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After establishing themselves as the leaders of a new generation of music-makers and listeners, Green Day are back with Nimrod, their much-anticipated third album for Reprise. Showcasing Green Day's continuing musical evolution, Nimrod amplifies everything that made the band great in the first place. Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (3/01)

Nimrod came along two years after 1995's Insomniac and was the first indication of Green Day's willingness to stretch the boundaries of punk rock. The fullness of the record is first hinted at on "Hitchin' a Ride," which starts out chug-a-lugging and then breaks into a raging rocker."Redundant" is accented with some psyched-out guitar work and has Billie Joe Armstrong singing a good deal more than usual. The wonderful "Platypus (I Hate You)" speed-rocks with abandon and recalls the early days of L.A. punk (a little Dickies here, a little Descendents there). The biting "Take it Back" is a snarling throwback to hard punk, and "Prosthetic Head" is an infectious ditty that counts among the very best on the album. Most surprising is "Last Ride In," an instrumental nod to the sensual surf-and-sun life. Of course, the crown jewel of the collection is the sentimental, acoustic "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)," which seemed nearly inescapable when it was released. Beyond these standouts, even the "usual" Green Day fare here has punch. --Lorry Fleming

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  • Audio CD (October 14, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: October 14, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002NIH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (510 customer reviews)
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on February 14, 2003
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It is such a shame to see a great band like Green Day being the target of so much negative criticism. Here is a band who can make great music, are impressive as hell when performing live, and they never seems to put out an album with the sole purpose of being popular or on TV so much. (If that were the case, they would release more albums at a time.) Green Day is one of my all time favorites and they continue to do nothing but impress me. "Nimrod" is an excellent album with a ton of great songs.
You can see how much the band has matured and how they have grown musically. They are always willing to try new things, which is something you really see lacking in some of these newer punk or alternative bands. The guitar playing is great, the drumming is always impressive, and the singing and lyrics are reflections of top-notch talent.
EVERY song on this album is great, but here are some of my favorites: hitchin' a ride, the grouch, nice guys finish last, worry rock, scattered, king for a day, walking alone, prosthetic head, and time of your life. (Seeing the song "king for a day" actually performed live really enriches the song and makes you appreciate it more.)
Green Day is a fabulous band who has never disappointed me once. I just think they got popular too quick and then people started burning out on them. It is a shame because they are a great band who can play music. If you love to hear outstanding music from an exceptional band, Green Day's "Nimrod" might be the CD for you. Definitely worth checking out!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By thunderstorm264 on November 1, 2002
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I'll admit it, the first time I listened to this CD I didn't like it. So I kept it on my shelf for a month or two. Recently I got up the courage to listen to it again, AND I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY I DIDN'T LIKE IT!
1. Nice Guys Finish Last - A great punky song full of energy. Hard not to like. 9/10.
2. Hitchin a Ride - Always reminds me of that oldie Stray Cat Strut. But it is extremely catchy and great. The bass really shines here. 8.5/10.
3. The Grouch - Amazing melody, great poppy-punk. Kinda funny in a way. A forewarning, slightly explicit lyrics. 8/10.
4. Redundant - Beautiful. Plain and simple. 10/10.
5. Scattered - A bit more poppy than punky, but the punk fans will love the intro. It's on the verge of beautiful as well; it's good. 9/10.
6. All the Time - A fast, repetitive song about (gasp) drug addiction. Gets kinda tiresome after awhile. 6/10.
7. Worry Rock - Solid instruments + great vocals and melody = one great song. 9.5/10.
8. Platypus (I Hate You) - Very fast-paced and catchy, though you can't really understand what the heck Billie Joe's spewing out. It's a little more on the metal side, but AWESOME. 8/10.
9. Uptight - Slow(er), but it has a great melody and the bass part is awesome. Crazy, yet great. 9/10.
10. Last Ride In - Awesome instrumental. But, it is an instrumental. 7/10.
11. Jinx - Incredible instrument work and vocals. Catchy as anything. 9.5/10.
12. Haushinka - Most people don't like this, but it has an amazing melody and chorus, and Billie Joe sings very well here. 9/10.
13. Walking Alone - Another unfavored song, but I love it. Just listen to the harmonica! Plus the verses and chorus are like nothing I've ever heard. Which is to say, they're like incredible. 10/10.
14. Reject - Fast, insane...
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Malone on October 17, 2000
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I'm old school. Actually, I'm just old. I'm 31 and I've been listening to punk since I was 13. I was introduced to Green Day back in 1991, when 39/Smooth was their only album. I saw them play live, and I loved them. 39/Smooth, Slappy, 1000 Hours, these remain some of my favorite records. I liked the records that came later, but never as much as I loved the ones on the first CD. I loved Dookie, I thought it was cool at the time that they took on a harder, heavier, more "punk rock" sound. And while I can't deny that I also liked Insomniac, it seemed to me that Green Day had stagnated into a generic riff style. So, when Nimrod was released, I didn't care. I never bought it. The only song I ever heard off of it was Good Riddance, and it certainly didn't make me want to buy the album. (Not that it's a bad song... it's just Billie Joe's "Yesterday".) Well, last week I was listening to the radio on the way home from work and heard a song that I'd never heard before. I instantly knew it was Green Day. The DJ said that it was off of their brand new album, so I stopped at a record store and picked up both Nimrod and Warning right then and there. Anyway, the short version is: I really wish I'd bought Nimrod back in 1997. It's already my 2nd favorite Green Day album, just behind 39/Smooth. (Unfortunately I think Warning is probably their weakest album so far, though it does have a few very good songs on it.)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2003
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Very possibly the best album ever created, Nimrod is just another example of Green Day's talent and versatility. Billie Joe Armstrong's lyrics just keep getting better and better, Mike Dirnt's bass playing is just amazing, and of course, Tre Cool's drumming, ever changing, is a great part of the album.
Nimrod is a great cd that really led the transition from Insomniac to Warning well. It is so versatile, with ballads, a surf type song, hard metal type songs, typical Green Day music, and much more. Aside from different subgenres of the music, many different instruments are used such as harmonica, the bongos, and of course, the baseball bat. ^_^ Green Day has really matured with this album.
There is not a single bad song on this cd, each one gets a 10 from me.
Nice Guys Finish Last-a great song to start the cd out with, was one of the first songs that really got me into Green Day. Mike Dirnt does extremely well on the bass in this one.
Hitchin A Ride-incredible, excellent song, one of their best. Although it takes a while to get used to, it is really incredible. The drumming in this is very VERY good, I know from playing it on my drums that it takes a lot of skill to get it right.
The Grouch-hilarious lyrics, it's a really good, driven song, explicit, but humorous. Also has a very catchy tune.
Redundant-can't say anything about it except that it's a masterpiece. It's a really beautiful song with really beautiful lyrics. You can tell what a good songwriter and guitarist Billie Joe is, what a good bassist Mike Dirnt is, and what an INCREDIBLE drummer Tre Cool is from just this one song.
Scattered-just another one of Green Day's incredible songs. Possibly one of the best tunes, Billie Joe's voice really stands out in this song.
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