Green Day Dookie Review

Album. Released 1994.  

BBC Review

If you're looking for 40 minutes full of punk attitude, tunes and biting lyrics, you...

Helen Groom 2007

Punk purists may turn their nose up at Green Day, but Dookie, their punk-pop classic album, has stood the test of time, with its sarcasm, self-deprecation, humour , and pop-guitar hooks still standing up after 13 years.

Released in 1994 as their first album on a major label, Dookie arrived at the end of the Nirvana-era, and blasted a hole in the moody grunge enveloping the music world. Spikey, pop-y, arrogant as hell, Dookie is full of attitude and tunes. From opener "Burnout", the album rarely lets up pace, with manic tempos, loud guitars, funky bass and pissed-off lyrics lacing every track.

"Burnout" itself, while making singer Billie Joe sound oddly nasal, is an almost perfect paean to apathy in society, and follow up, "Having A Blast" is almost as cheery; a just shy of three-minute package full of bile and anger, with raucous guitars and drums suiting it perfectly.

"Welcome To Paradise", which catalogues the delights of a dubious neighbourhood, and "Basket Case", a tale of a young man who consults both a shrink (female) and a whore (male) about his neuroses, are both high points of the album. Both were singles, and signaled the arrival of Green Day as a mouthpiece for disaffected youth.

"Longview", with its somehow mesmerising base line startles with its quiet-loud-quiet-loud format, and a chorus designed to be screamed from a thousand teenage throats: 'I got no motivation/Where is my motivation?/No time for the motivation/Smoking my inspiration', sums it up quite nicely, thank you.

Low points "Pulling Teeth" and "Emenus Sleepus" don't really add anything to the album; the former plods along and the latter is downright repetitive. "Sassafras Roots" isn't the strongest either, and has a whiff of filler about it.

Dookie is by no means perfect, but it is a stand-out album. If you're looking for 40 minutes full of punk attitude, tunes and biting lyrics, you won't find much better than this.

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