|Welcome to Paradise|
|Genre:||Punk rock, pop punk|
|Label:||WEA International, Reprise Records|
|This Single:||"Welcome to Paradise" |
|Next Single:||"Basket Case"|
"Welcome to Paradise" is a song from Green Day's 1992 album Kerplunk and was re-recorded for their 1994 album Dookie. It went on to be released as the second single released from Dookie, after "Longview". The Dookie version was later included on their 2001 greatest hits album International Superhits!.
The song is based on the band's experience moving out of their parents' houses and into an abandoned house in Oakland, CA where the band members, along with several others, lived without paying rent. The house was quite broken-down but to them it became home, and this sentiment is described in the song.
Billie Joe Armstrong said this of the song:
The opening riff of the song is reminiscent of the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop", if one were to take the same chords but play the progression backwards using the same rhythm. The song is played with the guitar tuned a half-step down, as are all their Dookie songs.
A video was released for the song. It features the band playing live, while the studio version from the Dookie album is playing during the band's performance.