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Green Day Cover Elvis Costello Classic: Look + Listen

Preempting the release of their reissue celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1997 LP Nimrod, Green Day dropped their rendition of Elvis Costello’s “Alison.”

Recorded during the Nimrod sessions, the “Alison” demo is a relatively straightforward version of Costello’s 1977 My Aim Is True LP classic, with Green Day front Billie Joe Armstrong delivering a guitar-and-vocals-only version that is atypical of the band’s usual pop-punk style.

“Alison” is just one of a disc-full of unreleased demos that Green Day will include on Nimrod 25 – 25th Anniversary Edition, available 1.27.23 in 5-CD or 3-LP editions. And the Costello cover follows “You Irritate Me” and “Tre Polka.” as one of three never-released songs on the reissue.

The late-January release also includes Green Day’s November 14, 1997, performance at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory, a concert that featured both the then-new Nimrod tracks as well as the band’s hits from Dookie and Insomniac.

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Author: Al Denté

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