Green Day's 'Cigarettes and Valentines' (lost album; 2003)
Cigarettes and Valentines is a lost/unreleased album by pop-punk band Green Day, recorded in 2003. Meant to be a follow-up to their 2000 album Warning, the master recordings were stolen close to the conclusion of production. Instead of re-recording the album, the band decided to move on and create something different, resulting in American Idiot. The band eventually considered this a blessing in disguise, saying that the album wasn't "maximum Green Day", and while Mike Dirnt, the band's bassist, eventually admitted that he made backup tapes of the album, he also claimed they "weren't the same as the originals" and didn't bother to do anything with them.
Out of the twenty songs recorded for the album, four songs from Cigarettes and Valentines have either been played at live performances or were released on other Green Day albums:
- The title song, "Cigarettes and Valentines" was played live during the 21st Century Breakdown World Tour, and was officially released on their live album Awesome As Fuck.
- "Olivia" was also played live during the World Tour, but no official recordings have been released.
- "Too Much Too Soon" was released as a B-side for the American Idiot single.
- "Walk Away" was re-recorded for Green Day's 2012 album ¡Tre!.