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Street Release Date: 02/01/1994

Take one part Ramones, one part Buzzcocks, and one part Husker Du, and you've got the basic foundation of Green Day, a punky, witty, melodic San Francisco Bay area trio who became overnight stars in 1994 when this album, their third overall release and major label debut, catapulted them to the top of the pop charts. Led by guitarist/vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong and their secret weapon, powerhouse drummer Tre Cool, Green Day put '70s and '80s punk in a compact '90s package with songs like "Longview," "Basket Case," "Pulling Teeth," and the hit semi-ballad, "When I Come Around." One the few modern alternative rock bands with a bona fide sense of humor. --Billy Altman

Customer Reviews:

  • dookie ookie
    My daughter likes this Green Day cd. I don't listen to it, I am not into them. I like about 2 of their songs, I think they sound like kangaroos are kicking them in their stomachs as they sing. But to each his own....more info
  • Cool, but not too cool
    As far as musical simplicity, Green Day's Dookie is comparible to nude caveman banging sticks against oak trees. My amputated dog named Henry can play Green Day songs while defecating. It is this , along with whining lyrics with swear words that hurt my ears which make this album one of the worst of all time, right next to Coldplay's Greatest Hits.

    Now, my mummy bought this record for me last June and it's been spinning on my stereo ever since, so you can't say i'm not a credible source when it comes to reviewing this album. Even before listening i was skepticle of the contents from seeing all of the dirty images on the cover. Monkeys throwing feces? Talk about offensive! I (a proud member of PETA) wrote a letter to the band about this and Bill the singer responded with an apology claiming they'll be sure to redesign the cover by 2009, but i personally find this hard to believe.

    Anyway, with regards to the actual music, it pretty much sucks. (I promise i won't swear for the rest of the review). I just don't get some of the songs. Longview is ok, has a lot of electric bass, but i'm still not really sure what they're talking about. I was reading the lyrics, but i still just don't get it. Basket is kind of catchy; my daddy was telling me about this "palm muting techmique" that they do which seems pretty advanced. Not that many guitarists can do that. Come Clean is definetly about something naughty, i can tell. At least i think it is. To finish, FOD is probably my favorite song on the album, but i usually just shut it off about halfway through because it gets really loud and hurts my ears.

    All in all, Dookie is not very impressive. I haven't listened to American Idiot yet, maybe that will be better. If you want some surefire good music though, look out for Kanye's next album, i think it's coming out soon

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  • Dookie brings Green Day to its MTV heyday
    I was introduced to Green Day back in 1994 right around the time they released "Dookie." One of my friends who was into the punk music scene had bought the CD and knew about Green Day before me and friends. He spread it around to our area and encouraged me to purchase 'Dookie' the next time I went to a record store.

    So I bought 'Dookie' when the album was on the pop charts, when Green Day first became popular and many people were talking about them. Since punk originated in the mid-70's and gained popularity in the 80's, Green Day's 90's music was considered a "new breed" of punk music. Not quite punk, not quite pop, not quite rock, but sort of a blend between genres. They weren't easily categorized, partly due to the level of fame they achieved. Nobody quite knew where to put them.

    On "Dookie," Green Day delivers this quirky blend of musics and lyrics in typically catchy fashion. The CD's first hit starts with the first track, "Longview," a pessimistic but uptempo rant about the singer's life problems. The next track, "Welcome to Paradise," shifts to a more pessimistic tone of hedonistic pleasure with sardonic undertones. Later comes "Basket Case," an first-person, fast-tempo rock song with a chord structure resembling Pachelbel's Canon in D. "When I Come Around" is an outspoken, mid-tempo ballad that closes this memorable CD.

    "Dookie" lifted Green Day to new heights of fame. The lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, was becoming a household name. The raw sound of "Dookie" blazed a new punk trail through pop territory with a number of hit songs. With their increased popularity, Green Day continued to take on challenges with additional albums. More than a decade since the release of "Dookie," Green Day has secured a place in pop music and will be remembered well into the future....more info
  • I'm not under 13!
    And if you enjoy Green Day, you yourself probably weren't born yet when Dookie came out, because that was over 12 years ago. If you really were old enough to remember 1994, there's no way you could like Green Day. Nobody over middle school age likes this band, and that's a fact. The only people who still like Green Day are a bunch of bratty suburban juvenile delinquents who think noisy guitar pop with foul mouthed lyrics takes talent to create. Its pre pubescent brats like you who keep this band at the top of the charts, when they should be remembered as a mid 90s novelty act that faded into obscurity.

    And if you like Green Day right now...just wait a few years. You'll turn against this band and end up dispising them just like me. When I was 9 or 10 years old in 1994, I loved Green Day just as much as you, but it didn't take long for me to realise how $hitty this band are, and totally turn against them. And the same thing will happen to you once you get out of elementary school!...more info
  • Green "Back in the" Day
    I don't know who that kid was that was bad-mouthing Green Day because he obviously didn't listen to/let alone buy this cd. I bought this cd because I wanted to hear some of the older Green Day songs like "welcome to paradise" and "Basket case". Those songs along with others on this cd were the songs that helped Green Day be better recognized, which points out that the majority of the songs on this cd are ones that won't leave you skipping to the next track to looking for that one song you bought the cd for. For anyone who likes Green Day, I would recommend this cd to be added to your collection.

    And as for that toddler bad-mouthing Green Day...You submitted a "Kid Review"'re not even 13 yet, you weren't alive when this cd even came out. You picked out lyrics to one song and criticized them, but lyrics like those allowed the band be around for over 15 years. Lyrics don't make the song, the music is also good. So if you have a problem hearing the word "f*ck" in the music you're listening to, then stay away from limp bizkit, he says "f*ck" 46 times in the same song.

    A lot of good songs overall on this cd, definitely a must have for Green Day fans. ...more info
  • One of the greatest ever.
    For my generation, this was the white album. Back in 199whatever I was but a teenager in highschool, struggling to find myself and to find acceptance among my peers. Alas, to no avail and I just ostracized myself from everyone. Anyway, that isn't here nor there. This was the genre-defying album that was the new face of punk. It wasn't political like it's predecessors, nor was it purposely inaudible and obnoxious. It was part of a new future for punk-rock as a genre. It was scarey because it defied the punk creed. At the same time it was amazing because it spawned an entire generation of "pop-punk." But none could ever par up to Green Day. Dookie set the standard, and set itself apart from bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. It was still punk and the spirit they showed here remains even in their current latest effort, "American Idiot." Whether you like it or not, Green Day did something extrodinary with this album and it started a phenomenom that will always be remembered. When I think of 90's music, I will always think of Green Day as a result. Thank these guys for changing music history....more info
  • this band is as punk rock as a little pink dress-stay away at all costs! and hope that this pop trend will just end
    rock band that everyone knows that by now and lets face it it HAS to be just a matter of time before not just kids but everyone stops listen to this junk cause everyone knows that all of this sugury sweet pop crap isnt cool and is just going to go away it cant last and soon listen to it will just make you the most uncool person in the world and i agree the sex pistols are punk rock in its most raw, hardcore form and if anyone wants to know what real punk rock sounds like they should listen to the sex pistols album -Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols- or listen to any sex pistols album for that matter and if they arent willing to listen to give that a try or if they just handle that then they should just except that they are just part of the pop crowd and leave the punk rock to people gives it the respect it deserves...more info
  • Ah, youth
    I remember hearing this cd way back when I was in fifth grade and I still listen to it once in awhile. Its far from there best cd but contain the classic tracks Longview, Welcome to Paradise, Basket Case, and When I Come around. The whole cd flows well and I recommend it to anyone who likkes music. Its too bad they started the whole crappy pop punk scene we have now.

    By the way, Longview is one of the greatest songs not only of the 90's but of all time....more info
  • I will help you all out.
    Before I start, I just wanna say, I ain't no kid, I'm 15 and I have an account but it was being all weird so I'm using the kids form. Anyways...

    Here's a list of bands I listen to that aren't posers like Green Day and they all actually know how to play their instruments. Not to metion they are MUCH better bands.

    System Of A Down
    Pink Floyd
    Fear Factory
    Shadows Fall
    Lamb Of God
    Guns N' Roses
    Killswitch Engage
    Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne
    Rage Against The Machine
    Misery Signals

    Now, you all are probably wondering: (in a whiny voice) "Oh, why are hating on my favorite band who has complete instrumental knowledge not to mention some of the best songs ever created?" WHY!?" Because I don't want your ears to be flooded with the crappy music Green Day produces.I'm doing you all a favor by exposing all of the lies that reside in this band. No, they do not "rock", they play the same 3 power chords in every song then they just add crappy and/or weak lyrics. That's not real music! Try any of the bands I listed, they all have real music that makes you think, even the only nu-metal bands I like,Slipknot and Disturbed, can make you think if you give them a chance. I gave Green Day a chance and the failed. So if you're smart, you'll try some of the bands I listed. And trust me, there's at least one band you'll like more than Green Day.

    P.S. Green Day is NOT POLITICAL!!!There's been lies saying the Green Day is the only political band ever. Rage Against The Machine and to an extent, System Of A Down are far more better political band than Green Day....more info
  • It is what it is.
    This is probably on of the better green day albums. If you are into pop-punk or whatever the genre is called nowadays, you will probably like this. That being said after reading most of the reviews aboust this album, I've come to relize that these reviews mean nothing. Just some friendly advice to the people that are on here to purely hate on music. If you are not a muscician you have no right to tell someone they suck especiall when said band sells as many records as green day has because apparently they don't. Making music is harder that it looks. Just playing an instrument well doesnt make you a good musician. Creativity does. The whole recording process also is not an easy one. And to all the people here to glorify their favorite band or whatever. Please rethink your review. no one give a care if you think Billie Joe is hot. really also saying green day has really good instruments also isnt a real smart thing to do. They play punk music instuments are normally not good in punk. It is what it is. simple songs with catchy hooks. If you don't care for the genre than you have no business buying and or reviewing this album. No disresect to anyone....more info
  • uuuuruhjaihl???
    How can people like this music? Every song sounds the same, the guitarist keeps playing the same chords! If you like this that you are just not musical. There is no talant here, every bandmember sucks! Don't buy this!...more info

    take this junk off the punk rock listings-ether your punk or you pop-give punk the respect it deserves why is this junk even listed under punk rock? anyone who knows what real punk rock sounds like knows that this isnt real punk rock, its just boybands who want to seem tough and/or deep. if you want to know what real punk rock truely sounds like in all of its raw, hardcore form then listen to the sex pistols album -Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols- or listen to any sex pistols album and then, if you cant handle that, please stop calling yourself a punk rocker ok?...more info
  • Quit hatting on Green Day jealous punks
    This album is a 90's masterpiece. I'm so tied of "true" punk fans that whine about Green Day not being punk enough. They combined perfect melody with fast punk riffs better than anyone. People will still be listening to this album 20 years from now. ...more info
  • One Of My All Time Favorite Albums!!!
    This album is the reason there are so many Pop/Punk bands around today, In my oppinion. Green Day were rocking out long before there was a Blink-182 or Simple Plan. "Dookie" is often considered to be one of the best albums of the early nineties and it's easy to understand why. This album is loaded with catchy, sing-a-long type songs and an unmatched musical energy. If you are a rock fan you've most likely found yourself flipping through the car radio, looking for something and landing on a Green Day song and whether or not you'll admit it, you soon found yourself singing along to it as you drove. This is the band that started it all for Pop/Punk and this is the record they did it with. "Dookie" is an absolute essential for any rock fan's collection.....If you don't have it in yours..GET IT!!!!...more info
  • Don't Buy!!!
    This cd proves thar Greenday have sucked from the beginning. It is POP, not punk! Do not buy this and support this untalented, overrated band....more info
  • Whoa! It's like 1994 all over again!
    Who are you people? Where did you come from?

    Oh, I get it. American Idiot sells a bazillion copies and the kids who purchased it want to get into Green Day's older stuff. So, they purchase Dookie and fall in love. The band is a huge commodity all over again, and just like before, you get a hoarde of pretentious wankers trying to shove down your throat what constitutes as "real" music. How Green Day isn't punk. How you should get a Sex Pistols album. Blah, blah, blah. Conformity as nonconformity. I love it. Like the Sex Pistols are something obscure. Wannabe hipsters.

    I hope you guys feel good about yourselves, 'cause Green Day fans obviously aren't listening to you. Do you feel cool and above-it-all by trashing this and other successful albums? I hope so. I'm proud of you. I really am. I'm so impressed with your knowledge of true punk music! How many Big Black albums did you say you own? None? Hmm... interesting.

    It's loud, it's snotty and it's fun. It's poppy, but it's still punk rock. The Ramones? Pfeh. They've been trying to sell out since their first album; they just never crossed the finish line in time. But, their music is still great. And so is Green Day's. Don't let whatever's popular dictate YOUR tastes in music, you mindless sheep. See? It works both ways. BAAA!

    Tables... turned. Owned. The lot of you....more info
  • The most overrated of all Green Day albums
    I have Dookie, Insomniac, Nimrod, Warning, and American Idiot.

    Dookie was the first green day album I ever listened to. However, I even admit to myself how much better the guitar playing and song structure was on Warning and American Idiot compared to Dookie.

    While it is still good, there is a distinct lack of originality in guitar playing and song structure, as well as different elements such as brass instruments which were heard in Nimrod's King for a Day.

    Dookie's strength was from Longview, Welcome to Paradise, Basket Case, and When I come Around. These songs are good, but not nearly as musically creative like the later works. Probably the best two songs were Welcome to Paradise due to the emotional background (but is still very weak and unfelt compared to American Idiot) and Basket Case's catchy, hilarious song about somebody with Panic disorder.

    I am a huge Green Day fan, and I completely agree as a guitarist/musician myself that the later works rightfully deserve the praise they got (compared to old Dookie fans say) as being better.

    Still, songs like Basket Case and Welcome to Paradise are true classics and Dookie is what got Green Day famous....more info
  • Fantastic
    This is the first major label release for Green Day, though it is the third full length album by the group. Still having the raw young punk vibe from the first albums, mixed with a greater craft skill that would keep them evolving with later albums, this is a great cd. It walks the fine line between those who like the early stuff and those who enjoy the more polished sound of today. I don't think they have matched the level they achieved with this album on anything except American Idiot, which is also fantastic from start to finish. This is a must have for any Green Day Fan. Also check out Pinhead Gunpowder for more of an older Green Day sound. Billie Joe is a member of Pinhead, so if it sounds like him, it is....more info
  • The First Smash Hit!
    Dookie is the best album of Green Day! It still packs the rawness of its "Sweet Children," days but has the new shine from Reprise Records. And even though this album isn't my favorite (that would be Warning, which was released on 2000) it is still better than all their other albums combined, far better than American Idiot.
    If you want to experience Green Day as they used to be, and know and understand what the oldie Green Day fans cherish, this is the album to buy! So besides rushing out to buy American Idiot just because a lot of the fans now are comprised of people who never really knew about this band till its release, advise you to, just buy Dookie and see if you like it. Because mostly Green Day is comprised of that sound and taste, this IS Green Day at its finest!...more info
  • Dookie sounds like music for babies!
    I was just listening to this and this album was crap! Every song is pretty bad that sounds the same and the lyrics are quite dumb. The title of the album sucks and sounds more like an album for BABIES! I like Green Day but this sucks. I only liked American Idiot and Warning which those rocked out reallly great. The nineties were the worst years in music after the sixties and only had about a few great albums. This is music for little kids. To listen to real rock get Metallica's 4 classics insted.
    Punk is very very weak....more info
  • Green Day is the 90s version of Avril Lavigne
    Only people who are challanged in knowing what music is talented and good like this. If you are a moron into the most stupid music than this CD is for you! Every other word is "fu*ck" or "sh*it", clearly proving that this band has a low IQ and doesn't have the brains to come up with any decent lyrics besides obscenities.

    "Twiddle my thumbs just for a bit
    I'm sick of all the same old sh*it
    I'm in a house with unlocked doors
    And I'm fu*cking lazy
    Bite my lip and close my eyes
    Take me away to paradise
    I'm so dam bored I'm going blind
    And I smell like sh*it"

    If you find lyrics like that entertaining, than you my friend are retarded. You'd have to have an IQ of 50 to find Billie Joe Armstrong's foul mouthed toilet bowl humour even remotely entertaining. Lets face it, Green Day are the 90s equivalent of Avril Lavigne, Sum 41, or Good Charlotte----bratty and irratating, putting out a bunch of noisy, foul mouthed juvenile delinquent tunes for all the bratty juvenile delinquents of the suburbs. They are the original juvenile delinquent pop punk band. If it weren't for Green Day, that annoying pop punk tren that has plagued the music industry for the past few years never would have happened!...more info
  • Introducing Green Day to the masses
    This was the album that converted of my friends into Green Day fans. I just dug up my old CD of this album and I still love listening to it today as I did when it first came out....more info
  • One of the biggest landmarks in music history
    Green Day's third album, Dookie, has to be one of the greatest albums of all time anyway you look at it. The raunchy 1994 take-over-the-world album definately falls into my list of the top 100 greatest albums of all time, and I'm not saying that because of today's American Idiot craze. It helped kick off the mid to early 90s punk scene and proved that the trio are musical geniuses. The MTV hits, like "Longview," "When I Come Around," and "Basket Case" are some of the best songs in Green Day's arsenal, and it's to no one's surprise that they're contained in this album. So why is this album so great? Here's a song by song breakdown for an answer.

    1) Burnout- 9/10 One of my all time favorite Green Day songs. It just screams "rebellious," as Billie Joe sings "I declare I don't care no more... I'm burnin' up and out I'm growing bored, in my smoked-out boring room" as the opening power chords start off the song. A definitive hit.

    2) Having a Blast- 8/10 A great experimentation song, but somewhat weird vocals. Still pretty good though.

    3) Chump- 9/10 Yet another song that represents the overall attitude of Green Day. It's about how Billie Joe's then girlfriend, Adrienne Nesser, cheats on him during the recording of the album, but it's not her he's mad at, it's the guy she's cheating on him with; hence the lyrics and feeling of the song.

    4) Longview- 10/10 One of Green Day's most underrated songs of all time. Being transitional with Chump, it starts out with a heavy rain of bass drums by Tre Cool and a signature bass riff by Mike Dirnt. The lyrics and riffs of the song are brilliant, and is a great Green Day song to listen to if you've just come out of the American Idiot craze.

    5) Welcome to Paradise- 9.5/10 Probably the most punk-rocking Green Day song you'll ever hear. The opening power chords make you rave for more as Billie Joe spits out "Dear mother, can you hear me whining? It's been three whole weeks since I have left your home". The eerie interlude of speeding bass, guitar, and drums all at once are a perfect fit for the song, in which after Billie Joe sings "Dear mother, can you hear me laughing? It's been six whole months since I have left your home," which is completely contrare to the first verse. Another must-listen.

    6) Pulling Teeth- 8.5/10 Pretty good, which an actual touch of humor to it. It tells a tale of when bassist Mike Dirnt and his wife have a pillow fight and Mike ends up breaking both of his arms. No filler track here.

    7) Basket Case- 10/10 Another masterpiece by the band. It starts out with speeding power chords which follow Billie Joe singing "Do you have the time to listen to me whine about nothing and everything all at once?", which immediately has you thinking that it's going to be an awesome song. Catchy, awesome fun.

    8) She- 8/10 A nice, concert-popular song with an awesome bass riff that starts it off. It picks up where Chump left off, as it tells of how things are cooling down in Billie Joe's relationship with his girlfriend, and by that time, his girlfriend's life is a wreck. A good, easy-listener.

    9) Sassafras Roots- 8/10 A simple song to say to least, but many parts of it are more catchy than you think. Another song that shouldn't be skipped while listening.

    10) When I Come Around- 10/10 A very powerful song that could almost pass as a ballad. To me this song kills "Polly" and "All Apologies" by Nirvana, which barely even comes close to being good. When I Come Around is definately Green Day's finest moment in songwriting, and could possibly be their best song to date. No flaws found here.

    11) Coming Clean- 9/10 Much similar to Burnout, this song is also a more "rebellious" song--it contains the witty lyrics and guitar work by Billie Joe, and a massive effort by the rest of the band. Also a catchy Green Day hit.

    12) Emenius Sleepus- 9/10 This song really shows the mastery of bassist Mike Dirnt, as he was the brainchild behind it. This song is easily one of the best you'll here on the album, and like most of the album, is a song mustn't be skipped.

    13) In the End- 8.5/10 A song that IS good, but then again, isn't the band's greatest. Like the previous two, it's quite catchy and doesn't provide any filler. A great listen.

    14) F.O.D.- 9/10 A great song which also proves that Green Day can be wild hardcore punk-rockers. It starts out with soft vocals and acoustic guitar play, and near the third quarter the electric guitar comes in and Billie Joe starts singing a second chorus which repeats the title of the song, in word form. A nice, clean finish for the album.

    So without any further ado, this album is a must-have in everyone's collection, and is one of the biggest landmarks in music history. Its punk-rocking attitude and overall feeling are what give it its recognition as a classic, and the album alone could stand to represent Green Day. There was even a hidden track which started about three minutes after "F.O.D." called "All By Myself," which was sung by drummer Tre Cool. Unfortunatly this track was removed on the CD version of the album, but can still be heard on the original records. To avoid making this review any longer than it already is, I'll just stop here by saying once again that this is one of the greatest albums of all time, and should be contained in everyone's collection.

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  • One of the definitive '90s albums
    Well, it's been a long time since I've written a review, but I figure I'll come back on something big and amazing, like Green Day's "Dookie". Not much is needed to be said about this album, because a lot has already been said.
    Even though this is one of Green Day's earlier albums, it shows that they've got skills in the songwriting department, as shown in such classics as "Chump", "Longview" and "Welcome To Paradise". As young as they were when they wrote these songs, they make them interesting and exciting. Then we have more riff-rocking anthems like the classic "Basket Case" and the melodic, shout-a-long "She". We even get to hear a bit of country influence in "Pulling Teeth"! Then comes along the mid-tempo "When I Come Around" a nice break in the faster pace of other songs.
    Overall, if you like this style of music, you really can't go wrong here. This is one of those albums that you can play all the way through and love every second of it. It's the sound of thundering guitars and basses, and energetic drums. It's the sound of a summer day outside in California. It's the sound of classic Green Day! Thanks for the time, and peace....more info
  • go greenday
    greenday is great!!!! i got this cd just before christmas and i love it!!!
    song by song

    burnout= 8.5/10 good song, not my favorite though
    having a blast=10/10 a great song about suicide
    chump= 5.0not very good, i usually skip it.
    longview=10/10 might be my favorite on the disk weird video
    welcome to paradise=10/10 i love this song alot
    pulling teeth=7.5/10 i dont know why, but i seem to group this with she
    basket case=10/10 a great song! i love how billie joe says it like hes stoned at the end of the chorus the 2nd time
    sassafras roots=5.0 i dont like it
    when i come around=10/10 i read that the guitar is the same as blink 182s what my age again( my favorite blink song)is it???great song
    coming clean=10/10 this is a good song too short though
    emenius sllepus=5.0 mike wrote this one not very good
    in the end=5.0 my least favorite
    f.o.d.=8.0 repetitive a little
    all by myself(hiden)=9.0 tre wrote it and sang it hard to tell what he says

    if you are like me then check out these bands:
    blink 182
    fall out boy
    mcr(my chemical romance)

    i am under 13 i am matt not judy! GO GREENDAY!!!
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