1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours

1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
A photograph of a woman stood in a park with the band's name in the top-right corner and the release's along the bottom
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ReleasedOctober 1, 1991 (1991-10-01)
RecordedDecember 1988 – April 20, 1990
StudioArt of Ears Studios, San Francisco, California
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1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours

1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is a compilation album comprising early recordings by American rock band Green Day, released October 1, 1991, on Lookout Records. Often erroneously referred to as the band's debut album, the compilation combines the band's actual debut 39/Smooth and its first two EPs Slappy and 1,000 Hours (all currently out of print), as suggested by the amalgamation of the titles of the debut album and two EPs for the resulting compilation album. The album includes one cover, "Knowledge" (originally from the Slappy EP), which was originally by influential California punk band Operation Ivy, whose singer, Jesse Michaels, contributed the artwork for the album. The cover art features the same image from 39/Smooth.

Lookout! re-released the album in 2004 with special limited packaging and all-new enhanced CD-ROM features, including live performances and pictures. The album was re-issued in the same packaging in 2007 through Reprise Records after Green Day pulled the album, along with the remainder of the band’s catalog previously released through Lookout!, from the label in August 2005 due to unpaid royalties. Billie Joe took particular pleasure in learning this put Lookout records out of business.

1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours has been certified Gold in the U. S. by the RIAA; according to Nielsen SoundScan, it has sold 632,000 copies in the U. S. as of August 2010.[1] The album was certified Gold in the UK on July 22, 2013, representing sales of at least 100,000 copies. It has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.[2]


Initially released in 1991 through Lookout! Records (despite the 1990 copyright date on the album), the label re-issued the album in a remastered form in 2004.[3] It was re-released on CD on January 9, 2007, by Reprise Records, the label Green Day has been signed to since leaving Lookout!.[4] In Europe, the album was already re-released by Epitaph Europe, and has remained in print. It was reissued on vinyl on March 24, 2009, by Reprise in a package containing the original 10-song 39/Smooth LP along with reissues of the 1,000 Hours and Slappy EPs.[5] On the 2009 reissues, the song "I Want to Be Alone" is omitted.


Musically, the record has been labeled as both punk rock[6][7][8][3][9] and pop-punk.[10][11][12][13]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Alternative Press[15]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[9]
Robert Christgau(dud)[18]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide[8]

Reviews of 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours were largely mixed; for example, The New Rolling Stone Album Guide gave it 2.5 out of 5 stars.[8] Brad of Punknews.org gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars, writing, "All in all, this album succeeds at being quite good. It shows obvious influences from the Clash and the Ramones, and is a good debut for a young band that would later change the course of Punk Rock forever by opening the floodgates for New School bands."[17]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by Green Day (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and John Kiffmeyer), except where noted.

39/Smooth (1990)
1."At the Library"2:26
2."Don't Leave Me"2:37
3."I Was There" (lyrics written by Kiffmeyer)3:36
4."Disappearing Boy"2:52
5."Green Day"3:29
6."Going to Pasalacqua"3:30
8."Road to Acceptance"3:35
10."The Judge's Daughter"2:34

All lyrics are written by Billie Joe Armstrong, except where noted; all music is composed by Green Day, except where noted.

Slappy EP (1990)
11."Paper Lanterns"2:23
12."Why Do You Want Him?"2:31
13."409 in Your Coffeemaker"2:52
14."Knowledge" (Operation Ivy cover; lyrics by Jesse Michaels; music by Operation Ivy)2:19

All lyrics are written by Billie Joe Armstrong, except where noted; all music is composed by Green Day.

1,000 Hours EP (1989)
15."1,000 Hours"2:25
16."Dry Ice"3:45
17."Only of You"2:47
18."The One I Want" (lyrics written by Armstrong and Dirnt)3:01
19."I Want to Be Alone" (from The Big One compilation by Flipside Records, omitted from 2009 reissues)3:09
Total length:56:15
Deluxe version
20."Studio Banter" (Interview)2:56
21."One for the Razorbacks" (Live from WMMR)1:25
22."Paper Lanterns" (Live from WMMR)1:36
23."Words I Might Have Ate" (Live from WMMR)1:46


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Additional performers



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  19. ^ "American album certifications – Green Day – 1039/SMOOTHED OUT SLAPPY HOURS". Recording Industry Association of America.

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