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Written by: Billie Joe Armstrong
Song length: 3:39
Album: Kerplunk
Previous song: "One of My Lies"
Next song: "Android"
"80 was written in Portland on the beginning of our '91 tour[1]"
Billie Joe Armstrong

"80" is the seventh song on Kerplunk. It comes after "One of My Lies" and is followed by "Android".

Billie Joe Armstrong wrote "80" to describe how he loses self-control around Adrienne. The song title comes from her nickname, "80". Billie gave her that nickname because it sounds similar to her short name "Adie". Bille even has a tattoo of the number "80" on his lower abdomen.

Green Day play "80" live very infrequently nowadays, and have most often played it in late 1991–early 1992.[2]

Song meaning[edit]

Even though the song is about Billie's wife Adrienne and how he experiences his love for her, one could interpret the lyrics in a different way: the line "Is there any cure for this disease someone called love? / Not as long as there are girls like you" could be about someone suffering from a bad breakup or rejection. He's still infatuated with that person, but he can't be with her. It's killing the narrator not to be around this person, and knowing the feelings aren't mutual (anymore). It's so bad that it feels like a disease, not knowing if he'll ever get over it, and the feelings come back with every girl that reminds him of her.

From time to time, the narrator sees or hears about this girl and it makes his head go crazy. He feels stupid thinking that way and wants anyone to "slap some sense" in him, but he has no-one to talk about it (Cause no-one wants to hear a drunken fool-being drunk of love and pain) or to help him cope with his feelings. He feels alone, anxious, frustrated and when his feelings overpower him he just wants to bang his head into a wall to make the pain go away.


Main article: 80/lyrics