Here is a breakdown of non-album Green Day tracks released since 2004 along with the producer and or engineer.
I Fought The Law (Uncredited, unless anyone knows otherwise)
Favorite Son (Rob Cavallo/Doug McKean, according to the Japanese version of American Idiot)
Too Much Too Soon (Reto Peter)
Shoplifter (Chris Dugan/Reto Peter)
Governator (Chris Dugan/Reto Peter)
Lights Out (Chris Dugan)
Hearts Collide (Chris Dugan)
Aside from the first two tracks, this easily proves that none of these songs come from the actual recording sessions for either American Idiot or 21st Century Breakdown. Given their similarities, I'd say that these were recorded around 2002/2003, probably around or at the same time as the sessions for "Money Money 2020." Lights Out and Hearts Collide may have also been recorded around the time "Stop Drop And Roll" was recorded. Could we really be hearing the "lost album" without even knowing it? My theory is that the master tapes were never "accidentally" thrown away. The band probably just decided to start over, and the songs that weren't worth re-recording could simply be issued as b-sides. Either that or perhaps they were just demos of some sort that were good enough to release.
Any thoughts, opinions, or theories?
Edited by Insomniac186, 13 May 2009 - 12:46 AM.