1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is a compilation of Green Day's 1990 debut, 39/Smooth, and their two follow up EPs, Slappy Hours and 1,000 Hours from back when they were an unknown punk trio. Those have all been combined into this LP release, originally out on the Bay area indie label, Lookout! Records. This is the only Green Day release to include their original drummer, John Kiffmeyer.
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is a great introduction to Green Day's earliest work. Still in their teens, the band sounded a bit more pop and had lyrical themes that focused on girls and love. Despite their youth, Green Day already had the key elements that they would carry with them into international fame. Frontman and principle songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong had already mastered constructing a catchy melody and relatable lyrics.
A standout track on the album is the ever infectious "Going To Pasalalcqua," which Green Day still frequently plays on tour. Other highlights on the compilation include "16," "Paper Lanterns," and their slowed down cover of Operation Ivy's "Knowledge." 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is full of memorable songs that foreshadowed Green Day's future work.
You can buy 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours on iTunes.