When you've got a discography that stretches all the way back to 1989, cramming all of it into one video game is sort of tough. That was exactly the problem facing Green Day when they partnered with the publishers of the "Rock Band" franchise — there was just too much music.
So while the just-released "Green Day: Rock Band" features 47 tracks spanning the band's entire career, it opens to their breakout 1994 album, Dookie, which any astute GD fan can tell you was actually their third studio record. But some omissions might prove to be temporary, according to the guys in the band.
"That's what's cool about the 'Rock Band' thing, is if we want to add more songs, we can do it online, in the future," drummer Tre Cool explained. "If we want to do some surprises and stuff, we can always keep adding to it."
"Yeah, it would be great to see songs that are from, you know, [Green Day's 1990 debut] 39/Smooth and ['92's] Kerplunk, to come out on it," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong added. "You know, that's what's exciting ... to visit some of the older songs too."
But until those older songs are made available, Green Day fans are going to have to make due with the 47 tracks that did make the cut, a list that includes all of Dookie, American Idiot and most of 21st Century Breakdown, not to mention songs from their Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning albums too. And that's part of the fun for the guys in Green Day: looking back on older tunes, and even rehearing them as "stems," remixed for the game by Chris Lord-Alge.
"It's exciting for me to hear the song 'She,' and you know, that was fun to watch and play," Armstrong smiled. "And hearing the stems that they had to do with Chris Lord-Alge, who ended up doing all the different mixes for it to bring out the drums and the guitars and bass and vocals. That was really exciting too, for people to see or, to play or to hear again."
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