Last week I talked about Linkin Park and how much simple riffs helped drive and motivate me to stick with the guitar. Basket Case is literally the first real song I ever learned on the guitar. I had a crappy little knock-off amp and my Squire, and I could not believe I was making the same sounds I heard in this song. This is literally the song that drove me to learn the guitar. Basket Case (and the whole Dookie album) showed me that music can be heavy and melodic at the same time. I love the song, the album, and it’ll always have a special place in my heart.