CMJ New Music Report Issue: 269 - Jan 31, 1992
Growing up as regulars of the Gilman Street Warehouse and voracious readers of Flipside, no doubt, Green Day has put together a platter of wonderfully...
Growing up as regulars of the Gilman Street Warehouse and voracious readers of Flipside, no doubt, Green Day has put together a platter of wonderfully catchy, decidedly melody-powered, punk rock fun. Together with bands like Sweet Baby, Jawbreaker and Field Trip, the East Bay trio further establish surburban CA punk's notoriety, giving the area a reputation for fun-loving if not hyperactive speed-pop. The 12 chunks of fun on Kerplunk! favor melody over speed metal aggression and lyrics of love and confusion over explosive revolutionary tracts. The hooks in these songs are as easy to find as a broken string must be at a Green Day show. Keenly underscored by gleeful, chiming vocals and hurdle-jumping basslines, Green Day's tunes stick in your head like cat hair on your black tights. Give these a whirl and find out why: "2000 Light Years Away," "Welcome To Paradise" "Private Ale," "Android" and "Words I Might Have Ate." Green Day's debut album may not break any new ground in the annals of punk rock, but it's a worthy chapter in our book.