Warning (Green Day song)

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"Warning"
Green Day - Warning single cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Warning
B-side"Suffocate" (7")
ReleasedDecember 11, 2000
Format
Recorded2000
GenreFolk punk[1]
Length3:41
LabelReprise
Songwriter(s)Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s)Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Minority"
(2000)
"Warning"
(2000)
"Waiting"
(2001)

"Warning" is a song by the American punk rock band Green Day. It is the second single and title track from their sixth album of the same name.

Billie Joe Armstrong has said that the original concept was to create a song whose lyrics were made up of all signs and labels, and the idea grew from there.[citation needed]

The song was a number three modern rock hit in the US. The song also made it into the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart in the UK. It has been noted that the song's main guitar riff bears strong resemblance to The Kinks song "Picture Book".[2]

This is the first Green Day song to feature a tremolo effect on the guitar; this became prominent in the 2004 single Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Warning" premiered on MTV in January 2001. It was directed by Francis Lawrence and shows the life of a rather oblivious young man who does dangerous, socially unacceptable and trivial things during his day. His punch-in card reveals his name to be John Earle.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "Warning" (album version)
  2. "Scumbag"
  3. "I Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely" (originally performed by Hüsker Dü)

CD 2[edit]

  1. "Warning" (album version)
  2. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)
  3. "Suffocate"

Limited edition card sleeve version[edit]

  1. "Warning" (album version)
  2. "Scumbag"

Warning/Minority AU single[edit]

  1. "Warning"
  2. "Minority"
  3. "Scumbag"
  4. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)

7" Adeline[edit]

Side A

  1. "Warning"

Side B

  1. "Scumbag"
  2. "Outsider" (originally performed by the Ramones)

7" Reprise[edit]

Side A

  1. "Warning"

Side B

  1. "Suffocate"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 19
Brazil (ABPD)[4] 63
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 46
Italy (FIMI)[6] 49
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 37
Poland (Polish Airplay Charts)[8] 12
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 27
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[11] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 31
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 7
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 3
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[15] 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sal Cinquemani (11 November 2001). "Green Day International Superhits! - Album Review - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Fowles, Paul; Wade, Graham (2012-02-23). Concise History of Rock Music. Mel Bay Publications. p. 341. ISBN 9781619110168.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Green Day – Warning". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Chart Track: Week 52, 2000". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Green Day – Warning". Top Digital Download. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Green Day – Warning". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Poland: Airplay Chart - Lista Krajowa 04/2001" Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  13. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2016.

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