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Album Review

When Green Day's first album appeared, anyone predicting that fame, MTV, top-selling albums, and more would be on the horizon in the near future would have been happily patted on the head and then sent to the insane asylum. It helps to remember that Nirvana's breakthrough was still a year away, for one thing, and, for another, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour isn't a truly great album in the first place. It's not bad, by any means, and quite arguably just about everything on it could be transposed with a slight aural tweak here and there to Dookie or Insomniac without anyone batting an eye. It's just little more than a fun punk-pop album with some entertaining metallic flash here and there, one of many such records that the late '80s and early '90s produced in the indie rock world. After a great start with "At the Library," it's quickly clear that the rest of the record is going to continue in the same vein. What's fun is realizing how much the band already had to work with, pursuing obvious love of three-chord forebears like the Dickies and the Ramones to energetic if not revelatory ends. Billie Joe Armstrong's balance of disaffection and nervous, goofy passion is well in place, while he's already showing his effective, no-frills approach to chewy feedback melody. Songs like "I Was There" and "Road to Acceptance," not to mention the implicitly weed-celebrating "Green Day" itself, are great calling cards for later breakouts on both levels. Mike Dirnt's no slouch himself, providing good backing vocals when needed for harmony, but oddly enough the most prominent performance throughout comes from original drummer John Kiftmeyer, who wouldn't last through to the next album. Call it a quirk of recording, but there it is.

Customer Reviews


While this probably won't appeal to recent Green Day converts raised on American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, this album still holds true and has some good melody and punk rythm to it. The best tracks are: Dry Ice, The Judge's Daughter and Going to Pasalacqua. My only complaint is that some songs sound a bit samey after a while.


Be fair, this was recorded in less than. A day (says on inside cover sleeve).
They did one song after another, and after dry ice and others you can hear the faint 'yeah' after they have finished the songs.
Truly great


I was "raised" on American Idiot, Ect and to be honest I did think it was a huge change but I prefer this really. So please don't judge me. It doesn't matter who you are or what you listen to, people who say "Oh you mustn't like old Green Day 'coz you listen to American Idiot." are taking away the purpose of why Green Day became a band- the wanted to show people that they shouldn't be afraid of who they are and to stand out from conformity.

Great album, makes me cry from memories I have


Formed: 1988 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the post-Nirvana alternative bands to break into the pop mainstream, Green Day were second only to Pearl Jam in terms of influence. At their core, Green Day were simply punk revivalists who recharged the energy of speedy, catchy three-chord punk-pop songs. Though their music wasn't particularly innovative, they brought the sound of late-'70s punk to a new, younger generation with Dookie, their 1994 major-label debut. Dookie sold over ten million copies, paving the way for a string of multi-platinum...
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