This Motown-flecked pub rocker is the lead single from ¡Dos!, the second of a trilogy of albums by Green Day. The three records were all recorded with longtime producer Rob Cavallo, who also moonlights as chairman of Warner Bros. Records. Like most of the tracks on the album, it is in a garage rock style that the band had previously experimented with in their Foxboro Hot Tubs side project.
The song is structured around a bassline that is similar to the one from The Jam's 1982 UK #1 hit, "A Town Called Malice."
This was titled "Drama Queen" on early pressings.
The song's lighthearted video depicts a leather-jacketed Casanova with a bloody hole in his chest where his heart is supposed to be.
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.