Nimrod (25th Anniversary Edition Remastered) Green Day
Subgenre: Adult Alternative
Artist: Green Day
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- 1Nice Guys Finish Last02:48
- 2Hitchin' a Ride02:51
- 3The Grouch02:11
- 6All the Time02:10
- 7Worry Rock02:26
- 8Platypus (I Hate You)02:21
- 10Last Ride In03:48
- 13Walking Alone02:45
- 15Take Back01:09
- 16King for a Day03:13
- 17Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)02:34
- 18Prosthetic Head03:37
- 19Nice Guys Finish Last (Demo)02:53
- 20Place Inside My Head (Demo)02:32
- 21The Grouch (Demo)02:09
- 22Walking Alone (Demo)02:33
- 23Jinx (Demo)01:51
- 24Alison (Demo)02:34
- 25Espionage (Demo)03:16
- 26You Irritate Me (Demo)01:36
- 27Tre Polka (Demo)02:38
- 28When It’s Time (Demo)02:20
- 29Desensitized (Demo)02:27
- 30Chain Saw (Demo)01:33
- 31Reject (Demo)02:04
- 32Black Eyeliner (Demo)03:13
- Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97:
- 33Going to Pasalacqua (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)04:13
- 34Welcome to Paradise (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)04:12
- 35Geek Stink Breath (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)02:38
- 36Nice Guys Finish Last (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)02:57
- 37Hitchin' a Ride (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)04:17
- 38The Grouch (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)03:14
- 39Chump (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)02:41
- 40Longview (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)03:36
- 412000 Light Years Away (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)06:06
- 42Brain Stew (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)03:15
- 43Jaded (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)02:26
- 44Knowledge (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)06:08
- 45Basket Case (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)02:48
- 46She (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)02:34
- 47F.O.D. (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)02:39
- 48Paper Lanterns (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)09:54
- 49Scattered (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)03:19
- 50Prosthetic Head (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)04:05
- 51When I Come Around (Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97)03:22
- 52Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) [Live at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia 11/14/97]02:09
Info for Nimrod (25th Anniversary Edition Remastered)
Nimrod, Green Day’s fifth studio album, was originally released on October 14, 1997. The Billboard Top10 LP declared “Green Days best!” by Kerrang was driven by the hit singles “Hitchin’ A Ride”, “Redundant”, “Nice Guys Finish Last” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” the latter of which has sold 5 million copies in the US alone. The song was written as a spiteful ballad and has evolved into the soundtrack of everyone’s seminal life moments; even being featured in the Seinfeld series finale. The album has sold over 3 million copies in the US (triple platinum) and has been certified multi-platinum, platinum, or gold in several other countries, including the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia, and Spain.
This 25th Anniversary Edition includes the original album, one album of previously unreleased Nimrod demos, and a live set from Philadelphia recorded one month after Nimrod was released. The 14 track demos album includes two unreleased Green Day tracks (“You Irritate Me” and “Tre Polka”), plus a cover of the classic Elvis Costello song “Allison” (previously unreleased). The live album was recorded at The Electric Factory in Philadelphia on November 14, 1997. The 20-songset includes several songs from Nimrod, plus fan favorites from their previous albums and singles.
The album was recorded at Conway Studios in Los Angeles, and the band stayed at the Sunset Marquis Hotel during the sessions. Nimrod took four months to record; Armstrong partially attributed the lengthy recording time to spending "a little too much time" playing pool and foosball during the sessions. The recording schedule, which lasted from noon to two in the morning every day, became frustrating for the group members, who began drinking heavily. Bassist Mike Dirnt recalled, "One night one of us was walking down the halls knocking on people's doors while naked." Another incident involved drummer Tre Cool throwing his hotel room television set out of his window. Armstrong noted, "There was a lot of glass. You have to live that arrogant lifestyle every now and then." To keep the band focused, Cavallo enlisted his father and manager Pat Magnarella to supervise the group.[
While working on Nimrod, Green Day explained to Cavallo their desire to create a more experimental album because the band had grown tired of its traditional three chord song structure. Armstrong drew inspiration from The Clash's landmark record London Calling, and referred to Nimrod as "the record I've wanted to make since the band started." The album was intended to break the constraints of typical punk rock music. To preserve the quality of his songwriting, Armstrong began writing each song on acoustic guitar, to which the rest of the band would later add heavier instrumentation and faster tempos. Green Day recorded around 30 songs for Nimrod and picked 18 of them for the record. Dirnt explained that the recording was much more loosely structured than previous albums, and that creating songs was the focus as opposed to making a cohesive record. He observed, "We've always screwed around with different types of music during our jams, but we'd say, 'OK let's stop and get back to the album.' This time we just let them come up."
Reprise Records president Howie Klein spent a lot of time in the studio with the band during recording, and recalled that, "What I realized immediately is that they had seemed to mature in their musical direction. It wasn't just more of the same. There was so much growth in the band." The musical maturation displayed on Nimrod was partially inspired by Bikini Kill's Reject All American (1996), which encouraged Armstrong to balance "rough punk rock songs" and "delicate pretty songs". Armstrong wrote "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" in 1993 and showed the song to his bandmates during the Dookie recording sessions. During the sessions, the song was determined to be too different from the rest of the songs on Dookie, and producer Rob Cavallo was unsure of how to structure the recording. When the time came to record Nimrod, Armstrong decided to use the song, and Cavallo suggested they add strings to the track. He sent the band to play foosball in another room while he recorded the strings, which took "like fifteen, twenty minutes, maybe a half an hour at the most." Cavallo reflected on his decision to add the strings "I knew we had done the right thing. I knew it was a hit the second I heard it."
In addition to the strings on "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)", the music of Nimrod contains a variety of other instruments that were not featured on previous Green Day albums. "Walking Alone" features Armstrong playing the harmonica, despite the fact that he did not "know how to play it at all". "Hitchin' a Ride" opens with a Middle Eastern-inspired violin performed by Petra Haden of That Dog. The band invited Gabrial McNair and Stephen Bradley of No Doubt's horn section to play on the ska-influenced "King for a Day".
Billie Joe Armstrong, lead vocals, guitar, harmonica on "Walking Alone"
Mike Dirnt, bass, backing vocals
Tré Cool, drums, bongos, tambourine, backing vocals
Petra Haden, violin on "Hitchin' a Ride" and "Last Ride In"
Conan McCallum, violin on "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
Gabrial McNair, horns
Stephen Bradley, horns
David Campbell, strings arranger
In 1987 friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt created a band named Sweet Children. Their first show of note took place in October of that year at Rod’s Hockey Pit in California. A year later John Kiffmeyer joined their band as a drummer and business manager, helping them create a local fan base. They were signed to Lookout! Records after the owner, Larry Livermore saw them play in one of their earlier shows. In order to avoid confusion with the band Sweet Baby, they changed their name. The band now known as Green Day was born. The name is supposedly related to their liking of marijuana.
Lookout! released their first album in 1990 named 39/Smooth. Included with the album was a letter supposedly from I.R.S. Records saying they had tried to sign Green Day. The band included a response saying they were loyal to Lookout!. Their response called I.R.S. “cheesy and washed up.” Later in 1990 Green Day released Slappy and Sweet Children. Also in 1990 John Kiffmeyer left the band to attend college. Tré Cool, the drummer from The Lookouts became Green Day’s temporary replacement. Once it was apparent that Kiffmeyer did not plan to return, Tré Cool took up the role as permanent drummer. In 1991, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, a compilation of 39/Smooth, Slappy and 1,000 Hours albums. For most of 1992 and 1993, the band was on tour which included shows in Europe. In 1992, their album Kerplunk sold fifty thousand copies in the United States. This was impressive for the independent punk band.
The success of Kerplunk drew interest from major record companies to Green Day. They decided to leave Lookout! records and sign with Reprise Records under the producer Rob Cavello. This move gave them the name sellouts in the eyes of many punk fans. This did not stop them as they went on to release Dookie. The album was recorded in three weeks and was an immediate success. The airtime given to “Longview,” “Basket Case,” and “When I Come Around” by MTV aided this success greatly. Every one of those songs hit number one on Modern Rock Tracks charts. That same year marked their nationwide tour accompanied by the bands Queercore and Pansy Division. Green Day played at both Lollapalooza and Woodstock 1994. The later performance jump started their publicity and recognition nationwide. In 1995, Dookie won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album.
In 1995, the single “J.A.R.” went right to the number one spot on the Modern Rock Track chart. The album Insomniac quickly followed in the fall of 1995. Insomniac was much darker than the band’s previous work. It did well, getting four of five stars from Rolling Stone Magazine. One of the songs on this album referred to the bands thought that they have gone too commercial in their music. Insomniac was not as successful as Dookie, but it still managed to sell seven million copies in the United States. It also won the band award for Favorite Artist, Favorite Rock Artist and Favorite Alternative Artist in 1996 at the American Music Awards. The video for “Walking Contradiction” was nominated for Best Video, Short Form and Best Special effects at the MTV Video Music Awards. After this, the band pulled out of a European tour, citing their exhaustion.
The band took a break in 1996 and picked up working on a new album in 1997. Right from the beginning, they agreed that the album had to be different than their previous work. The experimental album was labeled Nimrod, released in 1997. The album had a wider variety of music, punk rock, surf rock, ska and an acoustic ballad. Nimrod hit number ten on the charts due to the popularity of “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” This same song won an MTV Video award for Best Alternative Video. The video focused on major changes in the lives of a variety of people, overlaid by the guitar part. Other songs from Nimrod included “Nice Guys Finish Last,” “Hitchin’ a Ride,” and “Redundant.”
Warning was released in 2000, which followed the same style change as Nimrod. All Music Guide gave it a four point five out of five, saying that while not innovative, it was a satisfying endeavor. The Rolling Stone magazine was harsher in their rating of a three out of five. They cited the band’s previous hard core work and claimed that people would not want to listen to the lighter style of music from Green Day. Despite the hits, “Minority” and “Warning,” fans began to lose interest in the band because of the album Warning. Most of Green Day’s work had previously hit double platinum, Warning only warranted gold.
In 2001 at the California Music Awards Green Day was nominated for eight different awards, they won them all, those awards were Outstanding Album, Outstanding Punk Rock/Ska Album, Outstanding Group, Outstanding Male Vocalist, Outstanding Bassist, Outstanding Drummer, Outstanding Songwriter and Outstanding Artist. The release of warning was followed by their greatest hits album International Superhits! and an assemblage album called Shenanigans. These sold well, reaching platinum in the United States. Shenanigans was nominated for a Grammy for best Rock Instrumental Performance.
In the summer of 2003 the master tapes with all twenty songs for their new album tentatively called Cigarettes and Valentines was stolen from the studio. Instead of redoing the album, decided to make another, even better album. That same year, they worked with Iggy Pop on two songs on his new album Skull Ring. It was then that the band had serious talks to work out some issues they had with the other members. American idiot was the result and was released in 2004. It hit number one on the Billboard charts, marking the first time Green Day had such a rating. It was commonly called a “punk rock opera” following the “Jesus of Suburbia.” It won the Grammy in 2005 for Best Rock Album and took seven of eight awards in the 2005 MTV music awards.
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