Green Day


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Green Day' s second EP, later tacked on to their full-length 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, may have been the first proof that they were more than the average punk rock band. The four-song effort is focused, catchy, and melodic. There's also plenty of punk attitude and the type of humor that the band has continued to display on many of their future releases. Opening with the anthem "Paper Lanterns," the group instantly proved their ability to craft the perfect pop-punk heartbreak song. It's nothing more than a fast-and-hard track with memorable lyrics and simple but effective instrumentation, and it works. The short record never really lets up, and instead of having any filler, it proceeds into "Why Do You Want Him?" and "409 in Your Coffeemaker," both terrific punk rock songs in their own right. The pace only slows down for the final goofy take on Bay Area peers Operation Ivy's "Knowledge," whose chorus of "All I know is that I don't know nothing" takes on a new meaning from the band's obnoxious delivery. This is where Green Day started, and while it only got better, Slappy proves that it was pretty damn good to begin with.