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Green Day|Insomniac  (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Insomniac (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

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Green Day's fourth album, Insomniac was originally released in October 1995, following on from Dookie which was released one year previously, and whose monster success (more than twenty-five million copies sold to date) could have sent more than one band off their heads. But, rather than repeating some magic formula and hoping for the same miracle, given that sales of Dookie had already passed ten million, Billie Joe Armstrong and his acolytes did the opposite and refocused, delivering a more aggressive and darker work, in a word: more punk! And the album's themes matched this idea, speaking of alienation, anxiety and drugs. Maybe the idea was also to regain credibility and win back early fans who might have been tempted to desert after Dookie appeared far too popular to be trusted. A savvy critic wrote at the time that Insomniac was to Green Day what In Utero was to Nirvana, after the global success of Nevermind. That is, a return to a darker, harder side. A return to the roots, in short. Bassist Mike Dirnt recalls: "I felt at the time that there was a real urgency to what we were doing. There was a real urgency to stake our claim and say, 'No, we belong here.' It was really important to us to make sure people knew that we weren’t just a flash in the pan..." Billie Joe Armstrong also wanted to press on without asking too many questions: "what I really wanted to do was keep working, and keep writing songs...I didn’t really stop and smell the roses". And here they are again, throwing out fourteen tracks as if they were chopping logs, with no let-up, keeping concentrated. Twenty-five years later, the intensity and concision of each song still works. The lyrics are steeped in pessimism and anger, as on Panic Song with its rather raw worldview: "a sick machine breeding a mass of shit". This track is also inspired by the panic attacks suffered by Billie Joe Armstrong due to her out-of-control anxiety... As an aside, before settling on Insomniac as an album title, Green Day would have preferred Jesus Christ Supermarket. Another aside: note the album cover and its multiple nods to the Dead Kennedys. Indeed, the title of the collage made for the cover by a one Winston Smith is God Told Me to Skin You Alive, a reference to the first words of a song by the Dead Kennedys, I Kill Children (1980). In addition, the image of the dentist used in the collage can also be found in an illustration for the Dead Kennedys' album Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)... This edition, celebrating Insomniac's 25th anniversary, also includes eight tracks from the album taken from a concert in Prague on 26 March, 1996, showcasing the band's on-stage vigour and energy. © Yan Céh / Qobuz

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1
Armatage Shanks
00:02:16

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

2
Brat
00:01:43

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

3
Stuck with Me
00:02:15

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, Producer, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixer, Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

4
Geek Stink Breath
00:02:15

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, Producer, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixer, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

5
No Pride
00:02:19

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

6
Bab's Uvula Who?
00:02:08

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

7
86
00:02:47

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

8
Panic Song
00:03:35

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

9
Stuart and the Ave.
00:02:03

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

10
Brain Stew
00:03:12

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

11
Jaded
00:01:30

David Campbell, String Arranger - Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Jack Joseph Puig, Mixing Engineer - Green Day, MainArtist - Ken Allardyce, Engineer - Gary Meek, Saxophone - Josh Weaver, Second Engineer - Richard Ash, Second Engineer - James Creepies, Percussion

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

12
Westbound Sign
00:02:13

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, Producer, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixer, Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

13
Tight Wad Hill
00:02:01

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, Producer, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixer, Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

14
Walking Contradiction
00:02:30

Tre Cool, Producer, Drums, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Producer, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Rob Cavallo, Producer - Green Day, MainArtist - Jerry Finn, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Army, Engineer - Richard Huredia, Additional Engineer - Bernd Burgdorf, Additional Engineer

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 1995 Reprise Records

15
Armatage Shanks (Live in Prague)
00:02:29

Tre Cool, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Writer - Green Day, MainArtist

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

16
Brat (Live in Prague)
00:01:54

Tre Cool, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Writer - Green Day, MainArtist

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

17
Geek Stink Breath (Live in Prague)
00:02:06

Tre Cool, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Writer - Green Day, MainArtist

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

18
Stuck with Me (Live in Prague)
00:02:13

Tre Cool, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Writer - Green Day, MainArtist

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

19
Brain Stew (Live in Prague)
00:03:00

Tre Cool, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Writer - Green Day, MainArtist

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

20
Jaded (Live in Prague)
00:01:28

Tre Cool, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Writer - Green Day, MainArtist

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

21
Walking Contradiction (Live in Prague)
00:02:22

Tre Cool, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Writer - Green Day, MainArtist

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

22
86 (Live in Prague)
00:04:27

Tre Cool, Writer - Billie Joe Armstrong, Writer - Mike Dirnt, Writer - Green Day, MainArtist

© 2021 Reprise Records ℗ 2020 Reprise Records

Album Description

Green Day's fourth album, Insomniac was originally released in October 1995, following on from Dookie which was released one year previously, and whose monster success (more than twenty-five million copies sold to date) could have sent more than one band off their heads. But, rather than repeating some magic formula and hoping for the same miracle, given that sales of Dookie had already passed ten million, Billie Joe Armstrong and his acolytes did the opposite and refocused, delivering a more aggressive and darker work, in a word: more punk! And the album's themes matched this idea, speaking of alienation, anxiety and drugs. Maybe the idea was also to regain credibility and win back early fans who might have been tempted to desert after Dookie appeared far too popular to be trusted. A savvy critic wrote at the time that Insomniac was to Green Day what In Utero was to Nirvana, after the global success of Nevermind. That is, a return to a darker, harder side. A return to the roots, in short. Bassist Mike Dirnt recalls: "I felt at the time that there was a real urgency to what we were doing. There was a real urgency to stake our claim and say, 'No, we belong here.' It was really important to us to make sure people knew that we weren’t just a flash in the pan..." Billie Joe Armstrong also wanted to press on without asking too many questions: "what I really wanted to do was keep working, and keep writing songs...I didn’t really stop and smell the roses". And here they are again, throwing out fourteen tracks as if they were chopping logs, with no let-up, keeping concentrated. Twenty-five years later, the intensity and concision of each song still works. The lyrics are steeped in pessimism and anger, as on Panic Song with its rather raw worldview: "a sick machine breeding a mass of shit". This track is also inspired by the panic attacks suffered by Billie Joe Armstrong due to her out-of-control anxiety... As an aside, before settling on Insomniac as an album title, Green Day would have preferred Jesus Christ Supermarket. Another aside: note the album cover and its multiple nods to the Dead Kennedys. Indeed, the title of the collage made for the cover by a one Winston Smith is God Told Me to Skin You Alive, a reference to the first words of a song by the Dead Kennedys, I Kill Children (1980). In addition, the image of the dentist used in the collage can also be found in an illustration for the Dead Kennedys' album Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982)... This edition, celebrating Insomniac's 25th anniversary, also includes eight tracks from the album taken from a concert in Prague on 26 March, 1996, showcasing the band's on-stage vigour and energy. © Yan Céh / Qobuz

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