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Today we’re taking a look at some of the best covers of punk rock band Green Day’s 1994 classic Basket Case. The song is from their 1994 album Dookie which at the time was their 1st major label release & propelled the band to Worldwide success. Now 33 years since their inception, Green Day are still at the top of their game & Basket Case continues to be one of their most popular songs.
The video was recorded in an actual abandoned mental institution in California. The song is about lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong’s struggles with anxiety. Apparently the video was originally recorded in back & white but bassist Mike Dirnt added in the colour later on.
Onto the covers. Each brings their musical genre/style & and puts their own unique mark on it.
Minority 905 is a 4-piece pop-punk band from Canada formed in 2013. Being big fans of Green Day they even named their band after the song “Minority”. For this cover the band largely keeps things true to the original but they do add in their own guitar solo which seems to be their thing when it comes to covers.
Nicotine is a punk rock band from Chiba, Japan formed sometime around 1993 & still going strong. Sometimes referred to as the Japanese NOFX, this cover has a harder edge with a few elements of thrash metal thrown in.
The album this cover features on is called School of Liberty.
Bastille are an indie pop band who formed in 2010 in London, UK. Their cover puts an interesting spin on things by adding in string arrangements combined with a light dance rhythm. No guitars here but the result is worth hearing.
The cover was a single & doesn’t appear on any Bastille album.
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