An incredibly rare Green Day demo tape has surfaced, featuring three songs recorded between 1992 and 1993 — after the band issued its 1991 album Kerplunk! but before they released their 1994 breakthrough, Dookie. According to Alternative Press, the recording — which is full of tape hiss and was reportedly recorded on a boom box — contains acoustic versions of “J.A.R.,” “Having A Blast” and “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.”
All three songs were demoed while the band was preparing to record Dookie, which became their first massive commercial success. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told us a while back that it was important for Green Day to move forward artistically with each new album: [“We always want to try to keep reinventing ourselves and come out with something new without changing our clothes. You know, not that we’re trying to, like, have a new image or anything like that. I think we’re just acting our age, trying to make something that’s just the best record that we possibly can.”]
- “J.A.R.” eventually showed up on the soundtrack of the movie Angus and was released as a single in August 1995, while “Having A Blast” can be found on Dookie. “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” made it to the B-side of a “Geek Stink Breath” seven-inch single and a compilation called Shenanigans.
- The band has apparently forgotten that the demos even existed, according to the YouTube user who posted them.
- Green Day’s latest album, Revolution Radio, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last October and features the hits “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing.”
- The trio heads overseas at the end of this month for dates in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, before kicking off a new round of North American shows on August 1st in Auburn, Washington.