'Green Day: Rock Band': We've got a preview plus the exclusive 47-song track list!

green-day-rock-bandIn 1994, Green Day’s Dookie was in heavy rotation in my elementary-school hallways. I also seem to recall video games being a big deal in my circle of acquaintance at that time. So I’m pretty sure I would have been the king of the fourth grade if I had possessed some sort of video game that involved playing “Longview” and “Basket Case.” Well, as of this summer, all I’ll need is a hot tub time machine to make that scenario come true, because MTV Games is about to drop Green Day: Rock Band, the franchise’s second band-specific game after last year’s awesome The Beatles: Rock Band. I stopped by MTV’s Times Square offices recently to check out the game, which arrives in stores June 8 and was developed by Harmonix, the same company that created the other Rock Bands.

The game boasts 47 playable songs — take a look at the full list after the jump, exclusively at the Music Mix. At its core you’ll notice three albums from Green Day’s discography. “The key to putting it together ended up being [2004’s] American Idiot,” Harmonix project director Chris Foster told me. “They’re doing a musical based on the album, which is a story that goes from start to finish. We didn’t want to pick and choose songs from that. So we made the call for the first time in one of our games to have the full album on disc. Then we were like, well, [2009’s] 21st Century Breakdown is also meant to be heard that way… So that gave us a second album. And then Alex Rigopulos, our CEO, heard about that, and he was like, ‘Why the hell aren’t you putting Dookie on there?’ To which we were like, ‘Uh, yes sir!’ It was a no-brainer.”

Dookie and American Idiot wound up intact in the game; twelve songs from 21st Century Breakdown are included automatically, while six others, which were already available for purchase in Rock Band and Rock Band 2, will remain that way. However, players who have already bought those 21CB tunes can import them into this game free of charge. In addition, the game also includes a handful of key Green Day hits from other albums, like “Brain Stew” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).”

green-day-rock-band2The game uses three distinct virtual venues to represent different eras of Green Day’s career. American Idiot is set at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, England, where the band’s live DVD Bullet in a Bible was recorded. 21st Century Breakdown gets the Fox Theater in the band’s home territory of Oakland, Calif., where they played a memorable gig last spring. (“We put the stuff from their main show into that little theater, including pyro that would burn the place down if you actually used it in that space,” Foster laughed.) At the band’s suggestion, Harmonix created a fictional hole in the wall called The Warehouse for Dookie, as a composite of the “house parties and squats” where they regularly jammed before making it big.

After testing out a few choice tunes with Foster and a couple of MTV publicists, I can tell you that Green Day: Rock Band would have blown my 11-year-old mind. The basic gameplay is similar to any Rock Band game, which is to say it’s a total blast if you like Green Day. Those pop-punk anthems are every bit as fun to pretend-play using plastic instruments as you’d imagine. Green Day insisted on carrying over the three-part vocal harmony capabilities from The Beatles: Rock Band to their game, which is a plus. The visuals are pretty cool, too. New motion-capture technology lets the game’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool avatars move around the digital stage more freely, even stage-diving and crowd-surfing at key moments. Hardcore fans will appreciate the attention to detail: “[The band members] had their road crews take photos of their tattoos and sent those all to us,” Foster said, “and then we actually did historical research to figure out what tattoos happened when, so we could peel them back to get the ’94 and 2004 versions of the characters right.” And with access to MTV’s extensive vaults of Green Day footage, the game’s designers were able to include all sorts of rare performances and interviews as unlockable rewards.

Check out the full track list for Green Day: Rock Band below, then let us know: Are you psyched for this game? Which songs do you think would be the most fun to play?

green-day-rock-band3Green Day: Rock Band track list

The Warehouse

Dookie (1994)
“Having a Blast”
“Welcome to Paradise”
“Pulling Teeth”
“Basket Case”
“Sassafrass Roots”
“When I Come Around”
“Coming Clean”
“Emenius Sleepus”
“In the End”

Milton Keynes

American Idiot (2004)
“American Idiot”
“Jesus of Suburbia”
“Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
“Are We the Waiting”
“St. Jimmy”
“Give Me Novacaine”
“She’s a Rebel”
“Extraordinary Girl”
“Wake Me Up When September Ends”

Warning (2000)

Nimrod (1997)
“Hitchin’ a Ride”
“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
“Nice Guys Finish Last”

Insomniac (1995)
“Brain Stew”
“Geek Stink Breath”

The Fox Theater, Oakland

21st Century Breakdown(2009)
“Song of the Century”
“21st Century Breakdown”
“Before the Lobotomy”
“Last Night on Earth”
“Murder City”
“¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)”
“Restless Heart Syndrome”
“Horseshoes and Handgrenades”
“The Static Age”
“American Eulogy”
“See the Light”

Downloadable Content (not included)

“21 Guns”
“Know Your Enemy”
“East Jesus Nowhere”
“Last of the American Girls”
“¡Viva La Gloria!”
“Christian’s Inferno”

(Follow the Music Mix on Twitter @EWMusicMix.)

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  • stevie j

    damnit how can they not have the grouch on here, in my opinion greenday’s best song

    • Hannah

      I think because it has many swear words and you’d only be singing half the song.

      • Sarah

        haha, what about Platypus I Hate You. I don’t think you could sing any of that one. xDD

    • BranDon

      There is no pre-Dookie because they couldn’t find the multi-track recordings.

  • Josh

    Certainly looks solid – just would have been nice to have at least a handful of pre-dookie songs included (christie road? going to pasalacqua?).

    • Danno

      yes! Going to Pasalacqua is such an awesome song.

    • sm

      YES. anything off kerplunk or 1039 smoothed out slappy hours… how bout fan favorite JAR? kids today think American Idiot is their first album, sad.

      • Pseudo99

        Wow, I didn’t expect anyone to remember the pre-Dookie stuff. Definitely need the aforementioned songs (including JAR, holy crap I forgot about that one), plus…if there’s no “All by myself”…then we got ripped off on Dookie. Also, if you can’t seamlessly merge from Brain Stew into Jaded (it was first released as a single like this), then the fans are missing out as well.

      • she

        not all kids think that. im 14 and the first alblum i heard was l039 smoothed out slappy hours. but i aggree with you it annoys me when people think they know everything about them when all they know is american idiot

      • Greendayfanatic91

        not true. yeah american idiot was the first FULL album i’ve heard from green day.hence i wasnt allowed to listen to them before back in 90’s cuz i was only like 6 or 7. but i knew that green day had 6 other albums out before american idiot. i love kerplunk and dookie.

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    • Tom

      yeah i agree but if the songs were re recorded for RB that would be a lot better… ive heard some of the pre-dookie songs by them live recently and they sound so much better then the album version

  • Ramo

    Nothing from their early days? Green Day best albums are their first two, made when they were in high school. I respect the growth they’ve shown over their career, but I still enjoying listening to those albums more than anything they’ve done since.

  • Sayburr

    Well, I was not sure about this game, but if those three albums were released as downloadable content I would end up buying all three of them. So, now I am excited and will pre-order the game. Can’t wait to play it.

  • Meghan

    That game looks pretty cool. It would have been nice if it had included a few more older songs, like Who Wrote Holden Caulfield, though. I was surprised there were only two songs from the Warning. Blood, Sex, and Booze is one of my favorite songs from that album.

  • Friggin Tommy Noble

    Personally I would have loved to have seen more from Insomniac (Armatage Shanks), Nimrod (Scattered) or Warning (Blood, Sex & Booze). I second ‘The Grouch’ suggestion BTW (one of my faves as well- however I dunno if Harmonix would have allowed it b/c of the language n stuff). I’m actually kinda surprised there’s not at least a couple of Kerplunk/39 Smooth tracks (they were a couple of the highlights from the Fox Theater show). I think a more equal handful of songs from each album would have been better than 3 whole albums (well, at least Dookie’s one of those albums) and a few other albums’ singles on the side.

    While I’m still looking forward to the game despite its lack of ‘J.A.R.’, I’m starting to get the feeling that this game was rushed like crazy which might take away from its quality. It doesn’t seem carefully planned(‘What? Dookie’s not on there? Eff it, put that on the game too!’).

  • Meghan

    *I went to say ‘the Warning album’

  • jordan

    the reason they cant from kerplunk or 1039 is because those albums were released on different labels and green day is now with reprise, but it sure wouldve been awesome playing christy road or dominated love slave.

    • Friggin Tommy Noble

      Once again, likely due to rushing the game development. If they had taken more time they probably could have gone the extra mile and made negotiations w/ the record companies to get the earlier songs licensed to them so they could be included in the game.

    • sm

      they could put up live versions of those songs… especially since Tre didn’t play drums on 1039

      • jordan

        reprise probably wouldnt have gone along with it, and the game is already rated teen,im fine with the setlist how it is,no one could get every song they wanted and we get 3 full albums, 2 of which have great drum solos like jesus of suburbia and burnout.

    • Courtney

      Reprise now owns the rights to 1039 and Kerplunk! after Lookout! Records lost them a few years ago.

  • Danno

    Is this going to be the first ever M-rated Rock band game? fingers crossed.

  • Frank

    No RB game will ever be rated M. Guarantee it. M ratings affect sales.

    • maiv

      esp with the far-reaching audience RB has

  • JJ

    I wish “Waiting” and “King For a Day” would have been included. Too bad they didn’t include “Shout” either, that would have been great to play.

    • S.O.

      Or “Walking Contradiction” and “Redundant” for that matter.

      • Weeji

        “Waiting” and “Walking Contradiction” were my favorite songs from those respective albums. Its sad to see they didn’t make it.

    • Eric

      you are right about “King for a Day.” im actually really surprised it isnt in the game, considering its one of their best live songs

  • Kyle

    I am bummed about no “Macy’s Day Parade” from Warning. I think a lot more from Warning could have been included. I agree that the lack of early titles is not great, but overall this looks very solid.

  • Jahvon

    So happy to see Homecoming, Jesus of Suburbia, Holiday, Longview (and the whole Dookie album in general), Minority and Geek Stink Breath… but why nothing from Kerplunk? Why so little Insomniac songs?

    Although I am kinda glad Platypus didn’t make it. Would’ve been censored almost as bad as Sir Psycho Sexy.

  • Jahvon

    And I hope this game has full album DLC like The Beatles: Rock Band did.

    • Eric

      i bet it will

  • Brian

    It would have been nice to have a few more Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning rather than the rest of the crap from 21st Century Breakdown. Also Working Class Hero would have been a cool addition, but I have a feeling they might make that a first day DLC like “All You Need is Love” was for The Beatles with the proceeds going to charity.

    • Tom

      there probably gonna do the same thing as they did with the Beetles RB the rest of the songs are probably gonna be released as DLC

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