GREEN DAY 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1991), Kerplunk! (1992) & Live Tracks (1995)

1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours (1991)
Kerplunk! (1992)
The Pre-Broadway Years

Hard to believe that 20 years on Green Day is considered – and I’m quoting – “influential.” At the time, when grunge was first rearing its ugly head, this potent blend of pop/punk was already deemed part of the Old Wave. It was likable enough… heck, it was damn good, but it was news as old as Margaret Thatcher. Still, you’ve gotta give them credit. Taking a cue from The Ramones, Green Day stuck to their musical blueprint and let the rest of the world slowly, but eventually, revolve (back in time, it would seem) to catch up to them. Being a smash on Broadway says something about something, it’s just hard to tell what. The sorry state of Broadway? The shrewdly disguised smarts of Billie Joe? That when punks grow old they’re willing to spend big money for the same thing as long as the seats are comfortable? You tell me. Regardless… this is where it all began, with Green Day’s first two indie CD releases for Lookout. There’s not a lot that needs to be said regarding the music. It is what it is, in all its freshly recycled, naively calculated, simplistic pop regalia. Amazon’s got Kerplunk!, HERE, for a penny & 1,039, HERE, for 50¢, but get ’em before interest from the Broadway crowd jacks up the prices.

1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
At The Library
Don’t Leave Me
I Was There
Disappearing Boy
Green Day
Going To Pasalacqua
Road To Acceptance
The Judge’s Daughter
Paper Lanterns
Why Do You Want Him?
409 In Your Coffee Maker
1000 Hours
Dry Ice
Only Of You
The One I Want
I Want To Be Alone

2000 Light Years Away
One For The Razorbacks
Welcome To Paradise
Christie Road
Private Ale
Dominated Love Slave
One Of My Lies
No One Knows
Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
Words I Might Have Ate
Sweet Children
Best Thing In Town
My Generation

Live Tracks (1995)

When Dookie catapulted Green Day to the top of the charts, the band released Live Tracks, recorded in St. Petersburg in 1994, featuring raucous live renditions of a few tracks from the Kerplunk!/1,039 years. Amazon.


Welcome To Paradise (4:06)
One Of My Lies (2:25)
Chump (2:40)
Longview (3:30)
Burnout (2:03)
2000 Light Years Away (2:50)


  • Anonymous
    May 6, 2010 - 14:22 | Permalink

    Being old enough to have seen and been in the crowd at the time these young lads never really bothered me Punk finished in 77 with the original bands and other styles built around it this being one of them and for all its parts these boys do a grand job of making a noise and if you grew up with them then good for you…I think it's good the original stuff burnt out fast but boy we have some fantastic tunes to fall back on and that gave these chaps a brilliant start and look at them now…..About time some teens started making music to turn heads it has to happen soon I want to be able to turn to my smalls and say turn that off that's not music and they can tell me to off

  • JR Heat Warp
    May 6, 2010 - 16:35 | Permalink

    Unexpected post, Willard, but a good one. I read a "youngster" in a comment section not long ago refer to "American Idiot" as Green Day's early work. Pffft. Kids…

  • Capt. Willard
    May 6, 2010 - 13:24 | Permalink

    Find them all HERE

  • Bruce
    May 8, 2010 - 20:19 | Permalink

    For many of us who were there at the time of the Pistols, Ramones and the Clash etc… I somewhat looked down on Billy joe and his band Green Day…. but who would have known they would continue carrying the torch all this time. Cheers! and blessings on ya.

  • Johnny Kinkdom
    October 5, 2011 - 18:42 | Permalink

    Me thinks, Cap’n, that the live EP was released in an expanded version in Japan in 1996 called ‘Foot In Mouth’. That EP contains 5 extra tracks: Going To Pasalaqua, Geek Stink Breath, Stuck With Me, F.O.D. and When I Come Around. Fans can also search out a Japanese EP ‘Bowling Bowling Bowling Parking Parking’ with more great live versions of songs from ‘Dookie’ and ‘Insomniac’.

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