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Insomniac is the fourth studio album by the American punk rock band, Green Day. It was released on October 10, 1995 through Reprise Records.

Background

The original name of the album was going to be Tight Wad Hill, after the thirteenth track. It was changed after Billie Joe Armstrong asked the cover artist, Winston Smith, how he managed to complete the intricate collage in such a small amount of time. He answered: "It's easy for me. I am an insomniac." Armstrong then decided to change the name and has said that the title comes from his own insomnia, which is caused by waking up at night from his son, Joey screaming.

The collage that Smith did for the cover of the album is called "God Told Me to Skin You Alive" and is a reference to I Kill Children by Dead Kennedy. The collage contains an image that was featured in the inside cover art of Dead Kennedy's second album, Plastic Surgery Disasters. Smith knew Green Day's drummer, Tré Cool and told him he should call him if he ever needed album artwork.

Geek Stink Breath was released as the lead single to Insomniac on September 25, 1995. It was successful in both Top 40 and rock radio stations, peaking at number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.

Stuck with Me was released as the second single of the album. The title was originally meant to become a B-side of the original song, but something went wrong with the printing of the album cover and the two songs accidentally switched names. The B-side was later named Do Da Da and is featured on Green Day's 2002 album, Shenanigans.

Tracks ten and eleven on Insomniac were released together as the third single of the album called, Brain Stew/Jaded.

Walking Contradiction was released as the last single on August 20, 1996. 86 was released as a promotional single in Spain and Germany.

Tracks

Standard Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Armatage Shanks" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:17
2. "Brat" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 1:43
3. "Stuck with Me" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:16
4. "Geek Stink Breath" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:15
5. "No Pride" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:19
6. "Bab's Uvula Who?" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:08
7. "86" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:47
8. "Panic Song" Billie Joe Armstrong · Mike Dirnt Rob Cavallo · Green Day 3:35
9. "Stuart and the Ave." Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:03
10. "Brain Stew" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 3:13
11. "Jaded" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 1:30
12. "Westbound Sign" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:12
13. "Tight Wad Hill" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:01
14. "Walking Contradiction" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:31
Total length: 32:49
Japanese version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
15. "I Wanna Be on T.V." (cover of Fang song) Sam McBride · Tom Flynn Rob Cavallo · Green Day 1:17
Total length: 34:06
Australian tour Souvenir Edition live EP
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Welcome to Paradise" (live) Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 4:06
2. "One of My Lies" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:25
3. "Chump" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:39
4. "Longview" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 3:30
5. "Burnout" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:03
6. "2000 Light Years Away" Billie Joe Armstrong Rob Cavallo · Green Day 2:49
Total length: 17:32

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