This is the first album I ever bought, and I remember it changing my life. When you're a teenager the words of Billie Joe Armstrong on this album just really seem to speak your language. This album is filled with infectious catchy hooks, amazing bass lines, and driving beats, it's just one of the greatest albums of all time. As Ben, a friend of mine, would say; "This album should be issued to kids when they turn 13". I couldn't agree more. Every song on this album is an absolute gem, there really isn't any song on here that I felt could have been left off. Let's take a look.
1. Burnout - A song about getting old but instead of feeling like you're growing up you just find yourself feeling bitter, jaded, and burnt out. Features an awesome drum solo.
2. Having A Blast - More themes of frustration with the people around you.
3. Chump - A simple verse/chorus/verse number in the vein of Ramones style simplistic punk.
4. Longview - The big radio hit from Green Day, featuring the greatest bass line ever with subtle hints towards boredom and resulting "fun time with self" time.
5. Welcome to Paradise - A song originally from "Kerplunk!", this song talks about moving away from home and at first being scared to be alone, but then suddenly enjoying the freedom. Catchy as hell.
6. Pulling Teeth - The story of a sadistic girlfriend and the poor bastard involved with her.
7. Basket Case - Yet another of the big radio singles, Basket Case is basically a story about cracking up. going crazy man! going crazy!
8. She - My take on it is that it's a story about a girl that has to live up to certain social expectations, and her eventual moment of breaking out of the shell she lived in. Great song that kind of changes pace for the first time on the album.
9. Sassafras Roots - By far my favorite song on the album. It's got that great anthemic Ramones simplistic feeling again. Also has the greatest chorus in song-writing history "i'm a waste like you, with nothing else to do, may i waste your time too?". Brilliant
10. When I Come Around - Yet another radio staple, I think I like this one the best of the singles. Great chord progression.
14. F.O.D - I hate to skip ahead but this is running long, so let's end it with the great final track F.O.D. This song is great, with a nice sing-along chorus of "you're just a f*ck, i can't explain it cause i think you suck, i'm taking pride, in telling you to f*ck off and die".
So thus end my review of the greatest record of the 90's (yeah, that's right, to hell with Nevermind), everyond should have their own copy of it so it can change their lives like it did mine.