Flashback to Green Day Blasting 'Basket Case' Live On Letterman in 1994

Flashback to Green Day Blasting 'Basket Case' Live On Letterman in 1994

Posted 1 Nov 2021
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Punk rockers Green Day have shared a 1994 recording of Basket Case from their upcoming BBC Live Sessions LP, arriving December 10 (pre-order here). The news inspired us to go digging in the archives to bring you this awesome performance of the Dookie hit live on the David Letterman Show from the same year. 

When it was first released in 1994, Dookie didn’t just propel Green Day to fame, it turned them into an international phenomenon. The bratty and brazen themes were a natural progression from the raw honesty of grunge, and the album has often been credited with bringing punk rock to mainstream popularity in its wake. Dookie won the band the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album in 1995. 

They might look babies but looking back at this fierce performance, it's clear they came bursting out of the gate with all the intensity and commitment of a band that seems sure they’ll be doing this for decades to come. 

Green Day | “Basket Case” [Live on Letterman 1994]

Check out the newly shared BBC Live Sessions recording of Basket Case, recorded on June 8th at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in London, just a few months after the release of Dookie, below. 

Green Day | 'Basket Case' [BBC Live Sessions]


Between 1994 and 2001, Green Day would visit the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in London four times. As well as Dookie, subsequent sessions saw the band support their follow-up releases, Insomniac in 1996, Nimrod in 1998 and Warning in 2001. This compilation documents those sessions, and, newly remastered, is the first time these recordings have been made available to fans. 

BBC Sessions will be available in CD, digital and limited-edition 2-LP vinyl, including a coloured pink and blue vinyl version exclusive to the band’s online store and limited to 10,000 copies worldwide. Check out the tracklisting and pre-order BBC Sessions, here.


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