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

Minutemen The Punch Line (Album) SST Records US 1981 Sell This Version
Minutemen What Makes A Man Start Fires? (Album) SST Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Minutemen Double Nickels On The Dime (Album) SST Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Minutemen The Politics Of Time (Album) New Alliance Records US 1984 Sell This Version
Minutemen 3-Way Tie (For Last) (Album) SST Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
SST 028 Minutemen Double Nickels On The Dime(2xLP, Album) SST Records SST 028 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Minutemen Paranoid Time (EP) SST Records US 1980 Sell This Version
Minutemen Joy (EP) New Alliance Records 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(7", EP, Etch + 7", S/Sided) Thermidor T8/10 US 1982 Sell This Version
Minutemen Buzz Or Howl Under The Influence Of Heat (EP) SST Records 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
Minutemen Courage (EP) SST Records US 1985 Sell This Version
Minutemen Project: Mersh (EP) SST Records 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

Compilations

Minutemen Ballot Result (Album, Comp) SST Records US 1986 Sell This Version
SST 032 Minutemen My First Bells 1980-83(Cass, Comp) SST Records SST 032 US 1986 Sell This Version
Minutemen Post-Mersh, Vol. 1 (Comp) SST Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Minutemen Post-Mersh, Vol. 2 (Comp) SST Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Minutemen Post-Mersh, Vol. 3 (Comp) SST Records US 1988 Sell This Version
SST CD 363 Minutemen Introducing The MInutemen(CD, Comp) SST Records SST CD 363 US 1998 Sell This Version
Minutemen / Saccharine Trust Minutemen / Saccharine Trust - The Burning Brothel. / My Heart Bleedz Pink Lemonade (EP, Comp) Water Under The Bridge Records US 2011 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
Minor Threat / Minutemen Minor Threat / Minutemen - The Best Of Flipside Video #2 Flipside Video US 1994 Sell This Version