How do you get to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Sure, talent factors into it, but there's also some hard dues paid by most bands who achieve any sort of success and you can count Green Day among those acts.
As teenagers, Green Day turned a few heads with their 1990 debut 39/Smooth, but these upstart rockers placed a big bet on themselves with their sophomore set, Kerpunk, and it paid off big time. According to Kjersti Egerdahl's Green Day: A Musical Biography, the band entered the Art of Ears Studio in San Francisco in May of 1991 ready to make the most of whatever success they had achieved so far and funnel it toward their future.
They teamed up with producer Andy Ernst and made the most of their limited studio time. 39/Smooth's modest success had allowed them to double their budget, but even at $2,000, that didn't buy much time. So they had two sessions in May to record, and went in for two more sessions in September to finalize the tracks for Kerplunk.
In the midst of all this, Green Day were also going through a lineup change. With drummer John Kiffmeyer not always available, they utilized the services of drummer Tre Cool and soon became close enough with the drummer that they felt a change was in order. Kiffmeyer would eventually move on from the band, though he is credited under his pseudonym Al Sobrante for four of the Kerplunk bonus tracks. With Cool in the fold, the band was finally settled, and he locked in with bassist Mike Dirnt in a relatively short amount of time. Cool even got in on the writing, being credited with the bizarre, country-ish album cut "Dominated Love Slave."
Green Day, "Dominated Love Slave"