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Here Are 15 Hidden Gems From Green Day’s Early Days

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 2 February 2019 at 00.04

Green Day have produced a LOT of music over their 30 year career, yet a lot of it often gets overlooked. So here for your listening pleasure are some of the more weirder, wilder and wickedly underappreciated moments from the band's early years. 

'16'
A grooving riff and brilliantly sloppy vocal make this macabre slice of punk-rock a forgotten jewel in the crown of the band’s debut record.

 

'NO ONE KNOWS'
A little slower than their usual scrappy sound but no less effecting, ‘No One Knows’ showcased that Green Day were more than just a one trick pony.



'IN THE END'
Possessing the same level of fun and fruitiness that made ‘Dookie’ such an iconic record, this short blast from the tail end of the record deserves just as many plaudits as the singles.



'STUART AND THE AVE'
Injected with that slick sense of melody that have made the band such a household name, this cut from the middle of ‘Insomniac’ is the perfect desolating earworm.



'WORDS I MIGHT HAVE ATE'
For such an early effort, “Kerplunk’ demonstrated a keen sense of experimentation within the band. Putting a spin on the well worn frantic sound littered throughout their other material, this loose ripper turned the tables.



'GREEN DAY'
When you write a song that is literally named after your actual band name, you better make it a total banger. Luckily the band nailed it with this rollicking homage to the herb.



'PRIVATE ALE'
With a little chug and a lot of harmony, this is as close to a perfect drinking song as you’re gonna find in the whole of Green Day’s early discography.



'BRAT'
Bratty by name and bratty by nature, the second track on ‘Insomniac’ is short, sweet and ever so scathing. The perfect trio.



'DOMINATED LOVE SLAVE'
A bit of a sense of humour is necessary when you’re writing punk, and the band proved they had it in abundance on this bizarre beauty. More country than cathartic, this is Green Day at their most playfully weird.



'I WANT TO BE ALONE'
Appearing on Flipside Records’ ‘The Big One’ compilation, this slab of classic rock riffing is ready made for arena stages even at such an early point in the band’s career.



'CHUMP'
Sandwiched between ‘Having A Blast’ and ‘Longview’ at the front end of ‘Dookie’ Chump’ has enough simmering brilliance and infectious rhythm to make it a hat trick of hits.



'ALL BY MYSELF'
Found at the very end of ‘Dookie’ after ‘F.O.D’ has finished, this Tre Cool penned acoustic opus sums out the weird, wonderful and whacky world of 90’s Green Day.



'TIGHT WAD HILL'
The penultimate track from 95’s ‘Insomniac’ basically encapsulates everything that is brilliant about Green Day. Galloping drums, fuzzy riffs and wonderfully carefree vocals fused together to create something truly wonderful.



'PAPER LANTERNS'
A song reminiscent of the later Green Day sound, this little groover appeared on the band's second EP 'Slappy'. And by chance, it slaps. 

'BEST THING IN TOWN'
Billie Joe Armstrong's snotty vocal is what makes this little gem such a pleasure. Sweet, sharp and gone within the blink of an eye, this lower end tune from 'Kerplunk' deserves some plaudits. 

 



 

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