Dookie by Green Day was released in 1994, for me this was just after I had returned back to my home town from a year long music course which was post my apprenticeship, so it holds many memories for me as this was a time in my life where I was wondering what the hell I was going to do for the next years other than drinking and playing guitar.
Musically I was playing in a duo/band with a friend from my course and this album, particularly, “When I come Around” and “Basket Case”, set the scene for a good part of our party set lists for the coming years.
So the record with its rawness and how different it was at the time changed how we thought about music yet again, also how much you could get out of 4 or 5 chords, a bridge and the truth, the harmonies too were a thing that stood out and reeled me into the songs, pretty much you can blast the album on the car stereo and sing along to all of them and hack out a few great air drum rolls too, the other thing with Green Day was their full sound as a three piece band, this I feel is only achievable if the bass and drummer are in each other’s pockets and good players.
I must have worn the cd out to over the years as my computer is finding it hard at the moment to play it, this accompanied with plenty of scratches and dust, if this cd cover could tell stories, there would be a few.
Dookie is Green Day’s third album and they were classed as a punk band when they hit it big, this ruffled a few feathers as it was more of a new age punk sound as opposed to the Dead Kennedy’s and The Sex Pistols who I grew up listening to as well, it was produced with Rob Cavallo and the bands first major label release, it was to be the first of many more, the album charted in 7 countries and went to number one in New Zealand so I was one of the many to attribute to this number one charting by purchasing it, I’m still waiting for my thank you note after all these years, you never know.
The album took three weeks to record and had only two mixes, this has kept the raw sound they were looking for when recording, most of the album was penned by Billy Joe Armstrong the singer and guitarist for the band, most of the songs come from band members experiences, this would of made the album, recording and the success a bit more sweeter.
The album name Dookie comes from food poisoning on tour, they referred their deposits in the porcelain bowl as liquid dookie, it was subsequently shortened from Liquid Dookie to Dookie.
The iconic album cover was quilled by another musician in their local area who had done an illustration for another bands cover, it has a lot of local references and characters through it, the rear of the Dookie album has a picture of a live audience with an Ernie from Sesame Street hand puppet dancing in the crowd.
My favourite tracks on Dookie would have to be the ones we played Basket Case and When I come Around, I just don’t get tired of listening them and also playing them too.
I’ve played Longview, Welcome to Paradise, Basket Case and When I come Around live in cover bands on acoustic, electric and also on bass whilst singing them.
Band and Album Info ::
Green Day is an American band from Berkeley in California.
They formed in 1987 under the name Sweet Children and changed to Green Day in 1988 and progressed throughout the years recording and touring many, many times.
Green Day is fronted by Billy Joe Armstrong on vocals/guitar, Mike Dirnt on bass guitar and Tre Cool on drums and more recently have added Jason White on guitar.
The name Green Day was picked for their fondness at the time for the electric puha sticky green buds they enjoyed partaking in allegedly.
Dookie was recorded in September and October 1993 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California and then released February first 1994.
Green Day :: Dookie : Track List
All lyrics are written by Billie Joe Armstrong, except where noted.
All music composed by Green Day.
2. Having a Blast
5. Welcome to Paradise
6. Pulling Teeth
7. Basket Case
9. Sassafras Roots
10. When I Come Around
11. Coming Clean
12. Emenius Sleepus (lyrics written by Mike Dirnt)
13. In the End
All by Myself (lyrics written by Tré Cool)