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The Punch Line
The Punch Line
LP by The Minutemen
Released 1981
Recorded 1981

Media Art Studio, Hermosa Beach, CA LP or lp may stand for: in corporate law or company names, limited partnership in chemistry, liquid propane short for Les Paul, a style of guitar. ... Minutemen, 1983: D. Boon, George Hurley (behind drum kit), and Mike Watt. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hermosa Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ...

Genre Alternative, Punk
Length 15 min 0 s
Record label SST
Producers Spot
The Minutemen Discography
Paranoid Time
(1980)
Joy
(1981)
The Punch Line
(1981)

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. To the average listener, "album" may be a minor misnomer as the total playing time for all eighteen songs is a mere fifteen minutes even; however, the album proved to be an early milestone release for both the band and SST. Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music1 were coined in the early 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired music genres which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... 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. ... A minute is: a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour and to 60 seconds. ... The second (symbol s) is a unit for time, and one of seven SI base units. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... In the music industry, a record producer is responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... Spot was the house producer and engineer for the influential indie/punk rock record label SST Records. ... Minutemen, 1983: D. Boon, George Hurley (behind drum kit), and Mike Watt. ... Paranoid Time is the first EP, and first ever recording, by influential punk/alternative rock band The Minutemen. ... See also: 1979 in music, other events of 1980, 1981 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January January 1 - Cliff Richard is appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. The only other pop music acts to be created MBEs are the Beatles and... Joy is a three-song seven-inch EP by The Minutemen. ... See also: 1980 in music, other events of 1981, 1982 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music Events January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14... See also: 1980 in music, other events of 1981, 1982 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music Events January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14... 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. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music1 were coined in the early 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired music genres which didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Minutemen, 1983: D. Boon, George Hurley (behind drum kit), and Mike Watt. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ...


The Punch Line is also notable for being the only album to feature lead vocals from all three Minutemen. Bassist and primary songwriter Mike Watt sings lead vocals on several tracks, including the opening track "Search", "Ruins", and the last three tracks of the album, "Gravity", "Warfare" and "Static", while drummer George Hurley does a lead vocal in the middle of "Ruins". 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. ...


The title track makes fun of General George A. Custer's death at the hands of Sitting Bull during the Battle of the Little Bighorn. George Armstrong Custer George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was an American cavalry commander in the Civil War and the Indian Wars who is best remembered for his defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes, led by... Sitting Bull Sitting Bull (Sioux: Tatanka Iyotake or Tatanka Iyotanka orTa-Tanka I-Yotank, born Hunkesni, Slow), (c. ... The Battle of the Little Bighorn—which is also called Custers Last Stand and Custer Massacre and, in the parlance of the relevant Native Americans, the Battle of the Greasy Grass—was an armed engagement between a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne combined force and the 7th Cavalry of the United...


Another track on the album, the instrumental "Song For El Salvador", reflects D. Boon's support of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front in El Salvador. (Boon was a member of the NGO Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, or CISPES) Schafik Handal Revolution or Death, We will win! El Salvador in struggle. ... A non-governmental organization (NGO) is an organization that is not part of a government and was not founded by states. ... The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, based in New York City, is an American NGO which supports the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front in El Salvador. ...


The Minutemen, seeking to be as economical as possible in recording their first album, recorded The Punch Line during one late-night session (when studio time was the cheapest), recorded on previously used tape, and recorded the songs exactly in the order in which they appeared on the record. Overdubs were minimal if anything; Hurley's vocal on "Ruins" was actually cut during the basic track stages and picked up by the overhead drum mics.


The Punch Line also appears on the My First Bells cassette and the Post-Mersh Vol. 1 CD. The opening track, "Search", represented The Minutemen on the second Rodney On The ROQ compilation album on Posh Boy Records, while four other songs, including the title track, were featured on the compilation cassette jointly issued by Posh Boy and SST in 1981.

Contents


Track Listing

  1. Search (0:51) (Hurley, Watt)
  2. Tension (1:18) (Tamburovich, Watt)
  3. Games (1:01) (Boon, Watt)
  4. Boiling (0:58) (Hurley, Watt)
  5. Disguises (0:45) (Boon)
  6. The Struggle (0:40) (Boon)
  7. Monuments (0:48) (Hurley, Watt)
  8. Ruins (0:49) (Hurley, Watt)
  9. Issued (0:38) (Hurley, Watt)
  10. The Punch Line (0:40) (Watt)
  11. Song For El Salvador (0:31) (Boon)
  12. History Lesson (0:37) (Boon)
  13. Fanatics (0:30) (Watt)
  14. No Parade (0:50) (Boon)
  15. Straight Jacket (0:58) (Watt)
  16. Gravity (0:55) (Hurley, Watt)
  17. Warfare (0:54) (Hurley, Watt)
  18. Static (0:50) (Boon, Watt)

Musical Personnel

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. ...

Other Personnel

Spot was the house producer and engineer for the influential indie/punk rock record label SST Records. ...

Artwork


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