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1995 was all about Dookie

January 23, 2017

Let me take you back to 1995.

Sony released the first PlayStation while Mortal Kombat 3 took all your quarters.

James Bond returned as Pierce Brosnan, Houston was told there was a problem, and Nicholas Cage won an Oscar for Best Actor.  (No, that’s not a misprint.)

And the music world was full grunge, MTV Jock Jams, gangsta rap and the brand new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Steven Adler was arraigned on a felony count of possession of heroin and related charged.  Not to be outdone, Scott Weiland was arrested for possession of heroin and cocaine. 

Michael Jackson released HIStory and continued to creep out anyone with functioning eyes.

Kiss performed on MTV’s “Unplugged”, allowing an entirely new generation to realize that they weren’t that good.

Both Skee-Lo and I wished we were taller.  Bone Thuggs-N-Harmony met us at tha Crossroad.

We even heard brand new material from The Beatles, as an old recording of John Lennon singing “Free As A Bird” and the plot of the movie “Weekend At Bernie’s” combined to make a new song.

We lost some notable musicians, including Jerry Garcia, who died at age 53.  It’s remarkable considering that at 53, he lived to about 129 in Grateful Dead years.  Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon overdosed on cocaine and forever ruined the happiness that comes along with seeing a girl in a bee costume.

But we were introduced to some new musicians, too.  Tens of thousands of girls who wrote bad poetry and knew someone with a guitar found a kindred spirit as the world met Jewel.  Hanson released their debut album as a warning shot for the horrors about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public.

And Green Day released Dookie.

Before Green Day, Dookie was what new parents would call a dirty diaper.

After its release, Dookie became a seminal moment in late 20th Century rock music.  It didn’t start a punk renaissance, but it did cause tens of thousands of teenagers to buy ridiculous hair dye colors.  Guitar straps were loosened.  Studded necklaces were the hot items at the mall and everyone got welcomed to paradise.

Dookie was great for music.  The biggest songs of the year were Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Shaggy’s “Boombastic,” Take That’s “Back For Good,” and Michael Jackson’s “You Are Not Alone.” 

Having Green Day enter the fray was like being stuck at a horribly boring Thanksgiving dinner with relatives all over the age of 60, and then seeing your favorite cousin walk in the door.  It meant there were options and that everything was going to be okay.

The songs were about boredom and smoking dope, raging out, masturbation, and everything else adolescent boys think about when they’re not eating fistfuls of Doritos.

That year, the Grammy for Album Of The Year went to Tony Bennett’s “MTV Unplugged”

But we all know that in 1995, the only album that mattered was Dookie.