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Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat
Album cover
12" EP by The Minutemen
Released 1983
Recorded January 3 & 30 and May 23, 1983
Genre Alternative, Punk
Length 15 min 30 sec
Label SST
Producer(s) Ethan James, Spot
Professional reviews
  • AMG (4.5/5) link
The Minutemen chronology
What Makes a Man Start Fires?
(1983)
Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat
(1983)
The Politics of Time
(1984)

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Contents


History of the EP

The EP was recorded rather cheaply by Minutemen standards. Most of the songs were cut live to two-track tape at Total Access Studio in Redondo Beach, CA, rather than utilize multi-track recording tape, with longtime SST Records staff producer Spot behind the mixing board. This meant that most of the songs on Buzz or Howl... were recorded without any overdubs undertaken whatsoever. The only exceptions were the first three tracks on the EP, which were the first recordings the Minutemen had done with producer/engineer Ethan James, who would go on to work with them on their seminal double album Double Nickels on the Dime later in 1983. The citys unusually shaped pier Redondo Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... Multitrack recording is a method of sound recording that allows for the recording and re-recording of multiple sound sources, independent of time. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... Spot was the house producer and engineer for the influential indie/punk rock record label SST Records. ... Jump to: navigation, search In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) is (among many other tasks) primarily responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for mass production and commercial release. ... An Audio Engineer is a person recording, editing, manipulating, mixing and mastering sound by technical means. ... Jump to: navigation, search Ethan James Ethan James (born Ralph Burns Kellogg (1946-June 22, 2003)) was a musician, record producer, and recording engineer best known for his work on the Minutemens seminal album Double Nickels on the Dime. ... Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by The Minutemen on the SST label in 1984. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The sessions for cost a total of $50, which covered the Radio Tokyo sessions with Ethan James. The live-to-two-track sessions with Spot at Total Access were done for free.


The front cover of the album was initially intended to incorporate a color photograph from National Geographic that SST had gotten permission to use; unfortunately, doing the color separation for the front cover proved to be cost-prohibitive for SST at the time. Instead, a black-and-white ink drawing of D. Boon and Mike Watt having an argument while various items fly around in the background, drawn by Saccharine Trust guitarist Joe Baiza, was used.. The National Geographic Society was founded in the USA on January 27, 1888, by 33 men interested in organizing a society for the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge. ... D. Boon, born Dennes Dale Boon (April 1, 1958 - December 22, 1985) was guitarist and lead singer of punk rock group The Minutemen. ... Look up argument on Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The back cover of the album features a Raymond Pettibon drawing of a sleepwalking man with the caption, "A Happy Person"; a reproduction of a letter to Watt from Richard Meltzer apologizing for missing a Minutemen concert that he was invited to; and, amongst the pictures of the band, a headshot of D. Boon that, years later, would become a popular sticker with the caption, "Punk is whatever we make it to be." Raymond Pettibon (born 1957) is an artist known for his comic-like drawings with disturbing, ironic or ambiguous captions. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sleepwalking (also called noctambulism or somnambulism) is a sleep disorder where the sufferer engages in activities that are normally associated with wakefulness while asleep or in a sleeplike state. ... Richard Meltzer was one of the earliest rock music critics. ... Sticker has the following meanings: sticker (paper) - a piece of paper that contains a side that is sticky. ...


Song history

Members of Black Flag were direct inspiration for three of the songs on Buzz or Howl...'. "Cut" was written by Mike Watt in admiration of Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn's playing style; Henry Rollins provided the title for the improvised instrumental "Dreams Are Free, Motherfucker!" (which was actually a segment of a warm-up jam done with trumpet player Crane at the beginning of the January 30th session); and original Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski wrote the lyrics to "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand" and gave them to D. Boon at the end of both bands' 1982 European tour. Jump to: navigation, search Black Flag was a hardcore punk group formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn, guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ... Mike Watt Michael David Watt (b. ... Jump to: navigation, search Black Flag was a hardcore punk group formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn, guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ... Gregory Regis Ginn (born June 8, 1954) is a guitarist, songwriter and singer. ... Jump to: navigation, search Henry Rollins Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961) is an American rock music singer and songwriter; hes also been active as a storyteller, author, actor and poet. ... Crane (real name: Richard Alan Krieger) is a trumpeter and vocalist that has played and recorded with The Minutemen on their albums Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat and Project: Mersh and D. Boon of that group in the Revival of Rock in Los Angeles in the early... Chuck Dukowski is the stage name of Gary McDaniel (Febuary 1, 1954) He was a founding member and original bass player for Black Flag. ...


"I Felt Like A Gringo" is an autobiographical song written by Watt about a day trip the Minutemen took in Mexico on the 4th of July, 1982. (The same trip would also inspire the D. Boon composition "Corona" on Double Nickels...).


"The Toe Jam" is another improvised cut, recorded the same day as "Dreams Are Free, Motherfucker", only with another band friend, Dirk Vandenburg (who would also do photography on several Minutemen covers, including Double Nickels...) playing drums, while drummer George Hurley attempted to play Crane's trumpet, Crane did some scat-singing, and another friend ad-libbed a poem about wanting to wear a wedding ring on her second toe (hence the name of the song). George Hurley is a drummer best known for his work with The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. Since 1994, he has played with the Red Crayola and Tom Watson from Slovenly. ...


According to the liner notes of the live compilation album Ballot Result, Mike Watt believes "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand" may be about, or have been inspired by, Black Flag's longtime roadie and lead singer and founder of The Nig-Heist, Mugger, AKA, Steve Corbin. Ballot Result is a posthumous live compilation album by The Minutemen. ...


Track Listing

Side One

  1. Self-Referenced (1:23) (Watt)
  2. Cut (2:02) (Watt)
  3. Dream Told By Moto (1:45) (Watt)
  4. Dreams Are Free, Motherfucker! (1:09) (Boon/Watt/Hurley/Crane)

Side Two

  1. The Toe Jam (0:40) (Cooper/Vandenburg/Crane/Hurley/Boon/Watt)
  2. I Felt Like A Gringo (1:57) (Watt)
  3. The Product (2:44) (Boon)
  4. Little Man With A Gun In His Hand (3:10) (Dukowski/Boon)

Musical Personnel

  • D. Boon - guitar, vocals
  • Mike Watt - bass, vocals (lead vocals on "Cut")
  • George Hurley - drums, backing vocals ("The Toe Jam"), trumpet ("The Toe Jam"), recorder ("The Product")
  • Crane - trumpet ("The Product"), recorder ("Dreams Are Free..."), backing vocals ("Toe Jam" and "The Product")
  • Dirk Vandenburg - drums ("The Toe Jam")
  • Mary Cooper - vocals ("The Toe Jam")


D. Boon, born Dennes Dale Boon (April 1, 1958 - December 22, 1985) was guitarist and lead singer of punk rock group The Minutemen. ... Mike Watt Michael David Watt (b. ... George Hurley is a drummer best known for his work with The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. Since 1994, he has played with the Red Crayola and Tom Watson from Slovenly. ... Crane (real name: Richard Alan Krieger) is a trumpeter and vocalist that has played and recorded with The Minutemen on their albums Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat and Project: Mersh and D. Boon of that group in the Revival of Rock in Los Angeles in the early...

The Minutemen
Band members: D. Boon | Mike Watt | George Hurley
Albums: The Punch Line | What Makes a Man Start Fires? | Double Nickels on the Dime | 3-Way Tie (For Last) | Ballot Result
EPs: Paranoid Time | Joy | Bean-Spill | Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat | Tour-Spiel | Project: Mersh | Georgeless E.P.
Compilations: The Politics of Time | My First Bells | Post-Mersh Vol. 1 | Post-Mersh Vol. 2 | Post-Mersh Vol. 3 | Introducing the Minutemen
Other releases: Minuteflag | D. Boon and Friends
Bootlegs: ...just a Minute Men | Jam "Schtik" To Do For Gigs | Live In 1985: Acoustic Blowout | Acoustic Blowout | Live At Flynn's Ocean 71
Other: The Reactionaries | New Alliance Records | Martin Tamburovich | George Hurley and Mike Watt

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