We've been having fun examining various one-hit wonders and FM curiosities of the '90s each week with our Throwback Thursday columns, but now it's time to get serious and examine one of the biggest records on the '90s: Dookie by Green Day.
Dookie was a game-changer, both for young millennials and Green Day itself. The band already had released two albums that embraced the classic Lookout! records sound, including the pop punk classic Kerplunk!.
But Dookie was Green Day's ticket to mainstream success; the band left indie label Lookout! -- and earned the ire of the Berkeley music community, resulting in a ban from the legendary underground venue 924 Gilman Street for "being sellouts." (The Berkley venue bans any major-label artist yet allowed Green Day to perform once again in 2001.)
But in spite of the criticisms, Dookie is a classic album, yielding massive hits "Longview," "Basket Case," and "When I Come Around" and paving the way to Green Day's continued rock superstardom.