The song "Brain Stew" by Green Day is a great example of grunge music. It is about the constant pressure of living in modern society, as well as the strain of work and school.
A long time friend of the band, James Washburn, is credited as a singer for this particular track. Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the song. He admitted that he was inspired by a Beatles' song.
Brain Stew was released as the third single from Green Day's third studio album, Insomniac, in 1996. It was initially released on October 10, 1995. Later, it was released as a medley with "Jaded" in July 1996. At the time, Green Day had not sold much singles in the US. This prevented them from charting in the top 40.
Since then, Brain Stew has been performed by the band at concerts. It has also been featured on the live EP Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking. There is also a video for the song.
The song was originally censored for radio play. However, it was later rereleased as a promotional single. It was also included on the International Supervideos! compilation, and in the Ultimate Collectors' Edition of the "Brain Stew" single. Moreover, the song was rereleased as the seventh song on the band's greatest hits album God's Favorite Band.
"Brain Stew" is not a song that is easy to sing. Its lyrics are about mental exhaustion, describing the feeling of working forever and not getting any sleep.