“Green Day sold out!” That was the undercurrent when their first mainstream album Dookie got as much press as it did – fueled by two singles that received frequent radio and MTV airplay [back when it actually played music videos]. It’s sound was much more pop/accessible than some of their earlier straight punk, mostly independant releases.
I admit, I did own the album for a time. While I liked – then and still do – the singles, it didn’t grab me the same way as American Idiot/21st Century Breakdown (the next full albums of theirs that I would own). While I do have other singles from the years between, there’s still that appreciation for the youthful bravado and , “Fuck it” attitude that comes from their punk roots that makes me want to crank this one up when it plays.