Release date
22 Apr 2003
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Armatage Shanks 2:18 118,945
2 Brat 1:45 114,678
3 Stuck With Me 2:17 192,293
4 Geek Stink Breath 2:17 214,516
5 No Pride 2:19 104,205
6 Bab's Uvula Who? 2:08 75,224
7 86 2:47 106,865
8 Panic Song 3:35 101,394
9 Stuart and the Ave. 2:03 98,681
10 Brain Stew 3:15 350,591
11 Jaded 1:33 201,023
12 Westbound Sign 2:13 99,555
13 Tight Wad Hill 2:01 94,536
14 Walking Contradiction 2:33 207,889

About this album

Insomniac is the fourth studio album from the punk rock band Green Day. It was released on October 10, 1995, through the Reprise Records label. Though it reached number two in the United States and went double Platinum (According to the RIAA) by 1996, Insomniac did not have the sales endurance of its predecessor, Dookie, largely due to its slightly darker lyrical tone and heavier, more abrasive sound. The album is the band’s third-best selling album behind Dookie and American Idiot with over 7 million copies sold worldwide.

n 1995, a new single for the Angus soundtrack was released, titled “J.A.R.”. The single went straight to number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was followed by Insomniac, which was released in the fall of 1995. Insomniac opened to a warm critical reception, earning four out of five stars from Rolling Stone, which said “In punk, the good stuff actually unfolds and gains meaning as you listen without sacrificing any of its electric, haywire immediacy. And Green Day are as good as this stuff gets.”

Before the name ‘Insomniac’, the band considered the naming the album Tight Wad Hill (After the thirteenth track of the album) After visiting collage artist Winston Smith for the album cover, Billie Joe Armstrong asked him how he managed to make such intricate pieces in such short times. Smith answered, “It’s easy for me. I am an insomniac.”

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