Five Lessons Learned

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Five Lessons Learned
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Studio album by Swingin' Utters
Released June 23, 1998
Recorded Winter of 1997-98, at Motor Studios, San Francisco, California
Genre Punk rock, ska punk, folk punk
Length 38:07
Label Fat Wreck Chords
Producer Fat Mike, Ryan Greene, Swingin' Utters
Swingin' Utters chronology
A Juvenile Product of the Working Class
(1996)A Juvenile Product of the Working Class1996
Five Lessons Learned
Brazen Head E.P.
(1999)Brazen Head E.P.1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Five Lessons Learned is the fourth full-length album by Californian punk rock band Swingin' Utters. Released in 1998, it was their second album on Fat Wreck Chords.


This album's title track was used on the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, perhaps making it the band's most widely heard song. "I Need Feedback", however, was the only single released from this album.[2] Also, the song "This Bastard's Life" is featured in music video game Rock Band 3.

The Track "Tell Me Lies" was also featured in a VHS BMX Video called "Dig" Featuring Tim "Fuzzy" Hall and TJ Lavin. The track is played during a Backyard Dirt Session.

Five Lessons Learned is mainly an album of short, fast songs in the 'punk revival' style - "I Need Feedback" borrows a riff from The Damned's "Neat Neat Neat" - but there is also a ska-esque song ("Unpopular Again"), and an Irish folk-style song ("Fruitless Fortunes"), hinting at the band's future direction, and that of the side-project, the Filthy Thievin' Bastards.

The outer and inner cover art is by photographer Steve Zeigler [3] and features black-and-white shots involving guns, crime and murder scenes (in one picture, the date "2-14-47" is etched in chalk).

The presence of the head of the Fat Wreck Chords label, NOFX's Fat Mike, is felt in that he co-produces and plays bass guitar on "Unpopular Again". Another of the many guest musicians is Chris Shiflett, later of Foo Fighters.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Five Lessons Learned" (Koski/Aust Koski) – 1:55
  2. "Tell Me Lies" (Huber) – 2:09
  3. "A Promise to Distinction" (Koski) – 2:08
  4. "The Stooge" (Koski) – 3:27
  5. "(The) Picture's Perfect" (Huber) – 2:37
  6. "This Bastard's Life" (Huber) – 3:05
  7. "As You Start Leaving" (Koski) – 2:44
  8. "I Need Feedback" (Huber) – 3:27
  9. "Good People" (Koski) – 2:18
  10. "As Sure as I'm down" (Bonnel) – 2:01
  11. "Untitled 21" (Huber) – 2:36
  12. "Unpopular Again" (Huber) – 3:16
  13. "New Day Rising" (Koski) – 1:49
  14. "Two Jacks Shitty" (Bonnel) – 1:43
  15. "Fruitless Fortunes" (Koski) – 2:52


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