The Minutemen – This Ain’t No Picnic


The Minutemen – The songwriting styles of Boon and Watt on Double Nickels on the Dime contrasted. Boon tended to write the band’s anthems, and often explored wider political issues. “This Ain’t No Picnic” was an example of his approach. Exploring racism and the strife of the working class with both gravity and humor, he composed the song after his supervisor would not let him listen to jazz and soul music on the radio at his day job, calling it “n**** shit”.