Sweet Children (EP)

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Sweet Children
Green Day - Sweet Children cover.jpg
EP by Green Day
Released August 1990
Recorded July 5, 1990 (1990-07-05) in Minneapolis
Genre Punk rock
Length 8:12
Label Skene!
Producer Green Day
Green Day chronology
Sweet Children
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
(1991)1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Sweet Children is the third EP by American punk rock band Green Day. It was released in August 1990 through Skene! Records. The name of the EP is a reference to the original name of Green Day.


The EP is a collection of some of the band's earliest songs that the band was still playing live at the time. It was recorded in 2 hours on July 5, 1990 at 6 ft Under in Minneapolis, Minnesota while the band was on a brief break from its summer tour,[2] and released on seven-inch vinyl. The EP was released on Minneapolis-based indie label Skene! Records. These were the last recordings drummer John Kiffmeyer would contribute to the band. Shortly after the end of the tour, he left the band to attend college.

Also of note, "My Generation" features a line from the film Blue Velvet: "Heineken? Fuck that shit!", said by the primary antagonist Frank Booth (although it's not the actual audio sample).


There are five different pressings of the EP (some limited quantities included two different variations of red vinyl). The first four have been out of print since its inclusion on the CD issue of Green Day's second album Kerplunk in 1992. Because of this, it has since become a valuable and sought-after item among collectors and Green Day fans alike.

The first pressing's cover is a picture of Mike Dirnt's leg during a concert.

The second pressing's cover is a black and white picture of a somewhat trashed Volkswagen Beetle with the caption "What Do You Think Mike..." This rare second pressing, limited to 600 copies as opposed to the first run's respectable 1,500, also featured a handwritten insert, reading "Not a lyrics sheet, so don't get your hopes up".

The third pressing is the same as the one above in every way except there is no insert, and the cover, instead of being black and white, is tinted red.

The fourth pressing is a reissue, possibly from 1991, for it has a lengthy summary on the back which explains that the songs are also on Kerplunk. The cover is mostly blank, featuring only a picture of the band.

On March 24, 2009, the EP was back in print as it was included with the vinyl reissue of Kerplunk. It is a reissue of the first pressing.

In 1990, on the first day of the EP's release, it sold 493 copies .[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
1."Sweet Children"1:41
2."Best Thing in Town" (lyrics written by Armstrong and Mike Dirnt)2:04
Side B
2."My Generation" (lyrics and music written by Pete Townshend; originally performed by The Who)2:19