|Brain Stew / Jaded|
|Released:||July 3, 1996|
|Format:||CD, cassette, vinyl|
|Genre:||Alternative rock (Brain Stew)|
Punk rock (Jaded)
|Producer:||Green Day, Rob Cavallo|
|Last Single:||"Stuck With Me"|
|This Single:||"Brain Stew/Jaded"|
|Next Single:||"Walking Contradiction"|
"Brain Stew/Jaded" is the third single from Green Day's 1995 album Insomniac released in 1996. The two songs are transitional: "Brain Stew" ending and moving right into "Jaded" without the music stopping. They are tracks 10 and 11 on the album Insomniac, and International Superhits. Due to the transition they were put out together as one single. The combination of the two became an alternative-rock radio staple.
The composition of "Brain Stew" is relatively simple. The song contains only five power chords, five bass notes, and a relatively simple drum pattern for Tre Cool's usual fast tom fills and explosive transitions. Many of Green Day's fans consider it to be one of their first songs to appear in the repertoire of many garage bands. Billie Joe Armstrong has stated that he used as many as 10 guitar overdubs to achieve the scratchy dissonant sounds in the latter part of the song.
The intro to "Panic Song" is often played in between "Brain Stew" and "Jaded" at live performances, although the key is changed to be relevant with the songs.
The "Brain Stew/Jaded" single was accompanied by a visually striking video which received heavy airplay on MTV which was split into two different halves that contrasted visual:
The music video for "Brain Stew" is all in sepia for the "Brain Stew" part and shows the band lying on a couch being pulled through a landfill by a bulldozer. Several strange things appear, such as Hawaiian Hula dancers and an old lady with a chalkboard (both in the construction site). The video is meant to depict the effects insomnia has on the brain (for example, the hallucinations, in which Billie Joe admits to being high during the filming to give the correct feel to the video.).
When the song transitions into "Jaded", the color comes back and shows the band playing the song in a fast-cut, wobbly-camera style. This video project was directed by Kevin Kerslake, who had previously directed videos for Nirvana, and would go on to make videos for Rise Against.
|1996||Brain Stew/Jaded||Modern Rock Tracks (US)||No. 3|
|1996||Brain Stew/Jaded||Mainstream Rock Tracks (US)||No. 8|
|1996||Brain Stew/Jaded||Official UK Singles Chart||No. 28|