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Green Day – Insomniac album art and singles covers

Contributed by Jayce Wheeled on Jul 11th, 2021. Artwork published in .
    Front cover of Green Day’s Insomniac album.
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    Front cover of Green Day’s Insomniac album.

    From Wikipedia:

    Insomniac is the fourth studio album by American rock band Green Day, released on October 10, 1995, by Reprise Records. It was recorded at Hyde Street in San Francisco, and the band prioritized high-energy takes during the recording sessions. Released as the follow-up to the band’s multi-platinum breakthrough Dookie, Insomniac featured a heavier and more “punk” sound, and bleaker lyrics than its predecessor. Lyrically, the album discusses themes such as alienation, anxiety, boredom, and drug use. Insomniac also served as a reaction to many early fans who had turned their backs on the band after it achieved mainstream success with Dookie.

    Having previously met drummer Tré Cool, artist Winston Smith – best known for his artwork for Dead Kennedys – received an invitation to do the cover and welcomed the band to his studio. The trio got most interested in “Til Death Do Us Part”, a Smith defacement of a 1434 painting that became the center of the piece (namely, the violinist wearing an eye exam device and the angry woman next to him). [Genius]

    Win­ston Smith elaborates:

    The col­lage on the album cover […] is called God Told Me to Skin You Alive, a ref­er­ence to Dead Kennedys first album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. Inter­est­ingly enough, the cover art con­tains an image (the den­tist) that was orig­i­nally used in a col­lage fea­tured in the insert booklet art of Dead Kennedys’ album Plas­tic Surgery Dis­as­ters. There are also three skulls on the entire album cover – one for each mem­ber of Green Day. One of the skulls requires you to view the piece at an angle. The hid­den skull is taken from Hans Holbein’s 1533 paint­ing The Ambassadors.

    Another band shoutout was added in the transition from collage to album cover: while Smith had the blonde with a gun holding an acoustic guitar, Insomniac changed the instrument to Billie Joe Armstrong’s “Blue” guitar.

    Design and typography by David Harlan. Art direction by Dirk Walter.

    [More info on Discogs]

    Winston Smith’s full collage, unfolded.
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    Winston Smith’s full collage, unfolded.

    Back side of the folded cover poster, with the lyrics set in two weights from FF Trixie. Titles are in Canadian Photographer, Canadian Photographer Script, and a scratched style that’s unidentified and possibly custom.
    Scan: Florian Hardwig. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Back side of the folded cover poster, with the lyrics set in two weights from FF Trixie. Titles are in Canadian Photographer, Canadian Photographer Script, and a scratched style that’s unidentified and possibly custom.

    Cover for Green Day’s “Brain Stew” / “Jaded” single. “Brain Stew” uses a mix of FF Trixie and Canadian Photography Script. “Green Day”is set in all-caps Canadian Photographer Script. [More info on Discogs]
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    Cover for Green Day’s “Brain Stew” / “Jaded” single. “Brain Stew” uses a mix of FF Trixie and Canadian Photography Script. “Green Day”is set in all-caps Canadian Photographer Script. [More info on Discogs]

    Cover for Green Day’s “Geek Stink Breath” single, which uses FF Trixie for the band name, and Canadian Photography Script for the title. [More info on Discogs]
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    Cover for Green Day’s “Geek Stink Breath” single, which uses FF Trixie for the band name, and Canadian Photography Script for the title. [More info on Discogs]

    “Geek Stink Breath” UK single, with FF Trixie for the band name, Canadian Photography Script for the title, and Canadian Photography for the small text.
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    “Geek Stink Breath” UK single, with FF Trixie for the band name, Canadian Photography Script for the title, and Canadian Photography for the small text.

    Track listing for the Insomniac CD release. FF Trixie is used for the song titles. Canadian Photographer and its Script companion are used for the text at the right. The legal text at the bottom is set in Helvetica Regular.
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    Track listing for the Insomniac CD release. FF Trixie is used for the song titles. Canadian Photographer and its Script companion are used for the text at the right. The legal text at the bottom is set in Helvetica Regular.

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    • FF Trixie
    • Canadian Photographer Script
    • Canadian Photographer
    • unidentified typeface
    • Helvetica

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    1 Comment on “Green Day – Insomniac album art and singles covers”

    1. Jayce, that’s a great explanation! It was my dad’s favourite band.

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