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Great album from when the band was still teenagers on a small label!
on January 16, 2015
Green Day's very-first, full-length studio album. Yes, a lot of songs sound similar because the sound/tone of the instruments and vocals were not changed to make the songs sound different. The album was a compilation of recordings from when Billie and Mike were just 16, through 1991 when the guys were just 19 years old. It was never intended to have the production quality of something off Arista Records or anything due to these teenagers not having a one million dollar budget to work with. But guess what, this record sold like crazy. Very catchy songs, great guitar work (I miss hearing Billie play these "cock-rock" style solos in his music) for a teenager, and lyrics that any teenager could relate to. Their first two albums sold so well, that the band was forced to go major label if they still wanted to produce music because the independent labels could not support producing enough records.
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is still one of my favorite Green Day records to date. Right behind "Insomniac" and "Nimrod". Very impressed, to this day, with how good these guys sounded as a band at such a tender age. I guess they've been doing something right all these years considering they sold a "few" more records since 1991 :)