Few bands can claim they’re more vital to the pop-punk genre than Green Day. With the release of their 1994 album Dookie, the band went on to travel the world, sell tens of millions of records, and are now touring stadiums next year with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Obviously, they’re still pretty big.
However, the band hit a rough patch with the release of their 2000 album, Warning. An experimental album that “only” went Gold in the USA, the record was a bit of a shock even for longtime fans – especially those used to Green Day writing short and fast 3-minute pop-punk songs. While it’s actually a really solid record, it’s not a surprise that it didn’t resonate as much with music fans. However, underestimating Green Day was a bad idea – especially when they emerged 4 years later with their American Idiot album.