Mike Dirnt


Mike Dirnt : biography

May 4, 1972 –

He eventually saved up enough money to purchase a used pickup truck that he and Armstrong often drove to Berkeley to attend shows at 924 Gilman Street, an influential DIY punk club. The pair got jobs at the club as security guards, despite their small physiques. Dirnt recalled, "We lived and died for that place. At that time, it meant everything."Spitz, 2006. p. 35

Songwriting and lead vocals

Although Armstrong is Green Day’s primary lyricist, Dirnt has written lyrics for "Emenius Sleepus," "J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)", "Scumbag", "Ha Ha You’re Dead," the subtrack "Nobody Likes You" from the medley "Homecoming" and the b-side "Governator," He also co-wrote the lyrics to "Best Thing in Town," "The One I Want," and "Panic Song" with Armstrong, and writes all the bass lines for Green Day songs.

Dirnt sings lead vocals on "Governator," part of the third verse of "Outsider" on the Shenanigans album, the "Nobody Likes You" subtrack of "Homecoming." He also sings the subtrack "Modern World" from the medley "American Eulogy" from 21st Century Breakdown and sings lead for exactly 10 seconds in "Sex, Drugs, and Violence" from ¡Tré!. Examples of prominent bass lines by Dirnt are "Welcome to Paradise," "Stuart and the Ave.," "Panic Song," "Longview," "No One Knows," "Stuck with Me," "409 in Your Coffeemaker," "One for the Razorbacks," "Makeout Party," "J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)," "Dirty Rotten Bastards," "Missing You," "Nightlife," "Stray Heart," and "Jesus of Suburbia."


Green Day

  • 39/Smooth (1990) — bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Kerplunk! (1992) — bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Dookie (1994) — bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Insomniac (1995) — bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Nimrod (1997) — bass guitar, backing vocals, baseball bat (as written in the album’s liner notes)
  • Warning (2000) — bass guitar, backing vocals, farfisa on "Misery"
  • American Idiot (2004) — bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Nobody Likes You"
  • 21st Century Breakdown (2009) — bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Modern World"
  • ¡Uno! (2012) – backing vocals, bass
  • ¡Dos! (2012) – backing vocals, bass and cover.
  • ¡Tré! (2012) – backing vocals, bass and lead vocals on part of Sex, Drugs and Violence

Foxboro Hot Tubs

  • Stop Drop and Roll!!! (2008) — bass guitar, vocals

The Frustrators

Bass and backing vocals on all

  • Bored in the USA (EP) (2000) — bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Achtung Jackass (2002) — bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Griller (EP) (2011) — bass guitar, backing vocals

Screeching Weasel

  • How to Make Enemies and Irritate People (1994)—bass, backing vocals
  • "Suzanne Is Getting Married" (single) (1994)—bass and backing vocals on track 1


  • Squirtgun (1995)—bass and backing vocals on "Make It Up"

Other media appearances

  • King of the Hill – (TV series – 1997) – teenager
  • Riding in Vans with Boys (film – 2003) – himself
  • Live Freaky! Die Freaky! (film – 2006)
  • The Simpsons Movie (film – 2007) – himself
  • Heart Like a Hand Grenade (film – 2008) – himself
  • Green Day: Rock Band (video game – 2010) – himself (singing voice, archive footage, & Virtual likeness/avatar)
  • Anchorman: The Legend Continues (film – 2013) – himself