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Green Day Releasing Demos From Albums Nobody Cares About

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For this year’s Record Store Day, Green Day will  release an 18-song collection of demos culled from a trio of recent albums that nobody paid much attention to. 

‘Demolicious’ will include demo versions of some of the songs that ended up on the band’s three most recent albums — ‘Uno!’, ‘Dos!’ and ‘Tre!’ — which were released within months of each other. Music fans pretty much stayed away from the records when they were released over a six-month stretch in 2012. Which begs the question, Who asked for more?

After 2009’s ’21st Century Breakdown’ — another ambitious rock opera in the vein of the career-revitalizing ‘American Idiot’ — Green Day decided to get back to basics and scale down their vision. But for some reason, they also decided to release three separate albums of new material around the same time.

Perhaps it was too much all at once, or maybe nobody cared for the 37 short, snappy songs. Whatever the case, all three albums came and went without much notice. And then, as if to add more fuel to the dying fire, a documentary on the making of the three albums called ‘Cuatro’ was released.

The new collection, due on April 19, is, we can only hope, the final word on this chapter of the band’s career. In December 2012, a less-than-confident Billie Joe Armstrong told Billboard, “I believe people want to hear this kind of music, that people want to hear records that have a story. Or maybe they don’t. I have no idea.”

Well, Armstrong got his answer. But Green Day have been down for the count before. ‘Warning,’ which came out in 2000, fell way short of the multi-platinum numbers the band scored with 1994’s breakthrough ‘Dookie.’ But they followed up four years later with ‘American Idiot,’ which made them stars all over again.

So whether or not anyone wants to hear a bunch of outtakes and demos for songs that nobody seemed to care about in the first place is up for fans to decide. We have a feeling that no matter how all this shakes out, there’s probably another rock opera or two in Green Day’s future.

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