Longview (3:58)

Cover of Dookie

From Dookie and 56 other releases

“Longview” is the first major-label single released by punkrock band Green Day, from their hit 1994 album, Dookie. The song was the band’s first #1 on the Modern Rock chart, in a career that contained many chart-toppers on this chart. The music video for this song received intense airplay on MTV, which is largely credited for breaking Green Day into mainstream popularity. The lyrics describe intense boredom and are about a day spent sitting around the house, doing absolutely nothing of importance, masturbating until it is no longer fun, having no job, and no life. The song captured the attention of many youth at the time with its overt allusions to masturbation. Bassist Mike Dirnt has stated that the famous bass line intro to this song was written one night while he was high on acid, and what remains on the album is what he and lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong could recall in the morning.

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“It’s about boredom, masturbation 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.

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  • kurtnobain

    Best album ever written

    9 Oct 9:57pm Reply
  • TheMally98

    Oh yeah, the real Green Day

    6 Sep 9:24pm Reply
  • viathin12

    good song off the great dookie album lol

    24 May 5:48am Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing.

    30 Apr 2:26am Reply
  • Leifdistad

    Heart :) Suuuuuuuch a good album, changed my perspective on life and music when I heard it.

    7 Apr 11:15pm Reply
  • Ateiluj1

    I'm here for Facebook's SongPop game.

    21 Mar 12:29am Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of their best songs!

    8 Jan 10:03pm Reply
  • witch_possessed

    this song describes me perfectly and its been only a week ive stopped watching porn

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DanStu1990

    "My mother says to get a job, but she don't like the one she's got. When masturbation's lost its fun, your fucking breaking". Best line of any Green Day song.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Taiteki

    Ah yes, this was the first "forbidden" album I purchased as a kid and opened the chapter of self-discovery and independance in my life. I had a special hiding spot so the folks wouldn't find it. \m/ Thanks BMG music, LOL.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Juluss03

    I love this song so much I can listen to it 24 hours a day, and this song describes my holiday, yeaaa I'M SO DAMN BORED !

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • theDescending

    This song perfectly describes my life. :(

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    It's been about 20 years since i heard this song and masturbation has lost it's fun..lol..

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • MIKEH3875

    fuck yeah something from their debut album and you can't go wrong there thats like the very best material they ever put out in my opinion along with the insomniac album which is great as well.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Pavski188

    It's been about ten years since I first heard this song and masturbation still hasn't lost it's fun!

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song, and yeah dat bass.

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Connarhea

    Still a beast of a track <3

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • felipetambs

    Dat bass.

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • steve__

    When masturbation's lost its fun you're fucking lonely < Great lyric.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • FadingStar89

    bite my lip and close my eyes, take me away to paradise...

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
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