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For The Working Man
For The Working Man
Studio album by Unida
Released 2001 (Intended)
Recorded 2001 at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, California
Genre Stoner Rock, Stoner Metal, Desert Rock
Label American Recordings (Intended)
Producer George Drakoulias, Rick Rubin
Unida chronology
Coping With The Urban Coyote
(1999)
For The Working Man
(2001 (Intended))
N/A
(N/A)
Alternative Cover
El Coyote

For The Working Man (Also named under several other titles, initially El Coyote.) is the second and final album by Unida. Originally intended for a release in 2001 via American Recordings a host of legal complications and frustrations would lead this infamous album to only see a release independently on tours.

Notably this album gained a cult following due to its unreleased and mysterious nature and many of the originally pressed CD-Rs have become a rare collectors item.

BackgroundEdit

Writing and RecordingEdit

In 2000, while Unida was mainly performing in the California area, Unida would sign with American Recordings with plans to release a studio album in 2001, recording a series of songs with George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, Screaming Trees) and Rick Rubin as the executive producer. However 2001 would come and go with no album being released. Due to Rick Rubin having a falling out with Sony, American Recordings would be absorbed by Island/Def Jam, one of many reasons the album's status was put in limbo, along with Unida being unhappy with the mixes of the then-known El Coyote.[1]

The complications of the label move would ultimately delay the release and leaving the band in search for another label to release El Coyote. According to an interview with Stonerrock.com, John Garcia claimed the album cost $350,000 to make.[2] Scott Reeder would also publicly speak out about the album delays.[3] In a retrospective interview via CV Independent it's been stated that a rough-cut version was sent out on accident by the band’s management. Despite not finding a label at the time the band revealed a tracklist for "El Coyote" as the band shot for a late 2002 release[4], with the band touring the USA that fall. Ultimately, El Coyote would not get a proper release, with the band self-releasing the album at shows (Under titles such as For The Working Man or The Great Divide). On 18 March 2003, Reeder would quit Unida,[5] citing his departure as due to being "tired of stopping and starting for other stuff".[6] Unida would work with a few touring bassists before ultimately breaking up in 2004.

In a interview with CV Independent, Arthur Seay would speak about the complications that came with El Coyote:

“His company, American Recordings, was signed with Sony/Columbia Records. Rick Rubin owns American Recordings, but Sony was the machine doing all the work at the time. Sony/Columbia loved us at the time and thought we did great shit. They wanted to build their rock; Alice in Chains was the only other big rock band (on the label), but that was when they were kaput (and wanted to build up their rock presence).

“When we were done with our record, Rick Rubin’s deal was up, and he could have signed with them again, or he could go somewhere else. He was pissed off at Sony about something. He made a deal to go back to Island/Def Jam, which was a 6-to-8-month-long deal, and another 6 to 8 months of, ‘Well, what the fuck is going on?’ All this crazy shit was happening, and we had it in our contract where we could get out, because they weren’t meeting deadlines. We used that to get out of our deal … but we didn’t get the record. We had other labels that wanted to buy it, and it cost $350,000 to record it. George Drakoulias, who worked with Tom Petty and the Black Crowes, produced it, and Rick Rubin executive-produced it.”

“It’s one of those things that happens every day in the music business. It happened to 10 other bands on the label, and a lot of those bands got totally fucked and couldn’t even get out of the deal to do anything else. Island/Def Jam didn’t have any rock bands at the time and didn’t really give a shit. It’s why you need to pay attention to the business, and that’s why I preach that to other people coming up in the business.”

 
— Arthur Seay, CV Independent [7]

Ultimately Unida's second album went by several different working titles, all of which saw publishing in some capacity, such as the following: For The Working Man, El Coyote, The Great Divide and Unida. The first song, either titled "Coffee Song" or "Puppet Man" depending on the version, was written about Josh Homme.

ReleaseEdit

The first known publishing of Unida's second album would be titled as El Coyote, sold in CD-R form on Unida's 2003 tour.[8] A fifteen-track CD-R also exists entitled For The Working Man. A CD-R under the title Unida on Hermano's 2004 European Tour would be sold, eliciting a shuffled tracklisting featuring ten songs, including an unreleased song entitled "Trouble".[9] A bootleg label named Mad Man's Ruin Records issued an LP version titled Unida in 2007 in various colors. Lastly another CD-R issue would come for the 2008 Unida reunion shows entitled For The Working Man, featuring twelve tracks.[10] In 2012 Unida would reunite and plans were in the works for a proper release of For The Working Man though ultimately a reissue of the album has yet to surface.

Unida - The Great Divide (FULL ALBUM)

Unida - The Great Divide (FULL ALBUM)

Unida - El Coyote

Unida - El Coyote

TracklistEdit

NOTE: There are several versions of For The Working Man, all of which featuring different and shuffled tracklists. To keep things less complicated, Riffipedia is choosing to display two of the common tracklists that have circulated.

For The Working ManEdit

  • 1. Coffee Song (2:32)
  • 2. Stray (3:27)
  • 3. Summer (3:45)
  • 4. Wet Pussycat (5:27)
  • 5. King (5:18)
  • 6. Human Tornado (4:43)
  • 7. Trouble (3:07)
  • 8. Cain (5:41)
  • 9. Vince Fontaine (5:46)
  • 10. Hangman's Daughter (4:46)
  • 11. Glory Out (3:46)
  • 12. Justine Sleigh (Slaylina) (4:46)
  • 13. Thorn (3:27)
  • 14. MFNO (2:45)
  • 15. Last Day (10:27)

El CoyoteEdit

  • 1. Puppet Man (2:36)
  • 2. Stray (3:31)
  • 3. Summer (3:50)
  • 4. King (5:23)
  • 5. Cain (5:46)
  • 6. Vince Fontaine (5:51)
  • 7. Hangman's Daughter (4:51)
  • 8. Glory Out (3:51)
  • 9. Slaylina (4:50)
  • 10. MNFO (2:49)
  • 11. Last Day (10:30)

PersonnelEdit

  • John Garcia - Vocals
  • Scott Reeder - Bass
  • Arthur Seay - Guitar
  • Miguel Cancino - Drums
  • George Drakoulias - Producer
  • Rick Rubin - Producer

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. BlabbermouthAccessed 9 April 2018
  2. BlabbermouthAccessed 9 April 2018
  3. Blabbermouth
  4. Blabbermouth
  5. Blabbermouth
  6. Blabbermouth
  7. CV Independent A Stoner-Rock Story: A Legendary Album by Unida May Finally Soon Get a Proper Release, accessed 9 April 2018
  8. Discogs
  9. Discogs
  10. Discogs
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