'Green Day: Rock Band' Flashback: The Days Of Dookie

One of the big highlights of "Green Day: Rock Band" is the fact that there are three full albums available for play in their entirety. That includes Green Day's last two classics (2009's 21st Century Breakdown and 2004's American Idiot), as well as their big major-label breakthrough, 1994's mega-million-selling Dookie. Not only do you get to play some of the band's biggest singles (like the manic "Basket Case," the groovy "Longview" and the anthemic "When I Come Around") but you also get to indulge in some of the group's best deep cuts (namely "Pulling Teeth," "Chump" and "Having a Blast").

The legacy of Dookie can't be undersold. It's hard to imagine, but when it first dropped in 1994, there were no real pop-punk bands around. But once the singles started blowing up (especially once "Basket Case" became a smash in the fall of '94), it ushered in a whole boatload of young punk bands who took over rock radio with some of the edgiest sounds anybody had heard since the first wave of grunge. Along with the Offspring's Smash and Rancid's ...And Out Come the Wolves, Dookie became the dominant sound of the end of '94 and paved the way for platinum acts like Blink-182. Fueled by the blissful white hot pop of the Ramones and the snotty attitude of the Buzzcocks, Green Day started a revolution by doing little more than what they do best. Dookie is the band's most successful album to date, but it may also be their best.

But they couldn't have known that at the time — and in fact, they didn't. Based on what the group told us regarding the creation of Dookie, that whole period is a little bit hazy.

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