A Quarter Century of Dookie

Part of being an aging Gen Xer is having those mind-spinning moments of temporal realization where it hits you: "Wait, that was HOW long ago?"

I had one of those the other day when I heard that this past week marked the 25th anniversary of the Green Day album, Dookie.

That album loomed large in my college experience and musical evolution. I have a vivLongview on the radio. I still remember waiting impatiently for my shipment of CDs from the BMG Music Club to arrive in the mail so I could tear open my copy of Green Day's album and play Welcome to Paradise over and over and over again.
id recollection of the first time I heard

SIDENOTE: I will ashamedly admit to building a large chunk of my music library by working those CD clubs and getting bonus albums by "signing up a friend," who was often myself.

More than just a snapshot of that part of the 1990s, I think the album still holds up really well on its merits. For Gen Xers, I think Green Day was something really fun and unique at that moment in time. We were enveloped in grunge, a genre that may have drawn some influence from punk rock, but seldom embodied its fun side. Here came Green Day, which was fun and poppy. A breath of fresh air in the way that the Ramones must have been when they hit the scene a couple of decades before.

I'm taking the anniversary as an excuse to give the album a full listen and reminisce a little about my sophomore year in college. I remember taping the MTV airing of a live Green Day show in Chicago and watching this quite a few times.


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