Kerplunk is the second studio album by American rock band Green Day, released on December 17, 1991 by Lookout! Records. Kerplunk was Green Day's last independent release on the Lookout Records label, and was also the first album to feature Tré Cool on drums. The album sold 10,000 copies its first day and became Lookout!'s biggest selling release. After debuting it to their fans in the Berkeley, California, area and receiving much approval from the critical 924 Gilman Street crowd, the band packed up in a cramped, converted Bookmobile and headed east. Green Day developed a fan base on the east coast by way of the determined grassroots efforts of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The opportunity paid off as album sales reached over 50,000 copies. Along with the successful live shows, major labels took notice of Kerplunk's phenomenal popularity. As a result, many labels approached the band. Green Day realized that they had outgrown their record distribution capacity with Lookout! and eventually signed with Reprise Records. With Reprise, Green Day recorded and released their next album Dookie (1994). Kerplunk officially includes only 12 tracks, but the versions released on CD and cassette also include the 4 tracks from the Sweet Children EP. One of those tracks is a cover of The Who's "My Generation".
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|Recorded||May – September 1991|
|Studio||Art of Ears Studios, San Francisco, California|
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|Singles from Kerplunk|
In August 2005, Green Day pulled the album – as well as all of their other material released through the Lookout! label – due to unpaid royalties. It was reissued on CD by Reprise Records, who Green Day has been with since leaving Lookout!, on January 9, 2007. In Europe, the album was released by Epitaph Europe, and has remained in print. It was reissued on vinyl on March 24, 2009 by Reprise Records and includes a reissue of the Sweet Children EP. There were no official singles released from the album, although "2000 Light Years Away" and "Christie Road" were released as mock-up singles in a Green Day singles box set entitled Green Day: Ultimate Collectors. In November 2017, to coincide with the band's second compilation Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band, a music video was released for "2000 Light Years Away". As of November 2013, Kerplunk has sold more than 1,000,000 copies in the United States and more than 4,000,000 copies worldwide. The album has gone on to be among the best selling independently released albums of all time.
Kerplunk was banned from certain stores because of the cover art. The cover features a mostly white picture (with some green added in) of a high school girl with a gun that has been fired. On the back cover, there is a boy lying on the ground with a gunshot wound on his back.
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AllMusic regards Kerplunk as the "perfect dry run" for the band's later mainstream appeal, saying it contains "both more variety and more flat-out smashes than previous releases had shown." Pitchfork Media states "All in all, it's a magnitude better than its predecessor and only a hair behind the follow up."
|1.||"2000 Light Years Away" (music composed by Green Day, Jesse Michaels, Pete Rypins and Dave "E.C." Henwood)||2:24|
|2.||"One for the Razorbacks"||2:30|
|3.||"Welcome to Paradise"||3:30|
|6.||"Dominated Love Slave" (lyrics written by Tré Cool)||1:42|
|7.||"One of My Lies"||2:19|
|10.||"No One Knows"||3:39|
|11.||"Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?"||2:44|
|12.||"Words I Might Have Ate"||2:32|
|Bonus tracks (CD & cassette only)|
|14.||"Best Thing in Town" (lyrics written by Armstrong and Mike Dirnt)||2:03|
|16.||"My Generation" (lyrics and music written by Pete Townshend; originally performed by The Who)||2:19|
Adapted from the album liner notes.
- Billie Joe Armstrong – lead vocals, guitar, drums on "Dominated Love Slave"
- Mike Dirnt – bass, backing vocals
- Tré Cool – drums, lead vocals and guitar on "Dominated Love Slave"
- Al Sobrante – drums on bonus tracks "Sweet Children", "Best Thing in Town", "Strangeland" and "My Generation"
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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