Last month on Dookie's 20th birthday, Rolling Stone posted an article that featured an interview with Billie Joe and Rob Cavallo who talked about the successes and story behind, arguably, the band's biggest album to date, Dookie.
This month, Rolling Stone will release a more in-depth article about the story of Dookie, featuring more quotes from Billie Joe and Rob as well as quotes from Mike, and Tré. The feature is titled "The Dookie Chronicles" and will hit newsstands on March 13th.
The article, written by David Fricke, touches on how the band chose to sign with Cavallo and Reprise, the recording of the album, the promotion and support, as well as preparing for Insomniac, the band's highly anticipated follow up.
After the break are a few select quotes from the article as well as some interesting bits and pieces.
Rob Cavallo on the title of the album:
"Back then, 'dookie' meant four or five different things. It meant money, marijuana. And it meant shit. It was quintessential punk rock."
Billie Joe's reflection on the name of the album:
"Would I name a record 'Dookie' again? Fuck, no."
Cavallo and Fricke reviewing the record process and techniques of the album:
"Armstrong, Dirnt and Cool played together, rarely needing more than three takes, with Cavallo keeping Cool's drum tracks. Guitars and vocals were overdubbed. Everything, including mixing, was done in five weeks. 'Billie sang all of his parts in two days - the whole album,' Cavallo says. 'He got on the mic and was killing it.'"
Mike on people saying the band "sold out:"
"For me, selling out would have been going back to flipping burgers, heating installation and painting. Do I want to live a life where I care about something? Or do I want to live a life where everyone around me is miserable too?"
Billie Joe reflecting on the impact of "She" and "Basket Case."
"I will play 'She' for the rest of my life. I love that song, and I think it has aged well with me. 'Basket Case' too, for the opposite reason - it's about other people now. When I look at people as we play that song, they're having their own moment. At that point, I'm the audience."
Billie Joe on Dookie's lasting impact:
"We got to be part of something where people were digging deeper into themselves, in rock & roll, more than they had in a long time. And it was noticed."
"The Dookie Chronicles" hits newsstands March 13th.