Back in December of 1996, worried about the influence of Green Day’s “explicit” fourth album, Insomniac, on her 8-year-old son, an angry mother decided to write a slightly aggressive letter of complaint to the band. It clearly hit a nerve, and she soon received a handwritten response from then-24-year-old frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. Both letters can be seen below.

Apparently this exchange inspired the song “Reject,” as found on Green Day’s next album, Nimrod.

credit: www.lettersofnote.com/2011/05/i-write-for-myself-and-ill-say-anything.html?m=1

The progression of night for an insomniac

10pm: i should go to bed now

11pm: i’ll watch a little youtube first

12am: wow i should really go to sleep now

1am: just one more hour

2am: i need to sleep or im gonna wake up feeling terrible tomorrow

3am: my god the sun is gonna come up in 2 hours shit


5am: what is life

6am: the walls are moving and i can taste colors