Green Day's "Shenanigans" Album Review
Green Day is one of the most successful rock and roll bands of all time, and they have long been among my favorite artists. Their latest three releases, Uno, Dos, and Tres were a massive disappointment to most fans, and most especially to me. I was never much of a fun of 21st Century Breakdown, either. But with everything before that, Green Day had a standard of quality that few other bands had. In fact, they were so good, that even a compilation album of their B-sides, rarities, and a couple of covers ended up being almost as good as most of their other albums.
Blender and Rolling Stone were not kind to Shenanigans when it was released in July of 2002, although Allmusic gave it four out of five stars. Fan reaction over the years has been generally positive, however. Especially considering that it wasn't really an official album release, Shenanigans actually has two of my favorite Green Day tracks of all-time, "Desensitized" (the B-side from the "Good Riddance" single) and "Suffocate," a song that didn't quite make the final version of their studio record, Nimrod.
There are three covers on the album: "I Want to Be On TV" from Fang, "Outsider" from the Ramones, "Tired of Waiting for You" originally performed by the Kinks. The "Outsider" cover is absolutely excellent and I daresay I actually prefer it to the original. The other covers are solid enough, as well, although I'm not a huge fan of those songs in question.
The rest of the songs are a combination of songs that didn't quite make Nimrod or Warning or B-Sides from their various singles up until that point. "Ha, Ha, You're Dead," which was yet another song that didn't quite make Nimrod, was actually later released as a single due to positive reception from fans.
Green Day did actually team up with Blink 182 on the Pop Disaster Tour to help promote the album, yet they didn't play any tracks from it. It's too bad, as the album is pretty solid for a compilation album. It did peak at #27 on the Billboard 200, which isn't bad for a collection of B-Sides and covers. I do recommend that if you're a fan of Green Day or bands like them, you should definitely check out this album. It's very underrated.
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by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Another very important point is that just because one song or group of songs inside of a genre relay one type of message, doesn't mean they all do. It is one thing to discount a particular song for its message, yet quite another to take that out on the entire genre. Just as there are songs advocating violence across all genres, there are also songs about peace and love in all of those genres.
One should never discount an entire genre based on stereotypical notions alone. If you simply don't prefer the sound, that makes more sense than disliking music just because of the category it's placed under. Labels are extremely subjective and blanket applications rarely are true, due to variances.
For instance, the following selections are all from the same genre but are completely different, with entirely separate messages: (www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYG-jj0XkH0, www.youtube.com/watch?v=s716EpraBB4, www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNaeuNd0Ogo, www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQEhmT7AJ44). If one were to judge the entire genre on just one of those songs, that judgement would be inaccurate regardless of which one they chose.
I don’t expect everyone to enjoy every musical genre out there. We all have our own tastes. Mine happens to be varied, but that’s just me. However, it seems unfair to base a dislike on stereotyping, rather than actual taste.
Have you discriminated against music either knowingly or unknowingly? What are some of your favorite genres?
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