Two Things at Once

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Two Things at Once
Compilation album by the Descendents
Released 1988 (1988)
Recorded 1979, March 1981, June 1982
Studio Media Art, Los Angeles; Music Lab, Los Angeles; Total Access, Redondo Beach, California
Genre Punk rock
Length 32:14
Label SST (SST-145)
Producer Spot, David Nolte
Descendents chronology
Two Things at Once
Hallraker: Live!

Two Things at Once is a compilation album by the American punk rock band the Descendents, released in 1988 through SST Records. It combines the band's 1982 debut album Milo Goes to College with the 1985 release Bonus Fat, itself a compilation of 1981's Fat EP, 1979's "Ride the Wild" / "It's a Hectic World" single, and the track "Global Probing" from a 1981 compilation titled Chunks. Two Things at Once followed the Descendents' 1987 farewell tour, after which singer Milo Aukerman had left and the band changed its name to All.


In 1987 SST Records purchased the Descendents' former label New Alliance Records, re-releasing all of their previous albums and releasing the new album All. The Descendents performed a final tour later that year, marking singer Milo Aukerman's departure from the band to pursue a career in biochemistry.[1][2][3] The band then recruited singer Dave Smalley and changed their name to All, continuing to record for SST. Two Things at Once was released in 1988, combining all of the Descendents' recorded output from 1979 to 1982 in a single release.


Mike DaRonco of Allmusic gave Two Things at Once four stars out of five, saying that "All that mischievous teenage skaters could appreciate is here, classics like 'Myage,' 'I'm Not a Loser,' 'Bikeage,' and 'Hope.' But for all those who already own their "best of" (Somery, which features the previously mentioned songs), other less-known hits such as 'Marriage,' 'I'm Not a Punk,' and 'Catalina' are exclusive to this release."[4] Jenny Eliscu of Rolling Stone called the album "an essential introduction to the group."[5]

Track listing[edit]


Milo Goes to College (1982)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Myage"   Bill Stevenson 2:00
2. "I Wanna Be a Bear"   Tony Lombardo, Frank Navetta 0:40
3. "I'm Not a Loser"   Navetta 1:28
4. "Parents"   Navetta 1:37
5. "Tonyage"   Lombardo, Stevenson 0:55
6. "M-16"   Lombardo, Milo Aukerman 0:40
7. "I'm Not a Punk"   Lombardo 1:01
8. "Catalina"   Lombardo, Stevenson 1:44
9. "Suburban Home"   Lombardo 1:40
10. "Statue of Liberty"   Navetta 1:58
11. "Kabuki Girl"   Lombardo 1:09
12. "Marriage"   Navetta, Stevenson 1:37
13. "Hope"   Aukerman 1:58
14. "Bikeage"   Stevenson 2:12
15. "Jean Is Dead"   Stevenson 1:31
Fat EP (1981)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
16. "My Dad Sucks"   Navetta, Lombardo 0:35
17. "Mr. Bass"   Navetta 2:05
18. "I Like Food"   Stevenson 0:16
19. "Hey Hey"   Lombardo 1:31
20. "Weinerschnitzel"   Stevenson, Pat McCuistion 0:10
from Chunks (1981)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
21. "Global Probing"   Navetta 1:05
"Ride the Wild" / "It's a Hectic World" (1979)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
22. "Ride the Wild"   Navetta 2:30
23. "It's a Hectic World"   Lombardo 1:52
Total length:



  • Spotproducer and engineer of tracks 1–21
  • David Nolte – producer and mix engineer of tracks 22 and 23
  • Jeff Atkinson – Milo Goes to College cover art


  1. ^ "All/Descendents Family Shrub". All (CD bookelt). All. Fort Collins, Colorado: Owned & Operated Records. 1998. O&O 007-2. 
  2. ^ "All/Descendents Family Shrub". Descendents. 1996. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  3. ^ Stevenson, Bill (1989). Hallraker: Live! (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. SST CD 205. 
  4. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Review: Two Things at Once". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  5. ^ Eliscu, Jenny (2004). "Descendents Biography". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  6. ^ a b Two Things at Once (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. 1988. SST CD 145. 
  7. ^ Somery (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. 1991. SST CD 259. 
  8. ^ "F.A.Q.". Descendents. Retrieved 2010-02-03.