A Review of Green Day’s New 30th Anniversary Dookie Outtakes Release
The most recent release by Green Day has hit Spotify! You can now listen to three previously unreleased tracks that didn’t make the cut for the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of Dookie. This release follows a drop that happened last month of a 4-track demo version of the album. Let’s dive in and rehash some memories.
Prequel: 4-Track Demos
It’s always a wild ride to see behind the curtain when you’re looking at something you’ve been extremely familiar with for decades. The tracks aren’t in the same order and they aren’t really even the same songs! In some cases the lyrics are completely different from the ones you’re probably familiar with.
It seems like a thing that might be uncomfortable or difficult to understand but give it a listen and you’ll see what I see — Billie Joe Armstrong’s songwriting process. I’ll go into a little more detail about the special connection I have to this album (at least to the 1995 Reprise release of it!) later, but the upshot is that I really enjoyed the 4-track demo release.
Burnout is fairly similar to the version you’re familiar with, so you might be put off-guard when you hear the rest of the tracks. I don’t want to spoil it because I know lots and lots of people really love this album and I think you’ll enjoy the demo more if it’s new and unexpected when you first hear it.
Still, it’s a review — I have to talk about the highlights a little bit. So, here’s the compromise. Stop reading now, and go listen to the album, and then come back and finish reading the article if you want the full effect.
“Basket Case” is a completely different song — and it is every bit as good as the 1995 release! There’s also a little extra flavor, probably because we’re a bit deeper inside of the band’s creative process.