Here’s your #TapeTuesday! Green Day – Insomniac (1995)

Here's your #TapeTuesday. Green Day with their fourth studio album Insomniac. Released October 10th, 1995 Insomniac had the difficult task of following up Dookie, Green Day's breakthrough album which has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. Insomniac finds the band in a middle ground between the snot-nosed punk pop of Dookie and the eclectic, sprawling alt-rock of 1997's Nimrod. The lyrics are a slight darker take on young adulthood, tackling methamphetamine use ("Geek Stink Breath"), slackerdom ("No Pride") and actual insomnia ("Brain Stew"). The band got the album title when singer Billy Joe Armstrong met with album cover creator Winston Smith. He asked him how he creates such intricate pieces in short amounts of time. He replied "It's easy for me. I'm an insomniac." That combined with the fact that Armstrong never had a full night of sleep while recording due to his newborn son and the album title was birthed. The album never gained much traction on radio and MTV with only the John Lennon-esque departure "Brain Stew" receiving major airplay. Green Day would regroup in 1997 with the range-y Nimrod album and score a major ballad hit with "Time Of Your Life." The following decade would find Green Day completely eclipsing their past successes with the era-defining rock opera American Idiot. However their streamlined arena rock sounds of their later-years simply don't contain the carefree, colorful punk pop found on Insomniac. Purchased at Coconuts Music and Video, Westmont, IL October 1995. #GreenDay #Insomniac #BillieJoeArmstrong #MikeDirnt #TreCool #RobCavallo #JerryFinn #RepriseRecords

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