Brain Stew / Jaded

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"Brain Stew" / "Jaded"
Green Day - Brain Stew-Jaded cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Insomniac
ReleasedJuly 3, 1996 (1996-07-03)
FormatCD single, cassette, vinyl
StudioHyde Street Studios, San Francisco, California
GenrePunk rock, hardcore punk[1]
Songwriter(s)Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo and Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Stuck with Me"
"Brain Stew" / "Jaded"
"Walking Contradiction"

"Brain Stew" and "Jaded" are two songs released as a joint single by American punk rock band Green Day. They are the tenth and eleventh tracks and third single from the group's fourth studio album, Insomniac. The song was also included on Godzilla: The Album. The two songs were released as one single, as the songs are transitional - "Brain Stew" segues directly into "Jaded". After 9/11, "Brain Stew" was placed on Clear Channel's list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles. The song "Brain Stew" is about Armstrong dealing with insomnia. According to Armstrong himself, "Brain Stew" was originally called "Insomniac" on demo (hence the title of the album on which it is featured),[2] and "Brain Stew" is a reference to Armstrong's long-time friend, James Washburn, who is nicknamed Brain Stew.[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Brain Stew" / "Jaded"4:43
2."Do Da Da"1:30
3."Good Riddance (Demo Version)"2:03
4."Brain Stew" (clean radio edit; faded ending)3:13

Vinyl box set

Side A
1."Brain Stew" / "Jaded"4:43
2."Walking Contradiction"2:31
Side B
1."Brain Stew" / "Jaded" (live at Sporthall, Prague, March 26, 1996)4:27
2."No Pride"2:20

Other versions[edit]

"Brain Stew"


  • A live version found on Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking. (recorded March 26, 1996 at Sporthalle, Prague, Czech Republic)
  • A live version was performed during the Milton Keynes concert recorded for "Bullet in a Bible" but was omitted from the CD/DVD

"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

Live performances[edit]

The "Brain Stew" part of the song has been played at almost every single one of Green Day's concerts since its release. There have been several notable performances of this song. For instance, the band played the song in front of 130,000 people at the Milton Keynes National Bowl for the live DVD–CD Bullet in a Bible. Another notable performance was when the group performed it at Goat Island in Sydney, Australia on October 19, 2000, where Armstrong mixed up the verses by accident. During the 21st Century Breakdown World Tour, the band played this after playing numerous cover rock songs.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Brain Stew/Jaded" consists of two parts: The "Brain Stew" portion of the video is sepia toned and depicts the band lying on a couch being pulled through a landfill by a bulldozer, interspersed with shots of Hula dancers, mealworms, a dog, and a teacher writing on a chalkboard. When the song transitions to "Jaded", the video transitions to chrome and shows fast shots of the band playing the song in their recording studio with more shots of mealworms and hula dancers. The video was directed by Kevin Kerslake.[4][5]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 88
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 35
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[8] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 28
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[10] 35
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[11] 8
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 3

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "20 Essential Green Day Hits". Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Green Day Community".
  3. ^ Instagram
  4. ^ Green Day: International Supervideos! (2001) (V)
  5. ^ Kevin Kerslake - IMDb
  6. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 19 May 1996". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved August 11, 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2913." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 2883." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  9. ^ "Green Day: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  12. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 12, 2016.

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