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The name for Insomniac partly came from Winston Smith (the artist who made the artwork for the album) - when Billie asked him how long it took to work on it, Winston replied "I'd spent the last 38 hours working on the assembly of the composition. He asked me how it was possible for me to stay awake that long and I said, "It's easy for me. I'm an insomniac".
"First punk show I was supposed to go to was Circle Jerks at the Mab in SF when I was 14. But I was grounded and couldn't go. Ugh.."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Our first show with John was oct 88. We opened for Nasal sex, Sewer trout, and Crimpshrine in Davis Ca at a Vets hall"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"One of my favorite shows on the 1st tour was Victoria BC in 1990. Played w a band called Onion House. Victoria had a great music scene. Me and Lucky Dog smashed a TV in BC in 91. We did it again in Minneapolis outside Erica Grove's house. Both TV's found in a dumpster."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"First time in new york was summer of 90. We couldn't get a gig. Only drove through. Went to 53rd and 3rd and left."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"39/smooth was named after my brother. He turned 39 the day we recorded that LP. Dec 29 1989. Smooth was a stoner thing between me and mike. We couldn't decide to call it 39 or smooth. So we went with both! First 7" was "1000 hours", Lp was "39/ smooth" second 7" was "slappy".. Got it?!"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"A lot of songs became about drinking and lifes pressure around nimrod era. I was feeling [like] a vague person in 1997. As do most people feel vague in their mid 20s. Your just trying to figure out where that damn beer gut came from."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"The first time Larry wrote about us was in Absolutely Zippo and he called us sweet n sour children."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"All the songs from the 1000 hours 7" are about the same girl"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Awesome as fuck" was originally gonna be called "the greatest show on earth" but it was already taken.
Billie Joe on Twitter
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams video, St. Jimmy and Whatsername (the ones from the Limitied Edition booklet of American idiot) are shown standing around a trash can fire.
If you look closely on the Nimrod CD, you can see that all the words that are scratched out in the entire booklet simply say "Delete This. Delete This. Delete This. Delete This." over and over again.
Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt's first gig was at Rod's Hickory Pit in Vallejo, CA, where Billie's mom worked.
In Longview, after they say "Call me pathetic, call me what you will", you can hear something in the background.
The house where they filmed Longview wasn't only inhabited by the band...it was also lived in by several other people, and it was the basement to a real house, and in the kitchen the pipes were so low that they would hit their head on them. And it only had about one bedroom.
In between playing shows in Florida in 91, the band's van was broken into and many of their clothes were stolen.
"Brain Stew" can be seen in the Green Day: Behind The Music under the name James Washburn.
In the special features of the Social Distortion's Live in Orange County DVD, Mike Ness brings his kids up on stage and his son is wearing a Warning t-shirt.
"80" is short for Adrienne (it's also her nickname).
On Common Riders first EP, Billie Joe had played lead on it and sang. Common Rider was Jesse Michaels (ex- OPIV) last band.
On MTV's "Top 10 songs to break up to" (or something like that) Time Of Your Life got to number 2.
Reel Big Fish's brass section once toured with Green Day, playing their songs.
No Doubt's brass section was used in the recording of the album Nimrod.
The dog on the Slappy E.P.'s name is Mickey, "Slappy" was a nickname given to him by Jason Relva.
The three small pictures inside the 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours covers come from the following: Billie Joe - The picture comes from the Green Day bootleg, "Radio Daze"; Mike - Its a picture of one of his tattoos.; John - Its a picture adapted from Zippo magazine.
Jesse Micheals, ex-lead singer of Operation Ivy did the disc and cover art for 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, Jesse Micheals and Operation Ivy were then thanked in Kerplunk! along with Tim Armstrong from OPIV.
Good Riddance (Time of your Life) was the official theme for the Golf PGA Tour in 1998.
On Green Day's cover of Operation Ivy's "Knowledge" the part at the beginning that is said backwards says "Lets get personal" when played forwards.
Insomniac was origanally going to be called Tight Wad Hill.
On the front cover of Insomniac, in the flames,there are hidden pictures. you can find a naked woman, 3 faeries, a skull, and several other ghostly faces.
On the cover art or booklet for Kerplunk, Dookie, and Insomniac there is a gun.
Insomniac, Nimrod, and Warning all came out in October. Insomniac on October 10th 1995, Nimrod on October 14th 1997, and Warning on October 3rd 2000.
In the "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" video, the lamp shade is on the floor (it's lit) and the rest of the lamp is by the shade (unlit).
You can cut up Green Day stickers to read "Gay Nerd." In case you wondering.
On 1039/smoothed out slappy hours the band recorded and mixed the record in two day and only cost $675 to record and sold nearly a million copies.
If you turn the volume up and listen very closely to Good Riddence you can hear Billie Joe say "fuck" in the beginning.
On the Dead Kennedy's cd, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, and on track 9, I Kill Children, it starts out with "GOD TOLD ME TO SKIN YOU ALIVE", the name of the artwork for Insomniac.
When original drummer John Kriftmeyer (aka Al Sobrante) left Green Day, he didn't tell Billie Joe. Billie Joe found out he was leaving through a friend. So when Green Day replaced John with Tre, Billie Joe returned the favor by not telling John directly that he was being replaced. Billie Joe doesn't think that Green Day would have had as much success if John was still in the band.
On the Kerplunk CD, there's a song called Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?, and on the Screeching Weasel cd, "How to Make Enemies and Iritate People", There's a song called I Wrote Holden Caulfield.
On the Slappy! 7" record, if you look closely on the rim of the artwork on the A Side, you can see that is says, "Might Bleed Today".
Green Day cursed the second most times on Behind the Music (27 times) which is fifty less than the leader, Oasis.
The video for Basketcase was filmed in black and white, they added color afterwards.
The song 'Who Wrote Holden Caufield?' is actually about a character, Holden Caufield, from J.D. Salinger's book "The Catcher in the Rye", one of Billie Joe's favorites.
The album Kerpluk! is dedicated 'in loving memory of Gravy'. Mike's pet cat who died.
Pat Hynes is a well known Berkely artist who did the liner notes for both Dookie and Kerplunk.
On the dookie cover, the right side, on one of the building's it's written 'Twisted Dog Sisters'--this was the name for an actual group of girls from Berkely.
When Green Day toured in the Bookmobile they used as a bus, people would acutally ask them if they had books to sell.
In the Kerplunk! thank yous, they thank a guy named Eggplant, who appears in the Laurie L. story--he was a real person. He wrote a 'zine called "Apsolutely Zippo', in which you can also find stories by Claude (also in the story) and even by Billie Joe himself.
The 'My Adventure with Green Day' story in 'Kerplunk!' says it was written by 'Laurie L.' The name Laurie L is actually a tribute to Laurence Livermoore of Lookout records.
The Kerplunk inlay thanks Jason Relva (J.A.R.).
In the "Kerplunk" credits, they thank some guy named "Brainstew".
Billie, Mike, and Tre did all of their own stunts in the "Walking Contradiction" video including a scene were Billie almost gets hit by a car. Billie said "Tré scared me into it. I was so scared..I thought I was gonna die right there with all the cameras on me..Well I can think of worse ways to die". The intersection where most of the action happens in the "Walking Contradiction" video is Centre St. and 7th St. in Los Angeles.
Green Day hates ska except for the band Operation Ivy.
In the "Kerplunk" inlay, it also thanks Adrienne Nesser, now Billie's wife.
Weird Al Yankovic has covered two Green Day songs. Basketcase with his song "Alternative Polka", which is on the album Bad Hair Day. And also "American Idiot" with "Canadian Idiot" on his album The Essential Weird Al Yankovic
On the Insomniac cover, there are three skulls which are supposed to be the 3 skulls of the 3 members of Green Day, and in order to see the third one you have to look in the flames and hold the paper at an angle in order to see it properly.
Five of Green Day's mainstream albums all begin with drums.
When Green Day first got started, their tour bus was an old bookmobile van that Tre's dad bought and fixed up. He drove them around show to show.
The corner of Stuart and the Ave. is the corner of Stuart Street and Telegraph Avenue in Berkley, California.
The Insomniac cover art (created by Winston Smith) is called "God Told Me to Skin You Alive."
The name for Insomniac partly came from Winston Smith (the artist who made the artwork for the album) - when Billie asked him how long it took to work on it, Winston replied "I'd spent the last 38 hours working on the assembly of the composition. He asked me how it was possible for me to stay awake that long and I said, "It's easy for me. I'm an insomniac".
When Green Day was recording songs for Insomniac, they were trying to think of an appropriate name for the song Stuck With Me. The band recorded the song now called "Do Da Da" around the same time, and that song was originally called "Stuck With Me", because those words actually appear in that song. But, there was a studio mix-up, and someone labeled the third track on Insomniac "Stuck With Me". When the band discovered the error, they felt the name was appropriate for the song and kept it. Later, they decided to release the real "Stuck With Me" as a b-side, so they gave it the nonsensical name "Do Da Da".
Billie also plays the harmonica, mandolin, drums, and the piano. Mike also plays the farfisa, guitar, and the drums. Tre also plays the guitar and the accordian.
New copies of Dookie are made without Ernie on the back. That's because Sesame Street threatened to sue Green Day.
Dookie's original title was Liquid Dookie, but they changed it because they thought it was too gross.
The first Halo game has some Basket Case lyrics in it as part of a hidden easter egg. screen shot
In the music video of "When I Come Around", midway through the video you can see present back up guitarist Jason White with his then-girlfriend
The guy from the Time Of Your Life video, is also the dude who used to play Carter on the TV show "ER", he comes up twice in the video.
In the Last Ride In video, Tre plays the accordian part to DUI, but you can't hear it very well.
In the Minority video, Billie Joe is running around with the cape on and Mike throws a hand to trip him. The hand is given the peace sign. When it hits him it nocks off the pointer and gives the middle finger.
In 1995 or so, the video for 'Longview' was critiqued on the popular MTV show, Beavis & Butthead. 'Basketcase' was also critiqued on the "Spanish Fly" episode of Beavis and Butthead.
In the video for Holiday, if you look closely at the bar when Tre (in drag) is dancing, you can see pictures of Billie Joe with TNT on him.
Green Day has three songs in which they say 1, 2, (1,2,3,4) - Hitchin' a Ride, St. Jimmy, and Peacemaker
"John used to name some of our songs. Like 409 in your coffee maker. Some girl in a library would always say "wabba se waska" at him."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"The first song Tre ever named was Private Ale."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Android was named after Andy Ernst. Android was about a homeless man walking down college ave. I was drinking coffee with Tre."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Jerry Finn came up with the title "Bab's Uvula who" RIP Jerry. The title is from an old SNL skit."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Pasalacqua= funeral home in Benicia Ca. We used to play at Desba's house and the Camel barns. We had great shows there with Monsula"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"'She' is about a girl named Amanda. So is Sasafrats roots(title by Mike) and so is "whatsername".. Ooh.. That's a good factoid"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Our friend/roadie Kaz Hope, suggested we call our song Longview because the 1st time we played was in Longview Washington in spring 1992"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"I wrote "having a blast" in cleveland in 1992. Had a great show at Euclid tavern but the rest of the night w miserable"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"16 has a weird funk part in the middle. You can hear Mike "slap a da bass big time!""
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Before the lobotomy was written on a trip to santa cruz.. Lyrics that is.."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"80 was written in portland on the beginning of our 91 tour. Summer. Subjects in songs become more complex in time. What used to be one muse or subject can become MANY. Hard to describe.However, Cigarettes and Valentines is about my Adrienne <3"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"west bound sign is about adrienne moving to california from minnesota"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"My cat really did get caught in the dryer in deadbeat holiday"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Words I might have ate was about Nina. She broke my heart. I was a shitty boyfriend. Hahahaha! The "school grounds" was a school hung out at and smoke weed and make out and stuff. Oh to be young.."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"One of my Lies was written at a warehouse on 7th st in west oakland. I lived there with 15 room mates. Lucky Dog got me the room. RIP Lucky. Its the same warehouse 80 visited me from minnesota. 1991"
Billie Joe on Twitter
Billie Joe said "Last Night On Earth" was inspired by his texts to Adrienne: "At the end of every text to adrienne I would say "all my lovin" like the beatles song. That's when the lyrics came to mind."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Christie Road is off hiway 4 between our hometown Rodeo and Martinez CA. My brother hung out there first. Then my friends hung out there too"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Haushinka was written around the same time as basketcase. But released on Nimrod. And yes there really is a girl named haushinka"
Billie Joe on Twitter
"No Pride was written in my basement in berkeley. I felt like I had no nationality. Like a mutt."
Billie Joe on Twitter
"Armatage Shanks was first recorded at the BBC in 1994. We were doing a BBC session and I went to the bathroom and noticed the toilet brand"
Billie Joe on Twitter
On the song Hold On (Warning) someone screams 'Hope' in the background after Billie says 'A cry for hope'.
The guitar for Brain Stew is nearly identical to the Chicago song "25 or 6 to 4".
Billie Joe sometimes changes the word "overjoyed"to "unemployed" when singing Jesus of Suburbia. "Am I retarded or an I just overjoyed"
When Green Day recorded "Dry Ice", they kept messing up and ended up doing about 18 takes on the song until they finally got it down. So at the end of the song you can hear them all shouting "YES! YES! YES!", because they finally got it don
If you take the chords and rhythm from the Blitzkrieg Bop intro, keep the rhythm, but play the chords backwards, it's the "Welcome to Paradise" intro.
On Brain Stew, right after the verse when the drums coem in, if you listen closely, you can hear Billie Joe say "oh" then "yeah" under his breath.
In Brain Stew after the drums start playing Billie Joe makes a noise kinda like "uhhhh" but you can barely hear it.
At the very begining of "Going to Pasalacqua", Before "Here we go again...." if you turn it up and listen closely in the silence he says "Here we go again" before he actually says it.
At the end of Burnout, you can hear someone laughing.
The noise heard at the beginning of the song "Green Day" is a bong.
Green Day has 14 transitional songs. They are Chump/Longview, Brain Stew/Jaded, Uptight/Last Ride In, Jinx/Haushinka, Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Are We the Waiting/St. Jimmy, and Give Me Novacaine/She's a Rebel
At the end of the song Walking Alone on Nimrod you can hear a glass break and someone says something like "its not like one thing......".
The guitar chords to the blink-182 song "What's my Age Again" are exactly the same as When I Come Around.
On Dookie, the song "Chump" ends with the "Longview" beat which goes into song 4 (Longview) like Chump never ended.
In Going To Pasalacqua at the very beginning right before you hear Billie sing "Here we go again" you can hear someone cough. Also, in Prosthetic Head after the bridge and when it's just a soft guitar then Billie Joe starts sining right before he does you can also hear someone cough then too.
"Haushinka" was originally written for Dookie, but at the time they didnt like the sound of it. So they excluded it from the album then when Nimrod came they decided to include it.
"The Grouch" (on nimrod.) was originally titled "Happy Grouch".
After John Kiffmeyer left Green Day, before Tre came in, a friend of the band joined as drummer for a few weeks, but left saying he wasn't good enough for the band.
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November 2015
Happening this month:
Nov 11:
Jason White's birthday
Nov 13:
¡Dos! was released 3 years ago!
Nov 27:
Happy Thanksgiving