These Are the Good Times People

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These Are the Good Times People
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Studio album by The Presidents of the United States of America
Released March 11, 2008
Recorded 2006 – 2007
Genre Alternative rock
Length 39:05
Label Fugitive Recordings
Tooth & Nail
Producer Kurt Bloch
The Presidents of the United States of America chronology
Love Everybody
These Are the Good Times People
Kudos to You!
Singles from These Are the Good Times People
  1. "Mixed Up S.O.B."
    Released: 2008
  2. "Ladybug"
    Released: 2008
  3. "Rot in the Sun"
    Released: 2009
  4. "More Bad Times"
    Released: 2009

These Are the Good Times People is the fifth studio album by The Presidents of the United States of America. It was released on March 11, 2008.[1] This is their first album to feature Andrew McKeag instead of Dave Dederer on guitbass.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Ballew unless otherwise noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Mixed Up S.O.B." 3:05
2. "Ladybug" 2:34
3. "Sharpen Up Those Fangs" 3:05
4. "More Bad Times" (Dan Leone, Dom Leone, Ballew, McKeag) 2:59
5. "French Girl" 3:04
6. "Truckstop Butterfly" 2:04
7. "Ghosts are Everywhere" (Ballew, McKeag, Finn) 4:08
8. "Loose Balloon" 2:45
9. "Flame is Love" 2:39
10. "So Lo So Hi" 2:18
11. "Poor Turtle" 2:48
12. "Rot in the Sun" 2:25
13. "Warhead" (Ballew, Dale Peyser) 1:54
14. "Deleter" (Ballew, McKeag, Finn) 3:17

"More Bad Times" is a loose cover of an Ed's Redeeming Qualities song.

Bonus Tracks[edit]

  • "Rooftops in Spain" – 2:41 (UK iTunes / Japan CD)
  • "Scrappy Puppy" – 2:54 (all iTunes)
  • "Truckstop on the Moon" – 4:14 (Walmart mp3 store)
  • "What the Hell" – 3:30 (Amazon / Napster)


  • Chris Ballewvocals, basitar
  • Andrew McKeag – guitbass
  • Jason Finndrums
  • Fysah Thomas – vocals on "Deleter"
  • Mark Hoyt – backing vocals on "Poor Turtle"
  • The Love Lights Horn Section - on "Sharpen Up Those Fangs", "Ghosts are Everywhere" and "Deleter"
    • Jerimiah Austin – trumpet
    • Sarah Jerns – trumpet
    • Diana Dizard – baritone sax
  • Martin Feveyear – mixing


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (56/100) [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 86% [3]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [4]
Billboard (favorable) [5]
Drowned in Sound (3/10) [6]
Mojo 3/5 stars [2]
musicOMH 4/5 stars [7]
PopMatters 5/10 stars [8]
Q 3/5 stars [2]
Uncut 1/5 stars [2]

Critical response to These Are the Good Times People was mixed. The album so far has a Metacritic rating of 56 out of 100 based on "mixed or average reviews".[2] musicOMH remarked, "There's nothing complicated on this album, but then when did things ever need to be complicated?"[7] Allmusic said that in view of the lineup changes, the album is "perhaps their most eclectic album to date."[4] Billboard found that while nothing on the album is as immediately memorable as "Lump" or "Peaches," several tracks "come across as less novelty-like as a result of songcraft."[5] Uncut magazine felt the record was "the desperate death-throe of a rank '90s relic."[2]


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