Green Day fans have rocked out this spring with a blockbuster tour, and now this summer the party continues with Shenanigans, a collection of rarities from the modern rock superheroes. Following the gold-certified greatest hits package International Superhits! and gold International Supervideos (both released in late 2001), and Green Day's musical omnipresence during ESPN's Winter X Games, Shenanigans provides core fans a bridge to the band's next studio album, expected in 2003.
Green Day's 2001 singles collection, International Superhits
, was nice, but now these San Francisco East Bay punks are really spoiling us. Shenanigans
sweeps up Green Day's assorted rarities, oddities, and B-sides into one surprisingly coherent package. The poppy "Suffocate" is just as good as anything that showed up on the previous compilation. "I Want to Be on TV" is unruly American pop punk at its best. And the smart surf-guitar instrumental "Espionage" will already be familiar to anyone who owns the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
soundtrack. Meanwhile, the straight-faced cover of The Kinks' easy-listening favorite "Tired of Waiting" is truly something to behold. Sure, some of these tracks would have benefited from withering in obscurity forever--like "DUI," a questionable, mariachi-flavored tribute to drinking and driving--but the rest capture Green Day in fine style. --Aidin Vaziri