Green Day revels in 'Shenanigans'
By Jason C. Consolacion
The Daily Cougar
For Green Day, fighting off the scowls
and smirks of their punk rock peers from the early 1990s has been nothing
less than a
Nevertheless, the band continues to make
music that far surpasses the work of its followers, including Blink-182
and Sum 41. After
the release of 2000's Warning, the band
followed with a greatest hits album that included the best of Green Day's
Reprise label hits.
Photo courtesy of Reprise
From left, Green Day's Mike
Dirnt, Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool have just released Shenanigans,
a 14-track collection of rarities,
B-sides and a few covers of classic punk
As if that weren't enough ear candy to
give its fans multiple cavities, the band has just released Shenanigans,
a collection of B-sides
and rarities. The great thing about this
album is that it includes the leftovers, the rejects … the Shenanigans,
if you will.
In other words, these tracks are the songs
left off previous albums because Reprise execs felt they wouldn't appeal
to an audience
that's probably too young to know what
a B-side is.
So in essence, these songs are great --
they are in true punk rock form. What is evident on this album is that
Green Day is and
always has been capable of capturing that
genuine, muggy and sweaty punk rock atmosphere reminiscent of the band's
early days in
All these songs have been included before
on singles and imports, so there is nothing totally new here, save for
"Espionage," which appears on the new
Austin Powers in Goldmember soundtrack, and "Ha Ha You're Dead." Opening
rocking "Suffocate" and following with
the hard "Desensitized," Shenanigans immediately offers a breath of fresh
air from the
experimental mood of Warning.
"Don't Wanna Fall In Love" displays a playful
early '80s punk feel while the Ramones cover "Outsider" makes for a nice
tribute to a
group of punk's original pioneers.
Songs like "Scumbag," "I Want To Be On
TV" and "Sick of Me" also stand out as they show flashes of the band's
captured on the Lookout! Records CD's
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk
The album closes with the sweet ballad
"On The Wagon" and the effervescent "Ha Ha You're Dead."
Shenanigans is Green Day's best album since
1995's Insomniac. Unfortunately, it's nothing more than a compilation of
material. But perhaps the band will react
to the inevitable positive response from its fans and release more material
that shares the
same tune as these songs.
The verdict: Green Day relies on roots
to compile an album of true punk gems.