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Rare recording of unreleased Green Day track “Stay” surfaces from 1989 gig: Stream

The dust dates back to when the band was opening for Killdozer at Berkeley Square

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Green Day, photo by Heather Kaplan
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Earlier this month, we celebrated 25 years of Green Day’s breakthrough album Dookie. However, the East Bay rockers had been punching the punk rock clock long before we all were singing “Basket Case” in our living rooms.

Case in point: A rare recording of unreleased track “Stay” has surfaced online this week, dating all the way back to the band’s opening gig for Killdozer at Berkeley Square on July 22nd, 1989. It’s surprisingly clean, too, sounding professionally recorded even.

For awhile, the track was dubbed “World vs. World” by fans. However, original drummer John Kiffmeyer cleared that up in 2017, while also confirming that the track was originally written for an indie flick being made by Billie Joe Armstrong’s brother.

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You can stream the track and consult the show’s setlist for context below. If that’s not enough, revisit our recent episode of Album of the Week in which host DC Hendrix and writer Kayleigh Hughes discuss the ensuing legacy of Dookie.

After that, you’ll probably wanna grab some Green Day vinyl over at ReverbLP.

Setlist:
Sweet Children
I Want to Be Alone
Going to Pasalacqua
The One I Want
16
Knowledge
Don’t Leave Me
I Was There
Jennifer (Unofficial title; only known performance)
1000 Hours
Green Day
At the Library
Disappearing Boy
Stay
Maybe Forever (Unofficial title; only known performance)
Dry Ice

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