Readers' Poll: Green Day's Best SongsPicks include 'Longview,' 'Basket Case' and 'Welcome to Paradise'
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The first single off Dookie, "Longview" is an ode to boredom and masturbation that was written on drugs. "I think drinking and doing drugs are very important," Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt told Rolling Stone in 1994. "When Billie gave me a shuffle beat for 'Longview,' I was flying on acid so hard. I was laying up against the wall with my bass lying on my lap. It just came to me. I said, 'Bill, check this out. Isn't this the wackiest thing you've ever heard?' Later, it took me a long time to be able to play it, but it made sense when I was on drugs. To me, everybody should drop acid at least once. Well, some people don't have the right personality for it. But it is important."