United Nations (United Nations album)

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United Nations
Original controversial cover art, limited to 1,000 copies.
Studio album by United Nations
Released September 9, 2008
Recorded Summer 2008 at Big Blue Meenie Studios in Jersey City, NJ
Length 38:22
Producer Tim Gilles
United Nations chronology
United Nations
Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures
(2010)Never Mind the Bombings, Here's Your Six Figures2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net 82% link
Loudhawk.com 9.2/10 link
Rock Sound 8/10[citation needed]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars link

United Nations is the self-titled debut from supergroup United Nations. The band features members from numerous prolific bands, such as Geoff Rickly of Thursday. Due to contractual obligations of other members, the official lineup of the band is not known.[3]


The album received a limited edition CD release that was only available through the Eyeball Records webstore. Only 1,000 copies were sold.[4] The album was not released in stores because of copyright issues with the cover image, which is essentially the same image used for The Beatles' Abbey Road, but with The Beatles engulfed in flames.[5] One retail store, Hot Topic[6] destroyed about 7000 copies of the CDs because the store had ordered the album without knowing about the album's copyright violations, due to a no return policy the store could not return them. Staff from the store sent pictures to the band of themselves destroying the CDs.[6][7] The album was also released on vinyl, pressing was limited to 1,000 copies on red vinyl.[8]

2015 Reissue[edit]

In 2015, Temporary Residence Limited and Rickley's label Collect Records reissued the album on vinyl with updated packaging that parodied The Beatles' 1968 self-titled album.[9] The reissue contained a sticker which read:

"Cease& Desist& Destroy& Reissue. The controversial debut album reissued with original banned artwork. Now expanded for maximum litigation. Includes infinite bonus track with high-quality download. Limited edition until we get sued. Again."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Spinning Heart of the Yo-Yo Lobby" – 0:57
  2. "Resolution #9" – 2:30
  3. "No Sympathy for a Sinking Ship" – 2:06
  4. "The Shape of Punk that Never Came" – 2:36
  5. "My Cold War" – 1:49
  6. "Model UN" – 1:08
  7. "Filmed in Front of a Live Studio Audience" – 3:40
  8. "Revolutions in Graphic Design" – 2:04
  9. "I Keep Living the Same Day" – 1:00
  10. "Subliminal Testing" – 2:14
  11. "Say Goodbye to General Figment of the USS Imagination" – 5:10
  12. untitled hidden track – 13:00


  • The song "Subliminal Testing" can be played backwards to reveal other lyrics that simply tell the listener to turn the song back around.
  • The hidden track is 12:59 of silence, followed by the sound of a cash register.



Chart Peak


US Independent Albums[10] 44
US Heatseekers Albums[10] 14