Earlier this month, we celebrated 25 years of Green Day’s breakthrough album Dookie. However, the East Bay rockers had been punching the punk rock clock long before we all were singing “Basket Case” in our living rooms.
Case in point: A rare recording of unreleased track “Stay” has surfaced online this week, dating all the way back to the band’s opening gig for Killdozer at Berkeley Square on July 22nd, 1989. It’s surprisingly clean, too, sounding professionally recorded even.
For awhile, the track was dubbed “World vs. World” by fans. However, original drummer John Kiffmeyer cleared that up in 2017, while also confirming that the track was originally written for an indie flick being made by Billie Joe Armstrong’s brother.
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You can stream the track and consult the show’s setlist for context below. If that’s not enough, revisit our recent episode of Album of the Week in which host DC Hendrix and writer Kayleigh Hughes discuss the ensuing legacy of Dookie.
After that, you’ll probably wanna grab some Green Day vinyl over at ReverbLP.
I Want to Be Alone
Going to Pasalacqua
The One I Want
Don’t Leave Me
I Was There
Jennifer (Unofficial title; only known performance)
At the Library
Maybe Forever (Unofficial title; only known performance)