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13 January 2023

Listen To Green Day Cover Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison’

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Green Day have shared a demo version of Elvis Costello’s Alison, recorded during the sessions for their album Nimrod. Green Day’s recording of Alison strips the song down to just Billie Joe Armstrong’s electric guitar and vocals, akin to the way Costello himself performed the song during his first-ever TV appearance on Granada Reports’ So It Goes show in 1977. You can check out Green Day’s version of the song below.

Alison features on the 25th Anniversary edition of Green Day’s triple platinum, fifth album Nimrod. The Nimrod 25 – 25th Anniversary Edition box set includes the original album, one disc of previously unreleased demos, and a live set from Philadelphia’s Electric Factory recorded on November 14, 1997 one month after Nimrod’s release.

Pre-order Nimrod (25th Anniversary Edition)

The 20-song live set includes several songs from Nimrod, plus fan favorites from their previous albums and singles. In addition to Alison, the 14 track demos disc includes two unreleased Green Day songs (You Irritate Me and Tre Polka).

Nimrod was originally released on October 14 1997. The Billboard Top 10 LP was driven by the hit singles Hitchin’ A Ride, Redundant, Nice Guys Finish Last and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) the latter of which has sold 5 million copies in the US alone. The song was written as a spiteful ballad and has evolved into the soundtrack of everyone’s seminal life moments; even being featured in the Seinfeld series finale.

The album certified triple platinum in the US and has been certified multi-platinum, platinum or gold in several other countries, including the UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Spain. In retrospect, KERRANG! asserted, “If Dookie was the album that put the band on centre stage, Nimrod was a multifaceted spreading of wings that saw them begin to master what to do now they were there,” and Alternative Press cited it as “a game-changer.”

There are two versions of the limited edition, numbered, 5 LP vinyl box: a black vinyl version, plus a limited edition D2C and indie store exclusively pressed on silver vinyl. The vinyl box comes with a 20 page, 12” x 12” book, poster, cloth patch, exclusive slip-mat and commemorative back-stage pass. The 3 CD box set includes booklet, cloth patch and commemorative back-stage pass.

Pre-order Nimrod (25th Anniversary Edition).


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