Dookie was the Sgt. Pepper of my generation. As Wayne Campbell once said about Frampton Comes Alive, “If you lived in the suburbs you were issued it. It came in the mail with samples of Tide.”
The album transcended genres. Everyone I knew, regardless of what kind of music they were into, had this CD. I of course had the cassette.
Quick aside: before I bought it, a kid in my class once offered to trade me the cassette in exchange for doing his homework. I declined because he stole it. I was a good kid.
In addition to boasting such loser anthems like “Longview” and “Basket Case”, Dookie was groundbreaking for another reason: it was the first album I remember that had a hidden track.