Green Day
Shenanigans


3.5
great

Review

by ZackSh33 USER (55 Reviews)
July 29th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Antics, capers, and misbehavior.

Physical CD singles, along with VHS tapes, land lines, and dialup internet can now officially be considered relics of our past. VHS tapes were killed by the DVD, land lines were killed by cell phones, and, unfortunately, you may go the rest of your life without hearing the screech of your computer connecting to the internet via America Online like you did back in 1998. Likewise, the CD single was quickly killed by digital downloads, combined with an incentive by major labels to hold back excess material for exclusive releases, a future studio album or a soundtrack contribution. But, as recently as a decade ago, CD singles were substantial contributors to chart success. Before the advent of digital downloading, fans would flock to their local CD shops and records stores to buy a band’s CD single, which besides containing the band’s latest radio hit, would contain at least one B-side that could not be acquired anywhere else. Various bands with an excess amount of material would place extra tracks on a succession of CD singles to help promote chart and radio success. British bands often took advantage of the two-sided single the most in the eighties and nineties, including groups like Oasis and the Smiths, (both of whom had B-sides that were often as good, if not better than their respective A-sides as shown on their respective compilations The Masterplan and Louder Than Bombs). Seeing green, American labels and bands quickly followed suit by releasing CD singles with exclusive B-sides in order to try and tap the growing worldwide market for their music.

Enter Shenanigans, a compilation of B-sides from Green Day that hit shelves at the end of the CD-single era in 2002. Shenanigans quickly became one of the last examples of a B-side compilation album from a mainstream artist, and is the sister release of 2001’s International Superhits!, the wildly great collection of all of the band’s singles from 1994’s Dookie to 2000’s Warning. However, its release, along with Superhits!, provided further proof to fans that the band was experiencing some internal turmoil that was preventing the creation of a new studio release. Despite the songs on Shenanigans being recorded over the course of six years, the album, like Superhits!, flows surprisingly well, a testament to the consistency of the band’s recordings during their first major label years. Shenanigans offers a little bit of everything to a devoted fan: the blunt but nevertheless great Mike Dirnt penned lyrics of the previously unreleased “Ha Ha You’re Dead,” and the above average B-sides that were recorded during the creation of 1997’s Nimrod, including the driving opener “Suffocate,” the start-stop antics that run throughout “Desensitized,” the chiming guitars of “Rotting,” and the slow, over-driving guitar line of “You Lied.” Also included in this collection are a couple of covers that range from mandatory listening (The Ramones’ “Outsider”) to questionable (Fang’s “I Want to Be on TV,” the Kinks “Tired of Waiting For You”), as well as the instrumental “Espionage” from the band’s contribution to the first Austin Powers movie, and the bluesy highlight “On the Wagon,” which dates from the band’s Dookie recording sessions.

Despite its short running time of just over 30 minutes, most of the fourteen tracks that are featured on Shenanigans are relatively worthwhile listens to most casual fans of the band. The album presents careful listeners with a variety of songs that give greater context to the subtle changes in the band’s sound that occurred during their heyday in the nineties. Of course, despite grim circumstances (and supposedly stolen master tapes), the band persevered onwards and experienced a massive resurgence in popularity only two years later with the “rock-opera” American Idiot, leaving Shenanigans placed firmly in the band’s rear-view mirror to most fans, both old and new. Even with some quality tracks, Shenanigans remains an oft forgotten compilation of Green Day’s deepest cuts, having the dubious honor of not only being the band’s least talked about release and marking a low point in the band’s popularity, but also for being one of the final, dust-filled gasps of the CD-single era.



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ZackSh33
July 29th 2014


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was, and still am a huge Green Day fan, and this album always seemed to be left behind whenever I

listened to them in my younger days. In my opinion, this album also has the band's greatest album

artwork.



25 reviews and still going strong! Wrote this one out in only a few hours, please feel free to comment

with thoughts and/or edits!

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2014


16035 Comments


a few hours?!?!?!!?!? holy buttfuck.

i loved shenanigans from this when it first came out holy crap. and I never knew that will ferrell's theme from austin powers was written by these guys until this came out either.

Digging: Chester Watson - Project 0

ZackSh33
July 29th 2014


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Calc - I usually only write when I have enough to say about it, so getting the review written up and edited is a fairly quick process for me, which I'm thankful for. Hope I did the album a justice in your eyes.



...and yeah these guys were just everywhere huh

trackbytrackreviews
July 29th 2014


3365 Comments


This one sucks International Superhits is better

ZackSh33
July 29th 2014


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@track absolutely

CockroofusFartEataOK
July 29th 2014


1 Comments


Actually enjoyed this album

Nice review

ZackSh33
July 29th 2014


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks!

WhiteNoise
July 30th 2014


3617 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wish they would play some of this live. Especially haha you're dead.

KriegdemKriege
July 30th 2014


1539 Comments


Scumbag, Rotting, and Ha Ha You're Dead are all really great.

I think the review needs to talk about the music more. More than 1/3 of this is just talking about the death of CD singles.

ZackSh33
July 30th 2014


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Kriegdem I appreciate the feedback, and I understand what you're saying. I'll work on that in future reviews.



The issue is that with compilation albums it's kinda hard to get an overarching statement about what it's all about. I tried to just give the album a broad summary without sounding fanboyish along with a sort of historic background but I can see how it came off as being too brief about the actual music itself.



Plus, I kinda felt the need to talk about CD singles a little bit because there are probably some people on here who aren't completely aware that those were a popular purchase back in the day, and you see less and less b-sides/b-side compilations nowadays.

VaxXi
July 30th 2014


4356 Comments


I love B-Sides, easily some of the best tracks are on those compilations. I wish artists still used them more often :/



danielcardoso
July 30th 2014


11759 Comments


The covers of Outsider and Tired Of Waiting For You are pretty cool. Haven't heard much of the rest, though.

ZackSh33
July 30th 2014


680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love B-Sides, easily some of the best tracks are on those compilations. I wish artists still used them more often :/ [2]



@daniel if you like the band, you should check out "Suffocate," "Desensitized," and "Ha Ha You're Dead" and then go from there.

danielcardoso
July 31st 2014


11759 Comments


Yeah, I've been a fan of Green Day for quite a while. I might check this out, starting from the tracks you pointed out, and see if I enjoy it.

danielcardoso
July 8th 2016


11759 Comments


This is decent i guess, nothing too special but there's a couple of good tunes here.



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