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Kerplunk! by Green Day
Released: Jan 1992
Label: Reprise
Released two years before their major label debut, Green Day's second LP showcases them in fine form. Catchy from the start with highlight "2000 Light Years Away," the album never loses momentum as Billie Joe's crooked-mouth snarl and Tre and Mike's rhythmic assaults provide just enough restlessness to keep listeners on alert. Honing the snap, crackle and pop of their quick-witted punk that's both snotty and endearing, songs like "Welcome to Paradise" (a future Dookie single), "Christie Road," "80" and "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?" point to what would soon take over MTV.
Stephanie Benson