by Green Day


Insomniac is the fourth studio album by American rock band Green Day, released on October 10, 1995, by Reprise Records. It was recorded at Hyde Street in San Francisco, and the band prioritized high-energy takes during the recording sessions. Released as the follow-up to the band’s multi-platinum breakthrough Dookie, Insomniac featured a heavier, hardcore punk sound, with bleaker lyrics than its predecessor. Lyrically, the album discusses themes such as alienation, anxiety, boredom, and drug use. Insomniac also served as a reaction to many early fans who had turned their backs on the band after it achieved mainstream success with Dookie.The album received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s songwriting and sarcastic sense of humor. Three songs were released as singles, “Geek Stink Breath”, “Stuck with Me”, and “Brain Stew / Jaded”. Though it peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 2× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1996, Insomniac did not have the sales endurance of its predecessor Dookie, largely due to its slightly darker lyrical tone and its heavier and more abrasive sound. Insomniac has sold over 2,100,000 copies in the United States and over 10,000,000 copies worldwide as of 2022. The album was reissued on vinyl on May 12, 2009. In 2021, a deluxe version of the album was released for its 25th anniversary, including previously unreleased live tracks.


  1. Armatage Shanks
  2. Brat
  3. Stuck With Me
  4. Geek Stink Breath
  5. No Pride
  6. Bab’s Uvula Who?
  7. 86
  8. Panic Song
  9. Stuart And The Ave.
  10. Brain Stew
  11. Jaded
  12. Westbound Sign
  13. Tight Wad Hill
  14. Walking Contradiction
  15. Live In Prague
  16. Armatage Shanks
  17. Brat
  18. Geek Stink Breath
  19. Stuck With Me
  20. Brain Stew
  21. Jaded
  22. Walking Contradiction
  23. 86

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue (Made in Czech version), Vinyl LP Single Sided Etched, All Media Deluxe Edition Limited Edition (25th Anniversary Edition)
Label Reprise Records
Catalog Number 093624884576
Notes This release has center labels which indicate “Made in Czech Republic.” For the release with center labels which indicate “Made in Canada,” use [r21660517]. Packaged in rainbow foil cover Side C is a live recording from Prague in 1996. Etching of album cover on side D. Reprise Records, A Warner Music Group Company. 777 S. Santa Fe Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90021; 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019-6708. © 2021 Reprise Records. ℗ 2016, 2020 Reprise Records. Made in Czech Republic. Runouts are etched and stamped.
Discogs URL Green Day - Insomniac