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Minutemen, Corona

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Uploaded on Jul 24, 2009

UPDATED NOTES JUNE 2, 2015 (Lyrics below)
D. Boons last Pedro gig ever on was Nov. 16, 1985. Corona is used with permission via drummer George Hurley who co-wrote the music (still un-credited) with the late guitarist . It's about the contrast of 2 neighboring countries, US and Mexico and really the huge contrasting inherited economic differences between the North and South American continents. D Boone was inspired to write the lyrics when the band visited La Salinas beach south of Tijuana due that nights Black Flag gig had been interrupted by the Federalie's pointing machine guns and such... so at the beach for a few days, a woman with torn up shoes was spotted trash digging for bottles to return for the deposit. George and D Boone called her over and gave her a couple cases of empty Coronas. The songs meaning is defined by the last few lines,
"I could see it in her eyes"
"I only had a Corona"
" Five cent deposit" .
If you actually read them yourself, you can see that the song has nothing in common with Jackasses or drunken pranks. It's a political song.
What they could see in her eyes refers to what George described to me as a permanent kind of sadness. Obvious before, and still there after she got enough corona empties to overflow the tote bag she was carrying. "That kind of permanent sadness doesn't go away". and "How proud can you be when you are living off of foreigners trash"? he also said.
The Jackass franchise has grossed $490 million so far. That's almost half a billion dollars as of today. June 2, 2015.
Coronas signature countrified opening guitar lick is still (over) used by MTV as the Jackass theme lick intro. George had not seen dime one from Corona or any other minutemen song until very recently (25 years later) I'm happy to report, even though for many, many years SST Records had been selling greatest hits CD's and T' shirts online from Texas.
This Video was shot on 3/4" tape by Bob Hicks (moi) and S. Kirk Nelson for a local cable access show, "Sounds of South Bay" that aired in 1985. The Minutemen segment was never used.
They had just got back from a successful southern tour opening (and doing the final encores) for REM. They were on their way.....
" Minutemen" was also an insider comic term referring to the bands sexual stamina.

D. Boone died sick and asleep, ejected from the back of his own van his girlfriend Linda Kite was driving to Arizona in to see her Mom for Christmas on Dec. 22 1984, about 5 weeks after this video was shot.
CORONA LYRICS

The people will survive
In their environment
The dirt, scarcity, and the emptiness
Of our South
The injustice of our greed
The practice we inherit
The dirt, scarcity and the emptiness
Of our South
There on the beach
I could see it in her eyes
I only had a Corona
Five cent deposit

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