Dos!

Music review by
Blair Jackson, Common Sense Media
Dos! Music Poster Image
Driving pop-punk not band's best but still strong.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Amid the patented Green Day punk and rock assaults, most of which deal with troubled relationships and extreme behavior, there are a few oases of calm, most notably the lovely opening track, "See You Tonight," which sounds like something the Everly Brothers might have sung; "Stray Heart," an apparent nod to the Motown sound; and the pleading ballad "Amy."  

Positive Role Models & Representations

In "Stray Heart," the singer claims "I'll never stray again from you." "See You Tonight" is a simple, innocent love song. "Amy" is a plaintive song about friendship.

Violence

There are a few specific mentions of violence: On "F--k Time," there is the line "I want to choke you, until you're blue and the face." "Stop When the Red Lights Flash" contains "I love ultraviolence" (a term coined in the violent Anthony Burgess novel, A Clockwork Orange) and the perhaps threatening (or is it sexual?) "I'll make you surrender." The singer in "Makeout Party" wants to "kiss until your lips are bleeding." "Wild One": "I jumped on the grenade/ Now that my mind's gonna blow." And in "Lady Cobra" there's a reference to not wanting a suicide.

Sex

The second song on the album is called "F--k Time" and the title is sung/spoken a couple of times, and line quoted above under Violence ("I want to choke you, until you're blue and the face") appears to have sexual overtones. The heavy breathing and laughing on the outro are at least sexually suggestive, if not explicit. Also in that category is "Makeout Party," which features the line "kiss until your lips are bleeding" and also refers to the teen party game Truth or Dare.

Language

With the exception of the sexually aggressive and explicit song "F--- Time," the few "f-word" mentions are casual and conversational, not used as epithets. For instance, on "Makeout Party," the narrator refers to himself as a "a f---in' delinquent." On "Wild One," a character is "all f---ed up with nowhere to go." On "Baby Eyes," Armstrong sings that he's "got to rest my f---in' soul." And on "Ashley," he chides a woman by saying "you're no f--kin' saint." The word "s---" appears once, in the bridge of "Lazy Bones." 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

On "Lazy Bones": "I'm too mental to go crazy and too drunk to be pure." "Wild One": "All f--ked up with nowhere to go" and the rather mysterious "she's strung out on razors now." "Ashley": "We used to call it speed but now it's crystal meth" and "I taste the cigarettes and liquor on your breath." "Lady Cobra": "She just wants to get me high."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dos! is the second of three albums released a month apart the fall of 2012 by the mega-popular San Francisco Bay Area pop-punk band Green Day. (The other two are Uno! and Tre!). The album contains several f-bombs (and even includes a song called "F--k Time"), and there are references to drugs, alcohol, violence, and social deviance of various sorts. The music veers from rapid-fire punk rhythms to hard rock to pretty ballads -- standard-issue Green Day. There's an edited version available.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHot Fuss December 23, 2012

Dos!, or what the f**k I jizzed.

Dos!, the second installment in Green Day's "Spanish for Beginners" trilogy, has a ton of profanity, sex and drug use. "F**k Time" cont... Continue reading
Adult Written byFireFire April 2, 2015

Not bad - Great Album

It's obvious there is swearing because there is a song called F**k time and it will say the word a few times. There is s**t used once and p**sed is used tw... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byOli September 30, 2016

Oh baby baby it's f**k time!

An absolutely wonderful album full of great songs and feeling. A bit edgy for an album by Green Day but good. Contains: Strong Language, Sex Refrences and Drug... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written by69427bbchevyimpala February 24, 2016

DOS

I think its fine for kids, as long as they don't repeat any of the language. Its one thing that the parents will have to decide themselves( whether or not... Continue reading

What's the story?

Green Day is the most popular band to come out of the '90s punk rock revival. Their sound is a blend of punk energy and pop-rock sensibilities, and they they owe nearly as much to The Who as to The Clash, Ramones, and other punk progenitors. Dos! is the second of three albums the band put out in the fall of 2012 (the others were Uno! and Tre!). Green Day also made two of the biggest rock 'n' roll albums of the 2000s, American Idiot (which was turned into a hit Broadway musical) and 21st Century Breakdown.

Is it any good?

Green Day doesn't really break any new ground on their fall 2012 trilogy (Uno!, Dos! and Tre!), but all three albums contain several excellent songs, and everything fans like about the band is present: the driving punk beats, buzz-saw guitars, anthemic harmonies, and plenty of angst and attitude. That said, Dos! is the weakest of the three, but still a strong and varied collection of tunes, and unmistakably Green Day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Green Day has continued to thrive when most other punk bands have broken up or faded away. What is it about them that makes them so successful?

  • Green Day's music has been influenced by many other bands. Can you spot specific examples that sound like other groups or songs you know?

  • Why you think Green Day put out three separate albums in three months? Does it make you more or less likely to buy all three?

Music details

  • Artist: Green Day
  • Release date: November 12, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Reprise
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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