Category Archives: Kerplunk!

Happy Belated Birthday, Kerplunk!

Kerplunk - Green Day - Originally released on Lookout Records, January 17, 1992

Kerplunk turned 18 years old yesterday on January 17! Still not old enough to drink, but woah… that’s a long time ago. Seems like it was only yesterday… though for me, I only heard this album last year, so it was yesterday. Just like all of the other Green Day music in my life except for American Idiot. Sure, I heard the hits and whatnot over the years, but really, I didn’t pay attention to them until 2005 and didn’t decide to follow them (or any band for that matter in my lifetime) until this year. It’s been a great musical adventure, that’s for sure!

So currently I’m taking the advice of the Green Day Authority and sitting here listening to the album in honor of its release in 1992 (even if I’m a day late). The re-released version that I have includes the tunes sung under the band’s first name, Sweet Children, and includes their original EP recordings.

While listening, I have to just think for a moment about how far Green Day has come in their career over the last 18 years. Hell, for that matter, I have to sit and think about how far we, collectively as a world, have come in the last 18 years.

What a marvel it is that we’re all still around.

OK, that moment is over. Thanks for sharing.

Even if you, like me, didn’t know that it was the 18th anniversary of Kerplunk yesterday, put it on today and rock out anyway. And marvel at everything. While you’re at it, tell me about when you first heard this album.

Happy Birthday!

Why should my fun have to end?
For me it’s only the beginning
I see my friends begin to age
A short countdown to what end

–“No One Knows,” Kerplunk – Green Day

Welcome to Paradise: Washington, DC

Welcome to Paradise” is one of my favorite Green Day songs. When I first heard it played live in Albany, I almost hurt myself. Yes, I know, I’m a Green Day American Idiot ‘neophyte’ and it’s one that everyone knows and many of you have seen this song live a million times. Blah, blah, blah. Well, I haven’t. The song’s driving guitar plunge mixed with a speeding bass and drums combined with the primal lyricism of a screamed I wanna… take you through a… wasteland… I like to call my home … … … welcome to paradise!, gets me into a head-damaging stance every time. It’s a crowd pleaser, too!

I was thinking about the song the other day when I went looking for some YouTube videos of Green Day’s performance of it during the recent tour. I found one taken at an odd angle from stage right and a little toward the back of the stage. The video shows the band and a good portion of the audience, with some nice footage of Tré and Mike from above. The video isn’t the greatest, but the interchange between the band and audience is particularly dynamic. Unfortunately, it cuts off at the last refrain of the song. Nonetheless, the video captures the energy of the room (and yes, I know it’s a stadium, but with Green Day, it feels like a room).

My favorite version is from Dookie due to its fuller sound, but the rawness of the  Kerplunk! version has its advantages, too. I must avoid brain injury if they play this in San Antonio.