Minutemen

Minutemen

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The Minutemen were a band from San Pedro, California, formed in 1980 by childhood friends Dennes "D." Boon (vocals, guitar) and Mike Watt (bass, vocals) following the break-up of their previous band, The Reactionaries. Although technically considered a punk rock band, the group frequently added elements of funk and jazz into their songs and would also incorporate classic rock covers into their records and live sets, most notably covering Steely Dan, Van Halen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Blue Öyster Cult (the latter two were huge influences on a young Boon and Watt). The band was known for the brevity of their songs, freeing them from solos, choruses, breakdowns, and fade-outs. Also, D. Boon was known for his very trebly guitar tone, believing in a "democratic" sound, in which all instruments would sound distinct and be equally represented.

Boon and Watt had wanted to include Reactionaries drummer George Hurley when the Minutemen formed, but he had immediately joined another band following the Reactionaries demise, so instead they recruited a local welder named Frank Tonche to play drums. The Minutemen played their first show with Black Flag and the two bands would develop a close relationship. Tonche quit after the group's second show, disliking the punk audiences that the band played for, and Hurley opted to join the band (a collection of recordings with Tonche, called "Georgeless", was released on 7" vinyl in 1993). While D. Boon would sing the majority of the songs, all 3 members contributed to the songwriting. The band was extremely prolific, issuing 4 LPs and 6 EPs in 5 years, and also appearing a numerous compilations. Their 1984 double LP, "Double Nickels On The Dimes", is their most critically well-received release. Most of their work was issued via Black Flag's SST Records and the band's own label, New Alliance Records.

The Minutemen came to end on December 22, 1985, when D. Boon, at age 27, was killed in automobile accident in Arizona. The following year, a collection of live recordings called "Ballot Result" was released by SST. Following Boon's death, Watt sold New Alliance to SST Records. In 1987, a Minutemen fan named Ed Crawford encouraged Watt and Hurley to form a new band with him. The band, fIREHOSE, existed until 1994. Since then, Watt and Hurely have played with various bands and sessions and Watt has also released several solo albums. In 2005, Watt and Hurley reunited again in an improve rock group called Unknown Instructors.

A documentary on the band, called "We Jam Econo (The Story Of The Minutemen)", was released in 2005 and featured interviews with Watt and Hurley, along with a number of friends and contemporaries, including Chuck Dukowski, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, John Doe (2), Kira Roessler, and many others.
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Minutemen Discography

Albums

SST C 004 Minutemen The Punch Line (Album) SST Records SST C 004 US 1981 Sell This Version
SST 014 Minutemen What Makes A Man Start Fires? (Album) SST Records SST 014 US 1983 Sell This Version
SST 028 Minutemen Double Nickels On The Dime (Album) SST Records SST 028 US 1984 Sell This Version
NAR-017 Minutemen The Politics Of Time (Album) New Alliance Records NAR-017 US 1984 Sell This Version
SST 058 Minutemen 3-Way Tie (For Last) (Album) SST Records SST 058 UK 1985 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SST 002 Minutemen Paranoid Time (EP) SST Records SST 002 US 1980 Sell This Version
NAR-004 Minutemen Joy (EP) New Alliance Records NAR-004 US 1981 Sell This Version
T8 Minutemen "Bean-Spill" E. P.(7", EP) Thermidor T8 US 1982 Sell This Version
T8/10 Minutemen, Nig-Heist Minutemen, Nig-Heist - Bean-Spill / Walking Down The Street(2x7", EP) Thermidor T8/10 US 1982 Sell This Version
SST 016 Minutemen Buzz Or Howl Under The Influence Of Heat (EP) SST Records SST 016 US 1983 Sell This Version
PSST E28 Minutemen From Double Nickels On The Dime (Wheels Of Fortune)(12", S/Sided, Etch, EP, Promo) SST Records PSST E28 US 1984 Sell This Version
PSST E58 Minutemen Courage (EP) SST Records PSST E58 US 1985 Sell This Version
SSTC 034 Minutemen Project: Mersh (EP) SST Records SSTC 034 US 1985 Sell This Version
REFLEX L Minutemen "Tour-Spiel" EP(7", EP) Reflex Records (5) REFLEX L US 1985 Sell This Version
FE-030 Minutemen "Georgeless" EP(7", EP) Forced Exposure FE-030 US 1993 Sell This Version
WUB 005 Minutemen / Saccharine Trust Minutemen / Saccharine Trust - The Burning Brothel. / My Heart Bleedz Pink Lemonade (EP, Comp) Water Under The Bridge Records WUB 005 US 2011 Sell This Version

Compilations

SST 068 Minutemen Ballot Result (Album, Comp) SST Records SST 068 US 1986 Sell This Version
SST 032 Minutemen My First Bells 1980-83(Cass, Comp) SST Records SST 032 US 1986 Sell This Version
SST CD 138 Minutemen Post-Mersh, Vol. 1 (Comp) SST Records SST CD 138 US 1987 Sell This Version
SST CD 139 Minutemen Post-Mersh, Vol. 2 (Comp) SST Records SST CD 139 US 1987 Sell This Version
SST CD 165 Minutemen Post-Mersh, Vol. 3 (Comp) SST Records SST CD 165 US 1988 Sell This Version
SST CD 363 Minutemen Introducing The MInutemen(CD, Comp) SST Records SST CD 363 US 1998 Sell This Version

Videos

none Black Flag / Minutemen Black Flag / Minutemen - Drinking And Driving / Ack Ack Ack Ack(Umatic, Comp, Promo, NTSC) SST Records none US 1986 Sell This Version
FSV14 Minor Threat / Minutemen Minor Threat / Minutemen - The Best Of Flipside Video #2 Flipside Video FSV14 US 1994 Sell This Version
028 Minutemen We Jam Econo (The Story Of The Minutemen)(2xDVD-V, NTSC) Plexifilm 028 US 2006 Sell This Version