Green Day's 'Cigarettes and Valentines' (lost album; 2003)

Cigarettes and Valentines Album
Status Partially Found

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!.


"Cigarettes and Valentines" Live Performance
"Olivia" Live Performance
"Too Much Too Soon"
"Walk Away"



Anonymous user #1

10 days ago
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There's rumors that the "stolen recordings" story was made up and that the band simply didn't think the original album was good enough, so they decided to record another one entirely. There's also rumors that the original album was released after all, but under a different band name and album title, Specifically the album Money Money 2000 by "The Network", which was released on Billie Joe Armstrong's record label, if you give it a listen, it sounds an awful lot like Green Day, and given that Billie Joe and Mike Durnt have a history of releasing albums under weird side-project names, it's out of the realm of possibility that Money Money 2000 is in fact Cigarettes and Valentines after all.
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