Before they were known as Green Day, the teenaged musicians Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt were in a band called Sweet Children, which grew a small following around Berkeley, California. With the addition of drummer John Kiffmeyer, they recorded the 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
album on Lookout! Records, and changed their name to Green Day after this song. A few years later, Tre Cool took over on drums, and in 1994 their album Dookie
make them superstars. They would join Black Sabbath
in the ranks of wildly successful bands who named themselves after one of their songs.