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"Back then, I just wanted to write songs I could be proud of and be able to play in five years," Green Day singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong says, recalling his state of mind exactly 20 years ago – on February 1st, 1994, the day his band's third album and big-record-deal debut, Dookie, was released. He has another, earlier memory, just after Green Day got their advance money from Reprise Records, part of the Warner Bros. company, which issued Dookie and is still Green Day's label. "I remember thinking," Armstrong says, "'Let's just record this thing, and make sure we have money left over, so we can pay our rent, in case anything happens."
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This is what happened: Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool became overnight rock stars. Dookie rapidly went platinum, then double platinum, ultimately selling more than 16 million copies worldwide and firing Green Day out of their hometown hardcore-punk underground in Berkeley, California, into arenas and stadiums. With 11 studio albums, including the 2004 multi-platinum opera, American Idiot, Green Day are now the most successful punk band in the world.
Armstrong, Dirnt, Cool and Warner Bros. chairman Rob Cavallo– who, as a young A&R rep, signed Green Day in 1993 and co-produced Dookie with them – all spoke at length for a forthcoming Rolling Stone feature on the road to Dookie, its creation and dramatic, commercial aftermath. What follows are exclusive excerpts from my conversation with Armstrong, who remains amazed by that record's original and continuing impact. "Our fans have those times – 'Where were you when you first heard 'Basket Case'?" he says. "That's all I wanted – people to be affected by it, with as much passion as I put into it."
When did you notice major labels sniffing around? Your second album, Kerplunk!, came out on the independent Lookout label in January, 1992, right after Nirvana's Nevermind went to Number One. Were you were riding the tailwind?
I remember [Lookout founder] Larry Livermore saying there were majors calling him. We ignored it. We didn't know what it meant. We thought it was prank calls. There were a lot of those second- and third-rate Nirvanas and Soundgardens around – we didn't fit that mold. The labels weren't really looking for us.
In fact, they were. You became the subject of a three-way bidding war between Geffen, Columbia and Reprise.
We had a pretty large following. But nobody knew what that following was, because it was all about these super-small fanzines, kids booking us into local veterans halls. The guy from Geffen looked at me: "You sold out City Gardens [in Trenton, New Jersey]?" We were also selling out the Whisky A Go Go [in Los Angeles]. Even the people at Warner Bros. were like, "Holy shit!"
This was a critical turn in your future. What were band meetings like? And how did you ultimately decide to go with Rob Cavallo and Reprise?
We were probably stoned. I gotta say that. We were always high [laughs]. It was this foggy process of elimination.
But we had a clear idea of what we wanted to do: "I'm playing my 'Blue' guitar [his first, serious instrument, a Stratocaster copy received as a Christmas present when he was 11 years old]. Mike is going to get the best bass sound. I want to use one amp. That's all we need." That's how we ended up making the record.
You recorded at home, in Berkeley, but at a major studio, Fantasy. That was a big step up in technology and decor from your early records. Did you feel you belonged there?
It definitely had that Seventies coke-y vibe, mahogany and strange dead wood around the place. We would go into the vaults and see all of Creedence Clearwater Revival's master tapes.
But I felt we belonged there. Our first album [1990's 39/Smooth] cost $700 to make. Kerplunk! was like $1200."Let's record these as fast as we can – because we don't have a choice." [Laughs.] This time, I learned how to dial in good sounds, get the best guitar tones. I was able to take a little time doing vocals. I loved that experience.
Was everything written and ready to be played when you walked in?
We lived at this place at Ashby and Telegraph [Avenues] in Berkeley. We had this room we shared with another band, the East Bay Weed Company, and there were people we knew upstairs. The whole house was communal living. And we rehearsed there every day.
When we got home from touring for Kerplunk!, I had a four-track [recorder]. I was dicking around with it, making demos, just with myself playing. I came up with "She," "Sassafras Roots," "Pulling Teeth" and "F.O.D.". That helped create the stripped-down sound. I'd record a song, and if I didn't have a bridge for it, I would just play another verse. Then I'd show the songs to Mike and Tré.
What was the first song you played on the first day in the studio?
It was probably [the opening track] "Burnout." There were nerves. We felt like little kids in a candy store. But Mike and Tré were tight. That album was some of the tightest they'd ever played. We were ready. We didn't want to be one of those bands that got stuck in the studio. We heard about record labels telling bands, "This is what's wrong. Make it again" – horror stories about spending all this money. We were like, "Fuck that shit. We're going to record this and be done."
What were you learning about yourself as a songwriter, as you wrote and recorded the songs on "Dookie"? On the indie LPs, just getting the songs down was paramount. But "Longview," "Basket Case," "When I Come Around" and "She" would be on the radio, performed at the biggest shows you had ever played. What Green Day did was no longer just about speed; it was about lasting impact.
For me, it was important to have an opinion – and to be an individual. There was a lot of whining in rock at that time. By nature, we're extroverts. So that's what came across in our songs. We knew we were entering an arena of bands that we didn't like [laughs]. It was important for us to be ourselves, no matter what, and have a devil-may-care attitude about it. Fuck it – life is pretty silly.
But there is nothing silly in the lyrics to "Basket Case" [about Armstrong's panic attacks], "When I Come Around" [about his relationship with his future wife Adrienne], or "F.O.D." [a/k/a "Fuck Off and Die"]. They suggest the guy living the songs wasn't as happy as the one making the record.
I think so, starting from the opening line, "I declare I don't care no more" [in "Burnout"]. I was getting high a lot. It was a gloomy feeling. You're looking for someone to acknowledge your insanity. "F.O.D." was just about seeing a particular person and I'm gonna beat the shit out of them. I laugh about it now. But they were real feelings. Everything felt so crazy. When we were on an indie label, it felt comfortable. Now, in a lot of ways, I was feeling like I'd burned down my home.
"Basket Case" became this loser national anthem [laughs]. But to say it's about panic attacks is limiting. It's about going through total confusion. I think of a song like "American Idiot" as feeling, OK, there is a lot of chaos in the world, people getting murdered. There is no way to make sense of a world like that. You feel like a victim of it. "Basket Case" is the same way.
Why did you turn the gender around in that song's third verse? The whore is a "he".
I wanted to challenge myself and whoever the listener might be. It's also looking at the world and saying, "It's not as black and white as you think. This isn't your grandfather's prostitute – or maybe it was." This record touches on bisexuality a lot.
That is especially true in "Coming Clean." It starts with the line, "Seventeen and strung out on confusion." Were you 17 when you wrote it?
No. It could be any number. It was a song about questioning myself. There are these other feelings you may have about the same sex, the opposite sex, especially being in Berkeley and San Francisco then. People are acting out what they're feeling: gay, bisexual, transgender, whatever. And that opens up something in society that becomes more acceptable. Now we have gay marriage becoming recognized.
Did you come to any conclusions, through that song, about your sexuality? Or were you just interested in the questions?
I think it's a process of discovery. I was willing to try anything [laughs]. But I got married to Adrienne a year after that.
And your first son was born in 1995.
That was mental. Dookie comes out in February . I got married in July. I was very impulsive at that time. I think that impulsive behavior was meant to counteract the chaos in my life.
What's in a Name
Was naming your first, big album after excrement a mistake? I'll be honest: I had a hard time initially, getting past the juvenile thing to the songwriting inside.
I think a lot of people did, although people got warm to it. Obviously, it was a stoner thing. It really was. We were smoking a lot of weed. "Hey, man, wouldn't it be funny if . . ."
But I was thinking about that Sonic Youth record, Goo. When we gave the title to [cover artist] Richie Bucher, he was like, "OK." We get it back, and it's dogs exploding shit all over Berkeley. [Laughs] I don't know, man. It was one of those impulsive moments. And we were like, "Fuck it."
Actually, the art was too good and funny, crammed with jokes, for a CD booklet.
You can see [AC/DC's] Angus Young on there, the woman from the first Black Sabbath album cover.
I like the dog pouring a bucket of shit from a roof, onto a woman below going, "Oh! My latté" – surely a jab at yuppies overrunning radical punk-rock Berkeley.
There's a lot of hometown stuff. There was a guy who used to jog around – he's in there. There was a photographer at 924 Gilman Street [the Berkeley-punk coop where Green Day played many of their early shows]. He's in there.
It suggests that for all of the backlash you got in the hardcore-punk community for signing to a big record company, your first major-label album wasn't so far from your underground roots and ideals.
Anything someone said about us – I don't hold it against them, Maximum RockNRoll or anybody. A lot happens in 20 years. They gotta change too. They have to be responsible for the shit they do.
All I can do is be responsible for the shit I do, whatever happens. Their opinions. . . most people don't even think like that anymore. I can't hold someone's 15-year-old self against them forever.
What are your memories of first hearing Dookie? Fav songs?
@marykarrlit Boy, I'm stumped on that one. I don't like to think it's true, and there's an element of palpable bitchery there, but...— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 3, 2014
He was responding to @MaryKarrlit's tweet.
Sad news about Hoffman. Proves again a self-evident truth: don't fuck with the White Lady. White Lady always wins.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 3, 2014
@gravelmans1 Most ODs are suicide, when you get right down to it.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 3, 2014
Have no opinion on the accusations; hope they're not true. Probably used the wrong word.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 4, 2014
Sherlock may have met his toughest adversary yet with a number-obsessed vampire foe.
Don't worry though, because actor Benedict Cumberbatch will only come face to face with Sesame Street's The Count as this picture reveals.
PBS made the announcement on Twitter, writing: "Surprise! Benedict Cumberbatch sheds the serious Sherlock to share some laughs w/ these 2 - stay tuned! # Counterbatch."
Surprise! Benedict Cumberbatch sheds the serious Sherlock to share some laughs w/ these 2 - stay tuned! #Counterbatchpic.twitter.com/SWbhLezClX
— PBS (@PBS) January 31, 2014
The August: Osage County star will be in good company with The Count, as he's reportedly just signed up to star in Blood Mountain.
Cumberbatch is said to have agreed to star in the movie which will begin production in April in Morocco.
According to Variety, the Sergei Bodrov directed thriller, follows a private military contractor who is forced to personally escort one of the world’s most wanted terrorists over hostile terrain after his special forces team is ambushed and murdered.
The pair must then fight for survival against each other, as well as the insurgents and rival mercenaries hunting them.
Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill producer Lawrence Bender will co-produce alongside Nicola Horlick and James Gibb.
Jonathan W. Stokes wrote the original script, while John Romano made revisions.
Cumberbatch has made a successful transition into movies recently appearing in Star Trek Into the Darkness, The Hobbit, Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave and he's also reportedly been in talks for a role in the new Star Wars trilogy.
Mindy Kaling and two other guys on a chip break:
Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, and Chanel Iman cooking something:
Oprah and her friend having drinks for O's birthday:
Jessica Alba gets chocolate cupcakes from Justin Coit:
Beyonce has bananas and dairy-free chocolate for her vegan challenge:
Aziz Ansari has BBQ lunch in Austin:
Pink has a Bloody Mary:
Nicole Scherzinger has "about a dozen" sushi hand rolls after working out:
Nicky Hilton has a cronut for breakfast:
Super Bowl cookies:
Hilary Duff has a salad:
Shakira's and Gerard's anniversary cake:
Carly Rae Jepsen and her Broadway cast members get Cinderella cookies:
"Kris Jenner" bakes this:
Jasmine Tookes has dinner cooked by Master Chef Alexander. "Appetizer: Beef carpaccio with mint vinaigrette. Fresh goat cheese, toasted pine nuts and microgreen salad."
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have BBQ in the East Village:
Chrissy eating White Castle:
Chrissy and John preparing a Frito pie bar:
John eating the Fritos:
Chrissy eating the Fritos:
Lily Collins has sushi:
Has banana walnut bread with chocolate chips:
Tamera Mowry makes her son peanut butter and jelly sandwiches:
Tom Felton has frozen food:
Kevin Jonas eats this:
Carrie Underwood has desserts at some event:
Drew Barrymore makes spaghetti and meatballs:
Christina Milian has gumbo:
Actor and MMA star Jason David Frank has once again challenged CM Punk to step inside the octagon with him. He posted the following on Instagram earlier today:
"So now that CM punk is out of his contracts and wants to do MMA. Why not me? He already said he fight me. I got this on video from a fan. Come on CM punk we could make this a awesome fight. Plus his weight is way down. This is a recent pic. I'll make any weight to make this happen!!"
This is definitely not the first time the original Green Ranger has thrown down a challenge to the Second City Saint. It all stems from Frank mentioning he would like to fight Punk, and Punk accepting the challenge loosely at a Comic Con event in 2013.
I hope it happens so that I can see CM Punk put the GTS on him tbh
"Saturday Night Live" star Kenan Thompson has just been cast in the biggest role of his career -- daddy -- his wife is pregnant with their first child ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Christina Evangeline is a little more than 4 months preggers ... and they already know the baby's sex .... and it's not a boy.
We're told the couple -- who married in 2011 -- have been trying to get pregnant for a long time.
It’s estimated the One Direction boys will earn a record £611million during their upcoming Where We Are tour – and Harry Styles is already splurging out.
The 20-year-old cheeky chappy forked out a whopping £20,000 for a series of Hayden Kays prints recently.
A source exclusively told MailOnline all the artwork the star bought was 'love and sex related' and was ‘probably to decorate his new home’.
Each print cost the millionaire pop star £1000 – and with Harry buying 20 prints the total price of the expensive shop came to £20,000.
The star’s chosen prints surround the theme of love and humour, with each emblazoned with a phrase such as, ‘I will love you until the cold runs hot,’ and, ‘If I wasn’t straight I’d definitely be gay’. Another is a print of just seven words on a plain white background, simply saying: ‘I think about sex every sex words’.
The star has clearly honed in his taste in art, as the source revealed it’s not the first time the singer has purchased a Kays print. They said: ‘Back in 2012 he purchased another love-related piece after his split from Caroline Flack.’ The pair split in January 2012 after months of speculation and rumours surrounding their relationship, which involved a 15 year age gap.
It would seem Harry’s moved on from his former relationship, he’s now rumoured to be dating Kendall Jenner, but will forever appreciate Hayden Kays’ art work. The star, who recently turned 20, is set to embark on an 88-date tour later this year, seeing the One Direction boys become the first act to perform three consecutive nights at the 95,000-seat Rose Bowl stadium in California. One Direction have been predicted to become the most successful band in the world with earnings of a billion dollars a year – which is a lot of paintings for art connoisseur Harry.
I wish American Vogue would put directors on the cover.
Official video for Girls Chase Boys out now! But first let me just tell you where my head was in regards to this song.
Girls Chase Boys started out as a break up song but took on a deeper meaning as I continued writing. More than just being about my experience, its focus shifted to include the idea that, no matter who or how we love, we are all the same.
The video takes that idea one step further, and attempts to turn stereotypical gender roles on their head. Girls don't exclusively chase boys. We all know this! We all chase each other and in the end we are all chasing after the same thing: love. I hope you enjoy it! AHHH!
This queen decided to bless us with this.
According to the Daily Star, One Direction will debut a new cafe this Tuesday in Shibuya, Japan.
Despite the looming grand opening, we’ve yet to find official word on the restaurant’s name or exact location, but a source likens the venture to “the lads' version of Planet Hollywood.”
So what can Directioners expect from this little place of heaven?
Oh, you know, just some themed menu items, 1D tunes around the clock, and oodles of memorabilia and merchandising — we’re hoping for the classic 90s-style leather jackets, obviously.
If all goes well in Shibuya, One Direction's crew will reportedly look to London next, followed closely by international hubs such as New York, Berlin, and Paris. Ooh la la!
Considering the boys' Midas touch, your local Starbucks will probably be overrun by this time next year. But keep morning-after discussion of your "Midnight Memories" PG — according to the Daily Mail's source, “The cafe’s will be very child friendly for younger fans.”
Serving pre-teens caffeine with Zayn Malik’s face on the cup: your best idea yet, Simon Cowell! Parents around the world salute you.
Can't wait for the punny drink names -- Malik-iato? Va-Niall Latte?
Woody Allen and his lawyer may be painting Mia Farrow out to be a spiteful bitch for alleging Woody molested her daughter ... but Mia is on tape explaining how Dylan freely opened up about the sexual attack and she says Woody knows in his heart exactly what he did.
Farrow spoke exclusively with Rosanna Scotto -- WNYW Fox 5 anchor -- back in 1992, just after winning a bitter custody fight.
Farrow explains ... when Dylan started opening up about the abuse she spontaneously grabbed a camera and videotaped it.
And ... Farrow explains how she told Dylan that her dad was now her sister's "boyfriend."
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Michael Vick is in the news again, but this time it is because his scheduled appearance at a North Carolina “Evening of Champions” is being protested by thousands in a petition on Change.org. Vick is scheduled as a guest speaker, and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO, Harvey Schmitt, says that although the evening is not to recognize the controversial athlete, he does have an interesting story of personal redemption that is worth hearing.
In 2009, Vick was released after serving 19 months for his personal involvement in a violent dog fighting ring, and his road to redemption has been a rocky one ever since. Animal advocates along with over 66,000 other citizens are disappointed in the choice to bring Vick in as a keynote speaker after his sordid past, claiming that having him featured as a role model for impressionable youth at an event that celebrates sportsmanship and integrity is inappropriate and disheartening.
Everyone loves a comeback story, but will Vick ever be able to redeem himself in the public eye and in the hearts of animal advocates everywhere for his past transgressions? There is no doubt that the professional football player is polarizing. Let’s hope that personal redemption is possible and that Vick’s past experiences will create some future good.
After teaming up successfully -- critically and financially -- for The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are partnering again. This time, they will tell the true story of Richard Jewell, the security guard who went from hero to suspect at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Fox has picked up the rights to the Vanity Fair article The Ballad of Richard Jewell, written by Marie Brenner, for the duo to star in.
DiCaprio will produce the adaptation with his partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Hill and Kevin Misher, who initially optioned the material.
Jewell was working as a security guard at the '96 Summer Games when he discovered a backpack containing pipe bombs, subsequently sounding the alarm and helping to clear the area. However, the bomb did detonate, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.
Initially hailed as a hero, Jewell was soon the prime suspect, as the FBI searched his home twice. A media frenzy painted him as an overweight failed cop and mama's boy, and he became the punchline for late-night jokes.
After being raked over the coals by the media, Jewell was cleared, but the damage had been done. Lawsuits followed (against NBC and CNN, among several others), and the FBI and other government agencies were forced to make public apologies.
Jewell, who did work as a police officer and a sheriff's deputy, died in 2007 at the age of 44 due to health issues linked to his weight.
The project is in development, and the goal is for Hill to play Jewell and DiCaprio to play Jewell's attorney.
The Wolf of Wall Street has grossed $103 million domestically and $226 million worldwide, while also nabbing five Oscar nominations, including ones for DiCaprio and Hill in the acting categories.
Super Bowl party buddies alert?!
Leonardo DiCaprio and model Nina Agdal were both partying at Club Avenue in New York until the early hours of Monday morning after the big football game on Sunday, and were seen leaving the city hot spot together at 5 a.m. These two sure know how to rally!
The Wolf of Wall Street star was dressed in a black leather jacket over a navy top, jeans and blue canvas shoes, along with a gray tweed cap, channeling his inner Great Gatsby. Nina, on the other hand, stayed covered with a black coat and strappy black heels.
Leo and Nina got into the same car when leaving the club, and attempted (but failed) to hide from the shutterbugs snapping pictures from outside the vehicle. DiCaprio ducked down in the front passenger seat, while Agdal's legs were seen in the backseat as she lay down.
Prior to their all-night bash, DiCaprio was enjoying the Super Bowl with his boys in a box suite at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, (and we now know how much one of those cost!).
Where Agdal enjoyed the game is still a mystery, but the bombshell actually participated in a little pigskin herself. Agdal, along with a number of other celebs, played in the DirecTV Beach Bowl. Nina shared a few photos from the event and wrote, "Had the greatest time at #beachbowl @directv go blue!!"
The 39-year-old actor is dating 21-year-old model Toni Garrn, and the pair was seen getting their smooch on at the CAA Golden Globes after-party at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood last month.
Meanwhile, the Sports Illustrated beauty has been cozying up to The Wanted's Max George for quite some time now. The singer gushed about his 21-year-old ladylove in late October, saying, "She makes me laugh. She's so funny and daft. She's not at all high-maintenance—she just likes to have fun. She's just a mate and obviously, yes, she's absolutely stunning."
Bradley and Toni weep :(
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Revealing a great deal of new behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews, hit the jump and check out the exclusive look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier from the Thor: The Dark World blu-ray!
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