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Encyclopedia > Minutemen (band)
Excerpt from a Minutemen concert poster, with (from left to right) George Hurley, Mike Watt and D. Boon.
Excerpt from a Minutemen concert poster, with (from left to right) George Hurley, Mike Watt and D. Boon.
Background information
Origin San Pedro, California, USA
Genre(s) Punk rock
Hardcore punk
Alternative rock
Years active 1980–1985
Label(s) SST Records
New Alliance Records
Associated
acts
The Reactionaries
fIREHOSE
Dos
Members
D. Boon (deceased)
Mike Watt
George Hurley
Former members
Frank Tonche

The Minutemen were an American Punk rock band from San Pedro, California comprised of singer/guitarist D. Boon, singer/bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 96 pixelsFull resolution (1275 × 153 pixel, file size: 168 KB, MIME type: image/png) Fair use: Cannot be used against the copyright holder(s). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution (1140 × 764 pixel, file size: 265 KB, MIME type: image/png) This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher or the creator of the work depicted. ... San Pedro is a community within Los Angeles, California, annexed in 1909 and a major seaport of the area. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... New Alliance Records was the label founded by The Minutemens D. Boon and Mike Watt after the example of Black Flags SST Records. ... The Reactionaries were a New Wave/punk rock band from San Pedro, California who are much more notable for the band three-quarters of the group became later, The Minutemen. ... Indoor firehose A firehose is a thick, high-pressure hose used to carry water or other fire retardant (such as foam) to a fire to extinguish it. ... Dos (Mike Watt, left, and Kira Roessler), San Pedro, CA, 1996. ... D. Boon in 1985. ... Michael David Watt (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. ... George Hurley in 1985. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... San Pedro is a community within Los Angeles, California, annexed in 1909 and a major seaport of the area. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... D. Boon in 1985. ... Michael David Watt (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. ... George Hurley in 1985. ...


They recorded during the first half of the 1980s, never finding (or even seeking) much mainstream success, but influencing many subsequent musicians. The group's career ended when Boon died in a van accident in Arizona on December 22, 1985.

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Influences and creativity

They were influenced heavily by bands such as Wire, The Pop Group, and The Urinals, and nearly all of their early songs had unusual structures and were less than a minute long — even later when the Minutemen's music became slightly more conventional, their songs rarely passed the three-minute mark. Though somewhat influenced by the speed, brevity and intensity of hardcore punk, the Minutemen are generally not classified in the genre. Wire are an English rock band formed in 1976 (and intermittently active to the present) by Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Bruce Gilbert (guitar), Colin Newman (vocals, guitar) and Robert Gotobed (né Grey) (drums). ... The Pop Group were a post-punk band from Bristol, United Kingdom whose uncompromising, dissonant sound spanned punk, free jazz and dub reggae. ... The Urinals were a three-piece punk rock band formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, consisting of John Talley-Jones on vocals and bass, Kevin Barrett on drums and vocals, and Kjehl Johansen on guitar and vocals. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Boon and Watt split songwriting fairly evenly (and Hurley made many contributions as well), though Watt rarely sang, and Hurley even less so. Boon's songs were typically more direct and progressively political in nature, while Watt's were often abstract, self-referential "spiels". Lyrics and themes would thus often veer from surreal humor, as in "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs" and "One Reporter's Opinion", to the frustrations of blue collar life in California, as in the enduring "This Ain't No Picnic". While many contemporaries rarely displayed a sense of humor, the Minutemen were generally more light-hearted and whimsical. One example of this can be found in the title of their legendary album Double Nickels on the Dime, which poked fun at Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" by implying that the Minutemen preferred to take risks with their music rather than behind the wheel of a car.(Tragically, Boon died in a van accident in which he was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.) Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... A blue-collar worker is a working class employee who performs manual or technical labor, such as in a factory or in technical maintenance trades, in contrast to a white-collar worker, who does non-manual work generally at a desk. ... This Aint No Picnic is a song by influential punk/alternative band The Minutemen. ... Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by The Minutemen on the SST label in 1984. ... Samuel Roy Hagar (born October 13, 1947 in Monterey, California, USA), better known as Sammy Hagar (aka The Red Rocker), is a U.S. rock guitarist, singer, composer and former member of Van Halen, and of the early 70s rock band Montrose. ...


The Minutemen were fans of Captain Beefheart, and echoes of his distinctive music can be heard in their songs, especially their early output. Through most of their career they ignored standard verse-chorus-verse song structures, in favor of experimenting with musical dynamics, rhythm and noise. Later in their career they blended in more traditional song elements they had initially avoided. They also played covers of classic rock songs by bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steely Dan, and Blue Öyster Cult. Their covers were done out of appreciation for those bands' work rather than to be ironic, thereby diverging dramatically from hardcore punk orthodoxy of the 1980s. Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet on January 15, 1941, in Glendale, California, USA) is a musician and visual artist, best known by the pseudonym Captain Beefheart. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Steely Dan is a Grammy-Award winning American rock band centered on core members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. ... Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in 1967 and still active in 2007. ... Irony is a literary or rhetorical device, in which there is a gap or incongruity between what a speaker or a writer says and what is generally understood (either at the time, or in the later context of history). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


History

Roots

The bands' roots can be traced back to 1971, when Boon and Watt met at age 13. Watt was walking through a park in their hometown of San Pedro, when Boon, playing army with other boys, fell out of a tree right next to him.[1] Both boys shared a passion for music and eventually started playing music together, albeit mostly cover songs. Boon's mother taught D. to play the guitar and suggested that Watt learn to play bass, even though, at the time, Watt did not even know exactly what a bass was[2]. In the summer of 1973, Watt and Boon formed the Bright Orange Band with D's brother Joe on drums. 1976 would be a mixed blessing for the two; that year they discovered punk, however Boon's mother died and the Bright Orange Band disbanded shortly thereafter. The next year, the two joined a band called Starstruck, which had been started by their friend Marc Weiswasser who played drums.[3] Neither of those bands played original songs. After Starstruck broke up, Boon and Watt met George Hurley and formed The Reactionaries with vocalist Martin Tamburovich.[3] According to Watt, the name came from a Mao Tse-Tung quote about how all reactionaries are actually "paper tigers".[4] George Hurley in 1985. ... The Reactionaries, 1978. ... Martin Tamburovich (1958 - December 2, 2003) was the co-founder of New Alliance Records and vocalist for the short-lived Punk/New Wave band The Reactionaries. ... Mao Zedong (December 26, 1893—September 9, 1976) was the chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1935 until his death. ... Paper tiger is a literal English translation of the Chinese phrase zhǐ lÇŽohÇ” (Chinese: ), meaning something which seems as threatening as a tiger, but is really harmless. ...


Formation

After the Reactionaries disbanded, Boon and Watt formed the Minutemen in January of 1980. Watt has said that, contrary to common belief, their name had nothing at all to do with the brevity of their songs; rather, it was derived partly from the fabled minutemen militia of colonial times and partly to lampoon a right-wing reactionary group of the 1960s that went by that name. In the documentary, We Jam Econo, Watt also states that the name was a play on minute (pronounced mahy-nyoot, -noot), meaning trivial, insignificant or unimportant. After a month with no drummer — during which Boon and Watt wrote their first batch of tunes, the band rehearsed and played a couple of early gigs with local welder Frank Tonche on drums. The group had originally wanted George Hurley to join, but he had joined a new wave band called Hey Taxi after the Reactionaries disbanded. Tonche quit the group, citing a dislike of the audience the band initially drew, and Hurley took over the drum seat in June of 1980. (Rehearsal recordings with Tonche on drums later appeared as the posthumous EP Georgeless in 1987.) Their first live gig was as an opening band for Black Flag. Lexington Minuteman representing John Parker Minutemen is a name given to members of the militia of the American Colonies, who would be ready for battle in a minutes notice. ... Frank Tonche was the original drummer for The Minutemen. ... Black Flag was a hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn: the guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ...


Early Days

Greg Ginn of Black Flag and SST Records produced the Minutemen's first 7" EP, Paranoid Time, which solidified their eclectic style. Like most Punk bands at the time, the band sold the EP at their shows, and at a few local record stores. It became a minor hit with the Hardcore scene. By their first LP, (1981's The Punch Line), they had found their voice and began touring nonstop around the country. They released their second EP and third overall release entitled Bean-Spill. By this time they were becoming one of the more popular bands in the Underground Scene around the country. Gregory Regis Ginn (born June 8, 1954) is a guitarist, songwriter and singer. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... An extended play or EP, is the name given to vinyl records or CDs which are too long to qualify as singles but too short to qualify as albums. ... Paranoid Time is the first EP, and first ever recording, by influential punk/alternative rock band The Minutemen. ... The Punch Line is the first full-length album and third record release by influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, and the fourth-ever release from SST Records. ... Bean-Spill is the third extended-play single and fourth release overall by The Minutemen. ...


Mid Years

At first, they completely avoided guitar solos, choruses, and fade-outs. But by the time of their second LP What Makes a Man Start Fires?, which gained considerable attention from the Alternative and Underground press, they were a part of the band's sound, despite maintaining their Experimental and Punk Roots. They continued their hectic touring schedule, which included their longest tour yet; a double bill with Black Flag in Europe. The long tour strengthened their place as one of most well known acts in the hardcore scene. Later in 1983, they released their third LP, Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat. It was one of the first Hardcore albums to include a Horn (trumpet on "The Product"). What Makes a Man Start Fires? is the second full-length album and fifth release overall by influential punk/alternative power trio The Minutemen. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat is the sixth overall release (fourth extended play, or EP, release and their first 12-inch EP) from influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen. ...


Later Years

Minutemen performing in 1985, at the now-defunct Safari Sam's
Minutemen performing in 1985, at the now-defunct Safari Sam's

They were known for hybridizing punk rock and Hardcore with forms of jazz, funk, acid rock, and R&B in novel ways, perhaps best exemplified on 1984's double-album, Double Nickels on the Dime. Though still somewhat obscure to mainstream audiences, Double Nickels has been cited as one of the more innovative and enduring albums of the 1980s American rock underground. On Double Nickels, they co-wrote some songs with other musicians, notably Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski and Joe Baiza. In 1985, they released their most commercial recording, Project:Mersh. They continued touring and by the time of their final album, 3-Way Tie (For Last), they decided to take a small break. They played their last tour with another emerging band, REM. Their final concert was in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 13, 1985. [5] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists. ... Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by The Minutemen on the SST label in 1984. ... Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield[1]) is a singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, book author (prose and poetry), radio and TV personality, occasional movie actor, comedian, and voice-over artist. ... Chuck Dukowski is the stage name of Gary McDaniel, born February 1, 1954. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... 3-Way Tie (For Last) was the fourth and final full-length album recorded by The Minutemen. ... This article is about the band. ...


Planned recordings

The coming year (1986) seemed promising, the band had planned to record a half studio/half-live triple album with the working title 3 Dudes 6 Sides 3 Studio 3 Live. The live tracks were to be based on the ballots that they handed out, and as a way to counteract bootlegging especially following an incident with an Arizona DJ [1]. Though, a year later Watt and Hurley compiled various live recordings, based on the ballots, which was released as Ballot Result. In addition, Richard Meltzer had sent Watt lyrics for ten songs for an album on which he was going to collaborate. Due to Boon's death, none of these projects were realized. Ballot Result is a posthumous live compilation album by The Minutemen. ... Richard Meltzer was one of the earliest rock music critics. ...


Boon's Death

On December 22, 1985, Boon was killed in a van accident, putting an end to the Minutemen. The shock and mourning of Boon's death left Hurley and Watt wondering what to do. By 1987, they formed fIREHOSE, with a die-hard Minutemen fan Ed Crawford. Every form of media that Watt makes or takes part in is dedicated to Boon.. Indoor firehose A firehose is a thick, high-pressure hose used to carry water or other fire retardant (such as foam) to a fire to extinguish it. ... Charles Edward Crawford, aka ed fROMOHIO, (born ca. ...


Economical practices

The group's early recordings (up until their 1985 12" EP Project: Mersh) were recorded as "econo" (Pedro slang for inexpensive, short for "economic") as possible — the group would book studio time after midnight at cut rates, rehearse the songs before going into the studio, record on less-expensive used tape, and record the songs in the order they intended to have them on the record rather than waste time editing the master tape during the sequencing phase. In fact, contrary to standard practice even in indie rock, the Minutemen sometimes saw records as a way to promote their tours, not the other way around. // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ...


The Minutemen toured frequently, but usually for only a few weeks at a time — they all held down day jobs. Their "econo" practices helped ensure that their tours were always profitable, unlike some of their SST peers.


Several Minutemen album sleeves and covers, such as the Paranoid Time EP and What Makes a Man Start Fires? LP and the inner gatefold jacket for Double Nickels, feature drawings by noted artist Raymond Pettibon, who was at the time associated with the SST label, providing sleeves for Black Flag. Other album covers, like on The Punch Line, Project: Mersh, and 3-Way Tie (For Last), featured paintings by Boon. A gatefold cover or gatefold LP is a form of packaging for LP records which was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Raymond Pettibon at Bergamot Stations Track 16 Gallery, February 2006 Raymond Pettibon (born Raymond Ginn on June 16, 1957) is an artist and sometime musician and lyricist, known for his comic-like drawings with disturbing, ironic or ambiguous captions. ... The Punch Line is the first full-length album and third record release by influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, and the fourth-ever release from SST Records. ... Project: Mersh is the pentultimate release (final extended play, or EP release) from influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen before D. Boons death later that year in an auto accident. ... 3-Way Tie (For Last) was the fourth and final full-length album recorded by The Minutemen. ...


Post-Minutemen

See also: Mike Watt
See also: George Hurley
See also: Unknown Instructors

Following Boon's death, Watt and Hurley originally intended to quit music altogether. But encouraged by Minutemen fan Ed Crawford, they formed fIREHOSE and have both had solo projects since the Minutemen disbanded. Michael David Watt (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. ... George Hurley in 1985. ... Front cover of the first Unknown Instructors album, The Way Things Work. The Unknown Instructors are an all-star improvisational rock outfit that features the former rhythm section of The Minutemen and fIREHOSE, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley; Saccharine Trust members, guitarist Joe Baiza and vocalist Jack Brewer... Charles Edward Crawford, aka ed fROMOHIO, (born ca. ... Indoor firehose A firehose is a thick, high-pressure hose used to carry water or other fire retardant (such as foam) to a fire to extinguish it. ...


Watt has created three acclaimed solo albums, recorded three others as part of the jazz/punk jam band Banyan with Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Nels Cline (Wilco), and Money Mark Nishita (Beastie Boys), toured briefly as a member of Porno for Pyros in 1996 and J Mascis and The Fog in 2000 and 2001, and became the bassist for the reformed Iggy Pop & The Stooges in 2003. George Hurley has produced work with Vida, Mayo Thompson and Red Crayola, further indulging the free-form and off-the-wall leanings showcased on Double Nickels. Hurley and Watt have also continued to make music together both live and in the studio since fIREHOSE's splitting in 1994, starting with a track for the NORML benefit album Hempilation II in 1998. (See Legacy below for further Hurley/Watt projects.) Species Many; see text for examples Banyan (genus Ficus, subgenus Urostigma) is a subgenus of many species of tropical figs with an unusual growth habit. ... Stephen Andrew Perkins (born September 13, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician and songwriter. ... Janes Addiction was an American rock band featuring Perry Farrell (vocalist), Dave Navarro (guitarist), Eric Avery (bassist), and Stephen Perkins (percussionist). ... Nels and his Jazzmaster. ... Wilco is an American rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Mark Ramos-Nishita aka Money Mark is a producer and musician who has collaborated with the Beastie Boys many times. ... The Beastie Boys are a musical group from the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. ... Porno for Pyros was a US musical group and was Perry Farrells and Stephen Perkins next project after their former band Janes Addiction. ... The Stooges are an American rock band that was first active from around 1967 to 1974, and then reformed in 2003. ... Vida may refer to: Lake Vida, an ice-covered super-concentrated saltwater endorheic lake located in Victoria Valley, one of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica. ... As the brains behind the band Red Crayola (Krayola) Mayo Thompson is also known for one solo work of particular importance, Corkys Debt to His Father. ... The Red Krayola (NOT Red Crayola, as it is sometimes misspelled) was a psychedelic, avant-garde rock band from Houston, Texas, formed by art students at the University of St. ... The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML (pronounced normal) is a US-based non-profit corporation founded in 1970 to, according to their most recent mission statement, move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by... The Minutemen were an American Punk rock band from San Pedro, California comprised of singer/guitarist D. Boon, singer/bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley. ...


Legacy

From 1999 until the show's cancellation, an instrumental version of the Minutemen's song "Corona" (off Double Nickels) was the theme song of the MTV television show Jackass. Corona is a song by American punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, which was composed by the bands lead singer and guitarist D. Boon. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... Jackass is a half-hour television series, originally shown on MTV and first produced in 1999 in which a group of grown men do various humiliating, dangerous and/or ridiculous stunts for fun. ...


In 2000, Watt, as administrator of the band's publishing, allowed the auto maker Volvo to use the Boon instrumental "Love Dance" (from Double Nickels...) in a car ad. Watt's motivation for licensing the song was generosity rather than greed: Boon's royalties were being paid to his father, who was suffering from emphysema. Watt simply refers to the decision as a way for Boon to help his father from beyond the grave.[4] Volvo Cars is the car maker using the Volvo Trademark. ...

George Hurley (left) and Mike Watt (right) performing Minutemen songs as a guitarless duet, Long Beach, 2003.

Since 2001, Watt and Hurley have done occasional gigs, mainly in the L.A. area except for two December 2004 shows in England, playing Minutemen songs as a duet with no guitarist. At some of these gigs, Watt would set up one of Boon's old guitars and amps on the side of the stage where Boon used to stand. Rather than cheapen or "vampire" the Minutemen name, these performances, at Watt's insistence, are to be billed strictly as "George Hurley and Mike Watt". They are also now involved in an improvisational music group, Unknown Instructors, with members of Saccharine Trust and Pere Ubu. Image File history File links Watt-hurley. ... George Hurley (behind drum kit) and Mike Watt, Camber Sands, England, 2004. ... Front cover of the first Unknown Instructors album, The Way Things Work. The Unknown Instructors are an all-star improvisational rock outfit that features the former rhythm section of The Minutemen and fIREHOSE, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley; Saccharine Trust members, guitarist Joe Baiza and vocalist Jack Brewer... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Pere Ubu are a rock music group formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1975. ...


The group's career is chronicled in the book Our Band Could Be Your Life, a study of 13 important American underground rock groups by veteran music journalist Michael Azerrad. The title is taken from the lyrics to the Double Nickels track "History Lesson - Part II." Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 is a book by Michael Azerrad (ISBN 0-316-78753-1). ... Underground music is music which has developed a cult following, independent of commercial success. ... Michael Azerrad is an American author, journalist and musician. ...


The documentary film We Jam Econo charts the band's history through interviews with Watt, Hurley, Henry Rollins, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and other California punk rock contemporaries.[6] The film premiered at the Warner Grand Theatre in the Minutemen's hometown of San Pedro in February 2005. In the spring of 2007, the documentary went into a heavy rotation cycle on various Sundance cable television channels. We Jam Econo - The Story Of The Minutemen, is a full-length documentary on the popular 1980s punk rock band The Minutemen, created by director Tim Irwin and producer Keith Schieron in association with Rocket Fuel Films. ... Michael Balzary aka Flea Flea (born Michael Peter Balzary on October 16, 1962 in Burwood, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia) is the bassist for the alternative funk band Red Hot Chili Peppers. ... The Warner Grand Theatre is an art-deco theater which opened to the public on January 20, 1931. ...


In 2003, Watt released his own book on the Minutemen, Spiels of a Minuteman, which contains all of Watt's song lyrics from the Minutemen era as well as the tour journal he wrote during the Minutemen's only European tour with Black Flag, essays by former SST co-owner Joe Carducci, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Blue Öyster Cult lyricist and longtime Watt hero Richard Meltzer, and illustrations by Raymond Pettibon that had been used in all of the Minutemen's album artwork. The book, released by Quebec-based publisher L'Oie de Cravan, is published in English and French. Joe Carducci is a writer, record producer, and former A&R executive, formerly most closely associated with the influential record label SST Records. ... Sonic Youth is a seminal American alternative rock group formed in New York City in 1981. ... Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958 in Coral Gables, Florida) is an American musician best known as a singer and guitarist for Sonic Youth. ... Blue Öyster Cult is an American rock band formed in 1967 and still active in 2007. ... Richard Meltzer was one of the earliest rock music critics. ... Raymond Pettibon at Bergamot Stations Track 16 Gallery, February 2006 Raymond Pettibon (born Raymond Ginn on June 16, 1957) is an artist and sometime musician and lyricist, known for his comic-like drawings with disturbing, ironic or ambiguous captions. ... Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Also in 2003, Boon was selected as number 89 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. This article is about the magazine. ... The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time was a cover story of the 18 September 2003 issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in August 2003. ...


Covers and Tributes

Watt has dedicated all of fIREHOSE's releases and his solo albums to the memory of Boon.[7][8][9][10][11][12] "Disciples of the 3-Way" on fIREHOSE's final studio album Mr. Machinery Operator is about the Minutemen[12], and "The Boilerman" from Watt's second solo album Contemplating The Engine Room (which parallels the stories of the Minutemen, Watt's father, and the novel The Sand Pebbles) is about Boon[13]; Watt had guitarist Nels Cline play one of Boon's old Fender Telecaster guitars on the track.[14] Indoor firehose A firehose is a thick, high-pressure hose used to carry water or other fire retardant (such as foam) to a fire to extinguish it. ... A punkrock opera by minutemen vetran Mike Watt the tracks are: In The Engine Room Red Bluff The Bluejackets Manual Pedro Bound! The Boilerman Black Gang Coffee Topsiders No One Says Old Man Fireman Hurley Liberty Calls! In The Bunk Room/Navy Wife Crossing The Equator Breaking The Choke Hold... The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 film based on the 1962 novel The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna. ... Nels and his Jazzmaster. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is a typically dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ...


Uncle Tupelo's song "D. Boon" (from Still Feel Gone) is a tribute to the guitarist. Uncle Tupelo was an alternative country music group from Belleville, Illinois, active between 1987 and 1994. ... Still Feel Gone is the second album by American alternative country pioneers Uncle Tupelo. ...


The Minutemen track "Sickles and Hammers" (from Paranoid Time) was covered by Sebadoh on 1991's Sebadoh III. Paranoid Time is the first EP, and first ever recording, by influential punk/alternative rock band The Minutemen. ... Sebadoh are an indie rock band formed in Northampton, Massachusetts by Eric Gaffney, WOZQ DJ and Pizza Factory driver (circa 1989) and former Dinosaur Jr. ...


Sublime (whose lead singer Bradley Nowell also died prematurely) sampled Boon saying "Punk rock changed our lives" on "History Lesson Part II" from Double Nickels... as part of their song "Waiting For My Ruca" from 1992's 40 Oz. to Freedom. On the final track from the same album titled "Thanx", all three Minutemen are mentioned. Watt repaid this salute by appearing in Sublime's video for "Wrong Way" in 1996. Sublime also sampled George Hurley's drum intro from "It's Expected I'm Gone" for their "Get Out! (remix)" on their posthumous release "Second Hand Smoke." On their eponymous debut LP, San Diego-based indie rockers Pinback also used the same drum loop from "It's Expected I'm Gone"; in his honor, the band named the track "Hurley." Also, during the Sublime song "Get Out" Bradley sings the line "Damn i was surprised when i heard 'Punk Rock Changed Our Lives', these kids dug the Minutemen too". Sublime was an American band that originated in Long Beach, California. ... Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996) was an American musician who served as lead singer and guitarist of the ska-punk band Sublime. ... 40 Oz. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Pinback is an indie rock band from San Diego, California currently signed to Touch and Go Records[1] . The band was formed in 1998 by singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Armistead Burwell Smith IV (a. ...


"It's Expected I'm Gone" was also covered by L.A. post-hardcore band Stanford Prison Experiment on their eponymous debut.


Indie band Centro-matic released a song entitled "D. Boon Free/9th Grade Crime" on their album The Static Vs. the Strings, Vol. 1 which includes references to The Minutemen, more specifically Double Nickels on the Dime. Centro-Matic is an indie rock band based in Denton, Texas. ... Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by The Minutemen on the SST label in 1984. ...


The Unknown Instructors track "Punk Is Whatever We Make It To Be" from their first album The Way Things Work contains interpolations by vocalist Dan McGuire of several lyrics from Double Nickels on the Dime.[15] The Way Things Work is the debut album by American improvisational band Unknown Instructors, featuring Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, Dos, Banyan), George Hurley (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Red Krayola), Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress Of), Jack Brewer (Saccharine Trust), and poet Dan McGuire. ...


In 1994, Little Brother Records released the Minutemen tribute CD and LP Our Band Could Be Your Life. The CD version included 33 tracks by artists covering Minutemen songs, plus a track with a Boon interview and a live version of the Minutemen song Badges. The LP version had 23 tracks, including the interview and Minutemen items.


Jem Cohen and Fugazi dedicated their 1999 film Instrument to the memory of D. Boon.[16] Jem A. Cohen (born 1962, Kabul, Afghanistan) is a New York City-based filmmaker known for his observational portraits of urban landscapes, blending of media formats (16mm, Super 8, video) and collaborations with music artists. ... Fugazi may refer to: an Italian slang term for something that is fake/not authentic. ... D. Boon in 1985. ...


Post-rock band Karate covered "The Only Minority," "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs," "Need A Job," "This Ain't No Picnic," and "Colors" on their 2005 album, In the Fishtank 12. Karate was a jazzy indie band, with some post-rock influences. ... In The Fishtank 12 features Karate. ...


The rising indie band Calexico covered "Corona", a staple of their live act for quite some time, on their 2004 EP Convict Pool, adding mariachi trumpets reminiscent of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire". For the city, see Calexico, California. ... Convict Pool is an EP released by Arizona band Calexico. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... Ring of Fire can refer to: // Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, an album by Johnny Cash which, despite its name, was not strictly a best of album as it featured the first ever recording of the famous song of the same name Ring of Fire (song), a...


In 2006, Tortoise & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy released a record of covers titled “The Brave and the Bold”. In it they cover "It's Expected I'm Gone" from "Double Nickels on the Dime". Tortoise, an instrumental rock band, formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1990. ... Will Oldham, a. ... The Brave and the Bold is an album by Tortoise and Bonnie Prince Billy, released in 2006. ... Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by The Minutemen on the SST label in 1984. ...


New Jersey pop punk band The Ergs! wrote and recorded a Minutemen tribute song entitled "Under The Influence of Minutement (Dork Rock Changed Our Lives)."


The Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 album "BloodSugarSexMagik" is dedicated to Watt[17]. During the tour for the album, the band would play a snippet of the Minutemen song "History Lesson - Part II". Watt's other bands The Missingmen and The Secondmen have recently toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with John Frusciante and Flea occasionally joining them onstage.


Discography

(all on SST Records except where noted)


Albums

The Punch Line is the first full-length album and third record release by influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, and the fourth-ever release from SST Records. ... What Makes a Man Start Fires? is the second full-length album and fifth release overall by influential punk/alternative power trio The Minutemen. ... Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by The Minutemen on the SST label in 1984. ... 3-Way Tie (For Last) was the fourth and final full-length album recorded by The Minutemen. ... Ballot Result is a posthumous live compilation album by The Minutemen. ...

45s/EPs

Paranoid Time is the first EP, and first ever recording, by influential punk/alternative rock band The Minutemen. ... Joy is a three-song seven-inch EP by The Minutemen. ... Bean-Spill is the third extended-play single and fourth release overall by The Minutemen. ... Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat is the sixth overall release (fourth extended play, or EP, release and their first 12-inch EP) from influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen. ... Tour-Spiel is an EP by the Minutemen released in 1984. ... Project: Mersh is the pentultimate release (final extended play, or EP release) from influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen before D. Boons death later that year in an auto accident. ... Minuteflag was a collaboration between members of the bands Black Flag and The Minutemen. ... Black Flag was a hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn: the guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ...

Compilations

  • The Politics of Time (1984, New Alliance — outtakes and unreleased material; reissued 1987 by SST)
  • My First Bells (1984, cassette)
  • Post-Mersh Vol. 1 (1987)
  • Post-Mersh Vol. 2 (1987)
  • Post-Mersh Vol. 3 (1989)
  • Introducing the Minutemen (1998)
  • D. Boon and Friends (2003, Box-O-Plenty. The Minutemen are featured only on six songs on this CD, in a 1985 gig with a substitute drummer. Various living room jams and Boon solo live appearances make up the bulk of the CD.)

The Politics of Time is the seventh overall release, third album-length release, and first compilation by influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen. ... Post-Mersh, Vol. ... Post-Mersh, Vol. ... Post Mersh 3 is the 1989 compilation release by the punk band the Minutemen. ... Introducing the Minutemen is a retrospective and relatively comprehensive compilation of songs by influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, compiled by bassist and notable solo artist Mike Watt twelve years after the untimely demise of the band. ... D. Boon And Friends is a CD compiling various jam session and live recordings featuring the late Minutemen guitarist and frontman D. Boon. ...

Bootlegs

  • Jonathan L. Presents The Incredible Minutemen Live But . . . just a Minute Men, You Forgot To Tell Them It Was exclusively Recorded By and For The Virgin Vinyl Show - 96 Rock, KLPX, Tucson (LP) (1985)
  • Jam "Schtik" To Do For Gigs (LP) (1988)
  • Live In 1985: Acoustic Blowout (VHS video) (1999)
  • Acoustic Blowout (CD, different show than above video) (1999)
  • Live At Flynn's Ocean 71 (CD) (2005)

Tributes

  • Our Band Could Be Your Life LP and CD (Little Brother Records, 1994) features 35 tracks containing various bands (such as Meat Puppets, Sonic Youth, Jawbox, and Unwound) playing Minutemen songs plus an interview with D Boon. [18]

The Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980, in the Sunnyslope neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. ... Sonic Youth is a seminal American alternative rock group formed in New York City in 1981. ... Jawbox was a punk rock/indie rock/post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C.. Its members were J. Robbins (vocals/guitar), Bill Barbot (guitar), Kim Coletta (bass guitar), and Adam Wade & Zach Barocas (drums). ... // Unwound was a U.S. post-hardcore/ noise rock band based in Tumwater/Olympia, Washington. ...

Music videos

  • "This Ain't No Picnic" (from Double Nickels on the Dime, 1984)
  • "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" (from Double Nickels on the Dime, 1984)
  • "King Of The Hill" (from Project: Mersh, 1985)
  • "Ack Ack Ack" (from 3-Way Tie for Last, 1985)

This Aint No Picnic is a song by influential punk/alternative band The Minutemen. ... Ack Ack Ack Ack (sometimes known as Ack Ack Ack) is a song by early American punk band The Urinals. ...

References and footnotes

  1. ^ Craig Young. Contemplating Mike Watt. Ear Pollution. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  2. ^ Karen Schoemer. Watt Bio. Mike Watt's Hoot Page. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  3. ^ a b Mike Watt & Kira Roessler. Dos Bio. Mike Watt's Hoot Page. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  4. ^ a b CJ Marsicano (2001-08-07). A Conversation with Mike Watt, Pt. 1. Project X Webzine. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  5. ^ Fred Mills (2005-09-10). The Minutemen: Men At Work. Harp Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  6. ^ Greg Prato (2005-02-16). Minutemen Remembered In New Documentary. Billboard.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.
  7. ^ Mike Watt, liner notes of Ragin' Full-On, SST Records, 1986
  8. ^ Mike Watt, liner notes of if'n, SST Records, 1987
  9. ^ Mike Watt, liner notes of fROMOHIO, SST Records, 1989
  10. ^ Mike Watt, liner notes of Flyin' The Flannel, Columbia Records, 1991
  11. ^ Mike Watt, liner notes of Live Totem Pole EP, Columbia Records, 1992
  12. ^ a b Mike Watt, liner notes of Mr. Machinery Operator, Columbia Records, 1993
  13. ^ Mike Watt, interviewed by Jay Babcock (2000-08-23). Talkin' The Opera. Mike Watt's Hoot Page. Retrieved on [[2007-06-11]].
  14. ^ Nels Cline, interview segment from the bonus features of the DVD We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen, Plexifilm, 2006
  15. ^ Joe Baiza, D. Boon, Jack Brewer, Chuck Dukowski, George Hurley & Mike Watt (composers), The Unknown Instuctors (artist), "Punk Is Whatever We Make It To Be", The Way Things Work, Smog Veil Records, 2005.
  16. ^ Fugazi and Jem Cohen, Instrument, Dischord Records, 1999
  17. ^ Red Hot Chili Peppers, liner notes to BloodSugarSexMagik, Warner Bros. Records, 1991
  18. ^ untitled webpage for Our Band Could Be Your Life tribute album. Little Brother Records. Retrieved on 2007-06-11.

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Further reading

Joe Carducci is a writer, record producer, and former A&R executive, formerly most closely associated with the influential record label SST Records. ... A 1991 book of popular music criticism by Joe Carducci. ... 2. ... Michael Azerrad is an American author, journalist and musician. ... Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 is a book by Michael Azerrad (ISBN 0-316-78753-1). ... Michael David Watt (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. ...

External links

  • Mike Watt's Hoot Page (contains a lot of Minutemen information as well as Watt's other projects)
  • Minutemen Live Music Archive
  • Corndogs.org - Various Minutemen and other Watt-related rare recordings
  • Flipside Interview - Minutemen interview from 1985
  • Suburban Voice Interview - Minutemen interview from 1985
  • The Minutemen Joy at Sea concert - rare live footage of The Minutemen performing at sea June 15,1984

See also

The Minutemen
D. Boon | Mike Watt | George Hurley
Discography
Albums: The Punch Line | What Makes a Man Start Fires? | Double Nickels on the Dime | 3-Way Tie (For Last) | Ballot Result
Extended plays: 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 | Live In 1985: Acoustic Blowout | Live At Flynn's Ocean 71
Related articles
The Reactionaries | New Alliance Records | Martin Tamburovich | George Hurley and Mike Watt

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