Ballot Result

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"Ballot Result"
Ballotresult.jpg
Live album by
Released1987
RecordedSeptember 1980 - November 30, 1985
GenreAlternative rock, post-punk, hardcore punk
Length69:06
LabelSST (068)
ProducerMike Watt
Minutemen chronology
Minuteflag
(1986)
"Ballot Result"
(1987)
Post-Mersh Vol. 1
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauA–[2]
Rolling Stonemixed[3]

"Ballot Result" is a posthumous live compilation album by Minutemen.[4]

Production[edit]

Following 3-Way Tie (For Last), Minutemen decided to do a live album entitled, Three Dudes, Six Sides, Half Studio, Half Live.[4] The group printed ballots which they passed out to fans during their summer and fall 1985 performances as well as planned to insert into the first pressing of 3-Way Tie (For Last); the ballots would determine which songs the band would record for the live portion of the album.[5][6]

The death of guitarist and lead singer D. Boon on December 22, 1985 scuttled Minutemen, putting an end to both the band and the planned live album.[3] Surviving members Mike Watt and George Hurley, a few months from reuniting to form Firehose with singer/guitarist Ed Crawford, decided to use the ballots and existing live recordings (many sent in by fans and friends) to compile the album.[5]

The final album contains all live recordings plus a few rarities and a couple of previously released studio tracks to compensate for the fact that Minutemen had not performed the song live yet (as in the case of "The Price of Paradise" from 3-Way Tie...) or that no live recording of the song was available ("Song for El Salvador" from The Punch Line and "Dreams are Free, Motherfucker!" from Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat, to give two examples.)

The CD version deletes most of the previously released studio recordings (except for "Shit You Hear at Parties" from The Politics of Time, which SST didn't have the rights to at the time) but also, curiously, deletes the live version of "Hey Lawdy Mama". The cassette version adds a cover of "Fortunate Son" that was an outtake from the Joy sessions and a "Closing Jam" (from 1983) to the double vinyl track listing – these two tracks appear at the end of side one, after "Song For El Salvador".

Track listing[edit]

Original double album[edit]

Side one
  1. "Little Man With a Gun in His Hand" (Dukowski/Boon) – 3:03
  2. "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" (Watt) – 1:25
  3. "I Felt Like a Gringo" (Watt) – 1:39
  4. "Jesus and Tequila" (Carducci/Boon) – 2:52
  5. "Courage" (Boon) – 2:55
  6. "King of the Hill" (Boon) – 3:00
  7. "Bermuda" (Erickson) – 3:07
    • All tracks on Side One from a live broadcast on WREK radio, Atlanta, GA, on November 30, 1985.
Side two
  1. "No One" (remix) (Kira/Watt) – 6:30
  2. "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders" (Hurley/Watt) – 7:45
    • From a live broadcast on WREK radio, Atlanta, GA, on November 30, 1985.
  3. "The Price of Paradise" (Boon) – 3:31
  4. "Song for El Salvador" (Boon) – 0:31
Side three
  1. "Ack Ack Ack" (Talley-Jones/Johansen) – 0:32
  2. "History Lesson Part II" (Watt) – 2:30
  3. "Hey Lawdy Mama" (Kay/Byrom/Edmonton)
  4. "This Ain't No Picnic" (Boon) – 1:46
  5. "The Cheerleaders" (Boon) – 3:28
  6. "Time" (Hell) – 2:36
    • First six tracks from a Spin Radio taping done at KPFK's studio in Los Angeles, CA in October 1985.
  7. "Cut" (Watt) – 2:01
  8. "Split Red" (Boon/Watt) – 1:05
    • Both tracks from a live broadcast on KPFK, January 2, 1983.
  9. "Dreams Are Free, Motherfucker!" (Crane/Boon/Hurley/Watt) – 1:09
Side four
  1. "Shit You Hear at Parties" (Boon/Watt) – 1:06
    • From a November 28, 1981 recording session that wasn't released until 1984 as part of the album The Politics Of Time.
  2. "Hell" (Second Take) (Boon/Watt/Hurley) – 7:05
  3. "Tour-Spiel" (Watt) – 3:22
  4. "Take Our Test" (Watt) – 2:03
    • From a soundboard cassette of a performance at the Indian Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM on May 25, 1985, during Black Flag's Loose Nut tour.
  5. "The Punch Line" (Watt) – 0:46
  6. "Search" (Hurley/Watt) – 0:48
  7. "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs" – 1:16 (Watt)
  8. "Badges" (Watt) – 0:38
  9. "Tension" (Tamburovich/Watt) – 1:33
    • From a cassette recording of a Minutemen band practice in the shed behind George Hurley's house sometime in September 1980.
  10. "If Reagan Played Disco" (Watt) – 1:15
  11. "No! No! No! To Draft And War/Joe McCarthy's Ghost" (Sambia)/(Watt) – 3:00
    • From an audience cassette of the encore of a performance in Madison, WI on May 2, 1985.

CD version[edit]

  1. "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand" (Dukowski/Boon) – 3:03
  2. "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" (Watt) – 1:25
  3. "I Felt Like a Gringo" (Watt) – 1:39
  4. "Jesus and Tequila" (Carducci/Boon) – 2:52
  5. "Courage" (Boon) – 2:55
  6. "King of the Hill" (Boon) – 3:00
  7. "Bermuda" (Erickson) – 3:07
  8. "No One (remix)" (Kira/Watt) – 6:30
  9. "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders" (Hurley/Watt) – 7:45
  10. "Ack Ack Ack" (Talley-Jones/Johansen) – 0:32
  11. "History Lesson Part II" (Watt) – 2:30
  12. "This Ain't No Picnic" (Boon) – 1:46
  13. "The Cheerleaders" (Boon) – 3:28
  14. "Time" (Watt) – 2:36
  15. "Cut" (Watt) – 2:01
  16. "Split Red" (Boon/Watt) – 1:05
  17. "Shit You Hear at Parties" (Boon/Watt) – 1:06
  18. "Hell" (Second Take) (Boon/Watt/Hurley) – 7:05
  19. "Tour-Spiel" (Watt) – 3:22
  20. "Take Our Test" (Watt) – 2:03
  21. "The Punch Line" (Watt) – 0:46
  22. "Search" (Hurley/Watt) – 0:48
  23. "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs" (Watt) – 1:16
  24. "Badges" (Watt) – 0:38
  25. "Tension" (Tamburovich/Watt) – 1:33
  26. "If Reagan Played Disco" (Watt) – 1:15
  27. "No! No! No! To Draft And War/Joe McCarthy's Ghost" (Sambia)/(Watt) – 3:00

Personnel[edit]

The actual "Ballot Results"[edit]

According to the back cover of Ballot Result, these are the results of the ballots received by SST Records between January and April 1986:

  1. This Ain't No Picnic
  2. If Reagan Played Disco
  3. Jesus and Tequila
  4. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs
  5. King of the Hill
  6. Little Man With a Gun in His Hand
  7. The Punch Line
  8. No One
  9. Courage
  10. The Cheerleaders
  11. History Lesson, Part II
  12. Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
  13. Joe McCarthy's Ghost
  14. Shit You Hear at Parties
  15. Paranoid Chant (*)
  16. I Felt Like a Gringo
  17. Search
  18. Badges
  19. Ack Ack Ack
  20. Joy
  21. Song for El Salvador
  22. Dreams Are Free, Motherfucker!
  23. The Price of Paradise
  24. Cut
  25. Take Our Test
  26. Tour-Spiel
  27. Party With Me, Punker (*)
  28. Tension
  29. Hey Lawdy Mama
  30. Split Red

An asterisk (*) denotes that the song was not able to be represented on the album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Ballot Result – Minutemen at AllMusic. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2, 1987). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  3. ^ a b Brown, David (May 21, 1987). "Ballot Result". Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Azerrad, Michael (2002). Our Band Could Be Your Life. Back Bay Books. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-316-78753-6.
  5. ^ a b Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Hal Leonard. p. 741. ISBN 9780879306533.
  6. ^ Hillburn, Robert (February 7, 1987). "A Votive 'Ballot' For D. Boon". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 15, 2019.