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Still No Imodium for Green Day’s Dookie, 25 Years Later

Sorry for the gross headline, but it’s pretty amazing to think how an album named after diarrhea has become more beloved than the Pile of Poo emoji will ever hope to be.

I can’t remember if February 1st, 1994 was as cold as the polar vortex currently gripping and incapacitating snow-belted areas of North America, but Green Day’s Dookie felt like a ray of “up yours” sunshine when it was released a quarter century ago. In-your-face punk rock that echoed Ramones, Sex Pistols and other musically subversive n00bs was back with a bomblike vengeance, clearing the way for California contemporaries The Offspring, Rancid, blink one eight TWO and to a lesser extent Weezer, who themselves are gearing up to celebrate anniversary of their debut.

Dookie was not Green Day’s first album, although it was their major label coming out party that both won them the adulation of disenchanted teens twenty million times over, while also seeing them branded as sellouts permanently banned from Berkley’s legendary 924 Gilman Street club (a ruling that was eventually rescinded). With no track over four minutes in length, Dookie‘s short bursts of energy still pack more than enough punch to inspire mosh pits by concertgoers from any generation, and probably another mud fight if the opportunity ever arises again. I know if I was one of the organizers of the competing Woodstocks, I’d be throwing whatever money it took to have Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool recreate the magic that was one of the most chaotically memorable moments of the 1994 iteration.

Whether that comes to pass or not, the Green Day Spotify account has pinned their landmark album to the top of its profile under the heading Dookie 25.

Gilles LeBlanc

Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” wayyy back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. It took him awhile, but Gilles now writes feverishly about all things that rock (and or roll) through his ROCKthusiast alter ego.

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