Green Day - "Insomniac"

It was a tough one between this one and "Dookie," but the latter is such a duh release in the punk catalogue's history of time that it was better off including this bad boy. Billie Joe & Co. really blow it out of the park on the early part of the band's career. Not sure what happened and why they became a corporate machine as the 2000's came around, but the songs on this release come and go so quickly and are packed with so much energy that it still stands the test of time. Primary single "Brainstew" is probably the weakest track on the album although tons of fun. I think it's just important to remember that before any of us even knew what we were listening to, Green Day was some of the 80's babies first exposure to the punk scene. When I gave "Dookie," "Insomniac," & "Nimrod" a front to back listen I remembered how before I even thought of myself as "into music" at all, I was hooked to the anthems and infectious tracks on these albums. This was probably before I even heard Korn, Slayer, Tool or Pantera and I had no idea that the album was written by a group of couch surfers with an agenda who would eventually be inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame.

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