Two weeks ago, Spotify debuted their first installment of Green Day: The Early Years, a four-part documentary chronicling the band’s path to success. Chapter One talked about Green Day’s start as Sweet Children. Last week we got Chapter Two: “Best Thing In Town,” talking about how Tré Cool joined the band, they recorded Kerplunk!, and the band started seeing success outside California. Today, feast your eyes on Chapter Three: “Having A Blast.”
Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool talk about outgrowing their independent label, Lookout Records!, and deciding to move to a major label. They signed to Reprise in April 1993. When they recorded their independent albums, the studio time was too brief for them to learn anything. This time around, Green Day worked with producer Rob Cavallo and learned how to create the sounds they were after.
Dookie came out in February 1994, and it became an unexpected success. “Longview” and “Basket Case” became hits the band had to play live. Green Day toured with Pansy Division, a band that is openly gay. It was just another aspect that was important to Green Day: inclusion, openness, and acceptance, no matter your race, gender, or sexuality.
Ultimately, Green Day is credited with bring punk to the masses, largely due to the success of Dookie.
Other interviewees in Chapter Three include Chris Freeman and Jon Ginoli of Pansy Division, Larry Livermore and Chris Applegren of Lookout Records, Corbett Redford (who’s directing Turn It Around: The Story Of East Bay Punk in collaboration with Green Day), Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion and Epitaph Records, Fat Mike of NOFX and Fat Wreck Chords, and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!. Watch chapter three of Green Day: The Early Years, “Having A Blast,” here.
Meanwhile, Green Day just released their politically charged new album, Revolution Radio. Green Day has released music videos for the two official singles so far, “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing”. The title track is rumored to get the next official video.
The album has also launched a number of lyric videos, starting with the gritty animated “Bang Bang,”“Revolution Radio,” and “Still Breathing” clips. After the album’s release, the fun “Youngblood,” somber “Ordinary World,” rollicking “Say Goodbye,” and descriptive “Troubled Times” followed suite.
You can buy Revolution Radio on iTunes or Green Day’s official website. Green Day is touring across North America right now. Be sure to check out dates and tickets before it’s too late. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day news.