“Dookie” is this Bay Area band’s third studio release and major label debut under Reprise Records. Released on February 1, 1994, this album is often cited as an important turning point in rock’s shift away from Seattle-based grunge and the revival of West Coast punk. Albeit the mainstream introduction to what would later be known in the latter half of the 90’s as “pop-punk,” Dookie is a significant milestone in the public zeitgeist, reflecting a youth sentiment that’s less disenfranchised with the status quo more than it is just simply bored by it. “Dookie” homes in on the dysphoria of teenage angst and revitalizes the message to give voice to the confusion, pressures, and social expectations of growing up. Winning the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 1995, songs like “Longview,” “Basket Case,” and “Welcome to Paradise” are staples for every 90’s era enthusiast. Listen to these and their other angsty B-sides like “Sassafras Roots” and “Coming Clean” on Spotify!
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