoustic guitar part, but this time it's more tropical-sounding along with some bongos maybe? I don't know for sure, but then Tre (the drummer) starts to sing in a very insecure-sounding tone about being alone, along with his little guitar that he vaguely knows how to play. Just two chords is all you'll hear him play. And then it's over. It's all over!

But I guess what I love most about this whole thing is that it simply cannot get old. The songs never fail to make me feel happy and they kind of give me a purpose... As weird as that sounds, but I really think this album was meant for anyone to listen to if they want a good time. Like when you're in the dead of summer with literally nothing to do. Or when you're angry because it's always so dang cold in the winter. Or when you're just happy with your life, this CD always wins me over. Green Day, you never cease to amaze me.

PROS:
-Lots of awesome tracks especially in the middle
-Billie is the best guitarist in the pop-punk industry
-Insane drumming
-Audible bass lines
-Excellent use of harmony
-Humorous and clever lyrics throughout

CONS:
-The first three tracks are pretty weak
-Occasional too-fast singing by Billie
-The hidden track is retarded

Ranking of songs:
14. Having a Blast
13. Chump
12. Emenius Sleepus
11. Sassafras Roots
10. In the End
9. Burnout
8. Pulling Teeth
7. F.O.D.
6. Coming Clean
5. Welcome to Paradise
4. Longview
3. When I Come Around
2. She
1. Basket Case

One more thing: this is my first review, so go easy on me. Please?


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twistedfooblink1234
August 30th 2011


22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow, this is like a ridiculously long review ain't it?

Cipieron
August 30th 2011


3508 Comments


not a big fan of the band, but i did own this back in the day. good review, i pos'd

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011


50458 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dookie Island

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guitarplaya91
August 30th 2011


485 Comments


You listed at least two tracks as either mediocre or filler. I can clearly see that you believe this album is a classic, but objectively you're calling it around a 3.5/4 (Some great tracks with some throwaways in there.) Try to reconsider your rating, or listen to the songs again and see if they click.

lucasjcockcroft
August 30th 2011


3707 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i declare i dont care no more.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2011


6458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I still like this album a lot!

And that's indeed a huuuuuge wall of text, but it's a good one ;)

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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wasn't aware that 5 star albums could have weak songs and horrible-to-listen-to vocals.

I mean, I used to like this album when I was 12 and was told to like Green Day. But I popped in this album a few weeks ago and what I heard just bored me completely.

As far as the review, it's well written by try not to just walk the reader through the album. (:

BigShark
August 31st 2011


58 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very lengthy and overly descriptive about each song, well written though. Alright for a first.

FelixCulpa
August 31st 2011


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The ranking of songs (Just do Download these/recommended songs instead were you list like the 3 best)
and this "One more thing: this is my first review, so go easy on me. Please?" is really unnecessary
and doesn't
have to be in the review. And the pros and cons might be a bit lengthy and doesn't have to be there
unless you feel like it should.

sublimefan1991
August 31st 2011


757 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

one of the most annoyingly overrated albums i've heard.

Comatorium.
August 31st 2011


4126 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So is every Sublime album. Album is ace.

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jefflebowski
August 31st 2011


8247 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

review and rating seem somewhat at odds with each other.

Decent album though. dated a bit, but still

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The Sludge
August 31st 2011


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

CONS:
-The hidden track is retarded


I think you misspelled awesome. It's an easy and great song to pick up on guitar.

FearOfTheDuck
August 31st 2011


206 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Burnout and When I Come Around rule

Also-

the pop-punk industry


Nice.

twistedfooblink1234
August 31st 2011


22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

All right guys, thanks for all the feedback, but when I said that the first three songs are "pretty weak" I meant that they simply aren't as good as the other awesome songs in the middle. Meaning, the first three tracks are great songs but the album really Starts to pick up at Longview. I don't mind listening Burnout, Having a Blast and Chump. I gave the album a 5/5 because of the album is itself and what it's done for the music industry, and of course because the majority of the songs are great. I'm not going to give a lower score simply because of some songs that aren't as good as the others.

twistedfooblink1234
August 31st 2011


22 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

All right guys, thanks for all the feedback, but when I said that the first three songs are "pretty weak" I meant that they simply aren't as good as the other awesome songs in the middle. Meaning, the first three tracks are great songs but the album really Starts to pick up at Longview. I don't mind listening Burnout, Having a Blast and Chump. I gave the album a 5/5 because of the album is itself and what it's done for the music industry, and of course because the majority of the songs are great. I'm not going to give a lower score simply because of some songs that aren't as good as the others.

DarthMann
September 2nd 2011


13815 Comments


Not bad

mykeedee
September 2nd 2011


26 Comments


How anyone ever called this 'punk' is beyond me. They are a pop band and that's all they will ever be. Rancid, NOFX, these are real new school punk bands!

dimsim3478
September 2nd 2011


5092 Comments


I...I can't even...oh my god...

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Number666
December 18th 2011


13 Comments


Good review but I think you rated "Having a Blast" and "Burnout" WAAAAAAAAY too low on the ranking, I know this is my opinion, but those are some of the best tracks on the album.



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