I can’t sleep. Like ever. I have pretty severe sleeping problems. Always have. This is part of the reason why I love Fight Club. Because it makes total sense to me. I mean, fighting (natch) insomnia, chewing Valerian root-these are all things that I capital “I” Indentify with.
This is how the Griz and I first became acquainted I guess.
Unremembered to most people beside MRWADsd Griz and I had a group. It was basically just us. We were called “The Insomniacs”. By, you know, us. And really no one else. But we did “vandalize” other people’s whiteboards by writing things like “THE INSOMINIACS ARE HERE” and shit like that on them.
I guess what I’m saying is, actually, I’ve been an asshole for a while now.
But then again, you knew that.
Anyhoo, the band known as “Chicago” after the great…uh. City. Or something. I’m to lazy to research this. But! They made this one song called “Saturday in the Park” and someone thought that I might like it. I did. Then, they suggested “25 or 6 to 4”. Which, obviously, I loved too. So I listened to it a lot. Then I stopped for a while. Because that’s how I am with music.
This is all going to come togethersd2 I promise.
Also, when I was 14, like everyone else, I fell in love with Green Daysd3.
No-not love love. But I really liked listening to their songs. So of course “Brain Stew” came across my radar at some point in time. And, naturally, so did “Jaded”, Because, you know, how hard it is to hear “Brain Stew” without hearing “Jaded”?
But here’s the kicker. “Brain Stew” and “25 or 6 to 4” are the same song
It’s totally possible that “25 or 6 to 4” is not a reference to not being able to sleep at 0335 (or 0336) while trying to write a song. It could be about banging a whore.
Oh, come on now. Don’t get all PC on me. If you use Cockney rhyming slang 25 or 6 to 4 clearly rhymes with whore. So it could be about banging whores. You never know.
But at face value at least, these songs are the same. Both are about being awake. Not being able to sleep. Similar theories in similar songs.
And by “similar” I mean “HOLY SHIT THE BASSLINE IS ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME”.
That kind of similar.
I mean, i found out by happy coincidence that my iTunes playlist played these two songs relatively close to each other. And now, as it should, it hurts to hear “25 or 6 to 4” without hearing its cousin (brother?) of “Brain Stew” after it.
And we all know “Brain Stew” is best followed by a rousing rendition of “Jaded”. Which, naturally, followed by the crippling fact that you are no long 14. Welcome to real life asshole.
Anyhoo, here they are.
sd2: Not right now though, obvs.
sd3: Seriously, Green Day should just advertise themselves as “The official band of 14 year olds.” They’d totally get both 14 year olds and hipsters