Watch Green Day Tear Through 'Basket Case' Live On 'Letterman' in 1994

Watch Green Day Tear Through 'Basket Case' Live On 'Letterman' in 1994

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Green Day circa 1994. Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images.

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

The up and coming legends might look like baby-faced teens in this blazing performance of Basket Case on The Letterman Show, however, the unwavering ferocity of their delivery makes it clear this band have no doubts they will be doing this for decades to come. Watch below. 

Green Day | 'Basket Case' [Letterman, 1994]

Last year, Green Day released an archival LP titled BBC Live Sessions LP, and with it, a rare version of Basket Case, recorded on June 8th at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in London, just a few months after the release of Dookie

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

Between 1994 and 2001, Green Day would visit the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. Along with Dookie, subsequent sessions saw the band support their follow-up releases, Insomniac in 1996, Nimrod in 1998 and Warning in 2001. The BBC Sessions compilation documents those sessions in a newly remastered format, available to fans for the very first time. 

BBC Sessions is 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. Get BBC Sessions, here.


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