Tuesday, December 2, 2008

99. Green Day - Dookie

Back when Dookie came out, I was only vaguely familiar with Green Day. I dismissed them as another pop punk band that was going to ruin the reputation of punk music and didn't bother with them. Then came this album and suddenly Green Day was all over the radio. I resisted the call of the catchy songs until about a year later, walking through an outdoor flea market with my daughter, who was about five years old at the time. She reached up to a display of cassettes and said "DOOKIE! Mommy, buy me Dookie! Please!" It was pretty obvious she had been influenced musically by her uncle, because she did not learn the name of that album from me.

When your kid is standing in the middle of a very crowded market screaming for dookie, you do the only logical thing. You buy it for her, and bite your tongue on the "this is not punk rock" lecture that would be lost on a five year old who only wants to sing When I Come Around.

She played that cassette endlessly and I learned to appreciate Green Day for what they are: Catchy, simplistic rock music with punk rock roots and pop sensibilities, sung by a guy who sounds like he a nose full of snot. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It wouldn't be until much later in the band's career when someone would point out that they are the Taco Bell of punk rock. But that's another review, later on.

My daughter still has that Dookie cassette, by the way.
Official site

Favorite song: She


bran said...

this is maybe kinda sad, but in the days of "grunge" and "post-grunge", when i was a young lass in high school, Green Day was a bit of an oasis for me. i never liked Pearl Jam and their ilk; i felt that bands like Weezer and Green Day were the only aspects of *current* pop music i could really latch onto. i listened to Dookie so many times, i can still sing along (although i haven't listened to it in at least a decade.) Social Distortion, i really liked them, too. for some reason, Social D, Green Day, Weezer, NOFX, etc. are all bound up in my memory, together. those bands remind me of a time and place.

Sean Carnegie said...

Much like you, I ignored GD for a while when they first came out. Mind you, I was 16 and it's slightly difficult to buck trends in High School. Once I grew up and stuff (and fell in love with When I Come Around), it's an album that just flat out rocks.

Chris said...

I got given a review cassette copy of this by a friend who disliked it but didn't state so in his review for the local paper. I'm not sure where that cassette is now. After "When I Come Around" was thrashed on TV and radio he ended up liking it and might own the cassette again.