My iPod #321: Green Day – Emenius Sleepus

This is “Ememius Sleepus”, a song by Green Day on their classic album “Dookie“. It’s one that has lyrics written by the band’s bassist Mike Dirnt, and according to their Rock Band contains some of the most difficult drumming in a Green Day song. Being part of those four under-two-minute tracks near the end of the album, the track may be overlooked and underestimated by some. I actually really like this song. I don’t even have “Basket Case” on my iPod, that’s how highly I regard this track.

The track is from the point of view of a person who sees a childhood friend after a period of not seeing them. They have changed…. for the worst. The narrator is disgusted by this, and wants to go home. I haven’t experienced this as of yet, but I get the feeling that when I’m much older I definitely will. In the end, the narrator ponders on whether anyone tried to help the friend, but forgets about it and decides to actually go home.

So, like every other song on “Dookie”, there is probably only four/five chords on this song. All very typical on punk albums like “Dookie”. I think all the magic is in the rhythm section. Tré Cool goes ape on the drums as per usual as you can see in that Rock Band video above (even though doesn’t really represent real drums), and Dirnt plays his trademark bass lines where he plays on the low strings before skipping to a higher one for a brief second before returning to the low ones again. His playing during the bridge section is quite nice too.

It is a short track, that is very true. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s just as important as all the other thirteen (fourteen?) tracks that accompany it on the album.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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