ARTIST: Green Day
TITLE: 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
YEAR RELEASED: Compliation
CHART ACTION: No
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not, as it sounds like almostearly Green Day.
LINEUP: Billy Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, John Kiffmeyer
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Compilation with their first full album (39/Smooth) and two early EPs (Slappy and 1,000 Hours). Hence the clever name. Since this is the only way you can get this material, I’m reviewing the compilation. Really, the grades would be no different individually.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Up until the 2000’s, most Green Day songs had a pretty basic formula – string a few chords together, have a semi-melodic base line, standard punk rock drumming and some lyrics about boredom, alienation or girls sung by Billy Joe with some backing from the other two, and add a few curse words. Viola!
Even this early stuff basically follows the same path. It could be said that they were very consistent, and that’s a good thing. When you bought a Green Day record, you knew what you were getting.
So if you like Green Day, you’ll like it. There’s nothing extraordinary, nothing bad.
NOTES & MINUTIAE These recordings feature their first drummer, John Kiffmeyer. He left the band to go to college.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: There’s a compilation cut and some live cuts added onto re-issue. (A re-issue of the re-issues).
GRADE: B: Green Day as it was, and was for a long time.