Remember how in August 2017, Green Day randomly shared the “Otis Mix” of their ¡Uno! song “Fell For You”? Never mind that the trilogy had come out five years prior and that the band was nearing the end of their Revolution Radio era. Well, never mind that their new album Father Of All... just came out two months ago. Because, with seemingly no rhyme or reason to their release strategy, Green Day has just shared a new EP of trilogy songs, simply called “Otis Big Guitar Mix.” It includes one song from ¡Uno! and two from ¡Dos!
Fist up, we get the “Otis Big Guitar Mix” of “Lazy Bones,” a song from ¡Dos! It starts with those familiar drums, a bit dryer than on the album. Overall, they play the song nearly the same as on ¡Dos!, but the mix and production is noticeably different throughout.
Next is an alternate version of “Wild One,” also from ¡Dos! This one sounds more obviously distinct from the album recording. Billie Joe’s voice sounds cleaner without the vocal effects used on ¡Dos! We can hear more screeches between guitar parts, and the second verse features extra guitar details that add a dreamy texture to the track.
Finally, the EP closes with the “Otis Big Guitar Mix” of “Oh Love,” the closing track from ¡Uno! and the lead single that kicked off the whole trilogy era. As with “Lazy Bones,” the differences here are pretty minimal until we get to the chorus. True to the EP’s title, the guitars sound bigger once we get to that first chorus. The second verse’s guitar dynamics are stronger, but the guitar solo in the bridge is cut off here, lacking the pause before Billie Joe begins singing again. Otherwise, it largely stays true to the beloved single.
Listen to all three songs in the “Otis Big Guitar Mix” EP below:
Be sure to also revisit the “Otis Mix” of “Fell For You,” released in 2017, and of course, the full trilogy. We personally still love ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! In fact, don’t forget the 2014 release of Demolicious for some more versions of the trilogy songs.
How many more Otis Mixes of the trilogy songs does Green Day have? Will they continue sporadically releasing them every few years? Whatever their plan, we do love getting these unexpected treats!
Father Of All…
It’s a fun and straightforward record, weaving in elements of Motown along with Green Day’s brand of punk rock. While it’s not their strongest or most ambitious release (see instead American Idiot, 21st Century Breakdown, and the trilogy), it is refreshingly carefree and fast-paced.
Changing Labels & More Music Possibilities
In a series of interviews last September, Green Day did imply that Father Of All… would be their last album with Warner Records. They’ve been with the major label since the early 1990s, and all of their albums from Dookie onwards have been released by Warner.
Additionally, at the time, the band members also suggested the possibility of them releasing a second album 2020 – possibly on their own label after leaving Warner.
Billie Joe recently reiterated the possibility of more Green Day music this year, but did not indicate how they would release new music this year, if they were to do so. We’ll just have to wait and see.
With the new “Otis Big Guitar Mix” EP in mind, perhaps a lot of content – both new and old – could be coming our way?
Billie Joe’s “No Fun Mondays” Covers
While we’re all on lockdown thanks to COVID-19, Billie Joe has started sharing weekly covers. Each Monday, he’ll share a new cover as part of his “No Fun Mondays” project. So far, we’ve heard his versions of “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “You Can Put Your Arms Around A Memory.” Stay tuned for more covers in the coming weeks.
Hella Mega Tour
Starting this May, Green Day is supposed to embark on the Hella Mega Tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. However, with Coronavirus, dates could certainly still change.
The tour starts in May 24th in Moscow, and extends through Europe, culminating in a Dublin show on June 29th. Then the Hella Mega Tour will take the bands to North America, starting in Seattle on July 17th and finishing in Philadelphia on August 29th. In November, the tour will go to Australia and New Zealand. Asian dates have been pushed back to 2021 due to Coronavirus.
Tickets for the Hella Mega Tour are on sale now. Be sure to get tickets before it’s too late! Some dates have already sold out, so don’t wait!
Enjoy Green Day’s new “Otis Big Guitar Mix” EP! These versions of “Lazy Bones,” “Wild One,” and “Oh Love” remind us of how much we still love the trilogy. Keep checking back here for all the latest Green Day music news.
We’re feeling nostalgic now. Revisit the “Oh Love” music video below:
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