“Typical American” is the lead single off Tricks of the Shade, the debut album from The Goats.
The album earned some critical acclaim, but was not a commercial success and did not reach any Billboard charts. The politically charged lyrics took aim at such figures as then-US President George H. W. Bush, Christopher Columbus, and Daryl Gates. Criticism and observations were made on topics such as militarism, police brutality, patriotism, classism, and racism. Other persons mentioned in songs include Nelson Mandela, Willie Horton, Yusef Hawkins, Minnesota Fats and Leonard Peltier.
Two singles were released from the album, “¿Do The Digs Dug?” and “Typical American”.