Mainly for collectors...
Mark Fickert | Dallas, TX | 07/07/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My daughter Bailey turned me on to Green Day in 1994 when "Dookie" first came out; I was blown away and bought everything these guys have released since. But I have to diverge from Bailey's opinion on "1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours" which she owned before "Dookie" was released (I have the 2007 Reissue). She found it raw, intense and superior to "Dookie"; I find it to be the garage band beginnings of a group that achieved mega-success through hard work, talent and determination.
These freshman songs do have the driving music that would become the band's signature, especially `At the Library', `I Was There', `16', the absolute rockin' `I Want to Be Alone', the very playful `Knowledge' and - even a ballad - `Rest'. There's also some of the humor, clever lyrics and wordplay in it's infancy; songs like 'Judge's Daughter' ("Today I kept on falling down / I thought it was the street / So I looked down at my shoes / They were on the wrong feet"), 'Dry Ice' ("I'll send a letter to that girl / Asking her to be my own / But my pen is writing wrong / So I'll say it in a song") and the signature track 'Green Day' with it's salute to self-inflicted herbal adjustment.
But most of the songs are about love gone wrong, break-ups and longings for the lover you can't have... and anybody that's been 15 years old can relate. For me it's very listenable beginner stuff. But to sweeten the deal, the CD has computer extras with Old Photos, early Flyer Art, Live Radio Performances and 3 Video Clips ("from some kid's crappy camcorder").
Essentially the CD is ok; I'm mainly interested in it as a point of reference from where they started before they perfected their sound and content. I have read opinions from others who swear that "1039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours" is Green Day's best work and now they can't stand the band. It's all a matter of taste but I recommend anything these guys have done.