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It's about boredom, and smoking dope.

Billie Joe Armstrong

Longview is the debut single by the American punk rock band Green Day. It is the fourth track on the band's third album, Dookie and was released on February 1, 1994 through Reprise Records.

Concept

"It's about boredom, and smoking dope." - Billie Joe Armstrong

"I guess it was just living in the suburbs in a sort of shit town where you can't even pull in a good radio station. I was living in Rodeo, California, about 20 minutes outside of Oakland. There was nothing to do there, and it was a real boring place." - Billie Joe Armstrong in an interview in Guitar Legends magazine, May 2005.

"When Billie gave me a shuffle beat for Longview, I was frying on acid so hard. I way laying up against the wall with my bass lying on my lap. It just came to me. I said, "Billie, check this out. Isn't this the wackiest thing you've ever heard?" Later, it took me a long time to be able to play it, but it made sense when I was on drugs." - Mike Dirnt in Rolling Stone magazine, 1995.

Tracks

Initial pressing

  1. "Longview" - 3:59
  2. "Welcome to Paradise" (live)
  3. "One of My Lies" (live)
  • Live tracks recorded on March 11, 1994 at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida.

These live songs are also available on the live album Live Tracks.

German pressing

  1. "Longview" - 3:59
  2. "Going to Pasalacqua" (live) - 4:12
  3. "F.O.D." (live) - 2:44
  4. "Christie Road" (live) - 3:49

Card sleeve

  1. "Longview" - 3:39
  2. "On the Wagon" - 2:48
  3. "F.O.D." (live) - 2:44
  • Live tracks recorded March 11, 1994 at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida

7" vinyl box set

  1. "Longview"
  2. "Welcome to Paradise"
  3. "Coming Clean"
  4. "Chump" (live from Stockholm, Sweden; Same version on Live Tracks)

CD promo

  1. "Longview" (radio edit) - 3:55

Charts

Chart (1994 - 1995) Peak position
Australia (ARIA) 33
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 30
US Radio Songs (Billboard) 36
US Alternative Songs (Billboard) 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard) 13

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