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Kerplunk!
Kerplunk
Album cover

Released

January 17, 1992

Recorded

May-September 1991 at Art of Ears Studios in San Francisco, California

Length

33:58 (LP)

42:09 (CD)

Label

Lookout!, Reprise, Epitaph

Producer

Andy Ernst and Green Day

Kerplunk! is the second full-length album by Green Day. It was released on January 17, 1992 on Lookout! Records. Kerplunk! was their last release on an independent label and was also the first album to feature their current band lineup with Tré Cool on drums. The album went on to become one of the highest-selling indie albums ever. Major labels took notice of Kerplunk!'s phenomenal popularity and many 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 would record and release their third album Dookie (1994), which would become a landmark album of the 1990s with over 10 million units sold in the U.S. alone.

The album officially includes only 12 tracks, but the versions released on CD and cassette also include the 4 tracks from the Sweet Children EP.

As of November 2006, Kerplunk has sold 699,001 units in the US, and over 4 million worldwide.

In August 2005, Green Day pulled this album, as well as all of their other material released through the label, from Lookout! due to unpaid royalties. It was reissued by Reprise Records, who Green Day has been with since leaving Lookout!, on January 9, 2007. Note that in Europe, the album was released by Epitaph Europe, and has remained in print. In December 2007, Blender magazine ranked Kerplunk! #47 on their list, "The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever."

Track listing

All lyrics written by Billie Joe Armstrong, except where noted. Music by Green Day.

  1. "2,000 Light Years Away" (music written 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
  4. "Christie Road"                                                                                                                          3:33
  5. "Private Ale"                                                                                                                              2:26
  6. "Dominated Love Slave" (lyrics written by Tré Cool)                                                                                                     1:42
  7. "One of My Lies"                                                                                                                       2:19
  8. "80"                                                                                                                                         3:39
  9. "Android"                                                                                                                                 3:00
  10. "No One Knows"                                                                                                                       3:39
  11. "Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?"                                                                                                  2:44
  12. "Words I Might Have Ate"                                                                                                          2:32

Bonus tracks

The following tracks are only available on the CD release. They were first released on the Sweet Children EP.

  1. "Sweet Children"                                                                                                                     1:41
  2. "Best Thing in Town" (lyrics written by Armstrong and Mike Dirnt)                                                          2:03
  3. "Strangeland"                                                                                                                          2:08
  4. "My Generation" (lyrics and music written by Pete Townshend; originally performed by The Who)                     2:14

Personnel

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