C/D/S/D: Minutemen

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All I know about them: - Many of their songs were just one minute long.
- Their mythic album is called "Double Nickels on the Dime"
- One band member was killed in an accident(?)
- I listened to one song last night and I liked it.
- I did not find a thread on ILM on them. Now it is your turn. Classic or Dud? Search and Destroy!

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

BRIAN MACDONALD TO THREAD!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Ca

helenfordsdale, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I think your option of it being DUD got me a bit too excited/angry. Or maybe Ca(lifornia)? Whatever. Classic all the way. DBoon died with a Meltzer poem in his pocket.

helenfordsdale, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

If you had to choose just one Minutemen release, "Double Nickels On The Dime" would be it. But search out the Post Mersh collections if you can.. in particular #2, which has the "Buzz or Howl Under The Influence Of Heat" and "Project: Mersh" EPs on one CD. "Three Way Tie" for last is alright, though it's mostly covers. "Ballot Result" is a nice collection of rarities and oddities, release post D. Boon...

Yeah, it was D. Boon who died in a car accident in late 1985.

Do you remember the song? Because while most Minutemen fans like all Minutemen, there is a difference between, say, "Search" (off "The Punch Line" me thinks) and "Tour Spiel" (off "Project: Mersh")

Brian MacDonald, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The song was actually "Tour Spiel". It rocks.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

what is compiled on Post-Mersh Volume 3 (or the cassette comp "My First Bells" with the Pettibon cover) is the best music the minutemen ever recorded.

http://gygax.pitas.com, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Wow.. if you liked "Tour Spiel", then maybe you're better off checking out fIREHOSE for the time being... I like that song quite a bit, despite it being passed over by a lot of Minutemen fanatics. "Tour Spiel" is definitely a departure for what most would consider classic Minutemen, that's fer sure.

Well, get a listen to Post Mersh Vol 2 if ya can, in that case.

Brian MacDonald, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

fIREHOSE. Oh yes. I had forgotten that Mike Watt was in the Minutemen. I saw him live about a year ago with Mr Dinosaur Jr in Berlin. Not a great concert. But Watt was much better than Mascis who has really lost it I find.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I realize this is completely heretical, but "Paranoid Time" is the only record by them I really like much.

Douglas, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

In an effort to confuse anyone looking for a recommendation, I'm gonna disagree with the previous two Minutemen fans and state unequivocally that "What Makes A Man Start Fires?" (Compiled on "Post- Mersh Vol. 1" with the not-quite-as-great "The Punch Line"). All the rest of the stuff is great, too (although "Double Nickles" has some less than entralling stuff) but I'd definitely start here.

Alex in SF, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

. . . is the Minutemen's best album. Woops.

Alex in SF, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Their music is full of life, full of joy. 'Double Nickels on the Dime' is an astonishing record. Even though their songs last between 1-3 minutes they it doesn't feel that way. They don't play that fast (cf. to husker du circa Zen Arcade).

Track it down today.

Julio Desouza, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I like that song quite a bit, despite it being passed over by a lot of Minutemen fanatics.

FANAAAATICS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andy K, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I LUV _Double Nickels_. LUV LUV LUV. Love it so much that I think I'm purposely avoiding the other Minutemen records (though those damn $15.99 pricetags aren't helping any, damn it).

Is it true that the vinyl version of _Double Nickels_ contains more tracks than the sonically superior static-free Compact Disc version?

And this is going to be completely unsurprising, but the least enjoyable moment on _Double Nickels_ is that song w/ lyrics written by Henry Rollins. (That's one track out of, what, 47?)

Should I talk about _Double Nickels_ more? I really like _Double Nickels_. A lot.

David Raposa, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

CD version has less tracks (i think its four less) so get it on double LP (the double LP being cheaper than the CD).

Julio Desouza, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Also Mike Watt sez the CD mastering of Double Nickels is a total botch job.

John Darnielle, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

post mersh vol. 3

god given

Gage-o, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"the sonically superior static-free Compact Disc version"--let's not get into this again

g, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

anyway, Double Nickels is great. Three-way tie is great too. Others good as well, though i have never heard What Makes Man Start Fires?

g, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Also Mike Watt sez the CD mastering of Double Nickels is a total botch job.

The initial version ate, but they rereleased it with the original mastering dealy-bop from vinyl, which is what I have. Sounds pretty good to me.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Re: the "super terrific compact disc" comment - must I denote sarastic jokey jokes with loads of emoticons and lots of CAPITALS so as to not inspire seething rage from other posters?

This is what I get for having a dry wit. Sheesh.

David Raposa, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i went over my head i guess...

g, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i(t)

g, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Search: Ballot Results!!! The Minutemen put ballots in a bunch of record stores around la and had people vote for their favorite songs. Then they played them live in order on KXLU. I think thats the bulk of the Ballot results album. That one is great i think its my favorite release. BTW i got into the minutemen when i was 15 when my older stoner neighbor that liked zappa and drove a van left double nickles at my house.i can honestly say that it changed my view on music forever.

chaki, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw somewhere a few months ago where Joe Strummer was asked to name the greatest punk band of all time, and he said something like "Probably the Minutemen, right?"

andy, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

The Minutemen put ballots in a bunch of record stores around la and had people vote for their favorite songs. Then they played them live in order on KXLU.

I thought that this was the plan, but Boon died before they could do any performance specific to this project so they had to use existing tapes of the voted-for songs.

Also, "double nickels on the dime" is trucker slang for driving at 55 mph on the 10 freeway, or so I was told. You can see a 10 fwy sign on the cover photo. I think you can also see the speedometer but I don't remember if it's 55.

nickn, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

55 mph on the 10 freeway

Interesting. I always thought it just meant going exactly 55.

The ballots for Ballot Result were included in 3Way Tie for Last and also handed out at shows. People were asked to vote for their favorite songs that the Minutemen played live. I think I still have a ballot. I never listened to the album much - I think it was that extended version of "No One" that ruined it for me.

Dave225, Monday, 11 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

It does mean going exactly 55 miles per hour, and was in fact a reaction to Sammy Hagar. If for nothing else, classic status must be given right there.

I love the minutemen very much. My favorite minutemen record is "Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat," but all of them are wonderful. The fIREHOSE records were never as good as their concerts. Watt's second solo record, "Contemplating the Engine Room", is lovely.

Colin Meeder, Monday, 11 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Was lucky enough to catch one of Watt's many local shows here in Costa Mesa with the trio line-up that recorded Contemplating -- Nels Cline's solo on "Liberty Calls" could have woken the dead.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 11 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

"Exactly" does sound like a better interpretation of "on the dime," the thing I read may have been wrong. I saw the Minutemen once at LA's long-since-cancelled Street Scene festival - two days of free music etc over a nine square block area - and it was rivetting. I saw fIREHOSE once and they were good but no match for their precursors.

There's a guy that maintains a Minutemen web page that's very good, www.evol.org, but I couldn't get there just now. He also likes Sonic Youth (explaining the name of the site).

nickn, Monday, 11 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I realize this is completely heretical, but "Paranoid Time" is the only record by them I really like much.

Me too, completely. "Double Nickles" is good but a little of it goes a long way. And the later stuff is just cheesy college rock.

Kris, Monday, 11 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I couldn't ever call anything George Hurley was involved with "Cheesy College Rock."

George won't have it, man.

Dave225, Monday, 11 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

when i was 16 i looked up george's name in the phone book and called him. he was really nice. him and his girlfriend invited me over for dinner but i was too far away.

chaki, Monday, 11 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Hurley is so underrated. Hurley was the best hardcore drummer around. I haven't heard any of the Red Crayola that he's been a part of - just haven't gotten around to it.

And I'd much rather hang out with Hurley than with Watt.

Dave225, Tuesday, 12 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

eleven months pass...
.. clearing up a myth:

this is directly from Mike Watt:

"the I-10 runs east-west, from santa monica, ca to jacksonville, fl. the I-110 (harbor freeway) goes to pedro (actually ends there). in the days of that picture though, it was called california route 11.

the "dime" part means doing exactly 55 mph in your car.

on both wheels, watt"

dave225 (Dave225), Thursday, 30 January 2003 12:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Every indie band in America owes Mike Watt a drink.

Shakey Mo Collier, Thursday, 30 January 2003 18:04 (sixteen years ago) link

From Watt's hootpage:


january 10, 2003

a happy 2003 for all. very sad about joe strummer passing from this life, strangely on the same day as d. boon did (december 22), seventeen years later. he will be missed. let me relate a funny thing about me and d. boon when we were younger: as boys, we were way into the who but never realized that folks like them from england in those days sang rock w/u.s. accents. later, when we first heard english punk rockers sing, we were convinced that a cat like joe strummer sounded the way he did cuz he was singing w/a cigarette in his mouth or something. it was a mindblow for us to find out he was actually singing w/the same accent that he talked like. weren't we a couple of corndogs, huh? me and d. boon liked that first clash record, the one w/the green cover and the singles that came out before it. we saw them w/the dils and bo diddly, saw kickboy get hurt by asshole bouncers. I put joe's name in a song I wrote for d. boon back then called "history lesson, part two." bye, joe.

J (Jay), Thursday, 30 January 2003 18:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Minutemen? Never heard them, but wish I had.
I like Firehose a lot.
Here's a capsule review I recently wrote for Firehose's
"Ragin, Full On"

What an exciting band! Firehose plays funky, uptempo music with an infectious spirit of adventure.
Funk, folk, prog, (good) poetry, and totally original songwriting are all extant, united only by a
an incredibly tight band. And trust me, in the technical department, firehose is definitely one of the best
bands I've ever heard. Every groove is perfectly locked in, not like a machine, but like road dogs who have
been rehearsing together, night and day, for decades. But this is no wankfest, and Firehose bears no
relation to any "jam" band. The songs are intelligent, economic (few break the 3-minute barrier) and
sometimes very affecting.
Standout tracks: "Locked In","This", and "Things Could Turn Around," which sounds like a
stripped down, mournful Yes demo
Rating: 9 out of 10

Squirlplise, Thursday, 30 January 2003 18:56 (sixteen years ago) link

''very sad about joe strummer passing from this life, strangely on the same day as d. boon did (december 22)''

juist before i went on holiday in december I was arguing with anthony miccio. it was a clash vs minuteman thing.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Thursday, 30 January 2003 23:59 (sixteen years ago) link

THE SONG SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyone who likes it is probably a Nazi sympathizer and should have their intestines removed with a spork. Fuck you guys. I hate you.

"Chester" McCormick, Friday, 31 January 2003 01:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, god I love this band.

Absolutely heartbreaking and mindblowing and smile-inducing. I've seen Mike Watt live a couple times, and each time he's done some old Minutemen tunes. He shook my hand and I helped him load stuff in (I got to the club early, due to miscommunication.) He's one of my heroes.

Search:
-"Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Truth?"
-"Sickles & Hammers" (awesome instrumental later covered by Sebadoh)
-"Cohesion" (also an awesome instrumental)
-"Joy"
-"Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs"
-"Shit From An Old Notebook"
-"History Lesson, Part II"
-"Jesus & Tequila"
-"Shit You Hear At Parties"

Destroy:
-the covers EP, "Tour Spiel"
-some of the early stuff (mostly the latter half of the "Politics of Time" comp.) because it sounds like it was recorded with a mic buried under a few inches of dirt.

Classic.

Ian Johnson, Friday, 31 January 2003 01:15 (sixteen years ago) link

I just went to San Pedro for the first time while in L.A. for a Daredevil junket. It's beautiful. Poor and beautiful. I walked from the Maritime Museum to the studio where Mike Watt is recording his next album, then to the Sacred Grounds coffee shop nearby, where the Minutemen used to play. I asked the owner where the Minutemen landmarks were. He laughed, I felt like a tourist.

Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 6 February 2003 23:06 (sixteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

I never really listened to much Minutemen before, but I spent this afternoon watching We Jam Econo and I think I could definitely become a fan. I wasn't expecting such joyful sounds, what a trip

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:04 (six years ago) link

oh man you are in for a treat

some dude, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:09 (six years ago) link

I'm excited!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:23 (six years ago) link

oh man you are in for a treat

― some dude, Monday, January 28, 2013 7:09 PM (15 minutes ago)

so otm

Dr. Alfred P. Falfa (WilliamC), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:25 (six years ago) link

srsly

let's go do some crimes (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:27 (six years ago) link

i wanna watch we jam econo now

that and the fugazi doc always make me want to, you know, go out and do something with my life

let's go do some crimes (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 01:27 (six years ago) link

Yea, enjoyed Jam Econo and have fond memories of seeing those guys in DC and Baltimore gigs.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 02:02 (six years ago) link

he looks like mark e smith with Snape's hair.

Be Glad for the Snorg Has No End (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 04:08 (six years ago) link

Always warms my heart reading love for the Minutemen on here. Which reminds me: I'm talking to Mike Watt on Friday! I'll be sure to link to the interview when it's up some time next month.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 09:55 (six years ago) link

what's the deal with his upcoming tour macdara? any idea who he's playing with?

a la recherche du tempbans perdu (NickB), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 09:58 (six years ago) link

The deal with his upcoming tour: http://hootpage.com/hoot_ilsogno-d-m-labustagialla.html

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 10:23 (six years ago) link

There's a date for Dublin on 4 March (though tickets aren't on sale yet) hence my contacting for an interview. He's been a very busy man the last few years, hopefully he's happy to talk all about it!

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 11:16 (six years ago) link

I should check out that new album with the Italian guys on Spotify. Anyone heard it?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:31 (six years ago) link

It's good, I've listened to most of it, need to give it another spin or two tomorrow. Definitely a mellower experience than the Third Opera.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 17:20 (six years ago) link

Saw them in April 1985 in Providence, eight months before D. Boon died. Amazing night. I remember Boon using duct tape to fix a problem with his guitar — probably something you wouldn’t see The Edge do.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:44 (six years ago) link

listening to Double Nickel On A Dime right now fyi

:D

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:47 (six years ago) link

oops i mean double nickelS on THE dime

(rookie mistake)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:49 (six years ago) link

I never got to hear 'em until about a week or two before Boon died. :( Couldn't find their records in my time, but Muchmusic aired the videos for "King of the Hill" and "This Ain't No Picnic" on their "underground" show.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:55 (six years ago) link

...couldn't find their records in my TOWN. But "time" works too, since I didn't find a copy of "Double Nickels" until nearly a year later.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 29 January 2013 18:59 (six years ago) link

So I spoke to Mike Watt for like an hour-and-a-half yesterday. Man I was nervous as hell - it was my first phoner, and it's intimidating meeting your heroes! - but he was totally gracious and cool, of course. Lots to transcribe but I'll post the link when the piece is done.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Saturday, 2 February 2013 09:12 (six years ago) link

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manti 乒乓 (k3vin k.), Saturday, 2 February 2013 16:41 (six years ago) link

minutemen rule obv

manti 乒乓 (k3vin k.), Saturday, 2 February 2013 17:03 (six years ago) link

I was informed by the devotees over on the Watt list that none of the Minutemen material actually needs a remaster. Could have fooled me.

Would certainly love to see a lot of SST stuff getting upgraded properly while the cd is still a medium. THere's a lot of very interesting material that the label released over the years that I'd like to get in best possible audio. & I think it's probably the best part of 20 years since most of it was translated to cd and the medium has advanced a lot since then hasn't it?

Stevolende, Saturday, 2 February 2013 19:09 (six years ago) link

The all acoustic bit in their documentary was pretty amazing, and made me want to see more...

dlp9001, Saturday, 2 February 2013 20:16 (six years ago) link

I was informed by the devotees over on the Watt list that none of the Minutemen material actually needs a remaster. Could have fooled me.

Haha! As a Wall list member myself (I think you're the only other one I've met IRL) I can say that for me it depends on the record. 'What Makes A Man...' is the one I like the least because the sound is so dry; in fact I used to work with a guy who absolutely hated it because the guitar is so trebly (though that was intentional on D Boon's part; it's the record where the guitar and bass sound most polarised).

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Sunday, 3 February 2013 08:49 (six years ago) link

Wall list? Gah early mornings. Obviously I meant Watt list.

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Sunday, 3 February 2013 08:49 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So I said I was talking to Watt before his current Euro tour, and the piece went online yesterday. It's a bit of a longread.

http://thumped.com/band-interviews/mike-watt-still-jamming-econo.html

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Thursday, 21 February 2013 08:35 (six years ago) link

Very nice. Will read it all later

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:27 (six years ago) link

yeah good stuff, at least what i've read so far. Watt is always great to talk to -- one of my first interviews and still one of the best.

some dude, Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:24 (six years ago) link

xxp to make a well-worn point I don't think any critical need for Minutemen remastering on CD compares to Husker Du.....not just for the whole Spot/SST thing but that both bands were sonically so different. Different needs.

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:04 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Probably missed this already shared elsewhere on here but if it wasn't...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4W5jP_Gmrg

It was 1985. Brett & my bdays are in June. We had both just graduated from college. We had a birthday/graduation party at his mom's house on the outskirts of San Pedro. The Minutemen played. It was a great day.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 16:21 (five years ago) link

Ooh, can't wait to watch that properly when I get home!

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 17:58 (five years ago) link

Odd to think that this band playing in someone's mom's driveway is near the end of their career, rather than the beginning. Boon would die later that year. This video is fantastic, thanks Ned.

Fakeprog Nilsson (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:00 (five years ago) link

Yer welcome!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:13 (five years ago) link

epic.

fact checking cuz, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:18 (five years ago) link

It's takes about 17 minutes to get warmed up and work out equipment stuff, then BANG ZOOM POW

Three Word Username, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:26 (five years ago) link

To a lot of people in 1985 (myself included), the Minutemen were one of the 2-3 best bands in the world. To have them play in your driveway ...

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:28 (five years ago) link

So this happened two months after I saw them in Providence, RI.

Jazzbo, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 19:31 (five years ago) link

Awww. I still need to read that Mike Watt talking about his fave albums interview I saw recently. Finally read that thing about how he grabs some sleep before gigs on tour (with that sad initial reference in it to the vehicle crash when D Boon died).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 15:57 (five years ago) link

I love the way Watt thinks, and the way he phrases things:

"The way T. Rex records were released on eight-track cartridges was also influential on Minutemen I think. The way eight-tracks were mechanically organised is they'd cut right into the songs, end them half way through, divide them up, so it was like that Wire thing again."

A Perfect Ratio of Choogle to Jam (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 15 March 2014 18:41 (five years ago) link

Yeah, the way he speaks and the way he thinks are utterly unique.

So cool that he finally met and played with Blue Oyster Cult after all these years!

acluelessdic (some dude), Saturday, 15 March 2014 19:39 (five years ago) link

Oh man that Quietus thing is so wonderful. Watt is probably the most enjoyable interview in the world. The way he speaks about music, art, life, and everything is just so sincere, open-minded, big-hearted, and like others are saying, totally unique and flavorful. And it's so sweet how he never stops talking about D. Boon and what a big deal he was to him.

This is also good timing because I just bought a hugely expensive plane ticket to see him close out the Missingmen tour in London. I saw them do the opera in Minneapolis in 2012 and it was easily a top 3 all-time live concert experience for me.

JRN, Saturday, 15 March 2014 19:59 (five years ago) link

That driveway party is so awesome! The biggest Minutemen mystery for me is how this working class band from San Pedro raised on CCR and BOC and inspired by punk even accidentally turned into this leftwing jazz-fusion juggernaut.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 15 March 2014 20:17 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Been listening to an old cd of Double Nickels in my car over the last couple days. It sounds perfect, especially when compared to Husker Du from the same era. Must have to do with the fact that Minutemen used no distortion at all, no overdubs etc. ive never heard the full Double Nickels with the missing songs.

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Friday, 9 May 2014 16:37 (five years ago) link

man that Quietus thing is great, missed that

The thing I found about getting older is the danger is you think you know it all, and I try to fight that, man, 'cause everyone's got something to teach you.

love this dude

RSD-rolled (sleeve), Friday, 9 May 2014 17:24 (five years ago) link

Love the shoutout for Tyranny and Mutation. I always knew these guys were into BOC

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Friday, 9 May 2014 18:54 (five years ago) link

They covered 'The Red and The Black', twice, and they gave a lyrical shout-out to E Bloom. They were even set to work with him before D Boon's accident. They were demonstrably BOC fans!

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Saturday, 10 May 2014 08:54 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Okay so I think any fan will need this book talked about here:

http://larecord.com/interviews/2015/06/04/a-wailing-of-a-town-an-oral-history-of-early-san-pedro-punk-interview

Ned Raggett, Friday, 5 June 2015 04:33 (four years ago) link

Direct order link here -- hell, I'm getting it now.

http://endfwy.bigcartel.com/product/a-wailing-of-a-town-an-oral-history-of-early-san-pedro-punk-and-more-1977-1985

Ned Raggett, Friday, 5 June 2015 04:37 (four years ago) link

Yes, can't wait to read it!

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 5 June 2015 12:56 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

What a vast, daunting catalog -- yet approachable. I tried my best.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 August 2017 02:20 (one year ago) link

yeah it's tough to pick 20! I also love "If Reagan Played Disco" and "Jesus & Tequila" and "Corona" and "Cohesion" and "Paranoid Chant"

sleeve, Friday, 25 August 2017 02:53 (one year ago) link

“The Red and the Black,” named after Stendhal’s classic novel about political intrigue in post-Napoleonic France.

Pretty sure that's a secondhand reference to the color scheme of a police force that works. Dogsled on ice.

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 25 August 2017 14:04 (one year ago) link

I saw somewhere a few months ago where Joe Strummer was asked to name the greatest punk band of all time, and he said something like "Probably the Minutemen, right?"
― andy, Friday, 8 February 2002 01:00 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Just looked this up because I thought that was pretty cool if Joe did say that, but not quite:

Spin: Who would you say were the ultimate punk band?

Joe Strummer: The Television Personalities

Spin: Really?

Joe Strummer: Well, they're second place. First place are the Ramones. They're the daddy punk rock group of all time. The Television Personalities, they're slightly obscure, but they brought a severe sense of intelligence to it, just at a time when punk needed the piss taken out of it. And three, maybe I'd put in the Buzzcocks. Oh yeah, the Minutemen. Big ups to the Minutemen!

Colonel Poo, Friday, 25 August 2017 14:22 (one year ago) link

Nice writeup, as usual! A few other favorites of mine: Cut, Take Our Test, My Heart and the Real World

Pretty sure that's a secondhand reference to the color scheme of a police force that works. Dogsled on ice.

Definitely sure it's a Blue Oyster Cult cover.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 25 August 2017 15:21 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

In which our hero, Mike Watt, pops in to comment on some soundcloud podcast about his music:

https://soundcloud.com/that-record-got-me-high-podcast/s2e50-minutemen-double-nickels-on-the-dime?fbclid=IwAR3yxUNXJJEt98VDR8yWpWgzOvlzX83pV19T_hrF-DtFVGuDEtSJFBXN8RE

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 11 July 2019 03:27 (one week ago) link


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