Payin' the Dues

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Payin' the Dues
The Hellacopters - Payin' The Dues.jpg
Studio album by The Hellacopters
Released October 1, 1997 (reissued October 19, 1999)
Recorded February, 1997
Genre Garage rock, punk rock, garage punk
Length 28:51
Label White Jazz Records, Toy's Factory, Sub pop
Producer The Hellacopters, Andrew Shit and Tomas Skogsberg
The Hellacopters chronology
Supershitty to the Max!
Payin' the Dues
Grande Rock
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Payin' the Dues is the second album released by the Swedish rock band The Hellacopters and their last studio album to feature original guitarist Dregen before his departure from the band to focus full-time on his other band Backyard Babies. The album was released simultaneously on both CD and on vinyl; however, "City Slang" was only available on the vinyl edition. The initial pressings were in 2000 units of clear smoke and 2500 units in purple vinyl. Two additional pressings were later available in two different versions of black vinyl. The Toy's Factory release also featured the bonus track "Oh Yeah Alright".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Are Nothin'" The Hellacopters 2:38
2. "Like No Other Man" The Hellacopters 3:14
3. "Looking at Me" The Hellacopters 2:04
4. "Riot on the Rocks" The Hellacopters 1:23
5. "Hey!" The Hellacopters 3:20
6. "Soulseller" The Hellacopters 3:12
7. "Where the Action Is" The Hellacopters 2:40
8. "Twist Action" The Hellacopters 2:03
9. "Colapso Nervioso" The Hellacopters 4:03
10. "Psyched Out and Furious" The Hellacopters 4:14

The track "City Slang," a cover of the song by Sonic's Rendezvous Band, appears on the vinyl edition of the album as track #6, after "Hey!"

Limited Edition[edit]

On 19 October 1999 the album was reissued in the USA on CD and vinyl along with an additional live album containing the following bonus tracks:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Action the Grace (live)" The Hellacopters 2:12
2. "You Are Nothin' (live)" The Hellacopters 2:27
3. "Disappointment Blues (live)" The Hellacopters 4:29
4. "Born Broke (live)" The Hellacopters 8:47
5. "Alright Already Now (live)" The Hellacopters 3:18
6. "Downright Blue (live)" The Hellacopters 4:45
7. "Gotta Get Some Action Now (live) (intro)" The Hellacopters 0:43
8. "Gotta Get Some Action Now (live) / Soulseller (live) (medley)" The Hellacopters 8:53

Special guest: Scott Morgan (guest electric rhythm and lead guitar, vocals on Downright Blue and City Slang (only on vinyl, after Downrght Blue)


  • Recorded at The Starfish Room, Vancouver, BC, Canada on Mai 28, 1999
  • recording by Steve Smith and the Kirene Studios Mobile Studio unit
  • Recording assistant: Jon Schluckabier, Brian Valentino and Tameen Bakkar
  • Mixed by Steve Smith at Kirene Studios, Bellevue, WA
  • Mastered by John Golden at John Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA
  • Produced by Steve Smith and Dana Sims

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