This is Blue, Billie Joe Armstrong’s famous Fernandes Stratocaster, also seen in the videos for Longview, Geek Stink Breath, Stuck With Me, Brain Stew/Jaded, Hitchin' A Ride and Minority. He has had copies of it made, complete with stickers, by the Fender Custom Shop. Billie Joe’s mum bought Blue for him from his guitar teacher, George Cole, who had apparently got it from Santana member David Margen.
You immediately notice something about the colours in this video – they’re just kind of… off? And hang on, was the guy facing away from the camera in the previous scene in black and white? Amazingly, the footage was shot in black and white and the colour painstakingly added in later, hence the oversaturated, surreal look.
The track has no intro, pretty atypical for the time, when radio airplay was such a big factor in a song’s success and DJs would typically chat over the opening bars. Tré Cool has said this was due to the band insisting on keeping everything as simple as possible, and cited the Beatles’ similarly intro-less first album Please Please Me as an influence on Dookie.