Dookie

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Wittiness withstands test of time; some violence.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Cynical, depressed, and filled with punk attitude; also very funny at times.

Violence

Some darkly poetic death imagery here and there: "I'm taking all you down with me/explosives duct taped to my spine/Nothing's gonna change my mind/I won't listen to anyone's last words/there's nothing left for you to say/soon you'll be dead anyway."

Sex
Language

The "s" word is used frequently; the "f" word once or twice.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the members of Green Day love the word "s--t," as well as a bit of violent imagery and a perpetually depressed world view, their music comes across as sounding, well, sort of cheerful and perky. Some violent lyrics: "I'm taking all you down with me/explosives duct taped to my spine/Nothing's gonna change my mind/I won't listen to anyone's last words/there's nothing left for you to say/soon you'll be dead anyway."

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byOllie_review December 20, 2019

When Green Day Changed the world

Dookie was an awesome album. There was great songs such as, Basket Case, When I Come Around, Longview, She and Welcome to Paradise. It included some swearing li... Continue reading
Adult Written byMovieboy321 April 26, 2015

Green day doesn't make dookie blow up

Green day at its best classic of the 90's obviously there is going to be a humongous amount of explicates and swearing of f-bombs. Particularly in one son... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 19, 2016

Descent punk band!

This is my favorite album by them. Billie Armstrong is a great role model and musician. You should totally listen to these guys.
Teen, 17 years old Written bythelastsamurairocks August 27, 2015

Good

The songs all sound the same but its still worth a listen. Best song is longview, which is also the most explicit.

What's the story?

Green Day's third album and major-label debut, DOOKIE, took the world by storm and cemented the group's status as pop-punk darlings in 1994. And the songs -- delivered with powerhouse drummer Tre Cool's thrashing intensity -- still sound fresh and fun so many years later. Clever songwriting helps, as does the biting vocal delivery of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. Lyrics are visceral, cynical, and include some violence (\"I'm taking all you down with me/explosives duct taped to my spine/Nothing's gonna change my mind/I won't listen to anyone's last words/there's nothing left for you to say/soon you'll be dead anyway\"), attitude (\"Do you have the time to listen to me whine…\"), and four-letter words.

Is it any good?

Although Green Day seems to love the "s" word and some violent imagery, their music manages to come across as a bit cheerful and perky. The songs are melodic and witty, and the overall effect is fresh, fun, and often even funny -- and all these years later, maybe even a little quaint and innocent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Green Day's long career, and what has -- and hasn't -- changed (both in music and in the world) since this album was released almost 15 years ago. Why is this group still considered important, when others come and go? Read the lyrics to "Coming Clean" ("Seventeen and strung out on confusion/trapped inside a roll of disillusion/I found out what it takes to be a man/Mom and Dad will never understand"). What do you think they mean? Are there things in your life you are sure your parents couldn't possibly understand?

Music details

  • Artist: Green Day
  • Release date: February 1, 1994
  • Labels: Reprise, WEA
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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