Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down

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Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down
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Genre Ska
Label Moon Ska Records
Producer Robert "Bucket" Hingley
The Toasters chronology
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Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down
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Don't Let The Bastards Grind You Down is the seventh studio album by The Toasters. It has a much more mature sound than their previous albums and wasn't as solely focused on one genre (2-Tone) as their other albums before it had been. The album's cover includes the supposed-Latin motto, " Illegitimis non carborundum ", which is supposed to mean "one must not be ground down by the bastards", although it is largely faux-Latin, with "carborundum" (intended to look like a Latin gerundive) actually referring to silicon carbide, a type of abrasive.

The Toasters band that plays punk rock

The Toasters are one of the original American second wave of ska bands. Founded in New York City in 1981, the band has released nine studio albums, primarily through Moon Ska Records.

<i>Illegitimi non carborundum</i>

Illegitimi non carborundum is a mock-Latin aphorism possibly read as "Don't let the bastards grind you down".

Silicon carbide semiconductor containing silicon and carbon

Silicon carbide (SiC), also known as carborundum, is a semiconductor containing silicon and carbon. It occurs in nature as the extremely rare mineral moissanite. Synthetic SiC powder has been mass-produced since 1893 for use as an abrasive. Grains of silicon carbide can be bonded together by sintering to form very hard ceramics that are widely used in applications requiring high endurance, such as car brakes, car clutches and ceramic plates in bulletproof vests. Electronic applications of silicon carbide such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and detectors in early radios were first demonstrated around 1907. SiC is used in semiconductor electronics devices that operate at high temperatures or high voltages, or both. Large single crystals of silicon carbide can be grown by the Lely method and they can be cut into gems known as synthetic moissanite. SiC with high surface area can be produced from SiO2 contained in plant material.


Track listing

No.TitleWritten byLength
1."Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down"Rob Hingley2:51
2."Fire in My Soul"Lindo3:54
3."I'm Running Right Through the World"Rob Hingley3:50
4."Underground Town"David Waldo3:28
5."Gimmie Some Lovin'"Spencer Davis, Muff Winwood, Steve Winwood2:34
6."Devil and a .45"Rob Hingley3:36
7."Daddy Cry"Rob Hingley, Matt Malles3:17
8."Today's a Good Day"Johnathan McCain3:15
9."Jackie Chan"Rick Faulkner3:59
10."Rude, Rude Baby"Sledge2:28
11."Everything You Said Has Been a Lie"Rob Hingley2:23
12."Spooky Graveyard"Dave Barry, Rob Hingley4:01
13."Big Red"Fred Reiter4:06
14."Bye, Bye, Baby"Hingley, Nobile4:40
15."Weekend in L.A."Sean Dinsmore, Rob Hingley4:15
16."Woyay"Lindo, Malles3:11
17."Rhythm and Pain"Dave Barry1:53


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  1. "D.L.T.B.G.Y.D. (Don't Let the Bastards Grind You Down) - The Toasters". Allmusic . Retrieved 3 March 2012.