Green Day
Demolicious


3.0
good

Review

by Green Baron USER (112 Reviews)
April 19th, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 04/19/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What happens when you take Green Day's loathed trilogy, remove the overproduction, add a few doses of energy and punk rock spirit and condense it into a nineteen track experience? Demolicious.

Green Day have pretty much become a musical laughingstock over the last few years. From Billie Joe Armstrong’s drunken breakdown at the iHeartRadio music festival to whatever the hell “Nightlife” was supposed to be, the 2010s have not been a good decade for one of the most prominent bands to come out of the 90s punk scene. The release of the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! trilogy not only lost them a number of fans, but also provided their detractors with more material to use against them. Even I, a once loyal fanboy so devoted I named the first portion of my username after what used to be my favorite band, couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with the subpar quality of the three albums. Sure, ¡Dos! wasn’t as bad as its 2.2 Sputnik average suggests, and ¡Tre! saw the band make their best album in eight years, but the trilogy as a whole had Green Day at their lowest point in terms of their lyrics and songwriting.

Nevertheless, when Mike Dirnt posted a picture of Demolicious’ cover on Instagram with the caption “this is how ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! would have sounded if we were still on Lookout Records”, the inner fanboy in me couldn’t help but scream for joy. After all, Green Day were giving us demos of about half of the trilogy’s material, plus an unreleased song. Even though there may have been better things to buy on Record Store Day, Demolicious was the album that I anticipated the most. Would the original recordings of the much-maligned trilogy offer a glimpse of hope that the Green Day I once loved could still churn out good music?

Rob Cavallo’s production on the albums is something that plagued ¡Uno! (and to a lesser extent, ¡Dos! and ¡Tre!), earning it the respectable position as Green Day’s worst album yet. Every riff was overpolished, vocal effects were added to Billie Joe’s voice, and the instrumentals were given a treble-laden sheen that translated into sharp wailing. His work on Insomniac made the album darker and grittier – eighteen years later, it has to be reversed in order to achieve the same effect. Tracks like “Oh Love” and “Rusty James” benefit the most from this because the overproduction caused them to sound more poppier than they should have. The former, which I completely despised on ¡Uno!, is made into a decent song by actually letting Mike Dirnt’s bassline show and eliminating the grating enhancers put on Billie’s vocals. Even “Let Yourself Go”, one of the trilogy’s clear standouts, is better in demo form – it’s got a more old-school punk vibe á la The Clash or the Ramones, plus the harmonies between Billie and Mike are more prevalent (even the stupid “fuck fuckin’ with my head line” gets cut out). Demolicious’ greatest strength is that it’s more easy to listen to than the trilogy – the demos actually give a more pleasuring listening experience than the final recordings. It even gives the ¡Dos! tracks the garage rock feel that Billie intended it to have in the first place.

At the same time, Demolicious is essentially nothing but the español albums without production added onto it. Everything else is still intact, right down to the cringeworthy lyrics. Why Billie ever thought that singing “drinking angel’s piss” or rhyming “sex, drugs and violence” with “English, math and science” was acceptable is beyond me, and when a forty-year old man admits that “[he] pissed the bed” while playing spin-the-bottle and truth or dare, it’s a cause for concern. Even though Green Day were never known for deep, thoughtful lyrics until they tried to shed their lyrical past with American Idiot (this is the same band that scored a number-one hit with a song about masturbation and smoking pot), the atrocities penned down during Billie’s alcohol binging period were some of the most embarrassing lyrics written by a pop-punk band. Even the barebones sound can’t save “Fell for You” from feeling incredibly saccharine. Meanwhile, the fact that these songs are actually demos is hard to understand when it comes to the original versions of “99 Revolutions” and “A Little Boy Named Train”, which both sound nearly identical to the final edition that ended up on ¡Tre!.

The only new material to be found on Demolicious are the acoustic version of “Stay the Night” and the previous unreleased track “State of Shock”. Both are a complete waste of track space, and it’s not that difficult to understand why they didn’t make it onto the threesome. The former lacks the energy and emotion that is needed to make a good acoustic ballad – Billie’s vocal performance on the original (and the demo) is what made the track stand out amongst all the mediocre filth, and all of it seemingly gets sucked away. “State of Shock”, meanwhile, sounds like a rehash of the angrier songs on ¡Uno! with similar chord progression (think “Loss of Control” or “Angel Blue”), yet it’s repetitive and one of the blandest things the band has ever done. For all the exciting, new takes on tracks that were pretty much given the axe by a large amount of people, there’s a dud or two that makes you wonder if the band could have given us the demo to a better song.

Even if the last few years haven’t boded to well for Green Day, Demolicious is a welcome surprise that is more or less what these three albums should have been. For those who utterly despised everything about the trilogy, this compilation of demos could be a new interpretation that could quite possibly change your mind about them. It’s shorter, removes all the overproduction, adds some needed doses of energy and contains some of the better tracks to come out of Un, Deux and Trois – there’s no “Nightlife” or “Drama Queen” demo to be seen here. Instead of sifting through a catalog of thirty-seven tracks, Demolicious is the trilogy in one album, wrapped up in a nice pretty pink bow on top. It might not be a game-changer or the record that has fans proudly crying “Green Day is back!”, but it’s a nice little treat that shows just how good the maligned trilogy could have been.



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Green Baron
April 18th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

uno, dos, tre, quatro cinco cinco seis

scottpilgrim10
April 19th 2014


3552 Comments


The name Demolicious is fucking stupid.
I was looking forward to the acoustic version to Stay the Night, but it's way worse than the original
version. The few tracks I've listened to so far really don't impress me.

You may want to add the little conversations at the end of some of the songs into the review or
possibly talk about them in some way.

Pos'd.

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ScuroFantasma
April 19th 2014


1838 Comments


great review Green, pos

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WhiteNoise
April 19th 2014


3151 Comments


I still claim this band is ridiculously important to me (even if I don't listen to them too much anymore)

From what I've heard this is pretty average though. I like the ridiculously raw feel. They sound like my band's demos!

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2014


21097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

glad you reviewed this anyway green. totally agreed about Unos production but i still think it was a good album. stay the night and rusty james are good jams, glad they made it on here. also

“State of Shock”, meanwhile, sounds like a rehash of the angrier songs on ¡Uno with similar chord progression


missing an exclamation point on the uno there

good review. pos'd

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EvoHavok
April 19th 2014


1382 Comments


Nice review. I didn't hate the trilogy, might hear this as comparison.

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Arcade
Contributing Reviewer
April 19th 2014


2543 Comments


Fuck so basically the Trilogy with the shit cut out?

Will check. This has 2 excellent reviews

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Green Baron
April 19th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shit cut out, plus the rawer feel of demos so yeah give this a try if you're weary about the trilogy

ZackSh33
April 19th 2014


298 Comments


"Let's release three albums of sub-par material!"

Label: OKAY!

"Let's release those SAME three albums, but under a different name with an 'edgy' title and album cover"

Label: SURE! WHY NOT.

Still a triple decker shit sandwich.

Good review tho, pos!

Green Baron
April 19th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If they had just released this it might have actually been better for them

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 19th 2014


13139 Comments


will jam

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risingabove
April 19th 2014


75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i enjoyed the trilogy fairly well, this was good too

deathschool
April 19th 2014


8214 Comments


Overall the trilogy was shit, but I guess I'll give this a shot. I don't really know if I should.

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Green Baron
April 19th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listen to the first seven tracks and if they don't do it for you then idk

Mutantsnowstorm
April 20th 2014


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review is a perfect summary of my feelings for this album. Good review man. Plus, the vinyl looks so awesome with the red/clear records.

Green Baron
April 20th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't seen how it looks like yet but right now I'm looking for it

Mutantsnowstorm
April 20th 2014


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

believe me it's pretty cool. I'm looking for the CD though, to put it on my phone and listen mobile, but the vinyl itself is a good collectors item

Green Baron
April 20th 2014


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't think I'll be buying this one - but it was a nice listen



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