99 Songs of Revolution: Vol. 1

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99 Songs of Revolution: Vol. 1
99 Songs Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 16th, 2010
GenreSka punk
LabelVictory, Pentimento
Streetlight Manifesto chronology
Somewhere in the Between
99 Songs of Revolution: Vol. 1
The Hands That Thieve
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press3.5/5 stars[2]
Punknews.org3/5 stars[3]

99 Songs of Revolution: Vol. 1 is the fourth studio album by the American ska punk band Streetlight Manifesto, released March 16, 2010. It is part of a multi-album cover songs project by several associated acts including Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution.

Background and release[edit]

99 Songs of Revolution was originally thought to be only a Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution release, as stated in the liner notes for their debut 2001 EP, A Call to Arms. Not much was known about the project until September 2008, when the project was officially and publicly announced. It was revealed that 99 Songs of Revolution would feature 99 cover songs spread out over eight full-length albums from four different artists. Each of the four bands, Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution, Streetlight Manifesto and two currently unknown "Streetlight Manifesto related" artists, will release two albums in the series.[4]

The project saw many tentative release dates in 2008 and 2009. Toward the end of 2009, Streetlight Manifesto announced that the first CD had been completed as was awaiting release from the record label. The band also hinted at the possibility of self-releasing the album on vinyl through the Pentimento Music Company "long before" their label could release it on CD.[5] Also in late 2009, Streetlight Manifesto began previewing their songs from 99 Songs of Revolution on their website and during live performances.[6][7]

The first release in the series, Volume 1 by Streetlight Manifesto, was released on March 16, 2010, through Victory Records.[8] "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" was released as a single a week prior to the first volume's release.

Volume one features two songs written by Paul Simon, "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and "Red Rubber Ball". "Red Rubber Ball" was never recorded by Simon and Garfunkel and was originally released by The Cyrkle. The album art contains a visual element for each track. For example, the Newsweek stand is a reference to a lyric in "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and the gravestone marked "Willie" is a reference to the antagonist in "The Troubadour".

Track listing[edit]

Volume 1[edit]

No.TitleOriginal ArtistLength
1."Birds Flying Away"Mason Jennings3:27
2."Hell"Squirrel Nut Zippers2:56
4."Skyscraper"Bad Religion2:40
5."Punk Rock Girl"The Dead Milkmen2:17
7."Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"Paul Simon2:27
8."They Provide the Paint for the Picture-Perfect Masterpiece That You Will Paint on the Insides of Your Eyelids"Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution3:33
9."Red Rubber Ball"Paul Simon, based on The Cyrkle's version2:49
10."The Troubadour"Louis Jordan3:33
11."Such Great Heights"The Postal Service3:30
Total length:32:56


Streetlight Manifesto

Additional Musicians and Production

  • Achilles Kalnoky – violin
  • Doug Holzapfel – organ
  • Dave Fowler – organ
  • Demian Arriaga – auxiliary percussion
  • Dan Potthast – gang vocals
  • Lance Reynolds – gang vocals
  • Jason Kanter – mixing engineer
  • Alan Douches – mastering engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 140
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[9] 4
US Billboard Independent Albums[9] 16
US Billboard Rock Albums[9] 44


  1. ^ Lymangrover, Jason (March 2010). "Overview – 99 Songs of Revolution". Allmusic. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Jaxon, Luke (March 12, 2010). "Filed Under: Skankified Covers". Alternative Press. Retrieved March 12, 2010.
  3. ^ Punknews.org review
  4. ^ Paul, Aubin (September 10, 2008). "Streetlight Manifesto announce ambitious new recording project, return of BOTAR". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  5. ^ Paul, Aubin (November 20, 2009). "Streetlight Manifesto gives update on album status and band happenings". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  6. ^ White, Adam (September 28, 2009). "Streetlight Manifesto to perform two full albums on October 4th". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  7. ^ Yancey, Bryne (December 4, 2009). "Streetlight Manifesto posts song clips from upcoming album". Punknews.org. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  8. ^ Williamson, Aidan (February 15, 2010). "Streetlight Manifesto Show Revolution Art". StrangeGlue. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved February 16, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d "99 Songs of Revolution – Streetlight Manifesto". Billboard. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved March 25, 2010.

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