Green Day Look Back At Stoned Dookie Creation

(TeamRock Radio) Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong admits many of the key decisions that led to their breakthrough 20 years ago were made while they were high.

The band's third album Dookie was released in February 1994 and propelled them from underground outfit to world-class act in a matter of months. They were the subject of a bidding war between labels before deciding to sign with Reprise - but Armstrong tells Rolling Stone: "We were probably stoned. I've got to say that; we were always high. It was this foggy process of elimination."

Naming the album after toilet-droppings was another drug-induced choice. "It was a stoner thing, it really was," Armstrong says. "... 'Hey man, wouldn't it be funny if...'"

That carried on to commissioning artist Richie Bucher to create the artwork. "We gave the title to Richie, he was like, 'Okay.' We get it back and it's dogs exploding sh*t all over Berkeley. It was one of those impulsive moments - and we were like, 'F*** it!'"

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