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Green Day were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley. Though they had already released two albums (1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), the band truly announced its arrival with 1994's Dookie, a dynamic blast of exuberant punk-pop that sold 15 million copies and earned the band its first Grammy® Award for Best Alternative ... Read more in Amazon's Green Day Store

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000002N2P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/96)

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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential punk September 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Simple. Juvenile. Immature. Yep, that's the essence of Green Day. It can be a good thing though - being a grownup all the time isn't good for you, and punk is nothing if not a celebration of everything bratty and angry. For all the criticism it invites, Insomniac nevertheless succeeds very well at what it does, more so (in my opinion) than its breakthrough predecessor Dookie. It may be impossible to be objective but even now, years onward from the time I practically wore the disc out as a depressed high-schooler, I have to say it stands up remarkably well. It's energetic, it's bouncy, it's mindless, it flows effortlessly, it's got the same kind of fluffy sing-along quality that AC/DC elevated to an art form. (Sort of. Maybe. Well what would you call it?)

The music is mostly as basic as it gets; people usually need some simple basic fiber in their diets among the more fancy stuff, and Green Day did manage to do more with three chords than anyone since the Ramones. But there's a little extra here - the tight instrumental opening section of "Panic Song," the chunky minor groove of "Geek Stink Breath," the sinister plodding "Brain Stew," the subtle-but-impressive bass work behind "Stuart and the Ave." It's nothing that'll blow anyone's mind, but it adds enough flavoring that the whole thing avoids being a string of similar riffs throughout. (For more variety, try Nimrod.)

The band has moved on to other things since, even currently having a punk-rock opera in the works - I guess everyone has to grow up sometime - but Insomniac remains the highlight of the catalogue for me. Even when it can also make you want to break some furniture. No.. *especially* then.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Underrated. VERY Underrated. July 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, you heard me. UNDERRATED. I remember when this album came out, so many people were going, "Ugh, this stinks!" or "They've lost it!" What?! I thought this album was great! It's just as good as "Dookie," if not more. Green Day remains one of the coolest bands ever, especially when they perform live.
"Insomniac" is a great album that sill contains the punk edge that made them famous in "Dookie." (Great CD cover!!! You could look at it unfolded for hours, man.) EVERY song is great on this album. Yep. EVERY song. The lyrics are great, the guitars are great, and yes, the drumming is great.
My favorite songs are as follows: "brat," "stuck with me," "geek stink breath," "86," "stuart and the ave.," "panic song," and "walking contradiction." I really do like ALL of the songs, but those are the ones I listen to the most.
I really like the lyrics and the singing best of all. Billie Joe has an awesome voice, and a great ability of creating great and catchy lyrics.
Overall, a great album. Haven't gotten tire of it yet. And I don't think I ever will. Especially after seeing them live for the first time, I dig them more than ever before. Green Day is a very talented band that deserves more respect. Even today, yes TODAY, they still rock. And, they're still together after all of these years. Pick up "Insomniac" as soon as you can.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F L A W L E S S ! ! ! December 18, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I am a total Green Day fan. I have every one of the six albums and am proud of it. This is arguably my favorite. This review won't be too helpful if I just talk about me though, so here goes...
Armatage Shanks- It surprised me at first, sounded distinctly different from 1994's Dookie, but I got used to the slightly heavier, catchy punk sound that is maintained throughouth the recording.
Brat- A fun song mostly due to its feisty, irreverent lyrics that magically capture the whole spirit of Green Day. It opens with nothing but vocals and then suddenly burst into a horde of crunchy guitar chords.
Stuck With Me- One of my favorite songs by the guys, mostly for the way the words perfectly illustrate how a teen can feel sometimes. The thoughtful yet fast-paced angst makes the song a real keeper.
Geek Stink Breath- Great live. Its hard to catch some of what Billie Joe is saying, and he sings it like he been dead for a few days.
No Pride- I originally didn't carre for this particular number but grew to like the quick beat and catchy melody.
86- Some great lines in this one and a killer chorus that had me hooked from the start. Definitely another one of my faves.
Bab's Uvulva Who?- Don't let the odd title distract you from a super and wonderfully negative track that generally produces a feeling of hyperness that is probobly not healthy.
Panic Song- I love this. Once you make it through the drug out beginning instrumental, you dive into a song full of lyrics that are above my head but nonetheless terribly enjoyable: "The world is a sick machine/breeding a mass of ..." And how can you not treasure BJ tailing it all off with "I wanna jump out" over and over again?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! Must Have For Fans August 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I remember getting this cd way back in 1995. It was my 10th birthday party in December 95 and my best friend bought the cd for me. I went up to my room with my friends and put the cd in my cd player. I listened to the cd about 10 times that night, i was in love with this music i had never heard. That was when i first started getting into punk music and started playing the guitar. Now that I am 14, this cd still is an inspiration to me and the way i live. I think this cd is soooo much better than Dookie or Nimrod. The punk blasts out from you speakers and you instantly become mesmorized by the music and lyrics. It is pure 100% energy and makes you want to jump around and start singing along. Although Nimrod and Dookie are great cd's, this cd is always in my cd changer now along with Sublime's Selftitled cd. The screaming guitars and driving lyrics make my insides rumble. Eventhough it never met the sales of Nimrod or Dookie, I think it is the greatest Green Day cd and one of the greatest 32:56 ever produced by any band. Everybody should have this cd and i cant wait for WARNING: October 3rd. Thank you Green Day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
These old Green Day CD'S are the best! I like their new stuff too, but not everything because it sounds like more pop now, but the old stuff is more raw and edgy sounding.
Published 2 months ago by Rich
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
This album is, in my opinion, not on par with the Green Day released in the same time frame. Minus Brain Stew and one or two other songs, the tracks seem to blend together, and not... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Spencer Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Green Day find!
You will love this record from beginning to end. It is indeed a great Green Day find. Most people know Green Day from Dookie and American Idiot, but I tell you that this record is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rafael Fanola
Love this album because of its ultra heavy guitar sound and overall aggressive speed. I recommend this album for all....
Published 5 months ago by R. TAT
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Genre really doesn't matter at this point Walking Contradiction, Brian Stew, and Geek Stink Breath are basically my highlights. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vladimir Ecryextic
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
Came just as you said.Made my daughter happy.She has a new found love for green day .So now im trying to get her all the older stuff:)
Published 7 months ago by Jessika Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Greenday at their peak
This is the last great album Green Day put out IMO. And the best on top of that. All of their poppy stuff before this was great too.
Published 10 months ago by adam
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad album as albums go.
It's not one of my favs, but i am looking to complete their catalog. It's a good listen for the car when i head off to work.
Published 12 months ago by tadd
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
what can i say. i love this band and this is one of my favorite green day records
Green Day!!!
Published 12 months ago by Carlos German Larrosa
4.0 out of 5 stars Not "Dookie" but it's still quite good
Released in 1995, "Insomniac" was Green Day's second major label record, and their fourth album overall. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jonathan Weller
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Walking Contradiction...
really good
Apr 6, 2009 by James |  See all 3 posts
"For Promotional Use Only"
generally no, depends on the release. Is it just he regular cd with the gold stamp? If there's something different ie. artwork it may be collectible.

Technically you shouldn't have paid money for it as it was given to radio/dj's to promote the album.

If its just the regular cd with a gold... Read More
May 13, 2009 by Dimension |  See all 2 posts
take all of this pop and emo and nerd and art crap off of the punk rock...
Give it one cares bout you. Just listen to what you like.
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