Shenanigans

Shenanigans

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by Green Day
     
 

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For a lesser band, a compendium of B-sides and previously unreleased material might not amount to much, but veteran punk troublemakers Green Day have always exceeded expectations despite their bratty-boy demeanor. Contrary to its winking title, Shenanigans boasts lots of surprisingly stellar musical moments. A cover of the Kinks' "Tired of Waiting for You"…  See more details below

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For a lesser band, a compendium of B-sides and previously unreleased material might not amount to much, but veteran punk troublemakers Green Day have always exceeded expectations despite their bratty-boy demeanor. Contrary to its winking title, Shenanigans boasts lots of surprisingly stellar musical moments. A cover of the Kinks' "Tired of Waiting for You" replicates the original's swooning charm, while the hypercharged surf instrumental "Espionage" (which previously appeared on the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) barrels along with the intensity of prime Ventures. Most of the tunes fall neatly into place among the trio's punk-pop hits -- "Suffocate" boasts a hellaciously catchy chorus, and "I Wanna Be on TV" bounces along with proto-Ramones verve. The set, which makes a nice bookend to last year's International Superhits! compilation, ends on a high note, with the previously unreleased -- and mighty surly -- "Ha Ha You're Dead."

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Shenanigans is the companion piece to 2001's International Superhits. Where that compilation collected Green Day's singles, this rounds up the B-sides and such ephemera as soundtrack compilations, gathering the best (plus the new "Ha Ha You're Dead") for a 14-track trek through the band's alternate history. Now, any serious rock listener knows that B-sides don't necessarily mean subpar material, and such '90s bands as Oasis and Suede have had B-sides every bit as good as the material that made the official albums, and their subsequent B-sides albums have been gems in their discographies. This is largely because both bands had prime periods where everything they did pretty much turned to gold. Green Day never quite had an equivalent prime period. After they made their mark with Dookie, they maintained a high level of quality, constantly expanding their vision and refining their craft with each album, but they never had a time where they burned so brightly they couldn't fit all the great songs onto the proper albums and had to spill 'em out over the B-sides. Green Day knew what their best songs were, and apart from "J.A.R.," which they threw out to the Angus soundtrack, they kept 'em on the albums, and they turned out material for B-sides largely because they had to; that was the game in the '90s -- you had to make sure the multi-part singles in the U.K. had unique material, and if a soundtrack came calling, you had to ante up. So, the songs that comprise Shenanigans are an appealing mixed bag since they were, by and large, songs Green Day finished because they had to. Since they're an excellent, restless band, there's variety here -- bits of surf rock, classic British Invasion, classic British punk, and singalong pop -- nothing is less than enjoyable, and some of it is quite good. But it's never terrific, revelatory, or amazing, giving the dedicated fans songs they just can't live without (to reduce it to the Oasis/Suede terms, no "Acquiesce," no "My Insatiable One"). It's fun, to be sure, especially for the fans who are the compilation's target audience, but everything here sounds like the classic definition of B-sides -- good and familiar, but not as good as what made the album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/2002
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624820826
catalogNumber:
48208
Rank:
11840

Tracks

  1. Suffocate
  2. Desensitized
  3. You Lied
  4. Outsider
  5. Don't Wanna Fall in Love
  6. Espionage
  7. Scumbag
  8. I Want to Be on T.V.
  9. Tired Of Waiting For You
  10. Sick of Me
  11. Rotting
  12. Do Da Da
  13. On the Wagon
  14. Ha Ha You're Dead

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Green Day   Primary Artist
Tre Cool   Drums,Vocals
Billie Joe   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Dirnt   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Davies   Composer
Ken Allardyce   Engineer
Green Day   Composer,Producer
Tom Flynn   Composer
Steve Hall   Mastering
Richard Huredia   Engineer
Neill King   Engineer
Billy Kinsley   Engineer
Robert Vosgien   Mastering,Remastering
Kevin Army   Engineer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction
Bernd Burgdorf   Engineer
Bob Lugwig   Mastering
Sam McBride   Composer
Billie Joe Armstrong   Composer
Mike Dy   Engineer
William Samuels   Engineer
Chris Dugan   Engineer
Wesley Seidman   Engineer

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Shenanigans 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Green Day.... Green Day.... Green day.... Really, do you need to say anything else? Warning may have been a little weak for the punk trio (despite a number of strong songs on the album) and also a bit different in style and demeanor, but this cd will remind anybody that these three guys are still Green Day and they still kick serious arse. The best tracks here are ''Suffocate'', ''Don't Wanna Fall in Love'', ''I Wanna be on TV'', ''Tired of Waiting For You'', and ''Ha Ha You're Dead''. ''Scumbag'' rocks too and nothing here will disappoint you. I love it (you will too), it's Green Day, and I cannot wait for another album of new songs to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is Green Day's rare songs. All of which I have heard underground before this album was released. Not all are old rare tunes. The only new one is ''Ha Ha You're Dead'' a really great tune, written my bassist Mike Dirnt. It also freatures the new radio hit ''Desensitized''. It also has great songs like ''Suffocate'' & ''Do Da Da''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With Billie Joe's sexy voice, Tre`'s amazing drumming to Mike's hot electric bass skills, this CD is perfect just like all the rest. All the songs are perfect and there is not just one good song, their all good. So when Green Day came about it was all good.
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