Corona (song)

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"Corona"
Song by Minutemen
Released 1984
Format LP, cassette, CD and digital download
Recorded November 1983/April 1984
Genre Alternative rock, hardcore punk
Length 2:25
Label SST
Producer Ethan James

"Corona" is a song by American punk rock trio Minutemen from the album Double Nickels on the Dime, which was composed by the band's lead singer and guitarist D. Boon.

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, Boon set about writing a song in sympathy with the people of Mexico.

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 title comes from the beer of the same name.

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 being ten cents, not five.

The intro and outro of the song was used as the theme for the MTV stunt show Jackass and its spinoff movies; the soundtrack to the first film also features the full version of the song.

A solo version of the song by D. Boon can be heard on the CD D. Boon and Friends, released in 2003.

The indie rock band Calexico covered "Corona," with mariachi horns, on their 2004 EP Convict Pool. The song has also been covered by the Yonder Mountain String Band and is featured on their live album Mountain Tracks: Volume 4.