Corona

Album: Double Nickels On The Dime (1984)
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Songfacts®:

  • Guitarist, D. Boon, wrote "Corona" following a trip to Mexico on Independence Day in 1982 with his fellow Minutemen bandmates. The band fell asleep on the beach and when they awoke, they saw a Mexican lady collecting their empty beer bottles, which she could then return to the distributor for a very small cash reward. Moved by what he saw, Boon wrote this song for the Mexican people living in poverty.
  • An instrumental version of this song was used as the theme tune for both the Jackass television series and film franchise. >>
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  • The song title derives from the Mexican beer of the same name.
  • Minutemen were not your average Hardcore Punk band. In fact, "Corona" leans more towards Polka-Rock than it does Punk. The double album from which the song is lifted, Double Nickels On The Dime, is marked for its eclectic sound palette. Nowadays, it is regarded as one of the most influential alternative albums of the 1980s. Minutemen bassist, Mike Watt told us that Double Nickels... was "the best record" that he has ever played on: "That was a peak of ours. And now looking back even more so."

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