Samiam, Billy

Trevor Kelley

By Trevor Kelley

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Released two years before Dookie (but with only 9,999,950 less copies sold), Billy is still held as a much more modest and musically advanced version of what their friends in Green Day would turn into a culture-defining fortune. Berkeley's Samiam, were more of a select group of late '80s college rock fans (Monsula and Jawbreaker included) to originally push the 924 Gilman scene uncomfortably towards the idea of “accessibility”; songs like “Don't Break Me” and “Ten Feet Tall” resembled that of an actual rock band, but they never made Samiam famous. Just influential to a group of emo fans who would reinterpret Billy's tuneful, dramatic punk 10 years later.