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Winston Smith designed the album cover to Insomniac, the fourth studio album by the American punk rock band Green Day, released on October 10, 1995, through Reprise Records. This album reached number two in the United States and went double-platinum.
The collage on the album cover was created by Winston Smith and is called God Told Me to Skin You Alive, a reference to Dead Kennedys first album, “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables”. Interestingly enough, the cover art contains an image (the dentist) that was originally used in a collage featured in the insert booklet art of Dead Kennedys’ album Plastic Surgery Disasters. There are also three skulls on the entire album cover– one for each member of Green Day. One of the skulls requires you to view the piece at an angle. The hidden skull is taken from Hans Holbein’s 1533 painting The Ambassadors.
Insomniac was reissued on vinyl on May 12, 2009.
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