Sweet Children Demo


Fall, 1988


924 Gilman St (Berkeley, CA)


Billie Joe – Vocals, Guitar
Mike Dirnt – Bass, Vocals
John Kiffmeyer – Drums


Producer: Sweet Children
Engineer: Marshall Stax


Key: [O] Officially released | [U] Unofficially released | [X] Unreleased

[U] Don’t Leave Me
[U] I Want To Be Alone
[O] Sweet Children
[U] Stay
[U] She Brought Me Water (Instrumental)
[X] Why Do You Want Him?
[X] *possibly others*



Not to be confused with the Sweet Children EP, this was a demo recorded by Sweet Children prior to changing their name to Green Day.

John Kiffmeyer: “We recorded our demo tape, but we never released a demo tape, because… yeah. … he’s (engineer Marshall Stax) a great guy”.

Billie Joe wrote ‘Stay’ for a film that his brother was making. The song was often called ‘World vs World’ by fans before the real title was confirmed by John Kiffmeyer.

The recording of ‘Sweet Children’ was officially released on the Turn It Around soundtrack.

1-2-3-4 Go! Records: “One of our personal favorite additions to the (Turn It Around) soundtrack is a song from Sweet Children’s first demo tape. This recording has never been released and it was this recording that Billie pestered Tim Yo to listen to so they could play at Gilman for the first time!”

Sources & Credits

  1. Todd – dates, set, audio (Don’t Leave Me, I Want To Be Alone, Sweet Children, Stay)