Green Day’s career-defining album “Dookie” turns 25 this week on Feb. 1. In a time of ‘90s grunge and garage rock, for a band to make something so individual and noteworthy is why, after all these years, we are still talking about it.
From pure adolescent angst to severe self-criticism, “Dookie” helped shape Green Day into the brash, no apologies necessary rock band they are today.
“Dookie” is Green Day when they recorded punk music and were idiots with it. There’s a lot of cussing, talking about sex and doing drugs that somehow reached the moody audience of the punk age.
The bold lead single, “Longview” was the first to be released off the album. It’s loud guitar riffs and headbanging nature is still respected now. And as Armstrong belts out an “I'm so damn bored, I'm going blind / And I smell like shit,” it feels just a little nostalgic.
Punk-rock anthem “Basket Case” is still played on the alternative stations today. It’s notable beginning with Armstrong crooning a simple “Do you have the time to listen to me whine?” One of the more relatable tracks off the album, “Basket Case” is the anthem for all the weirdos that the ‘90s so desperately needed.
“Dookie” is one of those few albums where no track feels lost. It’s coherent and understandable, all songs stemming from the same feeling of awkwardness and the inability to fit in. But instead of veering away from it, Green Day embraced it. They took what made them weird and made art out of that, and that will always stand the test of time.
It’s one of those albums that inspired so much music from bands and artists that would come after. From Fall Out Boy to One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, the impact “Dookie” made was universal and permanent.
Billie Joe Armstrong’s quippy lyrics and punchy guitar riffs could still hold up today. If “Dookie” was released now, 25 years later, hoards of Neck Deep fans would flock to their album signings, waiting in lines outside of stadiums to see Green Day playing bits of “Dookie” live. Kind of like they do now.
The album features punk bangers and emotional anthems. It turned Green Day into an overnight success, garnering a fanbase that still stands strong today, 25 years later. “Dookie” still stands as a timeless classic that reminds people of all the absolute worst parts of growing up, but somehow people find a home in that. People will always find a sort of home in Green Day.
Article by Lindsey Lanham