“On Longview I used a Gibson bass. Then I broke the neck in half”: Mike Dirnt on the making of Green Day’s breakthrough single

Mike Dirnt of Green Day
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It’s the perfect musical success story: three guys get together, write a bunch of noisy songs, get signed, and wake up to discover their debut album has snagged Time magazine’s award for best rock record of the year. That’s exactly what happened to Green Day, the punk trio from Berkley, California. 

Dookie was a fixture on the charts for months and contains what many regard as the best of the early ‘90s post-punk, post-grunge songs by any artist. But what it lacks in stylistic diversity and sophistication, it makes up for in raw energy.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.