|1. 2000 Light Years Away|
|2. One For The Razorbacks|
|3. Welcome To Paradise|
|4. Christie Road|
|5. Private Ale|
|6. Dominated Love Slave|
|7. One Of My Lies|
|10. No One Knows|
|11. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?|
|12. Words I Might Have Ate|
|13. Sweet Children|
|14. Best Thing In Town|
|16. My Generation|
2000 Light Years Away - Billie Joe wrote this one about his girlfriend at the time, who was living in a different part of the country (they're married and have 2 kids now). Quite the interesting little track.
Welcome To Paradise - The original version of the hit single from Dookie. Though not quite as perfect as the Dookie version, you really must give them credit for having a song this cool way back in 1992.
Dominated Love Slave - This song isn't really that good, but it sure is funny. I'm not even sure if it's Billie Joe on lead vocals, and if it is, he sure sounds messed up!
My Generation - Cover of a song by the Who (a classic rock band), which Iron Maiden would also cover later on. Green day made an already cool song even better!
Of course, there are other songs on this album that are great, but you've got to listen to it to decide for yourself. Get out there and buy it now! And if you can't find it in a local store, that's what this web site's all about!
If 1,039/Smooth was more unpolished and punk, then this album has slightly more of a "Dookie" feel, but still raw. For "Kerplunk!", Green Day's overall feel was, 'If it ain't broke, why fix it?'. And fix it they didn't. For the most part, it features Green Day's now infamous and loved three-chord, two-to-three-minute punk-pop style. But WAIT! That's not all. For a few tracks, Billie Joe and company tried some experimentation...
A hick love song. ("Dominated Love Slave")
Acoustic Guitars. ("Words I Might Have Ate")
A ballad. ("No One Knows")
And, also on this CD, are four extra tracks recorded by Green Day when they were 15, under the title "Sweet Children". The songs on here are actually really good, including a punk rock version of The Who's "My Generation". (Take that, Wimp Bizkit.)
One thing to notice on this album: Green Day improved their songwriting skills. Take this line from "One Of My Lies": "Why does my life have to be so small / and death is forever / and does forever have a life to call its own?". Or "No One Knows": "Call me irresponsible / call me habitual / but when you think of me / does it fill your head with schemes? / Better think again / 'cause no one knows." Somehow I doubt that the Juliana Theory can come up with that. (Or anything beyond breaking up with your girlfriend.) So there's talent to be had here.
Anyway, if you want to hear some great vintage Green Day, check this one out.
These days, Green Day stands as one of the best-known pop-punk bands on the face of the earth, and they are unquestionably the masters of the genre. For nearly a decade and a half, they have been serving up music that has rarely failed to please. Recently, the band's first two albums, 39/Smooth and Kerplunk! were rereleased, with EP tracks featured as bonuses. This review is for the latter, Green Day's second album. Read on for my review.
The first thing I should probably state about this album is that this IS NOT the pop-punk Green Day most people know and love, nor is it straight-up hard and heavy punk. It's more like a happy medium between the two. However, the band's musical quality is nothing less than that of their better-known material. Following the release of their first album, drummer John went off to college, so they replaced him with the now infamous Tre Cool. The opening track, 2000 Light Years Away, is one that Billie Joe Armstrong, the band's lead guitarist and vocalist wrote for a girl he met while he and the band were touring America (the girl in question is now his wife, and they have two children.) This a excellent melodic pop-punk song as only early Green Day could do. Another excellent song that uses similar stylings is Christie Road. Since Green Day is normally considered a "punk rock" band, it's amazing how good their melodic stuff is! One major track of interest featured here is the original, pre-Dookie version of Welcome To Paradise. This version is less polished than its Dookie counterpart, but it's still a good track, and certainly a premonition to their future successes.Read more ›