Dookie is the third studio album by Green Day, released in 1994. Prior to this album, the band was floating under the radar, with their first two efforts (39/Smooth and Kerplunk) receiving shrugs or light positive reviews from the media. Their first album on a major label (Reprise Records), Dookie not only propelled them to stardom, but also allowed similar punk rock bands like them to finally make the big transition to the mainstream.
While various music executives approached the band to make their sound more palatable, Green Day instead sought a more "dry" sound similar to the Sex Pistols and Black Sabbath. Touching on controversial themes such as lust, mass murder, and boredom, the record faced numerous attempts in production to bowdlerize its content. Nevertheless, the lyrics and Punk Rock influences spoke to numerous youth similar to the manner in which grunge and Alternative Rock conveyed a sense of dissatisfaction with the world.
The album is seen by critics and fans alike as one of the greatest and most seminal albums of its time if not ever, being awarded the #193 spot on Rolling Stone's "500 greatest albums" list and winning the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. It was certified Diamond by the RIAA for selling over 10 million copies, and went on to sell double that, making Dookie the band's highest-selling album. The album also spawned various fan favourites of the band, including "Longview", "When I Come Around", and "Basket Case", all seen as some of their Signature Songs.
Despite this, the album unfortunately became a Tough Act to Follow for the band, with their future albums failing to get the gargantuan success that Dookie did, although American Idiot got pretty damn close.
- "Burnout" (2:07)
- "Having a Blast" (2:44)
- "Chump" (2:54)
- "Longview" (3:59)
- "Welcome to Paradise"note (3:44)
- "Pulling Teeth" (2:31)
- "Basket Case" (3:01)
- "She" (2:14)
- "Sassafras Roots" (2:37)
- "When I Come Around" (2:58)
- "Coming Clean" (1:34)
- "Emenius Sleepus" (1:43)
- "In the End" (1:46)
- "F.O.D."note (2:50)
- "All by Myself"note (1:40)
- Billie Joe Armstrong - lead vocals, guitar
- Tré Cool - drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals, guitar
- Mike Dirnt - bass, vocals
I sit around and watch the tropes, but nothing's on...
- AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: "Basket Case":I am one of those/me-LO-dramatic fools
- A Date with Rosie Palms:
- The bonus track "All by Myself".
- "Longview" is about loafing around all day and masturbating out of boredom until even that's not fun any more.
- Alliterative Title: "Coming Clean"
- Ambiguously Bi:
I went to a whore
- "Basket Case"
He said my life's a bore
So quit my whining 'cause it's bringing her down
- "Coming Clean" was about Billie Joe Armstrong's coming to terms with his bisexuality at age 17.
- Careful with That Axe: Right after the second chorus of "She", Billie Joe delivers quite a blood-curling Metal Scream.
- Cut Song: "J.A.R.", "Haushinka" and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)". The former was rerecorded for the Angus soundtrack and the latter two were rerecorded for nimrod. (prior to this, a Dookie-era recording of "Good Riddance" appeared as a b-side to the 1995 single "Brain Stew/Jaded" after the group decided not to include the song on Insomniac).
- Design Student's Orgasm: The album cover artwork is an elaborately detailed illustration designed by Richie Bucher.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: "Coming Clean"I finally figured out myself for the first timeI found out what it takes to be a man
- Domestic Abuse: "Pulling Teeth," a female-on-male example
- Epic Rocking: "F.O.D." is a subversion; only 2 minutes of its 6-minute runtime is actually used for the song, and after a chunk of silence "All by Myself" plays at the 4-minute mark.
- Establishing Character Moment: The album's opening line, no less."Burnout": "I declare I don't care no more."
- Fading into the Next Song: "Chump" → "Longview".
- Hidden Track: "F.O.D." is followed by a minute of silence, then a short, jokey song called "All by Myself".
- Intentionally Awkward Title: The album title actually refers to "diarrhoea", which the band referred to as "liquid dookie" when on tour (they'd be suffering from it after eating spoiled food). The band actually wanted to name the album Liquid Dookie, but this was deemed too gross, so the band had to settle for Dookie. Most people didn't get this reference though, especially in non-English speaking countries, so it's partially a subversion of this trope.
- Lyrical Dissonance: A lot of the album's energetic, upbeat sounds mask very grim lyrical matter.
- "Basket Case" is an up-tempo, fun song about suffering neurosis.
- "Having a Blast" is a Murder Ballad.
- "Pulling Teeth" is a catchy little tune about a guy getting beaten to a pulp by his girlfriend.
- Miniscule Rocking: "Coming Clean", "Emenius Sleepus", "In the End", and "All by Myself" are all under two minutes long.
- Murder Ballad: "Having a Blast".I'm taking all you down with meExplosives duct taped to my spineNothing's gonna change my mindI won't listen to anyone's last wordsThere's nothing left for you to saySoon you'll be dead anywayWell no one here is getting out aliveThis time I've really lost my mind and I don't careSo close your eyes and kiss yourself goodbyeAnd think about the times you spent and what they've meantTo me it's nothing
- Nervous Wreck: "Basket Case" is from the point of view of an extremely neurotic person.
- One-Word Title: "Burnout", "Chump", "Longview", "She"
- Real Life Writes the Plot: "Coming Clean" was autobiographical for Billie Joe Armstrong and referred to him telling about his bisexuality to his parents.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "F.O.D.". It sort of speaks for itself.
- Record Producer: Rob Cavallo and Green Day.
- The Remake: "Welcome to Paradise" was rerecorded from the previous album Kerplunk in an almost identical, but much more polished recording.
- Sanity Slippage Song:
"Sometimes my mind plays tricks on meIt all keeps adding upI think I'm cracking upAm I just paranoid?Am I just stoned?"
- "Having a Blast", about someone who plans a suicide terrorist attack and wants to bring everyone down with him.
- "Basket Case"
- Self-Deprecation: "Basket Case""Do you have the time to listen to me whine?About nothing and everything all at onceI am one of those melodramatic foolsNeurotic to the bone, no doubt about it"
- Self-Plagiarism: The latter half of "When I Come Around"'s verses have identical melody to the chorus of "80" from the previous album Kerplunk.
- Shout-Out: The robed character on the album cover is the woman on the cover of Black Sabbath's debut album. We can also see the album Easter by Patti Smith in the background. On early prints Ernie from Sesame Street was also seen on the back cover, but he was later airbrushed out in fear of litigation.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Tré Cool sings the Hidden Track "All by Myself".
- You Need to Get Laid: The psychologist in "Basket Case" attributes the narrator's problems to a "lack of sex."