Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

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For the phrase "Don't let the bastards grind you down", see Illegitimi non carborundum.
Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down
Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down (The Toasters album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by The Toasters
Released 1997
Genre Ska
Length 57:58
Label Moon Ska Records
Producer Robert "Bucket" Hingley
The Toasters chronology
Hard Band for Dead
Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down
Enemy of the System
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down is the seventh studio album by The Toasters. It has a much more mature sound than their previous albums and wasn't as solely focused on one genre (2-Tone) as their other albums before it had been. The album's cover includes the supposed-Latin motto, "Illegitimis non carborundum", which is supposed to mean "one must not be ground down by the bastards", although it is largely faux-Latin, with "carborundum" (intended to look like a Latin gerundive) actually referring to silicon carbide, a type of abrasive.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Written by Length
1. "Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down" Rob Hingley 2:51
2. "Fire in My Soul" Lindo 3:54
3. "I'm Running Right Through the World" Rob Hingley 3:50
4. "Underground Town" David Waldo 3:28
5. "Gimmie Some Lovin'" Spencer Davis, Muff Winwood, Steve Winwood 2:34
6. "Devil and a .45" Rob Hingley 3:36
7. "Daddy Cry" Rob Hingley, Matt Malles 3:17
8. "Today's a Good Day" Johnathan McCain 3:15
9. "Jackie Chan" Rick Faulkner 3:59
10. "Rude, Rude Baby" Sledge 2:28
11. "Everything You Said Has Been a Lie" Rob Hingley 2:23
12. "Spooky Graveyard" Dave Barry, Rob Hingley 4:01
13. "Big Red" Fred Reiter 4:06
14. "Bye, Bye, Baby" Hingley, Nobile 4:40
15. "Weekend in L.A." Sean Dinsmore, Rob Hingley 4:15
16. "Woyay" Lindo, Malles 3:11
17. "Rhythm and Pain" Dave Barry 1:53


  • Dave Barry – keyboards
  • George Evageliou – engineer
  • Rick Faulkner – trombone
  • Rob "Bucket" Hingley – guitar, vocals
  • Jafo – design, illustrations
  • Joe Johnson – assistant engineer
  • Matt Malles – bass
  • MC Schneeberger – producer, mixing
  • John McCain – drums, vocals
  • Mento Buru – backing vocals
  • Allissa Myhowac – assistant engineer
  • Aaron Owens – guitar
  • Mike Reddy – illustrations, cover design
  • Fred Reiter – saxophone
  • Dale Rio – photography
  • Jack Ruby, Jr. – vocals
  • Sledge – trumpet, vocals
  • Larry "Ace" Snell – drums
  • David Waldo – keyboards