Slappy

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Slappy
EP by Green Day
Released Summer 1990
Recorded April 20, 1990 (1990-04-20) at Art of Ears Studios in San Francisco, California
Genre Punk rock
Length 10:07
Label Lookout!, Reprise
Producer Andy Ernst, Green Day
Green Day chronology
39/Smooth
(1990)
Slappy
(1990)
Sweet Children
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Slappy is the second extended play by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was released in the Summer of 1990 through Lookout! Records. Upon its release, several different colors of vinyl were available in limited quantities. Billie Joe Armstrong cited the extended play as the one on which Green Day began to find its sound.

Liner notes[edit]

Recorded in a few hours on April 20, 1990 at Art of Ears Studio with Andro Engineering and mixed April 23 in a few more hours. Produced by Andro and Green Day. Mastered by John Golden at K-Disc, Hollywood. Front cover photo by Al Sobrante, back Sean Hughes Layout and "Green Day Bitz" by Aaron Cometbus. Green Day's 39/Smooth L.P. and 1,000 Hours E.P. are also available on Lookout.

Album information[edit]

"Paper Lanterns" was a popular Green Day song and a live staple for many years and was brought back for the 2010 leg of the 21st Century Breakdown World Tour. "Why Do You Want Him?" was the first song Armstrong wrote,[2][3] back when he was fourteen.[2][3] He expressed in a 2010 interview that contrary to the common belief, the song is not about his stepfather.[4] The title "409 in Your Coffeemaker" is taken from a prank Armstrong pulled on his teacher. It was later re-recorded during the Dookie sessions. Although it was omitted from the album, it was released on the "Basket Case" CD single in the United Kingdom. "Knowledge" was originally performed by Operation Ivy. Green Day still performs the song live, often inviting fans onstage to play the band members' instruments for them during the performance of the song.

All four tracks from Slappy were included on the compilation album 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in 1991. Slappy remained in print until August 2005, when Green Day removed its catalog from Lookout! Records.

Since March 24, 2009, Slappy (along with 1,000 Hours) has been back in print as a bonus to the vinyl reissue of the 39/Smooth album. However, a possible error may have been made as Slappy's artwork is now tinted pink instead of dark red.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Billie Joe Armstrong, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Paper Lanterns"   2:23
2. "Why Do You Want Him?"   2:31
Total length:
4:54
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "409 in Your Coffeemaker"   2:54
2. "Knowledge" (written by Jesse Michaels; originally performed by Operation Ivy) 2:19
Total length:
5:13

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • The dog on the cover of Slappy was known as Mickey. "Slappy" was a nickname given to him by Mike Dirnt's friend Jason Relva.
  • "Why Do You Want Him?" was reportedly written by Armstrong when he was 14 years old and was the first song he wrote.[2][3]
  • "409 in Your Coffeemaker" was re-recorded for the group's third studio album Dookie in 1994. However, the band declined having it put on the record. The Dookie recording of the song can still be found in "unmixed" form on the U.K. "Basket Case" single. Armstrong has also stated that "409 in Your Coffeemaker" is his favorite song off of Slappy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d Green Day Bits, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours liner notes. Retrieved 2011-07-30
  3. ^ a b c MTV News Raw interview October 16, 1995. Retrieved 2011-07-30
  4. ^ "Green Day - Billie Joe and Mike Mayer [Interview". YouTube. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2012-03-09.