Brain Stew / Jaded

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"Brain Stew" / "Jaded"
Single by Green Day
from the album Insomniac
Released July 3, 1996 (1996-07-03)
Format CD single, cassette, vinyl
Recorded 1995
Genre Punk rock
Length 4:43
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Billie Joe Armstrong / Green Day
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo, Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Stuck with Me"
"Brain Stew/Jaded"
"Walking Contradiction"

"Brain Stew" / "Jaded" are two songs by the 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 two songs were released as one single, as the songs are transitional - "Brain Stew" segues directly into "Jaded". The main guitar riff of "Brain Stew" bears a striking resemblance to the beginning of Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4". After 9/11, "Brain Stew" was placed on Clear Channel's list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Brain Stew" / "Jaded"   4:43
2. "Do Da Da"   1:30
3. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"   2:03
4. "Brain Stew" (clean radio edit; faded ending) 3:13

Vinyl box set

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Brain Stew" / "Jaded"   4:43
2. "Walking Contradiction"   2:31
Side B
No. Title Length
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

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.

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, and an old lady with a chalkboard. When the song transitions to "Jaded", the video transitions to normal color and fast shots of the band playing the song. The video was directed by Kevin Kerslake.[1][2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 88
Billboard Hot 100 35
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 35
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
UK Singles Chart 28
US Modern Rock Tracks 3
US Mainstream Rock Tracks 8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Green Day: International Supervideos! (2001) (V)
  2. ^ Kevin Kerslake - IMDb
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 

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