Yeah, sure, Bob Dylan wrote propaganda songs, but D. Boon could write Bob Dylan songs, too. Here, Watt trades in his thunderstaff for some gentle picking and goofball poetry, Hurley droops his hair over a pair of bongos, and D. Boon goes at it as if sitting cross-legged and unplugged on a stage were his preferred posture. This version of “Corona” is taken from an acoustic mini-set the Minutemen seem to have recorded after the release of their landmark 1984 album Double Nickels on the Dime. Stripped of its loping rhythm and Boon’s elastic guitar tone, “Corona”’s tenderness–and Boon’s vulnerability–is revealed. Hear him strum through the changes in that last verse and try not to think for too long about what the last twenty-five years might’ve sounded like.”

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