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1,000 Hours is the debut EP by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was released in April of 1989 through Lookout! Records, the label that nurtured the band's development in their early years before their signing with a major label in 1993.


Recording and release

It was recorded in 1988 while the band was still named "Sweet Children", and released in April of 1989 on vinyl only, with several different colors of vinyl available [red, blue, green, purple, yellow, and clear] in limited quantities. Upon its release, it was also available with a pink cover [black vinyl only]. Shortly after it was recorded, the band changed their name to Green Day, despite the objections of Lookout Records' owner Lawrence "Larry" Livermore.

In 1991, all of the songs from 1,000 Hours were reissued on 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours. 1,000 Hours remained in print on the Lookout! label until August, 2005 when Green Day removed their catalog from Lookout! Records.

Since March 24, 2009, 1,000 Hours (along with Slappy) has been back in print as a bonus to the vinyl reissue of the 39/Smooth album.

Track listing

All songs written by Billie Joe Armstrong.


  • According to Billie Joe, the song "Dry Ice" took 18 times to record because Al Sobrante kept making mistakes while drumming. At the end of the song, you can hear the band shout "yes, yes, we did it".
  • Originally "Dry Ice" was supposed to be called "Whupped", but according to a KALX Radio interview, Al Sobrante named it "Dry Ice" because he felt "Whupped was stupid".
  • A song called "You Can't Fool Me", which was played many times by the band in their early years, wasn't recorded for the EP, though a live version was released on a rare bootleg cassette of various artists called Punk Pukin' Fuckin' Shit.


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