MUSIC: The Young and Screwed-Up

Green Day's explosive CD is the best rock release of the year

If the members of Green Day ever tour Singapore, they'll all probably end up as candidates for caning. The punk trio's new CD, Dookie, is immature ("I'm not growing up, I'm/ just burning out," run the lyrics to Burnout, the opening song), rude ("I don't know you/ But, I think I hate you," the band sings on Chump) and violently threatening in a he-was-such-a-nice-boy-before- he-shot-the-senior-class kind of way (Having a Blast goes, "I'm taking all you down with me/ Explosives duct taped to my spine"). But bad attitudes often make for good rock 'n' roll. Green Day takes its adolescent snottiness...

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