Time of Their Lives: Green Day's 22 Biggest Days

As the punk rockers prepare to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back at the memorable moments that helped get them there

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Though Green Day had been building an underground following in the early Nineties, it wasn't until their demo tape fell into the hands of Warner Bros. A&R man and producer Rob Cavallo in the summer of 1993 that things really took off. "I took the cassette and listened to it in my car on the way home that night," Cavallo recalled in Marc Spitz' 2006 Green Day bio, Nobody Likes You. "'Basket Case' was on it. 'Longview.' I loved it." Soon after, the two sides met for a jam session. Later on, a friend of Cool's recalled the drummer telling him, "This guy from Reprise just came over and he got us stoned and signed a record deal with us. We're gonna be really big." Indeed.

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