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5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best, October 10, 2007
This review is from: Kerplunk (Audio CD)
Kerplunk Review

The album is fantastic and it has some of my all time favorite Green Day songs on it. "Christie Road," "No One Knows," "80," "One of My Lies," "2000 Light Years Away," and the first glance at one of their stadium anthems, "Welcome to Paradise." Their budget to record this CD was not stellar at all, I believe I read that they only got a couple thousand from their label at the time for it, but it is a step up from the quality of their first full length (which is also QUITE fantastic!).

I have always been a big believer of getting every album from a band that I love, and I got this album in an interesting order. I had "Dookie" first, then "Nimrod", then "Insomniac", then I bought this album, "1,039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours," and "Warning" all on the same day. There is a logical progression between each album (until you get to Warning that is), and Kerplunk showed some early signs of "Nimrod" with the guys not always using tons of overdrive (as was the case on "Dookie" and "Insomniac"). This album holds up very well with their later work though, and I recommend it to anyone really wanting to get to know the band. I do however know a few people that listen to "American Idiot" and nothing else, and that is a bummer, because they have some other work out there that is really amazing!

My Defense of the Band

I would just like to say to the MAJORITY of nay-sayers out there that are bashing Green Day for their success derived from "American Idiot": KNOCK IT OFF. It's ridiculous! The band has not sold out, at all. The music on "American Idiot" is amazing, and is the next logical progression for the band! They lost a lot of fans when they released "Warning," but come on--Billie was writing an album while thinking more of his children, do we have any right to say there is something wrong with that? "Warning" happens to be one of my favorite Green Day albums--maybe the one I have listened to the most. It really has some amazing lyrics to it and some REALLY underrated songs, but enough about that album.

The issue is, people don't like it when a band that used to fit in their pocket gets too big to hide anymore. There is already a review on here on someone bragging about how no one knows about "Kerplunk," so owning it and liking it is like being a part of a special club. THAT'S RIDICULOUS! The DREAM of any band is to make it big, and these boys have not sacrificed anything in their music. Don't believe me? Let's try this then: take "American Idiot" (the song), that song could easily be put on "Insomniac" (unfortunately it kind of already is, haha, if you listen to the riff on "Walking Contradiction," the songs are really similar); "Letterbomb" really seems like it should be a B-Side to a single from "Nimrod," seeing as the distortion Billie Joe uses is VERY similar to that of the "Nimrod" album's guitar work; then we have the Green Day standards in "3 minute and under" rock songs with "St. Jimmy" and "She's A Rebel", jumping back to their roots and rocking better than any other punk band out there.

The fact is, these boys made a very bold move putting out the album that they did. People whine about how they aren't playing the "skateboarding" music anymore or how they're not singing about masturbation, like on "Dookie", but honestly--there is 10 YEARS between "Dookie" and "American Idiot," do you really expect them to never grow up? It is necessary for musicians to grow to stay alive and the REALLY admirable thing about this band is how they haven't sacrificed who they are to put out great music.

My advice to all you nay-sayers-why don't you just drop it? People just complain about bands when they get to big and it's ridiculous. Half the people that complain about Fall Out Boy now used to be the biggest fans of them, same with Good Charlotte and Blink 182--once the band gets "too big", there becomes a point where it's "cool" to disagree with everyone and say that they are not cool. Well, here's the truth--I have every studio album from Green Day, three live albums, their greatest hits and rarities CD, either 4 or 5 vinyls from the band, and a slew of singles--I'd like to consider myself an authority on the band, and they are FANTASTIC. If all you are doing is whining because they are too big to fit in your pocket, then be honest with yourself and drop it.
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2009 6:41:27 AM PDT
D. Francella says:
I agree. Green Day never sold-out. There is nothing cool about being broke and almost homeless. Green Day was that before dookie was released. I am tired of punk bands being called sell-outs when they sign to a major label. Good Charlotte was never a punk band.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2009 11:47:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2009 11:47:44 PM PDT
Justinsane says:
Greenday is, was, and will always be all over the place. They began as a pop-punk outfit while I was in H.S. They became more streamlined post Dookie and fit into the general punk sound of the late 90's, next to Pennywise, Bad Religion, among many others of that particular time.

Then Nimrod came out and they redefined what they wer capable of as far as lyrical content, techniques in playing, crossing genres, and creating priceless songs. With Warning they continued to mature and grow as a band. Harmonica and the lyrics of Macy's Day Parade. I thought they were becoming and evolving.

Then came emo, screamo, and the corporate market to make money appealing to the next generation. That's the sell out behavior they followed. OK, sure, it's a rock opera, something new for them. BUT breaking new ground is not just abouy lyrical content, it's about the whole package, which does include how they present themselves physically. Billy Joe & Mike & Tre' are no longer unique. They fall into a haze of corporate B.S. with eye liner and red ties on black shirts. All to sell more records to a generation that wasn't even born when Dookie "came around."

What happened to growing in sound and style. Sure the Beatles didn't keep reinventing Help or I Want to Hold Your Hand, but they did grow in style, technique, and pushed their own boundaries.

To argue that American Idiot is as good as anything of their past albums is ignorant. Calling others who believe that is a blanket statement.

Greenday was already reveling in stardom and not broke when Dookie hit multi-platinum. And when, in the hearts of musicians, is it about money? I believe a good majority would say it's about reaching others, creating memories, being remembered for creating art, and moving others with their creation. Anyone can take a million dollars and create a hit (look at OMC's "How Bizarr"), but it takes real creativity to be immortalized as a band/musician. Billy Joel is already in the books. Why not grow more and stop trying to please all the people, all the time. The kids/teens will stall listen to their music if it grows and does not sound like Spam, the government excuse for meat.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2009 6:36:52 PM PDT
Philip says:
To argue that American Idiot is as good as anything of their past albums is ignorant. Calling others who believe that is a blanket statement.

You know, that sounds kind of ignorant!
I think AI is a great album, as good or better than Green Day's others - am I ignorant?
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