The band’s debut album was released in the beginning of the year 1990; its name was 39/Smooth. Later the very same year it was re-released by Lookout! records again adding two more songs from their EP. The name of the second release was ‘1.039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours’.
Their second studio album, Kerplunk, was rather popular in the United States. Over 500,000 copies were sold. In 1992 and in 1993 they performed several times in Europe.
Their growing popularity was really difficult not to notice and as a result lots of prominent labels wanted to release their next album. Finally Green Day left Lookout! to sign a contract with Reprise Records. Robert Cavallo was the band’s producer and all the band members were big fans of him and they he worked with them and with the band The Muffs, which too were from California.
The third album Dookie finally brought Green Day great commercial success and public recognition. The album was released in 1994, in February. The album success was due to massive airplay on MTV, which was constantly rotating such songs as: “When I Come Around”, “Basket Case” and “Longview”.
That year they too were performing at Lollapalooza and Woodstock festivals. At Woodstock they became even more famous after a fight caused. A security guard pushed out several Mike Dirnt’s teeth. He thought it was one of the fans who were trying to get on the stage.