Hitchin' a Ride (Green Day song)
|"Hitchin' a Ride"|
|Single by Green Day|
|from the album Nimrod|
|Released||September 22, 1997|
|Genre||Punk rock, alternative rock|
|Writer(s)||Billie Joe Armstrong / Green Day|
|Producer(s)||Rob Cavallo, Green Day|
|Green Day singles chronology|
- "Hitchin' a Ride"
- "Sick" (Non - LP Track)
- "Espionage (Instrumental)" (Non - LP Track) feat. horn arrangements by David Campbell
- "Sick" is also known as "Sick of Me" on Shenanigans.
LP Box Set :
- "Hitchin' a Ride"
- "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
PopMatters listed "Hitchin' a Ride" as the sixth best Green Day song, citing "Suiting its falling-off-the-wagon subject matter, "Hitchin’ a Ride" is a hellish yet exhilarating track that makes picking up a bottle look like probably not wisest idea one could have."
The music video for "Hitchin' a Ride" was directed by Mark Kohr, the director that Green Day had favored throughout the Dookie and Insomniac singles. The music video shows the band performing in a Jazz Age-reminiscent scenery amongst strange characters in costumes. Billie Joe plays his Fernandes Stratocaster 'Blue', Mike Dirnt uses a Fender Precision Bass and Tré Cool has a snare drum with a cymbal attached slung over his shoulders and a bass drum hung over his back. At the beginning of the song, the group is shown walking off a moving sidewalk on a stylized metropolitan street while still playing, switching to a stage setup in a jazz club after the chorus. During the bridge, a giant mosquito escapes from a box causing people to panic, while Billie Joe is shown destroying the stage using the mic stand and fighting with a waiter. In the outro, the band must run away from the club and returns onto the crowded street.
|AUS Singles Chart||26|
|Canadian RPM Singles Chart||23|
|Canadian RPM Alternative 30||1|
|UK Singles Chart||25|
|US Hot 100 Airplay||59|
|US Mainstream Rock Tracks||9|
|US Modern Rock Tracks||5|
- by AJ Ramirez. "Nice Guys Finish Last: The Top 15 Green Day Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-05-25.