Similar to Weezer’s Blue Album, Green Day’s Dookie turned 20 within the first half of this year, and it serves as yet another indicator of how great music was that year. In the California trio’s third studio album and major label debut, Green Day packs 15 tracks into under 40 minutes, making for a project with pacing that is difficult to match. Driven by the often breakneck (but still varied) drums of Tre Cool, the length of the album feels shorter by his contribution alone. As punk rock goes, the guitar consists of simple chords and the bass has its few moments, but altogether it makes for what I find to be the best of Green Day’s musical library.
The popular highlights of the album fill the middle of the tracklist, with “Longview”, “Welcome to Paradise”, Basket Case”, and “When I Come Around” taking the place of tracks 4, 5, 7, and 10, respectively. And while the end of most albums of this many songs drag on for me, four of the final five tracks on Dookie clock in under two minutes*, making for a wrap up of the album that is done before you lose interest. After the album’s final two tracks* serve as a welcoming calm down.
My deep cuts for Dookie include “Burnout”, “Pulling Teeth”, and “She”. In true Dookie fashion, I’m going to wrap this up now to keep it short. Let me know what you think of the album and what other music you love from 1994 on the comments or on Twitter by tweeting @AndrewMackens. I’m out.