The ‘Walking Alone’ Napkin

The following zine comic and napkin were donated to us from frequent site contributor Todd so a huge thanks to him!

The events in this zine, released in the summer of 1996, are believed to be describing an incident with Billie Joe – although he is never actually named. The incident is no doubt over dramatized for the sake of the comic but the apology Billie would later write on a cocktail napkin makes it pretty clear it was him, however.

The real question is – did this incident inspire the lyrics to Walking Alone? The song would arrive on Green Day’s 1997 album Nimrod and it seems to check off all the boxes but you can read the zine, see Billie’s apology and song lyrics and decide for yourself…

The Incident

Mean Stupid Rock Stars – recorded by a pissed off barmaid

Panel 1: 

I never know what to do around famous people. I want to ignore them and I want to stare. Since I already feel so familiar with them, I just assume they know me too. I mean, I’m famous in my own head so everyone knows me right? This automatically puts us on intimate footing.

Panel 2:

One of MTV’s favorite “punk” stars comes into the bar I work at a lot and I try so hard to treat him normal that I ignore him.

Panel 3: 

One night I do ’em a favor and let ’em stay late to put their last balls in. Big rock star is a sore loser and he starts throwing pool balls all over, breaks a light and rolls around on the pool table.

Barmaid: “What the fuck are you fuckers doing? PISS OFF! GET OUT!”

Panel 4: 

His friends get him to apologize to me for the mess and as i’m shaking his hand I make the mistake of attempting to be witty.

Barmaid: “Ok. Now, just ’cause yer rich-n-famous don’t mean you can go busting the place up!”

Panel 5:

Big mistake. Rock star freaks out and turns infantile. He throws potato chip bags at me and madly shakes the stairwells as he yells and jumps up and down.

Rock Star: “I’M NOT FUCKING RICH AND FAMOUS YOU BITCH! FUCKING SHIT! BITCH!”

Panel 6: 

Rock Star’s Friend: “Sorry he’s drunk. He didn’t mean it. He gets shit about being famous all day long. Sorry.”

Barmaid: “Shit. I haven’t been yelled at since High School and I haven’t been called a bitch in ages. WHAT THE FUCK? Part of me wants to be everybody’s pal and the rest of me wants to kick his measly ass.”

Panel 7:

So, let this be a lesson to you all. Rock stars are mean and stupid and should be ignored at all costs. Do not try to make funny jokes ’cause they will throw tantrums and maybe even call you a bitch!

Maybe someday i’ll be able to make this into a big joke and drop the one liner “Hey everyone! Once a big, mean, stupid rock star called me a bitch, cool eh?”

Meanwhile, the worst and most confusing thing about this incident is that his poppy, preppy song lyrics have been on the tip of my tongue morning, noon, and night. I am cursed.

The Apology

The Song

Come together like a foot in a shoeOnly this time, I think I stuck my foot in my mouthThinking out loud, and acting in vainKnocking over anyone that stands in my way

Sometimes, I need to apologizeSometimes, I need to admit that I ain’t rightSometimes, I should just keep my mouth shutOr only say helloSometimes, I still feel I’m walking alone

Walk on eggshells on my old stomping groundYet there’s really no one left that’s hanging aroundIsn’t that another familiar face?Too drunk to figure out they’re fading away

Sometimes, I need to apologizeSometimes, I need to admit that I ain’t rightSometimes, I should just keep my mouth shutOr only say helloSometimes, I still feel I’m walking alone

– Walking Alone from Nimrod