Crude or Profane Language
Drug and Alcohol Content
Other Negative Elements
Dark tracks painted with large brush strokes of apathy, hopelessness, boredom and despair dominate this disc ("Pulling Teeth," "Longview," "Burnout"). Other obscenity-laced themes include self-diagnosed insanity ("Basket Case," "Having a Blast"), retreating into pornography and illicit sex ("Longview," "Basket Case," "F.O.D.") and self-loathing ("Sassafrass Roots"). Musical and visual images of drug use also appear. On "Chump" and "Having a Blast," the singer hatefully blames others for his woeful plight, even to the point of murdering them ("I'm taking all you down with me . . . no one is getting out alive").
The band's appearance at Woodstock '94 seemed to temporarily boost Green Day's popularity. Too bad. Dookie (slang for excrement) is, itself, nihilistic waste.