Dookie is the third studio album by American rock band Green Day. It was recorded in late 1993 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Written mostly by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, the album is mostly based around his personal experiences. Dookie received critical acclaim upon its release, and won the band a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 1995.
About Dookie in brief
Dookie is the third studio album by American rock band Green Day. It was recorded in late 1993 at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Written mostly by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, the album is mostly based around his personal experiences, with themes such as boredom, anxiety, relationships, and sexuality. Dookie received critical acclaim upon its release, and won the band a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 1995. It is credited with bringing punk rock to mainstream popularity, and propelling Green Day to worldwide fame. In 2003, Rolling Stone placed Dookie at number 193 on their list of the \”500 Greatest Albums of All Time\”, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. It has sold close to 20 million copies worldwide, making it the band’s best-selling album and one of the best- selling albums worldwide. The single \”Longview\” had a signature bass line that bassist Mike Dirnt wrote while under the influence of LSD. The song never had an official music video; however, a certain live performance of the song is often associated as a music video on Green Day’s official website. In the third verse, Armstrong references soliciting a male prostitute; it’s also said that he’s looking at the world and saying ‘It’s not the world, it’s not as black and white as I thought it was’ The song was re-recorded with less grainy sound for the music video, and was originally originally recorded with less than one-tenth as much grain.
The album was promoted with five singles: \”Basket Case\”, a re- recorded version of \”Welcome to Paradise\”, \”When I Come Around\”, and the radio-only \”She\”. \”All by Myself\” is a hidden track performed by Tré Cool. The band left their independent record label, Lookout! Records, on friendly terms and signed to Reprise Records. Green Day originally gave the first demo tape to producer Rob Cavallo, and after listening to it during the car ride home he sensed that he had stumbled on something big. The recording session lasted three weeks and the album was mixed twice. Armstrong claimed that the band wanted to create a dry sound, \”similar to the Sex Pistols’ album or first Black Sabbath albums. \”I couldn’t go back to the punk scene, whether we were the biggest success in the world or the biggest failure The only thing I could do was get on my bike and go forward. The song “Having a Blast” was written by Armstrong when he was in Cleveland in June 1992. It deals with Armstrong’s anxiety attacks, prior to being diagnosed with a panic disorder. The second single from Dookie, was originally recorded on the band’s second studio album, Kerplunk, The song “Welcome To Paradise” was originally-recorded on the album, “Kerplunk”