“The Dust Engineers' version of "So American" was about eleven years in the making. Ironically, I first heard "So American" while living in Israel. At fifteen years old I popped my first skateboarding video, Black Label's "Label Kills," into the VCR. The soundtrack was packed with great bands like The Clash and Cheap Trick, but the song accompanying Jeff Grosso's skating stood out from the rest. As the closing credits rolled down the screen I stuck my head right up to the TV to get the name and artist of the song. I went to my computer and typed "So American" into Napster. Nothing came up. These were the very early days of the internet and Dodge Dart was not available at my local record store so I could really only listen to the song while watching the video.
Fast forward about a decade later into the digital era, I started playing with The Dust Engineers. Our quest for Americana reminded me of the song and with the help of YouTube I was able to easily find a recording of the song. I emailed a link to the rest of the band and they loved it. We started playing it live and our fans loved it too, so we recorded it.”
released July 4, 2012
Song written by The Mutants with additional lyrics by The Dust Engineers
Recorded in the practice space by Jeff Arancherry with assistance from Ben Franklin
Mixed by Doug Walters, Jeff Arancherry, Zac Meyer, and George Washington
Mastered by Greg Walters