Today, Kerplunk turns 21. It was Green Day's second album released in 1992 through Lookout Records. It was recorded in spring and fall of 1991.
The songs were tuned by ear, and are just below EB
As of August 2010, Kerplunk had sold 753,000 units in the US and 1,000,000 units worldwide
"My Adventure with Green Day" by Laurie L., featured in the Kerplunk booklet, is a poke at Larry Livermore, or Larry L.
2000 Light Years Away was written by Green Day, Jesse Michaels, Pete Rypins and Dave "E.C." Henwood. Jesse Michaels was the front man of Operation Ivy and did the cover art for 39/Smooth and Slappy. Dave was Green Day's drummer 87-88, and Pete Rypins was the bass player for bay area bands Crimpshrine and Tilt. (Mike used to often wear a Tilt shirt 1994). Billie and these guys jammed out the riff, so they were credited.
One for the Razorbacks is about a girl from Fayetteville, Arkansas, named Juliet
Christie Road was written for Billie's Girlfriend, Erica Paleno, and her mom. "'I would steal his notebooks, his lyric books,' she confesses. 'I still have them, but they're tucked away. There's the original version of 'Christie Road', which he wrote for my mom and me. It's about meeting him at the train tracks and sneaking out of the house because my mom didn't let me'"-Erica Paleno, when interviewed for Nobody Likes You by Marc Spitz
The back of the Kerplunk booklet thanks Billie's parents, Larry Livermore, John Kiffmeyer (their original drummer), Tim Armstrong of Operation Ivy and Rancid, Aaron Cometbus or Pinhead Gunpowder, Sean Hughes (GD's first bassist and Billie's close friend), James Washburn (GD's roadie who would beat up skinheads, nicknamed "Brainstew"), Adrienne Nesser (Billie's future wife), Jason Relva (JAR, Mike's close friend who died in a car accident), Pinhead Gunpowder, Kain Kong (The bassist of Tre's first band, The Lookouts), Amanda (Yes, THE Amanda), Tim Yohannan (924 Gilman's founder), Mrs. Fiataroni (Billie's piano teacher, Maria), Some guy named "Osama" (9-11?)
And that is my contribution for my favorite Green Day album. I hope you guys can contribute with some nice facts, and birthday wishes. Don't close this thread, because it took me like 30 minutes to read through all my shit and write this.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR KERPLUNKY!!!!
And Sweet Children, Best Thing In Town, Strangeland, and My Generation aren't on Keplunk, so I don't want to hear shit about them.
(If I wanted a Sweet Children thread, I'd make one. And believe me, I want one!)