Green Day Cover Elvis Costello’s “Alison” on Nimrod-Era Demo: Stream

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Later this month, Green Day will release Nimrod 25 – 25th Anniversary Editiona retrospective box set celebrating their 1997 album that includes previously unreleased demos and a live set from the era. Today, the band has shared one of those demos, a cover of Elvis Costello’s 1977 ballad “Alison.”

In “Alison (Demo),” Green Day go all in on Elvis Costello’s gentle crooning. The percussion in the original lends the track a soft rock vibe, but in the punk band’s cover, Billie Joe Armstrong’s unmistakable voice sits alone atop only a muted guitar, emphasizing the sweetness of Costello’s tale of unrequited love. Check it out below.

The Green Day frontman notably performed “Alison” alongside Elvis Costello during a 2006 taping of the VH1 Classic series Decades Rock Live.

Green Day announced Nimrod 25 – 25th Anniversary Edition by unearthing another demo from the era for a track called “You Irritate Me.” The box set comes as a 3xCD or 5xLP collection, with the vinyl package available with either a black or silver vinyl, a 20-page book, poster, cloth patch, exclusive slip-mat, and commemorative back-stage pass. The project arrives in full on January 27th, and pre-orders are ongoing.

Later this year, Green Day will join fellow pop punk veterans Blink-182 in headlining the second installment of When We Were Young. In celebration of Nimrod’s 25th anniversary, we updated our list of the band’s albums, ranked from worst to best.

Green Day Cover Elvis Costello’s “Alison” on Nimrod-Era Demo: Stream
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