“Well, well … where has the time gone?! Insomniac turns a quarter-century old tomorrow!!” Green Day writes in one of four Insomniac-related posts yesterday.

The album that many thought to be the band’s sophomore effort was actually Green Day’s fourth full-length album. Insomniac retained a similar energy to their major label debut Dookie, but the band had grown up significantly in the small window of time between the two records.

After having toured the world until their knuckles were raw, the band immediately went into the studio to record their major label follow-up. A lot of the fun from the new life of world traveler went into the studio with them, along with an evolving rage and passion.

Insomniac was an album with more grit and angst lyrically and with a sharper edge and darker tones in the albums musical orchestration. The band still had a fun-loving sense of humor in their lyrics, but there was also an obvious amount of bite-back cynicism lurking just beneath the surface.

Following the ginormous wave of success from Dookie, the notoriety brought the band as much praise from new fans as it simultaneously spurned vitriol from longtime fans of the band’s independent era. The term “sell-out” was in full swing, and it likely caused a bit of the reason for the band to prove many wrong in their estimation that the band were one-album wonders, or that they’d lost a step on their way up.   

Song-for-song, Insomniac does it’s best to show up its older brother’s success. From the first song, it’s obvious the band had more to say, and with a more serious focus. Insomniac sold over 2.1 million albums in the U.S. and released three major singles, “Brain Stew,” “Geek Stink Breath,” and “Stuck with Me.”

To celebrate the big day, Green Day revealed a limited-edition, double LP pressed on translucent, orange vinyl. “LP 1 is a remastered version of the album. LP 2 includes live tracks from the legendary, 1996 Prague show on the A Side along with an etching on the B Side,” the band writes on social media.

In addition to the vinyl, Green Day also brought back some of their popular merch from the Insomniac era including four T-shirts and a hoodie. One tee also includes tour dates on the back from Green Day’s original tour if you’ve happened to lose your original or maybe weren’t even born yet to attend.

But wait, there’s more! For the Green Day super-fan, the band are also releasing “a limited-edition Insomniac archival, giclee print” for $100, and all proceeds will benefit the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The poster is in partnership with Punk Rock & Paintbrushes, and each one is signed and numbered by Winston Smith, the artist who did the original Insomniac album artwork. The prints will be available starting Monday (October 12) via PR&P


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