*Green Day, Jailcell Recipes, Older Than Dirt – Joiners, Southampton, Hampshire, UK – 17th December 1991

Video evidence

Was that me handing the paper to Billie Joe to announce Rich “The Scene” Levine’s birthday at 38 and half minutes in?

Rich’s memory, taken from the STE Collective Facebook page:

S.T.E. 31! – GREEN DAY/JAILCELL RECIPES/OLDER THAN DIRT – Tues 17 December 1991 – Southampton Joiners.
Probably the most talked about S.T.E. gig! Whilst there was a bit of excitement about GREEN DAY coming over, I don’t think anyone would have predicted how big they were going to become. OLDER THAN DIRT opened with a typically rocking set. JAILCELL RECIPES from Merseyside played their 3rd Southampton gig (following 2 for Urbcore). The tour was booked D.I.Y. style by the Christy, Aidan & Mary Jane camp & my diary tells me 75 people came to the gig. Now as I (Rich) know/knew 90% of the people who were that night, over the years I have had people swear they were there that I know damned well weren’t! GREEN DAY had received the advance copies of their 2nd ‘Kerplunk’ LP that day & after Shaun had let on it was just after my 25th birthday I ended up being presented with the last copy they had & I still have it. People have often asked me if I got the record signed, to which I say that I didn’t even think about that – they were just another D.I.Y. touring band & would have laughed if I’d asked them to sign it. Afterwards, GREEN DAY stayed at Mike’s gaff & Billie Joe left a mess in the bathroom after dyeing his hair. Steve & Burgess Maria Christina ended up putting up JAILCELL RECIPES at their Eastleigh flat simply because there were fewer people with them than GREEN DAY – something Chrissy has often rued when telling fans of the band about it years later. Back at the flat, we watched the video of all the bands that Sean from Wigan filmed earlier & it is this footage that appears on YouTube. The flyer backdrop I used was from the insert to the debut GREEN DAY LP ’39/Smooth’. Years later ‘Kerrang!’ re-produced the flyer in a feature on the band & mocked the “princely entrance fee”

Poems on this day – 20th November 1991

Nothing Short

If I was incredibly beautiful
I would be a lure for all my friends
If I was incredibly beautiful
I’d be sure I’d wet my ends
If I was incredibly beautiful
I wouldn’t have to say anything to anyone
If I was nothing short of beautiful
I’d be short of nothing at all     

Lost Control

Something came over me
I had to get away
I just can’t explain
How I lost control again
So I must apologise
For bringing all this sorrow
‘Cos somehow I know
I’ll lose control again tomorrow

I Fart

Goddamn I can’t stop farting
Every time I bend over
And my cheeks pull apart
I fart

I’m Not Him

I’m not him
Please don’t dream I am
If the image scares you
Remember who I am
I won’t hurt you
In any shape or form
Remember who I am 
I am Shaun

Poems on this day – 18th November 1991


What is it that has possessed me to chase you?
It took all my courage to come ’round and face you
Something so important made me approach with care
And now that I need you, you didn’t want to be there
Your choice may be wise and you’ll feel no pain  
I guess I found it hard to explain
That my feelings ran much deeper than you’d thought
And it was happiness with you that I sought

Different Stance

It’s the same old story
I guess I’ll never learn
Time for  a different stance
Time for my turn
But will I recognize the looks
If I was given half a chance
Reckon I’ll spend my days just searching
for that different stance

Back to the Book

Back to you my faithful friend
Something I can turn to near the end
To reflect on all those things I’ve done
To remember them one by one
Some things were happy and others maybe not
But you should be content with what you’ve got
Back to the book to write this script
During another occasion when I tripped


What in God’s name is the matter with you?
Nothing’s gone right, even from the start
Try to drag yourself up from the dead pool
But you go to bed with murder in your heart