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Release date: February 1, 1994
Length: 39:38
Record label: Reprise Records
Producer: Rob Cavallo
Mixer: "Huckle" Jerry Finn
Rob Cavallo
Green Day
Singles: 1. "Longview"
2. "Welcome to Paradise"
3. "Basket Case"
4. "When I Come Around"
5. "She"

Dookie is the third album by Green Day, released on February 1, 1994 through Reprise Records. The album was a breakthrough for the band, introducing them into mainstream popularity as well as commercial success. As of November 2006, the album holds a diamond certification for 10,000,000 units shipped in the US alone and 20,000,000 copies worldwide.

The album was the band's major label debut for Warner's Reprise Records, causing considerable controversy in the punk rock community, with many critics claiming the band had "sold out". Controversy also surrounded the cover art, featuring an explosion and dogs dropping bombs and dirt on people and buildings. This is Green Day's second album to be banned. The album became a mainstream sensation with singles like "Longview", "Basket Case" and "When I Come Around" achieving #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. Dookie reached #2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

The songs on Dookie blend fast and slow tempo and included a transition between "Chump" and "Longview" that some see as an inspiration for the rock opera of 2004's American Idiot.

Dookie's first single, "Longview", refers to boredom-induced masturbation. Tré Cool's drum lead and Billie Joe Armstrong's fast fretwork evoke The Damned's "New Rose" and features a trademark Mike Dirnt bassline. Heavy play of the "Longview" and "Basket Case" music videos on MTV contributed to the band's popularity.

Dookie received very positive response, with All Music calling it "a stellar piece of modern punk that many tried to emulate but nobody bettered". Dookie appeared in the book 1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, and in Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" issue, Dookie was placed at #193.

In 1995, Dookie won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

Track list[edit | edit source]

All tracks written by Billie Joe Armstrong unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Burnout" – 2:07
  2. "Having a Blast" – 2:44
  3. "Chump" – 2:54
  4. "Longview" (single) – 3:59
  5. "Welcome to Paradise" (single) – 3:44
  6. "Pulling Teeth" – 2:30
  7. "Basket Case" (single) – 3:03
  8. "She" (single) - 2:14
  9. "Sassafras Roots" – 2:37
  10. "When I Come Around" (single) – 2:58
  11. "Coming Clean" – 1:34
  12. "Emenius Sleepus" – 1:43 (Mike Dirnt)
  13. "In the End" – 1:46
  14. "F.O.D." - 5:46 (2:50 on digital release)
  15. "All by Myself" - 1:40 (Tré Cool, hidden track; 15th track on iTunes edition only)

B-sides and outtakes[edit | edit source]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Green Day[edit | edit source]

  • Billie Joe Armstrong – lead vocals, guitar (percussion on "All By Myself"), writing, mixer
  • Mike Dirnt – bass, backing vocals, writing ("Emenius Sleepus"), mixer
  • Tré Cool – drums, percussion (lead vocals/guitar/writing on "All By Myself"), mixer

Production[edit | edit source]