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10 face-kicking songs that better be in Green Day Rock Band

"Going to Pasalacqua"

From: 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1991)

Another brilliantly melodic and upbeat tune with a hint of confused melancholy. That's most of the band's early work, fitting for both their age and the target audience for their music in general. But again, we feel this would be incredibly fun to play as a group, as every instrument has plenty to do with next to no dead spots. Green Day still plays this song in its modern tours, and even referenced it in 21st Century Breakdown promotion materials, so if anything from 39 Smooth is going to make it, it's this.

 

"2000 Light Years Away"

From: Kerplunk (1992)

A particularly sweet song about missing someone... that still has a rockin' progression, groovy bass and typically strong beats from Tre Cool. It's also one of this album's most popular tracks, so we'd be surprised if it wasn't on the disc from the get-go.


Above: Tre Cool's a monstrous drummer, so expect a serious workout. He's also the only person to climb the famous Universal globe

 

"Android"

From: Kerplunk (1992)

This and the next song have a common thread, that life very likely will not turn out the way you imagine. In "Android" we hear about a crazy dude walking down the street in women's shoes, and the song asks, "did he think he'd be doing this when he was my age?" A nice bit of introspection on top of fast-moving lyrics and hyperactive drums.

 

"One of My Lies"

From: Kerplunk (1992)

Brilliant song about growing up and realizing that you are not the center of the world, you are not always right, your ideas are probably not new and you are most likely not destined for greatness. Ironic considering the writer went on to become a millionaire. Still, these lyrics are a sobering lesson we all need to learn at some point: "Do you think you're indestructible, and no one can touch you? // Well I think you're disposable and it's time you knew the truth."


Above: Bassist Mike Dirnt has been part of the band since the very beginning

 

"She"

From: Dookie (1994)

Like we said, Dookie is the band's biggest album to date, and as such needs to be a massive chunk of the tracks. However, we expect several excellent singles to appear as DLC later, and "She" is probably going to be one of them. We'd love to be wrong though, and able to pick through that opening bass line on day one.

 

"Burnout"

From: Dookie (1994)

We expect megahits like "Basket Case" and "Welcome to Paradise" to appear, but what about the bored-with-life opening track? As the first song on the band's most successful album, it's likely the most well-known non-single of the band's entire career, as well as a statement about a frame of mind we've all encountered - pure, unrestrained boredom with everything around you.

33 comments

  • ergreenday - March 17, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    I love Green Day if you couldn't tell from my name. But I have to say that I'm really kinda disappointed in them for not pushing for a M rating, I mean they did it with wal-mart for '21st Century Breakdown' didn't they? Why not do it here? By the way, I like all of Green Day's songs. There I said it, so sue me.
  • Unoriginal - March 17, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    Am I the only one who enjoys their new stuff along with the old?
  • UnfitParrot - March 16, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    I for one hope all these songs make it on the real game and look forward to buying it!
  • Vitoruss1 - March 16, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    Wow... Greenday fanboy, much? This game is selling-out exemplified. Changing their lyrics to sell a game? If I was in the band I would've demanded the explicit lyrics to stay in. Like it's so wrong to release an M rated music-game? The true fans are going to have to just settle with what they get, and the people who want a family game should just NOT BUY THE GAME. If you like Greenday, you like swearing. Don't try to cross cleanliness with punk rock. Blaugh.
  • kompressorlogik - March 16, 2010 4:52 p.m.

    @bar1scorpio: Since when the hell has Green Day been Jock Rock, or in any way comparable to Nickelback? @StrayGator: a SunnO))) set would be the strangest video game experience most people would ever have. :D Also, to anyone who declares that everything past Dookie is unworthy pop pap, I ask you what is the pop appeal of songs like Platypus or Take Back? reCaptcha: gherkins conference
  • StrayGator - March 16, 2010 3:29 p.m.

    "Pure, unrestrained boredom" - a phrase to treasure. exemplifies why gams jernalism have strode long ways from it's narrow & limited roots. Next I'd love to see Rock Band: SunnO))) - A real test of stamina.
  • PPhino - March 16, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    even though it is censored, at least it's better than "poker face" >.<
  • philipshaw - March 16, 2010 3:12 p.m.

    Have to agree with you Brett on your choices, I like you think the older the better with Green Day
  • jmcgrotty - March 16, 2010 9:04 a.m.

    Wish I could edit my posts... 2000 isn't on 39/Smooth. Is on Kerplunk.
  • jmcgrotty - March 16, 2010 9:01 a.m.

    First and foremost, as others have said, if/when this is censored, it is an automatic "do not purchase." As for tracks, Gotta disagree with a few of your points and give you big props on other parts. First, there should not be a single track from Insomniac/Nimrod/Warning/Shenanigans. Please please please, I beg that this whole period must be forgotten. Now as for what you did list, 39/Smooth and 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours should be represented but not with the tracks you suggested and definitely not with 2000 Light Years Away. That song sucks donkey eggs. Again though, this is all irrelevant if they censor the songs (but please don't say that the band is one of the cussiest around. That just makes you look stupid).
  • ondx - March 16, 2010 6:36 a.m.

    i could already see it...Jesus of Suburbia as a "Song you play while the credits roll"...awesome!!!!
  • bar1scorpio - March 16, 2010 4:57 a.m.

    I've never seen this many gamers excited for a Jock Rock song list before. How about Rock Band: Nickleback next!
  • Cwf2008 - March 16, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    Who gives a fuck would be the better question
  • Greed - March 16, 2010 2:32 a.m.

    Brett, I didn't like your comment about TB:RB on the podcast or here. There were songs from almost every album in there and the full album DLC just filled the gaps. Abbey Road was by no means missing from vanilla TB:RB.
  • zigs - March 16, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    @Brett I said the wrong song, I meant the second half, Jaded. A Harmonix employee failed the song on drums at GDC, and a lot of sources were describing the song as if it were some insanely hard track. I hope this doesn't sound arrogant, but I just feel that as an expert drummer that the overlap will be too darn stale to stay interesting, and that if the only difficulty in the song is the speed then it'll just be too boring for me. I do agree that a lot of the songs in Beatles were boring as heck on drums, but there was quite a lot of variation, and definitely a handful of really interesting songs (on expert at least). Their earlier songs were all quite samey and dull, but I felt like there was enough of their later songs in the game with wildly different drum styles and patterns in there. Compare, say, Helter Skelter, Within You Without You and Good Morning Good Morning and you've got three completely different charting to play. But with Green Day, I just can't see/hear that. Maybe I'm just being ignorant and naive (and granted stuff like Panic Song and King for a Day would be pretty awesome to play), but most of their songs are pretty formulaic drum-wise. You say "This time there'll be tons of pedal and lots of movement around the pads," but I'm not so sure. My concern is that most Green Day songs sound very similar on the drums. The majority seem to utilise the hi-hat, snare and bass drum far, far more than anything else, without much variety. Sure, the choruses use ride or crash cymbals, and there's plenty of fills, but nothing all that unique. Which works just fine in terms of this straight-forward punk sound that Green Day has, but in terms of if being interesting and fun to play it's definitely lacking. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm just insulting Green Day, I have no problem with them as a band. But in terms of RB, I much prefer fun, interesting, varying and challenging songs, and I just can't picture these Green Day songs fulfilling that desire. I'll stop rambling now.
  • OneEyedGoon - March 16, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    I don't really care one way or another about Green Day. I've never heard most of their catalog, but what I have sounds okay. I don't think they warrant their own game, but since it's coming regardless of what I think, why would they censor it? That's bullshit.
  • OfficerProblem - March 16, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    Yeah...screw those sell out's They should have kept their sound and look to stay in the underground where they only let the really cool kids in after school.... Whether you actually beleive they ever really changed their sound from one album to the next (or any more so than any other band in history) or not...the reaction from the 'underground' for the last 15 damn years proves them 110% right for doing it.
  • GoldenMe - March 16, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    Just no. This generation of music is pure disappointment covered with failure. Do Not Want.
  • bonerachieved - March 15, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    They're totally going to pull a Beatles Rockband Bull**** where you can buy it on XBLA or whatever.
  • JizzyB - March 15, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    Taste my Haterade: Green Day is crap. They are huge sell-outs. The only bigger "punk" sell-outs are No Doubt. Dookie was a good album but everything since has been pop smut. Alright, I'm done. Just had to get that off my chest.

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