1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is a collection of early recordings by American punk rock band Green Day. Although it is often referred to as the group's first album, this is not factually correct. Their first album was 39/Smooth, whereas 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours includes that album in its entirety as well as two complete EPs and a track from a previous compilation album.
The album included one cover, "Knowledge", which was originally by influential California punk band Operation Ivy. This song was the only one not to include the lyrics in the liner notes. It also says that the song was used without permission, and was left uncredited.
Initially released in 1991 by Lookout! Records (despite the 1990 copyright date on the album), the label re-issued the album in a remastered form in 2004. In August 2005, Green Day pulled this album, as well as all of their other material released through the label, from Lookout! due to unpaid royalties. It was reissued on January 9, 2007 by Reprise Records, who Green Day has been with since leaving Lookout!. Note that in Europe, the album was released by Epitaph Europe, and has remained in print.
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours saw regional success in California, and has continuously sold since the band has broken through the mainstream. The album has gone gold, having sold 585,000 units in the US as of November 2006.
All songs by Billie Joe Armstrong
(lyrics) and Green Day (music), except where noted.
- "At the Library" – 2:28
- "Don't Leave Me" – 2:39
- "I Was There" (John Kiffmeyer) – 3:36
- "Disappearing Boy" – 2:52
- "Green Day" – 3:29
- "Going to Pasalacqua" – 3:31
- "16" – 3:24
- "Road to Acceptance" – 3:36
- "Rest" – 3:06
- "The Judge's Daughter" – 2:35
- "Paper Lanterns" – 2:25
- "Why Do You Want Him?" – 2:33
- "409 in Your Coffeemaker" – 2:54
- "Knowledge" (Originally by Operation Ivy) – 2:20
- "1,000 Hours" – 2:26
- "Dry Ice" – 3:45
- "Only of You" – 2:46
- "The One I Want" – 3:01
- "I Want to Be Alone" – 3:09
Origin of tracks
- Billie Joe Armstrong – guitar, vocals
- Mike Dirnt/Michael Pritchard – bass, vocals
- John Kiffmeyer/Al Sobrante – former drums
- Tré Cool/Frank Wright III - current drums
- Andro – producer, engineer
- Chris Appelgren – artwork, research, construction, video archives
- Cathy Bauer – research, video archives
- Murray Bowles – photography
- Aaron Cometbus – artwork, construction
- Devil Doll – research, video archives
- Andy Ernst – producer, engineer
- Rich Gargano – artwork, construction
- John Golden – mastering
- Susie Grant – photography, cover photo
- Green Day – producer
- David Hayes – artwork, construction
- Erika Hynes – research, video archives
- Pat Hynes – artwork, design, layout design
- Patrick Hynes – artwork, design, layout design, construction, enhanced CD audio creation, enhanced CD design, enhanced programming
- Ted Jensen – remastering
- Jesse Michaels – artwork, design, cover art, construction
- Arica Pelino – photography, research, video archives
- Shane Stacy – research, video archives
- John Yates – artwork, design, layout design, packaging, construction
- "Going to Pasalacqua" is named after Passalacqua Funeral Home in Benicia, California in reference to a boy throwing his life away for a girl he loves.
- In the back of the album's booklet, there is a drawing, depicting "The Ritual Of The Trout." Referring to a dance that the members of Green Day found as an attempt for poseurs (namely the "Benicia Girls") trying to look like hardcore punks. This excerpt from the booklet clearly represents their dislike for the dance: "This is tolerated at Green Day shows but if your dear friend Lucky Dog here catches this shit going on at a Filth or Blatz show some poseur is gonna get MOSHED!"
- According to Billie Joe, the song Dry Ice took 18 times to record because Al Sobrante kept making mistakes while drumming. At the end of the song, you can hear the band shout "yes, yes, we did it".
- Originally Dry Ice was supposed to be called "Whupped", but accroding to a KLAX interview, Al Sobrante named it Dry Ice because he felt "Whupped was stupid".
- "Why Do You Want Him?" was reportedly the first song Billie Joe Armstrong wrote