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Encyclopedia > Corona (song)
"Corona"
Album cover
Album track by The Minutemen
from the album Double Nickels On The Dime
Released 1984
Format LP, cassette and CD
Recorded November 1983/April 1984
Genre Alternative/Punk
Length 2:25
Label SST
Producer Ethan James

"Corona" is a song by American punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, which was composed by the band's lead singer and guitarist D. Boon. Image File history File links Cover of Double Nickels On The Dime by The Minutemen. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... The Minutemen were a punk rock band from San Pedro, California comprising singer/guitarist D. Boon, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley. ... Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by The Minutemen on the SST label in 1984. ... This page is about the year 1984. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks, released together commercially in an audio format to the public. ... For the meaning of cassette in genetics, see cassette (genetics). ... Interference colors. ... For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... This page is about the year 1984. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music were coined in the early 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired music genres which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) is (among many other tasks) primarily responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for mass production and commercial release. ... Ethan James Ethan James (born Ralph Burns Kellogg (1946-June 22, 2003)) was a musician, record producer, and recording engineer best known for his work on the Minutemens seminal album Double Nickels on the Dime. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music were coined in the early 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired music genres which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... The Minutemen were a punk rock band from San Pedro, California comprising singer/guitarist D. Boon, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley. ... D. Boon, born Dennes Dale Boon (April 1, 1958 - December 22, 1985) was the guitarist and lead singer of punk rock group The Minutemen. ...


The song was inspired by a day trip the band members (Boon, bassist Mike Watt, and drummer George Hurley had taken to Mexico on the Fourth of July, 1982. (The same trip also inspired the Mike Watt composition I Felt Like A Gringo on Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat.) Moved by some of the more downtrodden elements of the area that he had seen, D. Boon set about writing a song in sympathy with the people of Mexico. Mike Watt Michael David Watt (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. ... George Hurley is a drummer best known for his work with The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. Since 1994, he has played with the Red Crayola and Tom Watson from Slovenly. ... Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat is the sixth overall release (fourth extended play, or EP, release and their first 12-inch EP) from influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen. ...


In contrast to the more frantic hardcore punk tempos of the day, "Corona" uses an almost polka-like country swing rhythm for the song. The open chord figures in the song, composed and performed in the key of G major, suggest that Boon may have composed the song on acoustic guitar rather than his trademark electric. Polka is a type of dance and genre of dance music; it originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, and is still a common genre of Czech folk music; it is also common both in Europe and in the Americas. ... An acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the Classical guitar, but generally strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ...


The title comes from the beer of the same name. An empty bottle of the adult beverage was lying on the beach next to where D. Boon sat when he came up with the initial lyrics to the song, hence the song's closing lyric "I only had a Corona/Five-cent deposit". A bottle of Corona Corona (labelled Corona Extra, but seldom referred to as such) is a lager beer brewed in Mexico by Grupo Modelo. ...


An early version of the song, as performed by the band on a live video shot by Flipside magazine in 1983, for some reason has the deposit on the bottle beng ten cents, not five. Look up Dime on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Dime has several different meanings, here are some of them: Dime novel - genre of (often low-priced) 19th century novels. ...


The song was used as the theme for the controversial MTV stunt show Jackass and its spinoff movie; the soundtrack to the latter also features the full verison of the song. MTV (abbreviation for Music Television) is a cable television network which was originally devoted to music videos, especially popular rock music. ... Jackass is a half-hour television series, originally shown on MTV from 2000 to 2002 in which a group of grown men do various humiliating, dangerous, and/or ridiculous stunts of senseless stupidity, simply for fun/comedy. ...


A solo version of the song by D. Boon can be heard on the CD D. Boon and Friends, released in 2003. D. Boon And Friends is a CD compiling various jam session and live recordings featuring the late Minutemen guitarist and frontman D. Boon. ... 2003 (MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


 
 

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