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Basket Case (song)

"Basket Case" is a song by Green Day from its third album Dookie. After the single was released, the song ended up being a huge hit, spending five weeks at the top of the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was written by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong about his struggle with anxiety; before he was diagnosed with a panic disorder, he thought he was going crazy. The music video, featuring the band members in a mental institution, received heavy airplay on MTV. This song and its music video helped propel Dookie to become a major success among most mainstream rock listeners. Dookie went on to become a multi-platinum album featuring this song as well as hit singles "Longview", "When I Come Around", "Welcome to Paradise" and "She".

In 1995, Green Day was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Basket Case".

In 2006, on Mike Davies and Zane Lowe's Lock Up Special on BBC Radio 1, the listeners voted "Basket Case" the Greatest Punk Song of All Time.

The song can also be found on their 2001 greatest hits compilation International Superhits!. The music video can be found on their International Supervideos! DVD. A live version is also found on Bullet in a Bible, a live album of Green Day performing at the Milton Keynes National Bowl in 2005.

Track listing

Initial Pressing

  1. "Basket Case" - 3:01
  2. "On The Wagon" (Non-LP Track) - 2:48
  3. "Tired Of Waiting For You" (Non-LP Track) - 2:30
  4. "409 In Your Coffeemaker" (Unmixed) - 2:49

Alternate Pressing

  1. "Basket Case" - 3:01
  2. "Longview" (live) - 3:30
  3. "Burnout" (live) - 2:11
  4. "2,000 Light Years Away" (Live) - 2:49
  5. (Live tracks recorded March 11, 1994 at Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, Florida)

Music Video

This was the third music video by Green Day, and it was directed by Mark Kohr. The video was shot in an actual mental institution, at the request of the band members. The mental institution had since been abandoned, but most of the structure remained in a broken-down state. The band members found deep scratches in the walls and dental molds scattered around. The music video was actually shot in black and white and the color was added in later, contributing to the surreal effect of the video. The video was nominated for multiple MTV Video Music Awards in 1995: Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Hard Rock Video, Best Alternative Video, Breakthrough Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Viewer's Choice Award. The music video also had a mash-up on MTV with Nelly's Country Grammar called "Country Basket".

Covers and other references

In popular culture

  • At the "Edit Gametypes" menu on the multiplayer of Halo: Combat Evolved, there is a line from "Basket Case".
  • The music video has been "reviewed" on Beavis and Butthead.
  • The line "am I just paranoid/ or am I just stoned?" is edited to remove "stoned" in the radio version of the song.
  • The song is a de facto tune played by the University of Alabama "Million Dollar Band" during football and basketball season to get students and fans fired up during the contests. It is often played at the end of the 3rd quarter of Crimson Tide football games and has become a staple in the Million Dollar Band music line up.

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1994 Modern Rock Tracks (US) No. 1
1994 Mainstream Rock Tracks (US) No. 9
1995 Billboard Hot 100 Airplay No. 26
1994 Top 40 Mainstream (US) No. 16
1995 Official Norwegian Singles Chart No. 2
1994 Official Sweden Singles Chart No. 3
1994 Official UK Singles Chart No. 6
1995 Official Irish Singles Chart No. 11
1995 Official German Singles Chart No. 18

It should be noted that, while the song was extremely popular in the United States, even managing to hit number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, the lack of a commercial single single-handedly prevented the song from charting on the Billboard Hot 100.


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