Basket Case – Green Day Cover (The Rye Room Sessions) – English blog post

The Rye Room (Green Day)

“Basket Case”
Green Day cover by
Eric John Kaiser
The Rye Room Sessions

One of my favorite albums from the 90’s era is Dookie from the band Green Day. I love the energy and the songwriting. Behind a heavy punk rock sound, the songs are actually very well crafted with great melody and lyrics. I also like the disenchantment you find in their stories. For that reason, I thought it would be fun to deconstruct that song and do my own version of it.

I’ve been touring in the US for almost 10 years now. Often, I get asked to play some cover songs. When my friend, producer, and sound engineer, Matt Greco (who helped me with my album “Idaho“) opened his brand new studio “The Rye Room”, he asked me if I wanted to be the first one to do his “Rye Room Sessions” videos. I thought it could be a good opportunity to record some of those covers and share them with you guys. I thought also it would be fun to do an acoustic version of  “Basket Case” from Geen Day. I just wanted to give it more of an acoustic/country feel to it with a touch of harmonica. I hope you like it. I also recorded songs from Leonard Cohen, Depeche Mode and The Offspring.

Music Video

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LYRICS TO THE SONG:

Do you have the time to listen to me whine
About nothing and everything all at once
I am one of those
Melodramatic fools
Neurotic to the bone
No doubt about it

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I’m cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
Or am I just stoned

I went to a shrink
To analyze my dreams
She says it’s lack of sex that’s bringing me down
I went to a whore
He said my life’s a bore
So quit my whining cause it’s bringing her down

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I’m cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
A ya-ya-ya

Grasping to control
So I better hold on

Sometimes I give myself the creeps
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me
It all keeps adding up
I think I’m cracking up
Am I just paranoid?
Or am I just stoned?

Merci!

Eric John Kaiser
“French Troubadour”
http://www.ericjohnkaisermusic.com

“Merci beaucoup” also to: Matt Greco from the Rye Room in Portland, Oregon and to Kenton Waltz for making, filming and editing the music video.

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