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This song is about being bored, lonely, and feeling like a complete loser. In an interview with VH1, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said: "I was just in a creative rut. I was in-between houses sleeping on people's couches. It's a song about trying not to feel pathetic and lonely. I didn't think that masturbation was really seen from the point of view that I was looking at it. In songs like 'Turning Japanese
' it always seemed more about people pulling a pud or something. I was coming from a lonely guy's perspective: No girlfriend, no life, complete loser."
The lyrics refer to masturbation as means of escape: "Take me away to paradise." Lead singer Billy Joe describes his masturbation habits at the time as "chronic."
This was the first Green Day single released on a major label - Reprise Records. This was not a hit, but their next single, "Basket Case
," launched them to popularity. Before Dookie
came out, Green Day released 2 albums on a small label.
In a 1995 Rolling Stone magazine interview, bassist Mike Dirnt revealed that he initially wrote the unique bass riff to this song while on an acid trip. The next day a sober Mike, along with Billie Joe, had a hard time remembering the riff they liked so much the night before. What became the song's bassline was what they could remember to the best of their ability. (thanks, George - Islip Terrace, NY)
Most radio stations aired the edited version with the line "I smell like sh-t" mumbled at the end.
True to the Punk style, most of Green Day's songs to this point were very short. This was one of their longest at 3:59. (thanks, Adrian - Wilmington, DE)
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