Green Day Goes Old School

Dust off your record player – Green Day is releasing its entire catalog on 12-inch vinyl.

Reprise Records is releasing the catalog, of which some albums have been hard-to-find or out-of-print for years.

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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong whoops it up for about 100,000 people at the German version of Live 8 in Siegessäule in Berlin.

Fans can get their hands on the pop punk band’s first two albums, 39/Smooth and Kerplunk, next Tuesday, March 24.

Isn’t that crazy – you can actually have the physical album in between your fingers rather than scrolling through the music on your little portable media player! You can pass the record sleeve to a buddy to show them what’s on the cover!

What’s more, you and your friends can argue about who has to get up and turn the album over.

Green Day made its debut in 1990 with 39/Smooth on Lookout! Records. The album will be available on 140-gram vinyl along with two 7-inch singles, “Slappy” and “1000 Hours.”

1992’s Kerplunk will be available on 140-gram vinyl along with the 7-inch single “Sweet Children.”

The rest of Green Day’s albums, from 1994’s Dookie through 2005’s live CD/DVD Bullet in a Bible will be released on vinyl chronologically through November.

Dookie will be available on April 18 in honor of Record Store Day, which celebrates independently owned record stores in the U.S.

Insomniac will be reissued May 12, Nimrod on June 16 and Warning on July 14.

International Superhits!, a greatest hits collection, will be released August 11 and Shenanigans, which includes B-sides, rarities and covers, will hit stores September 15.

American Idiot will be reissued October 13 and Bullet in a Bible November 10.

Fans can also pick up a boxed set of Green Day singles on July 21. The set will include B-sides, international songs and live tracks as well as singles from the band’s side projects, Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network.

The albums will be on 140-gram vinyl except for Dookie and American Idiot, which will be available on 180-gram, audiophile-grade vinyl.

Each album will be plated and pressed at Pallas in Germany and mastered at the world-renowned Bernie Grundman Studios. If you’re an audiophile, you should know that’s important stuff, according to a press release about the Green Day Reissue.

Green Day is currently wrapping up its eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown. The album is set for release in May and will also be available on 180-gram, audiophile-grade vinyl.

If you want to go old school like Green Day but haven’t started your record collection, there’s no time like the present to go retro. While shopping for wannabe vintage clothes at hipster favorite Urban Outfitters, you can even pick up a Portable USB Turntable, which plays 7-inch and 12-inch records. The turntable will set you back $160 plus s/h.

Then again, Green Day would probably think it’s more legit if you snagged a record player from a real record shop while those are still around. No better way to celebrate Record Store Day!