GREEN DAY Shenanigans (Warner) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Shiny happy goofballs Green Day have been hit-and-miss over the years, so it's a surprise that much of this collection of mostly B-sides and vinyl single cuts is pretty decent. The perfectly pedestrian first three tracks lead into a cover of the Ramones' Outsider, which confirms my belief that Ramones tunes are best left to the Ramones. But then things pick up with the cowpunk Don't Wanna Fall In Love, followed by a surf/spy track, Espionage. From then on, it's up and down, the high point being the cover of the Kinks classic Tired Of Waiting. You might find yourself skipping around, but it's interesting to see what you never got to hear, even if the reason is glaringly obvious.