Green Day - Geek Stink Breath

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Release date: 25 September 1995

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Green Day - Geek Stink Breath: Wikipedia Album Entry

"Geek Stink Breath" debuted live on December 3, 1994 during Green Day's first performance on Saturday Night Live. The word "shit" in the line "Wish in one hand and shit in the other and see which one gets filled first" got past the censors since they could not understand the lyrics to the new song (closed caption typed it as "unintelligible lyrics"). The song was later recorded and released on the band's 1995 release Insomniac, and as the album's lead-off single.

The lyrics tell of the singer leading a "path of self-destruction" through the use of methamphetamine, and the effects of this drug on his body. The lyrics were inspired by Armstrong's own experiences, as well as the people around him that he saw lose control of their lives because of their addictions. The word "Geek" is slang for "methamphetamine". Featuring a hard rocking three chord riff, the song pays homage to the band's 1970s punk influences, including the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. The song ended up being a moderate radio hit.

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