It Was Ten Years Ago That Green Day “Lost” Their New Album–And That Was a Very Good Thing

The story (I think it’s something of a myth myself) that Green Day had recorded an entire album they called Cigarettes and Valentines. Then one day they went into the studio and it was gone. Vanished. Disappeared. Irretrievably lost. Stolen? Erased?  There were plenty of stories and excuses.

The only option was to resort to Plan B and start all over again. The result was the American Idiot album–and that turned out all right, didn’t it?

So did Cigarettes and Valentines really “disappear?” Like I said, there’s plenty of dispute. And some snippets have surfaced. (More at UPROXX)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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