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Dookie

Green Day

1994

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Dookie
Album Summary

Dookie (stylized as dookie) is the third studio album and the major label debut by American rock band Green Day, released on February 1, 1994 by Reprise Records. The band's first collaboration with producer Rob Cavallo, it was recorded in late 1993 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Written mostly by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, the album is heavily based around his personal experiences, with themes such as boredom, anxiety, relationships, and sexuality. The album was promoted with five singles: "Longview", "Basket Case", a re-recorded version of "Welcome to Paradise" (originally on their Kerplunk album), "When I Come Around", and the radio-only "She". "All by Myself" is a hidden track performed by drummer Tré Cool. Dookie received critical acclaim upon its release, and won the band a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 1995. It was also a worldwide success, reaching number two in the United States and the top five in several other countries; it is credited with bringing punk rock to mainstream popularity, and propelling Green Day to worldwide fame. It was later certified diamond by the RIAA, and has sold close to 20 million copies worldwide, making it the band's best-selling album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. In 2003, Rolling Stone placed Dookie at number 193 on their list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time", maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. In 2020, Rolling Stone re-ranked the album at number 375 on another revised list. Regarding its legacy, Dookie has been labeled by critics as one of the greatest punk rock albums of all time.

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Rating

3.78

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13821

Genres

  • Punk
  • Rock

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

Every single track is amazing. If you don’t like this, you’re basically a moron.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

It's so dripping in American. I like Longview quite a bit, but it really is the only track that doesn't make me want to slap faces and ask people what the fuck they think they're doing. That this stuff gets called punk is practically a war crime, should be punished accordingly, and included in the Geneva convention. It's pop, not pop punk, not punk, just pop, and not even great pop. Someone tell the authorities.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

The album that made me wanna learn guitar. Now been a guitar teacher for 22 years. This shit's in my DNA.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 9/20 Presence of pure bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 12/20 =62 and I'm not ashamed of myself

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Fri May 07 2021
5

An amazing collection of guitar-driven pop songs. Always happy to hear this record, and still holds up after more than 25 years. A hugely influential album. In my opinion, the pinnacle of pop punk.

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Fri Oct 16 2020
5

listened to this recently actually, its fun, catchy, really good in fact. Reminds me of being in my 20's and being free.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
5

Such a classic modern pop-punk record, this takes me right back to being a moody-too-cool-for-school teenager. Dookie guides you through the inner musings of Billie-Joe around themes such as boredom, anxiety, relationships, and sexuality. Best: Longview, Welcome to Paradise; Basket Case; When I Come Around Worst: FOD

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Not a pop-punk fan but I do love this one

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

The right combination of young spoiled brat rage, apathy, simple fun and accessibility makes Dookie the defining pop punk record.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

20 something years later and I can still relate to feeling like a bag of shit inside a ball of anxiety. One of the best albums of the 90s

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

I loathed Green Day at the time. I wanted my punk to be Serious and Earnest, like the Clash or Minor Threat. I was an annoying, pretentious git. The first three tracks are boringly exactly what I always disliked them for. Bland pop punk which, while tight is just... Meh. Thankfully both Longview and Welcome to Paradise actually start to revel in a bit more melodic, interesting stuff, and have saved you from me proclaiming myself to always be right... The album continues in this vein throughout, gaining and losing my affection. When it's good, it's really good, when it's not, it's pretty boring. It restarted punk for a generation though, so I think it's importance is pretty much set in stone.

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Wed Oct 28 2020
2

All the reasons I like this album are the reasons I dislike this album.

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Tue Jan 05 2021
5

This was the first "Parental Advisory - Explicit Lyrics" album I was able to get away with owning. I haven't listened to this one (or anything by Green Day, really) in years, and I was afraid it wouldn't hold up. I needn't have worried. Best track: Basket Case

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Sat Dec 12 2020
5

Just such fun punk/pop-punk songs. Classic. Short sweet, and I forgot how much the drums kick absolute ass on this album.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

First CD I ever bought with my own money and still one of the best records of my life. I wish I still like Green Day now as much as I did then, but I can still play this album and be transported back to then.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Fun, energetic and melodic punk rock.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

“Dookie” by Green Day (1994) Nice punk. Eloquent internal contradictions. Good vocal harmonies, matched in untrained tonal shallowness. Lyrically, of course, this album is an unedifying celebration of psychosexual disorder, descending into a scatological rage that disvalues all values. There is, however, an almost redemptive flash in “Sassafras Roots”, where the singer asks “May I waste your time too?”, seeking companionship in nihilistic misery. Uplifting. However, the musical composition, arrangement, and performance all contribute to a fitting synthesis and cohesion. While lead guitar is inelegant, the bass and drums are wonderful in their wild synchronization with the driving vocal melodies. It makes this album good to listen to. Nice touches of variety, in music that seems like it calls out for repetitive monotony. I really enjoyed “Basket Case”. It made feel like I was 16 years old again, looking forward to the distant future when at, say, age 22 I might be mature enough to produce this kind of art myself. On the cover, guest artist Curious George asks “Throw?” Sure, George, why not? 3/5

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Now, don't hate, but it's gotta be a 3 point something for me. The hits are obvs much higher, but out of 15 tracks there are a lot of forgettable/cool but non stand out ones - they start to blur into one for me, some sharing similar melody and chord ideas, not really differentiating themselves form one another. I have to judge it as an album! But I enjoyed it!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
2

I'm not a fan of Green Day. This album didn't make me a fan of Green Day.

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Fri Dec 25 2020
5

Another album that I still listen to almost weekly. 5/5. I was 10 when it came out and mid 90s green day was just one of those things that was embedded in everyday life at the time, kinda like Smash.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

The best Green Day album bar none. It’s filled with some overplayed classics and some underrated gems. This is the only one I listen to and it’s good when I don’t know what to put on. I think most people have heard the singles from this album but it goes deeper than that for me. Favorite song: She Least favorite song: All By Myself

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

One of my all-time favorite albums. Could just be that it was one of my first CDs, but the energy throughout and the way it flows from one song to the next has always made it part of my rotation. Glad to see it on this list!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Crazy riffs, great melodic bridges. 10/10

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

DELIGHTED to see this come up! One of my fave albums of all time and easily the best Green Day album, with Nimrod a close second (although it's not in the 1001 and American Idiot is 😤). No duff tracks and many highlights including some of Green Day's best songs of all time. Plus, it has a hidden track about wanking, what's not to like? It is regarded as the moment the band "sold out" but it was an album that, along with "Smash" by The Offspring, opened my ears to so many US punk bands like The Vandals, Pennywise, NOFX, etc, etc. 10/10

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

I have distinct memories of listening to this album riding to/from soccer practice. Classic 90s alt-rock: punk-jammy tunes that pump you up, irreverent lyrics covering a range of issues,

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Sat May 15 2021
5

Godfathers of bringing punk mainstream. Best album. Could listen anytime

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Trilha perfeita para um festa no final dos anos 90.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
5

Deze muziek wekt enigszins wat nostalgie op. Het werd luid opgezet tijdens de autorit vandaag, en het volume werd nummer bij nummer luider gezet. Topper!

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Tue May 07 2024
5

While certainly not their first release, it is definitely evident that this album marks Green Day's big break. From it's iconic album cover to it's tight 40ish minutes of peppy skate punk. This album spoke to an entire generation of disenchanted and rebellious youth. Many would indicate this as one of their first exposures to punk rock. What they do well here is blare out nice, even and uncomplicated harmonies without waver. Billie Joe Armstrong's voice is engaging and simultaneously exudes lazy apathy and a sneering attitude indicative of punk music. Perhaps this is why they are so accessible to listeners that may not dive too deep into the genre. They are certainly not hardcore by any means, but still they are sowing the seeds in this album for the band they will grow to be. This came out right in the wave of early 90s when skating was a growing scene and subculture. The days of grunge were on the decline and alongside NOFX, Rancid, The Offspring, Bad Religion, and many others, Green Day took the helm to drive alternative music forward. This isn't a perfect album by any means, as there are some tracks that are more forgettable than others. But the nostalgic popular tracks "Welcome to Paradise," "When I Come Around," and "Basket Case" definitely elevate the listening. Even 30 years later this still slaps. I was on the fence about giving it a 4 or a 5 but I settled on 5 because I feel that this list is full of influential albums as much as it is full of masterpieces and I would lean more on calling this the former. Not to mention it is nostalgic as fuck and it transports me to a much younger and rebellious Cora Zone. Do we have the time to listen to him whine? The answer is definitely yes!

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

1994, the halcyon days of my youth…I’m reminded of summer nights playing “Manhunt” in my suburban neighborhood. Manhunt was basically a teen version of hide and seek, spread out across a wide swath of residential housing on half-acre lots. In actuality, it was just an excuse for us teenagers in the neighborhood to get together for the night and see what kind of mischief we could get into. It usually went something like this: We’d meet up a predetermined time and place, usually between 730 and 8pm. Discussions would ensue about what sort of teenage contraband had been acquired during the day: “I stole a half-pack of cigarettes from my dad”, ”I stashed 3 wine coolers behind my fence, we’ll go and grab them once it gets dark”, “I’ve got some firecrackers”…that sort of thing. Once we were all assembled and dusk drew near, Manhunt captains were chosen and we’d break up into two teams. Ideally, you wanted to end up on the same team as the person you had a crush on: Manhunt was the perfect opportunity for the two of you to find someplace secluded to make out. The people chosen as captains could make or break your night. We’d play Manhunt for about 30 minutes to keep up the facade that we were just innocent kids having fun. At that point, it would be dark enough that anyone paying attention couldn’t really keep tabs on what was going on. It was then, thoroughly bored with the facade, that we’d turn to the streets: a pack of chain-smoking, wine cooler aficionados roaming the backroads and backyards of suburban America looking for fun. It never amounted to much: the occasional stolen street sign or fireworks set off in sewer grates. One time, we figured out that if you shook the soda machine at the baseball field hard enough, it would dispense free sodas, usually ginger ale. It was petty mischief; the kind you get into when you’re 14 and miles away from anything interesting. As long as we were home by 11 and didn’t arrive by police car, our parents didn’t care… Welcome to Paradise.

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Tue Feb 16 2021
3

Dookie is the sort of basic update of 50s rock 'n roll/70s punk that always gives music critics a hardon, but I do understand the appeal. The melodic lines are clean, the songs are tightly written and performed, there's a ton of energy, Billy Joe Armstrong's voice is perfect for this sort of material, and the crystal clear production showcases the trio admirably. But frankly, it's all a bit monotonous and one dimensional. The majority of the songs are straight up ravers with hardly any shading. Even The Stooges had the noisescapes of guitarists Ron Ashton and James Williamson to keep things interesting. The band doesn't really throw any curveballs with the lone exception of Longview, Billy Joe's paean to masturbation. On that tune, Michael Pritchard's bass plays a major role on the verses and Billy Joe's voice and guitar comes roaring back on the choruses. I was always happy when that song came on the radio, and I didn't really mind the other hits like When I Come Around and Welcome to Paradise either. But a whole album's worth of that kind of stuff and I start shifting in my seat halfway through. While it's all perfectly executed, I can't in all conscience give this more than 3/5.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

Listened to this a lot as a teenager, so it was interesting to revisit. Weirdly, the stand out tracks had really stuck in my head, but the rest of the album had faded away almost entirely, which isn't exactly a great endorsement! Fave tracks - "Basket Case", "Longview", "Welcome to Paradise", predictably enough!

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Just listened to three songs. Not really for me. I think I'm too old for this generic pseudo punk for teens. Funny thing is, I didn't know Green Day were making music for such a long time. 1994 wow!

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Tue May 25 2021
2

I think if this would have been released in 1977 it would have been more into it, but a commercial pop-punk mid-nineties revival isn’t my thing, even though the songs are catchy enough and have sold millions, the opening guitar riffs grab your attention, and as a rule whenever one of their songs came on indie 88, it was recognizable and usually better than the one before it. The overall sound is too commercial for me & the lyrics are pretty bad - about boredom and anger and not enough humor. “Do you have the time to listen to me whine?” Not really.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
2

Pretentious, pestering lyrics. Hey, monkey on the cover: yes, you should throw that pile of poo, and I have the perfect target in mind!

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Thu Aug 12 2021
5

Pop punk masterpiece. Everyone knows all the words

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

One of my favourite albums appears first on a random album generator! Good day

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

I thoroughly enjoyed this album, which was a surprise as I'm not the biggest Green Day fan. My favourite songs were Longview, Pulling Teeth and When I Come Around. 5/5 stars.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
5

Va ser la tomba del grunge i el començament d''una altra cosa'. Potser qui no ho va viure en el seu moment no pot apreciar el posi revolucionari que va suposar, perquè tampoc ha envellit especialment bé, i musicalment no era cap trencament. Però l'aire fresc que va donar a la primera meitat opressiva dels 90 va ser molt important. Temes com 'Basket Case', 'Welcome to Paradise', 'When I Come Around', 'Longview'... no paraven de sonar als walkmans de qualsevol persona entre 14 i 25 anys

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Ah, gros coup de cœur nostalgique pour moi. L’énergie, l’attitude punk avec des bonnes mélodies et des bonnes harmonies vocales, c’est un mix parfait pour moi. Et j’aime beaucoup la place laissée à la basse de Mike Dirnt. Toujours aussi bon après toutes ces années.

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

In its 90s pop-punk genre, *Dookie* is simply put, THE quintessential album. Offering earworms after earworms (such as obvious examples "Longview", "Basket Case" or "Welcome To Paradise"), and far more subtle in their tunes and arrangements than other so-called household names of said genre (from The Offspring to Blink 41/Sum 182 nonsense), Green Day just simply released a perfect record, one that also aged far better than the half-baked "operatic" pretensions of *American Idiot* a few albums later. Of course, behind Green Day and the likes, there's a large constellation of other, less famous melodic punk acts that are worth a detour as you and your skate are rolling from one spot to the next throughout the city. NOFX especially comes to mind, thanks to their brilliant and sardonic songwriting. Green Day is not as fast and furious as the latter, admittedly, yet both bands still share many skills when it comes to memorable melodies and snarling words. And since NOFX will never be part of such lists for some reason, you gotta give a 5-star award to the closest thing to them, at least. It's finally done. Hope others do too, here. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 869 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 73 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 31 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 28

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Tue Mar 12 2024
5

Happy 30th anniversary, Dookie! This album is a huge part of the way I play drums. It might have been one of the first albums I bought. Absolute classic, I will hear no slander against it. The building instrumental at the end of "Chump" permanently lives in my chest. I will rock out to "She" until my legs don't work anymore. Even "Pulling Teeth", which I hated and skipped for years, is a song that I've come to appreciate. "Coming Clean" is so bracingly earnest, and I felt that back in the 90s even though I didn't understand it yet. And I will shout-sing along to "FOD" (in the car alone) forever. Five stars. All the stars.

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Sat May 11 2024
5

Huh. By 1994 I had sort of begun to turn my back on guitar driven music - so much else to discover out there! - so I was today years old when I learned that 'dookie' is from that year. I had always lumped Green Day together with 'The Blinksums 1815' that followed later and I want to apologize for this. I don't have a particular itch anymore that this album would scratch but listening to it, and especially all of it, outside of its two hits, I feel like I'm peering at a spot in the fabric of time, when I had this itch, and with just a little shift, Dookie would have scratched it, instead of '89s Bad Religion's No Control. And with that link, this has to be a 5.

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Sat May 11 2024
5

I had two CDs back in the day. One for the stereo, and one for the discman.

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Sat Jul 15 2023
4

Props. Excellent 1990s pop punk. Several hits.

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Tue Oct 03 2023
4

Easy to be snooty about Green Day, but this album has got some good songs

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Fri Oct 06 2023
4

I like punk and honestly had always thought of these guys as poseurs more or less. I listened to the album with an open mind, and was pleasantly surprised. It's pretty good, all things considered, and has some of that energy of the late 1970s.

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Tue Oct 10 2023
4

I'm not a big fan of the whole pop-punk sub genre, but there's really nothing to criticize here (aside from the awful ablum title). Young kids with punk attitude, slick production, socially aware lyrics, and good songwriting. Lots of earworms on this album. It's not my style so I wouldn't return to it often but I can still appreciate it for being a solid album.

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Tue Oct 17 2023
4

What better way to revitalize punk - decades after its birth - than to make it even more personal and pop-oriented than it ever was? In a time when grunge was declining in popularity, especially after Kurt Cobain's suicide, rock was losing space in the mainstream. Green Day was one of the bands to fill that void. With catchy melodies and instrumentals, Dookie rarely has a dull moment, and its lyrics spoke clearly to their generation.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Don't like Armstrong's voice. A few quite good singles. A 90s take on 1977 punk. I suppose it's influential, but just not my cuppa.

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Tue May 30 2023
3

Some songs were okay, the last song was super annoying.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

This possibly suffered from the fact that the pop-infused punk revival wasn't a movement as much as a (very appreciated) attempt to keep a previous movement alive. Sounded vital at the time, no doubt, but now that time has passed I mostly see it as shadow play. It definitely suffered from me being flat out of juice yesterday. If I listened with a few more spoons in my drawer, I might feel differently, as I still found the non-stop momentum enjoyable, Armstrong's nasal whine weirdly winning, the drum fills energising, and the smart-dumb lyrics dumb-smart. Basically, don't pay attention to my rating.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
2

Re inventing punk?!? Njaa not really

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Mon Sep 18 2023
2

I admire Dookie and its seamless segues, the ceaseless hooks, the guitars that sound punk yet tirelessly happy, and the emotional consistency: Green Day could craft a song about the fall of Fallujah and it would still sound like Dookie. It would work too, like Free Nelson Mandela. My wife loves this record, and I frequently noted subtle shifts and fluorishes. The cover is super cute. A “kicking an affectionate puppy in the face” two stars out of five.

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Thu May 02 2024
2

Better than expected but still mostly cringe

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Mon Jul 12 2021
1

Straziante, ho aspettato con ansia la fine che è arrivata con una canzone sulla masturbazione che alla fine è quasi tra i brani migliori. Tra le note positive c’è il suono di basso che è talmente brutto che quasi lo apprezzo. Colonna sonora perfetta per una partita di beer pong dopo la finale di football.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
1

In conclusione: Io i Green Day non li ho mai sopportati. Gruppi come gli Offspring o almeno i primi Blink ce mettevano un po' di sforzo, i Green Day già dall'inizio spuntavano ai soldi. Ho comunque riascoltato questo album in modo critico per vedere se avrei cambiato idea. Tranne qualche piccolo fill di batteria che ho apprezzato, il resto è stata abbastanza un'agonia da ascoltare nonostante la durata molto breve dell'album. Dato che in effetti non ho mai dato un uno me sembra il momento buono.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
1

Loro è un gruppo che ho sempre odiato. Anche negli anni a venire quando la vecchiaia ti fa rivalutare in tuoi gusti musicali adolescenziali, la mia opinione su di loro è rimasta sempre la stessa. Ora che sono stato obbligato ad ascoltare quest'album mi rode pure il culo. Penso che la voce di Billie Joe Armstrong sia fastidiosa (anche se i questo senso quella di Liam Gallagher è irraggiungibile). In generale mi sembrano tipo canzonette.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
1

Noch eins? Nicht euer Ernst?! Das erste war schon zu viel. Ich gestehe, dass ich mir keinerlei Mühe gegeben und nach 59 Sekunden ausgemacht habe. Sehr gerne nie wieder.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Such a great "first" album here. Love the sound and it's nuts to think that Billy Joe and his band have been kicking ass since 1989.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Great album in the history of punk and pop punk.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

Great album. This was my first exposure to Green Day. This a great album full of hits. ("Longview", "welcome to paradise", "basket case"). Essential Green Day and a great album to start into them as well(even if you're just looking for some good punk rock, this is a great place to find it.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Took me back to my childhood. Alot of hits on one album.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Still holds up after all these years

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Classic punk Green Day. I looove this album.

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Soundtrack to my child hood. a punk meets world album.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

I think one of the two most formative albums of my youth.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Not a genre I listen to often but I loved it... would listen again

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Great Album, I own on vinyl :)

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

I mean.... I'll listen but dont really need to. Holds up incredibly well.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

First punk album bought after buying the Welcome to Paradise single on tape from the Merry Hill branch of Our Price in 1994!

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

My music roots trace back to pop punk. This just has to be a 5

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Mon Oct 11 2021
5

Openly biased. Green Day 4 LYFE

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Great album, their best one yet, one of my all time favorites

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