Throwback Thursday – April 1980

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At Zimbabwe’s Independence Day celebration on April 18, 1980, in the Rufaro Stadium, Bob Marley performed a concert which has come to be known as “The Riot Show”. Many mistake the April 18 performance to be the April 19 performance (which was recorded) when in fact, they were two separate shows. An internet search will show that there are many mislabeled bootlegs circulating claiming to be from the Independence Day celebrations but are actually from the second concert.

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Bob Marley

Accounts of the April 18 concert state that after the Zimbabwean flag had been raised, it was announced that Bob Marley & The Wailers would perform in front of a crowd made up of mostly dignitaries and the media, including Zimbabwe’s first Prime Minister Robert Mugabe, Britain’s Prince Charles and India’s Indira Gandhi. The band supposedly started off by performing the song “Positive Vibration” and went on to play “Roots, Rock, Reggae.” The Zimbabwean crowd outside of the stadium heard Marley singing and got angry. The enraged fans began pressing against the stadium’s gates and during the performance of “I Shot The Sheriff“, the Zimbabwean police answered the violence of the fans by firing tear teargas into the crowds. Marley and the band were quickly escorted to safety.

After a few minutes, Marley came back onstage and in true Bob Marley fashion shouted “Freedom!” almost immediately after a crisp English voice from the other end of the stadium announced: “Bob Marley, you have exactly two minutes left.” The band proceeded to play “War” which they would fade into into “No More Trouble.” Now running fifteen minutes over their scheduled “two minutes,” Marley performed to Zimbabwe, with the entire audience now joining in the chorus. It was then that the concert was finally cancelled and that was the end of the notorious “Riot Show.”

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Fresh Tunes – The People are Back

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Foster the People’s new album Supermodel has a lot going for it. As a follow-up to the band’s 2011 breakout debut Torches, it inevitably tries to avoid being labeled a “sophomore slump” by deviating from what what earned the band such instant notoriety: quirky, memorable lyrics and electronic hooks that serve well as pop rock tunes with enough substance to be called indie. Songs like “Helena Beat,” “Houdini” and of course the acclaimed single “Pumped Up Kicks” forced their way into the mainstream consciousness by embracing what made MGMT’s first three singles such staples of the alternative radio scene: have an upbeat, electronic hook, a sing-a-long chorus, and just enough reverb to make the odd lyrics indecipherable to a general audience.

foster-the-people-supermodel-410On Supermodel, Mark Foster and crew attempt to branch out from that success by asking “Are You What You Want to Be?” Yes, FTP are already disillusioned with the fame that took them only three years to obtain. And yet, Supermodel does a decent job of exploring themes of interpersonal relations and consumerism in the modern world. If only it didn’t sound so “meh”.

Let’s start with what they get right. Mark Foster said that the new album would be heavily influenced by bands like The Kinks and The Clash, and it shows. Mostly gone are the heavy, warm synths found on Torches, replaced by a solid rock sound that still manages to sound substantial. There are even subtle African influences in places, which make the percussion stand out in particular. Mark Foster’s vocal abilities have also received a slight upgrade. He shows off a mellow croon on “Fire Escape,” and teases a welcome angst on “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon”. He even goes into full ballad mode on the short interlude “The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones”, which is nice but ultimately unnecessary. Foster limits himself too much to the typical falsetto “oohs” and “do do doos” to really call this record an evolution. More like a slow crawl in the right direction.

This is where the bulk of Supermodel’s issues arise. Rather than taking a step forward musically, Foster the People have simply shuffled to the side. Songs are often jumbled and overly busy, lacking the focus of their previous efforts. “Nevermind” and “Goats In Trees” are immediately forgettable, while others like “Pseudologia Fantastica” balance on the cusp of brilliance without ever taking the plunge. True to concept, Supermodel focuses largely on the pitfalls of fame and living the #selfie life. And yet, few songs actually succeed in being meaningful and interesting at the same time. Ideas of media consumption, bad acid trips and self-discovery are floating around here somewhere, but end up being too generic and preachy to be of much interest. These songs desperately crave to be the kind of social commentary that last year’s Arcade Fire and Lorde records were doing with relative ease. “Coming of Age” just doesn’t mean much coming from a guy who wrote commercial jingles just a few years ago.

There are some solid songs on Supermodel. Coming of Age” is a relatively tame alt-anthem, while “Pseudologia Fantastica” provides some decent thrills. The best song by far is “Best Friend,” which actually manages to groove pretty hard. One wonders what the album might have been if they had worked forward with that song’s charm in mind. Ultimately, Supermodel screams “rushed”. Few songs will have you coming back like “Pumped Up Kicks” did just two years ago. But really, the world is not lacking for bands like Foster the People. Empire of the Sun, Phoenix and Passion Pit would all gladly fill the hole left by MGMT’s early departure into psychedelic territory. In an age where fingers eagerly hover over the skip button, Foster the People could use some rest and a little peace of mind. And if you’re gonna pull a Kanye ego trip, you best have a Yeezus in your pocket.

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‘Burg Stuff – February DJ of the Month

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Chris Davis aka The Sparrow

Hometown:Vancouver, Wash.
High school: Union High School
Year: Senior
Age: 21
Major: History with an English minor
Favorite Color: Chris loves all colors equally
Favorite Food: The Freaking Shrimp Burrito
Favorite Song: “Get Lucky
Favorite Artist: Radiohead
Relationship Status: Single and Looking!
Twitter: @packerschris
No one knows that Chris ……”Wants to travel to outer space, sail the galactic seas and see the birth of a star”

Chris Davis has become  a valued member at The ‘Burg. Chris’s dedication and hard has led him to be selected by his piers as February DJ of the month. Always willing to talk music, Davis is a music lover from our own heart and a perfect fit at The ‘Burg.

Although Chris has only been a DJ since Fall quarter, his attention to detail and his finely tuned ear for indie-rock has made him an obvious pick for DJ of the month. His show is called “The Farmer’s Market” because he brings you the freshest picks of indie-rock The ‘Burg has to offer. Every Monday from 8-10 p.m., “The Farmer’s Market” is sure to bring out your inner hipster.  Davis is constantly in our music library looking through The ‘Burg’s racks of music for some gem that may have gone unnoticed by other DJs. Davis always plays current music and features upcoming artists and new album every week.  Congratulations to our resident indie expert Chris Davis on being selected as February DJ of the month!

 

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Throwback Thursday – March 1960

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Please join us in saying Happy Birthday to Adam Clayton, who was born on March, 13th of 1960. Now you you might ask Who is Adam Clayton? Well, he is the bassist for one of the worlds biggest bands, U2. Clayton is best known for his bass playing on songs such as “New Year’s Day“, “Seconds“, “Bullet the Blue Sky“, and “With or Without You“.

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Adam Clayton

As a part of U2, Clayton has won 22 Grammy Awards, and helped pave the way for an entire genre that we now call indie rock. From their humble beginnings as a small high school rock band in Dublin, Ireland, U2 went on to become one of rock music’s premier international bands. U2 has released 12 studio albums and are among the all-time best-selling music artists, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. In 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone has labelled them the “Biggest Band in the World” and throughout their career they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, and the ONE/DATA campaigns.

U2 has inspired people not only with their music, but with their story. As a band they have gone from the bottom of the bottom, to the top of the top. Recently another layer of inspiration has been added with the release of a rejection letter that was sent to U2 Front-man Bono from RSO Records.The letter claims that the bands demo was “not suitable”, but the bad news didn’t keep the band down for long. U2 released its first public work, a three-song EP titled Three, in September 1979 and the rest is history. The band would go on to sign to Island Records and release their debut album Boy in 1980. U2′s story tells us that failure can be a step toward success and is a prime example of why you should never give up on your dream!

Oh and we thought that we should mention that this song also hit #1 on the UK charts, this month in 1987!

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Throwback Thursday – February 1965

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Before the name “Dre” was associated the headphones that hang around you neck or accompanied with the words “Beats By,” Dr. Dre was a revolutionary producer. Dre’s career has defined west coast sound and elevated the entire genre. Dr. Dre did this while discovering and premiering some of hip-hop’s biggest names. In a career that spans almost thirty years, the hip-hop legend has figuratively and literally changed the way we listen to music. Since he turned 49 on February 18th we thought it would be fitting to review how his career has truly shown us what “The Strength of Street Knowledge” means.

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Dr. Dre

Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, a group that performed electronic funk–almost a disco type music that would lay the ground work for early 1980′s rap. This group also included DJ Yella who would go on to join Dre in the controversial rap group N.W.A.. Dre and Yella would cross paths with a teenage Ice Cube  who was a member of a group called C.I.A. (Cru’ In Action). Dre, Yella and Ice Cube caught the attention of  local drug dealer Eric ‘Eazy-E’ Wright, who was looking to start a new rap group and capitalize on the west coast hip-hop fad and hopefully get out of the drug business.

This core group would go on to form N.W.A. (Ni***z Wit Attitudes) along with the addition of local rapper MC Ren. Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella would perform a lyrical assault that conjured images of the dirty street life of southern California. This would form an entire sub-genre known as “Gangsta rap.” N.W.A. is credited as one of the most important groups in the history of rap music. The group ran ruff shot on the music industry from 1986 to 1991, due to the explicit lyrics glorifying drugs, crime and lyrics many considered to be disrespectful to women. The group was banned from many mainstream radio stations. In spite of this, N.W.A. has sold over 10 million units of their debut album Strait Outta Compton, co-produced by Dr. Dre, with DJ Yella. The album has been viewed as the pioneering record of gangsta rap and it has been considered groundbreaking by music writers and had an enormous impact on the evolution of West Coast hip hop. In 1991, Dr.Dre left the group and formed the gangsta rap power-house Death Row Records. This would lead to the release of his solo debut The Chronic, which won a Grammy for Best Producer and for Best Rap Solo Performance for his song “Let Me Ride“. This album has become a land mark album and is revered as the “Dark Side of The Moon” of the rap world in the sense that it still charting and influences nearly every rap artist on the charts.

While at Death Row Records, Dre signed and produced many popular West Coast hip hop artists such as Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, MC Hammer, Nate Dogg , the rap group Tha Dogg Pound consisting of rappers Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Soopafly. He also worked on production for Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC. For a brief point in time, Death Row was involved in a heated feud with rival record company Bad Boy Records owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. This rivalry would be the start the of a West coast Vs. East coast feud and by the end of the 90s, two of hip-hop’s brightest stars, Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were dead. Most, if not all of the signed artists departed from the Death Row after its demise following the murder of Shakur in 1996, including Dr. Dre.

In 1999, Dre released his album 2001 which won two more Grammys for Producer of the Year and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his song “Forgot About Dre“. That same year, he would win another Grammy for the work he did on “The Marshall Mathers LP,” the major label debut album of a rapper you might of heard of named Eminem. The decade after 1999, Dre took a role in discovering new talent such as 50 Cent. Most recently, he worked with Kendrick Lamar on his Grammy nominated album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” he also produced Eminem’s “MMLP2” along side Rick Ruben.

At the age of 49, Dr.Dre is his own empire and a force to be reckoned with in the music world. Dre has almost become a synonym for “top of the line” and with the emerging dominance of his Beats Audio brand and his Beats music streaming, he has elevated his empire status. In 2011, Dr. Dre was ranked as the third richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $250 million. Please join us in celebrating the birthday of the man, the artist, and the legend Andre Romelle Young better known as Dr. Dre.

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Shows of Note – Another Lady Killer

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Raised in Oakland, California, G-Eazy has gained recognition as part of the growing hip-hop scene in the bay area, alongside artists such as Lil B and The Cataracs. Interested in making music since a young age, G-Eazy put together a local group known as the ‘Bay Boyz’ who released a number of songs on their Myspace page. He began to produce a number of singles as a sophomore while attending Loyola University of New Orleans.

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G-Eazy

With success from his earlier mix-tapes, G-eazy continued to release songs, such as “Waspy” and “Candy Girl“. In 2009, G-Eazy won the NAACP Best Music on Campus Woodie. G-Eazy has had the opportunity of appearing to open for Drake and in recent years, he opened for Lil’ Wayne and Snoop Dogg.

In August 2011, G-Eazy released the mix-tape The Endless Summer  that is full of samples and his full length album Must Be Nice features another artist or sample on almost every track. The album was released in 2012 and the arguably most popular single, “Lady Killers” features Hoodie Allen who has been featured on our blog before.

G-Eazy will be performing in the northwest to a SOLD OUT show in Seattle at The Showbox on March 7 and in Portland at the Roseland Theatre in March 9. Tune-in today (2/21) between 1 and 3 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the SOLD OUT Seattle show!

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Throwback Thursday – February 1970

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What is this that stands before me?
Figure in black which points at me
Turn around quick, and start to run
Find out I’m the chosen one
Oh no !

These dark, mysterious lyrics open up an album that would spawn an entire genre called “heavy metal.” These lyrics are from the first track on the self-titled album Black Sabbath released  on Feb. 13 1970, the song encompasses the entire genre of what would become heavy metal. It features a chord progression known as “The Devils Third” which was actually illegal to play during the Medieval age because it was believed to conjure up evil demons. The heavy guitars on the album come as a result of an industrial accident which lead to guitarist Tony Lommi’s loss of two fingertips. Lommi’s loss of fingertips would require him to play slower and to slacken the strings by tuning his guitar down, creating Sabbath’s signature dark style. Adding to the heavy guitars are the dynamic duo of bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward, who provide ambient blues-rock lines that fully enrich and embellish their “satanic” lyrics. “Look into my eyes you’ll see who I am, my name is Lucifer please take my hand” from the song “N.I.B.” is a prime example of the content that caused mother’s to worry about their children. The combination of dark lyrics and the vocals sang in the dark menacing wails of a mad man, (Ozzy Osbourne) completes the sound of the band.

black-sabbath_black-sabbathAccording to Allmusic‘s Steve Huey, the album “transcends its clear roots in blues-rock and psychedelia to become something more”.The songs on the album’s first half feature simple but dark blues licks and deal with themes that would become the main characteristic’s of heavy metal,evil, paganism, and the occult. The second half of the album transitions to Cream like blues-rock. In the September 17, 1970 issue of the Rolling Stone Lester Bangs wrote “The whole album is a shuck — despite the murky songtitles and some inane lyrics….They even have discordant jams with bass and guitar reeling like velocitized speedfreaks all over each others musical perimeters yet never quite finding synch — just like Cream! But worse.”

Despite the album not being critically acclaimed at the time of its release, Sabbath appealed to the underbelly of society, the misfits of the world that had felt disenfranchised. People wanted heavier music that was more representative of what their generation had seen growing up in a post WWII England filled with industrial factories and rubble of buildings that had been bombed during the war. Black Sabbath was dark and that is what they capitalized on, there was nothing like them, they made people think. The darkness and the occult that surrounded the band made them mysterious and it attracted a following. Black Sabbath pushed the boundaries of how dark a group could be, and Ozzy Osbourne would become the outline of  the quintessential lead singer and go on to have a very successful solo career. Impressively, the band has been highly active throughout the years with various front-men such as Ronny James Dio. Even more impressive this band, who debuted some 44 years ago in 1970 is still alive and kicking, in fact just a few weeks ago their album “13” was nominated for the “Best Rock Album” Grammy. We’re willing to bet that the there were a few bands nominated that were influenced by Black Sabbath.

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‘Burg Stuff – January DJ of the Month

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Hometown: Grandview, Wash.
High school: Grandview
Year: Freshman
Age: 18
Major: Film &Video studies
Favorite Color: Dark Green
Favorite Food:Yes
Favorite Song: “Once Upon A Dream
Favorite Artist: Maroon 5
Relationship Status: “I Plead The Fifth”
Twitter: @AudiophiloMilo
No one knows that Milagro… has weirdly double jointed thumbs and has never seen Top Gun

Castilleja has become a a valued fixture at The ‘Burg. Castilleja often roams the halls of the station with a smile on his face and an infectious “can do” personality. He was selected by his piers as January DJ of the month by a landslide vote. Castilleja’s work ethic shows not only on his show but also off the mic at various promotional events.

Castilleja joined The ‘Burg team last quarter after he hearing about the station from a close friend that was already a DJ. He decided to join because he was interested in getting involved at all levels of the station and sharing music with people from “all across the board”. Castilleja has done his best to be highly involved here at The ‘Burg by volunteering at events, helping screen music, and even interviewed Mary Lambert! Castilleja currently has a top 40 show called “Across The Board” on Fridays from 10-12 am. Castilleja’s goals are to be the best DJ he can be and to spread a positive message through music to the students of CWU.

 

 

 

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Shows of Note – The Beatles Throwback

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There comes a point in every art form, where evolution is necessary in order for it to progress and move forward. A short but legendary performance by The Beatles has come to represent a point at which the music of the old was almost immediately forgotten. In this one performance, The Beatles brought the “youth” back into music. As our staff watched this performance together we felt excitement, witnessed true magic and even saw our general manger get a twinkle in his eye. It was then that we quickly realized the kids of today will never fully understand the impact of this performance. Landmark bands like The Beatles come along once in a blue moon and they completely reform and reshape the sound and the world of music. Sometimes we even catch ourselves saying “they’re just The Beatles”, or “they’re just a simple 4 piece band” but like much of our generation, we must remember that at one point the lyrics, the hair, the charisma, and the music was a radical movement, even if it seems tame in comparison to today’s trends. One performance was a launching pad to one of the greatest bands of all time and the British invasion. One performance changed the landscape of music and pop culture.

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The Beatles

Fifty years ago today (2/09), The Beatles made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and officially kicked off Beatlemania in America. Feb. 9, 1964 will forever go down in history as one of the most memorable moments in TV history as well as a land mark performance in pop culture and music history. In front of 700 screeching fans in the audience and a record setting 73 million television viewers, The Beatles opened with “All My Loving” at the Ed Sullivan Theater and the world of music would be flipped upside down and permanently changed before our eyes.

Leading up to the performance, several Beatles records had already hit number one on the U.S. charts, and the radio airwaves were filled with their tunes. The earthquake of anticipation surrounding The Beatles’ arrival from England had not been seen since Elvis Presley when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. But even the Elvis experience could not have prepared the Sullivan staff or New York City authorities for what was about to happen.

The Beatles landed at Kennedy Airport on February 7th, 1964. The band was met by swarms of reporters and three thousand screaming fans. Right as The Beatles walked off of the plane, they were rushed to a Capitol Records press conference where they answered questions from the media in the only way that these lads from Liverpool knew how to. When asked “How do you find America?” Ringo Starr jokingly replied, “Turn left at Greenland.”The Beatles spent the next two days cooped up in The Plaza Hotel while fans did all they could to get closer to them. Groups of teenagers even set up camp outside the hotel. As the show approached, over 50,000 requests for seats came into CBS. However, The Ed Sullivan Show studio could only accommodate an audience of 700. Just 77 days prior to The Beatles performance on Sullivan, President Kennedy had been assassinated. America was ready for a much needed boost, and it came in a package from Liverpool. Four young lads with a sound, a look, an energy and charisma that had captivated America.

At 8 o’clock on February 9, 1964, America tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show.  Seventy three  million people gathered in front their TV’s to see The Beatles first live performance in the U.S. The television rating was a record-setting 45.3, that means 45.3% of households with TVs were watching. That figure reflected a total of 23,240,000 American homes. Ed opened the show by briefly mentioning a telegram to The Beatles from Elvis and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker and then he introduced the band with this quote:

“Now yesterday and today our theater’s been jammed with newspapermen and hundreds of photographers from all over the nation, and these veterans agreed with me that this city never has witnessed the excitement stirred by these youngsters from Liverpool who call themselves The Beatles. Now tonight, you’re gonna twice be entertained by them. Right now, and again in the second half of our show. Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles! Let’s bring them on.”

With these words the face of pop culture and music would be forever changed John, Paul, George and Ringo took the stage, opening with “All My Loving” to screeches from teenage girls in the audience. The Beatles followed their hit with Paul McCartney taking the spotlight to sing, “Till There Was You.” During the song, a camera introduced each member of the band  to the audience by displaying their name’s on screen. When the camera got to John Lennon, the caption below his name  read “SORRY GIRLS, HE’S MARRIED.” The Beatles then wrapped up the set with “She Loves You.”

With that one performance, The Beatles and their fans set in motion one of the most monumental changes to the face of popular culture ever seen. We, today’s youth, may look at them now as “…just The Beatles”, but 50 years ago, at a time in our history when the United States was hurting, the fab four wrapped us up in their charismatic arms, gave us “All Their Lovin’,” and changed the world forever.

Someday, 30-some-odd years from now, some college student will utter the phrase…”So what? It’s just Nirvana.” When that happens, just look for one of us. We’ll be one of the ones with magic in our eyes, regaling the student with stories about three lads from another blue-collar coastal town, called Aberdeen…and how they changed the world.

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Throwback Thursday – February 1994

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If Nirvana‘s Nevermind was responsible for effectively killing the age of hair metal with its dynamic hard hitting music and the gravely voice of Kurt Cobain, then Green Day‘s Dookie brought us out of the haze of grunge and over produced pop music. With Dookie, Green Day made punk music commercially acceptable. Dookie flipped the bird to authority and convention while smiling in the frowning face of grunge music. Dookie swept three snot nosed punks off of the streets of Berkley, California and in a wave of youthful rebellion and teenage angst, Dookie inspired a generation and served as a launching pad for one of the most successful bands in the world. This month, the diamond certified album turns twenty and is just as relatable in 2014 as it was in 1994.

2012GreenDayDookie950G211112In 1992, Green Day released Kerplunktheir second studio album through the independent, Lookout! Records. Pop-punk hooks and lyrics caught the attention of Rob Cavallo who was junior A&R scout at Reprise Records. Cavallo signed the band and agreed to produce Dookie. While the punk scene in Berkley disowned them, the rest of America loved Green Day after their legendary performance at Wood Stalk 1994, which was dubbed “Mudstock” after the band started a mud fight with the crowd. Dookie produced five hit singles, won them a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album, and to date, has sold over 8 million copies in the United States. With Feb. 1, 2014 marking the 20th anniversary of Dookie’s release we’ve put together a track by track examination of one of punk’s favorite albums.

1. Burnout : Billie Joe Armstrong sings “I declare I don’t care no more”  to open this misfit’s manifesto. It’s the perfect opening line for a major label debut of a post-Nirvana album filled with teenage angst and hormonal rage. It’s a two minute burst of buzzsaw guitar and snotty hooks that sets the tone for the album.

2. Having a Blast: The band keeps the early album energy going here with the angsty “Having a Blast.” Armstrong sings about tying explosives to himself, “think about the times we’ve spent and what they’ve meant” in this breakup rant. Melodic hooks over choppy guitars keeps the edge alive early in the album.

3. Chump “Chump” follows the model laid down by bands like the Ramones and Sex Pistols. “Chump is punchy and likable in its own right, its most memorable moment is probably its closing guitar swells and drum groove. This would lay the ground work  for Dookie’s first big hit.

4. Longview Best known for Mike Dirnt’s infectious walking bass line, this is song where the three Green Day instruments are used in such isolation that the whole band deserves recognition for selling their parts and adding to the eventual buildup. Starting with Dirnt’s Bass lines and Tre Cool’s Slow intense drumming, it’s when Armstrong’s driving power chords kick in, that the song reaches the apex of it’s adolescent rock catchiness.

5. Welcome to Paradise: This was the Only Kerplunk track to be re-recorded for the major label debut. While similar to the three opening tracks, but with a more socially aware hook, this song is a tribute to the band’s humble surroundings and would become Dookie’s second single.

6. Pulling Teeth: Though this song never achieved the “a classic Dookie single” status, “Pulling Teeth” shows off Armstrong’s songwriting skills. With a Beatles-like melody in the verses, as usual, Armstrong is in a distressed state, pledging his allegiance to his girl-friend even though it is obviously an abusive relationship.

7. Basket Case: The distress of “Pulling Teeth” is almost a prelude to Armstrong’s mental torment by covering his anxiety attacks and panic disorder diagnosis. “Basket Case” became one of Dookie’s”biggest hits, with Green Day fans relating and singing along.

8. She The fifth and final single from the album. The band continues whipping out more rapid-fire punk riffs and sneering melodic hooks. Armstrong wrote the song in response to a feminist poem his ex-girlfriend showed him; she then dumped him and moved to Ecuador.

9. Sassafras Roots: With the pop-punk barrage of noise hardly slowing down, Armstrong sings what sounds like a conversation with himself about getting ready to call a crush on the phone. “I’m always like you with nothing else to do; can I waste your time, too?” when in reality, it was written about the same ex-girlfriend that inspired “Chump” and “She.”

10. When I Come Around: If there’s one track that pushes the album from punk rock to straight up rock, its “When I Come Around.” Green Day proved themselves to classic rock fans and it’s no surprise this song is still heard on rock radio. “When I Come Around” showed Greenday’s rock aspirations for the first time.

11. Coming Clean: In one of the record’s often forgotten songs, Armstrong offers some of his most confessional lyrics, opening up about questioning his sexuality: “I’ve found out what it takes to be a man; now mom and dad will never understand what’s happening to me.”

12. Emenius Sleepus : This song continues the trend of brief, less-than-two-minute tracks. “Emenius Sleepus” helps close out the album a tale about an old friend that comes off a tad underwritten compared to other cuts. Although “Emenius Sleepus” is the only song on the album with lyrics written by bassist Mike Dirnt.

13. In the End: Another brief melodic song, at this point, the album reverts to a more familiar flow for a punk album with a heavy Operation Ivy feel that inspired Green Day in the first place. But even when operating with less than two minutes, the band preserves the classic verse/chorus/bridge pop structure.

14. F.O.D. : While it’s not quite Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”  Green Day closes the album of charged-up punk songs with an acoustic guitar. Well, until the electric guitars ruin the whole wet dream right around the minute and a half mark. The title stands for “f&*# off and die” with Armstrong sending a literal good riddance.

15. All By Myself (hidden track): If you made it through the silence after “F.O.D.” you will find this hidden track, written and sung by Tré Cool. It was sadly or happily, (depending on how you feel about songs sung by drummers about masturbation) his last major vocal contribution to Green Day.

Take some time to listen to an album that revolutionized the music industry and the minds of America’s youth.

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