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San Pedro, California, United States (1980 – 1985)

The Minutemen were a trio which formed in 1980 in San Pedro, California, United States. The band comprised guitarist/vocalist D Boon and his childhood friend, bassist/vocalist Mike Watt, along with a former high school classmate on drums, George Hurley.

The group played influenced punk rock music in the early 1980s, never finding (or even seeking) much mainstream success but influencing many subsequent musicians. The group ended when Boon died in an automobile accident in Arizona in December 1985.

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They were influenced heavily by bands such as Wire, Gang of Four, The Pop Group, The Urinals and also funk bands of the late ’60s and ’70s were an important influence. 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.

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 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”.

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  • lukasz_92

    Twinkle, twinkle...

    7 May 5:03pm Reply
  • wiseblood-

    E..........T..........C!

    4 May 3:15am Reply
  • addmeignorelist

    I ask myselft: where was I before know this band.

    17 Apr 11:24pm Reply
  • Nochek

    great classic.

    21 Mar 10:43am Reply
  • thelionrampant

    Double Nickels on the Dime is truly fantastic!

    18 Mar 11:19am Reply
  • rhayader18

    Coolest band ever

    19 Feb 9:53pm Reply
  • eviljim667

    Fantastic band: great music, great principles

    16 Feb 11:59am Reply
  • foreignlawns

    good story, sh-aum. my first exposure to minutemen was the sst catalog back in the late 80s when i was in high school. the 'my first bells' cassette was intriguing...i was particularly impressed that it had 62 songs on it, so i had to buy it. all their recordings from 80-83 were on there [except 'the politics of time' lp]. i was instantly hooked...i had never heard anything like the minutemen before. the joy ep stood out to me the most at first. and wouldn't you know, when the tape eventually wore out and broke, it was right in the middle of black sheep, which was my favorite song at the time. i was able to splice the tape back together, but a big chunk of black sheep was garbled.

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Sh-AUM

    We Jam Econo was one of my favorite films a few years ago, it's a really neat documentary and the extras are ridiculous (ie, this Thurston Moore interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvAta5i4lFs).---------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------ When I bought Joy, was probably in about 2004-5, so I was about 13-14 and I'm pretty sure that Kurt Cobain was my reference to the band at the time. The artwork & text were really appealing. I think I may have been under the impression that the titles of tracks were also in the text: real joy, my dad has a _____ _____________, he employs people who believe, that someday they'll push the men, who'll buy them a ____ _______________. ;)

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Sh-AUM

    I had another 1000 character shout, that was posted but never appeared just before attempting to recapture it. It was more Minutemen oriented, direct and devoid of the technology or personal recordings aspect. This was better suited to the original intention that I had sharing a story and remarking on the power of Joy/Black Sheep/More Joy. Something I revisited tonight after viewing the page of a person going to a local Melt-Banana show in October. The show was the top listing under upcoming shows in my area, although I've never scrobbled Melt Banana. This guy had listened to a lot Minutemen in the past day and so I checked out the track 'Politics of Time', particularly because I just 20 days ago considered selling that CD for extra cash to pre-order a new LP package that would help fund a band's release whom I love. I didn't sell that then but 7 days later for another release by another composer/group important to me. This eventually led to me listening to 'Joy'!...

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Sh-AUM

    'Joy' is a powerful EP. It was my first aural contact with any of Minutemen's music. It came in CD format, played in a streamlined boom box with separate speakers and a tape deck that had recording capabilities via these "12-16" tall tiny speakers. It was shared by my mom and I. I used those speakers to record demos of music made by myself, with my girlfriend, myself and less occasionally some other friends. I also used it to create mixtapes from CDs of mine or libraries, online mp3s(namely from SonicYouth's website, they were new to me at the time). * Anyway, I had no idea that the $11 or so that I was paying for that CD would "only" get me 3:21 of music in the 3 songs there. So after the first play I was a bit put off by the unexpected sudden end. Soon I came to devotedly enjoy and listen to it. I did go out and spend more money on Minutemen in the near future. Including The Politics of Time CD and Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat (record). Presently, I only have 'Joy'.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • foreignlawns

    still the best ever

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Existenz_

    Cool band. Just might be my new favorite band.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • imadeyourealise

    twinkle twinkle

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Sunzy

    YEAH YEAH

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    Awesome Band.. underrated as fuck.

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • pewpewlasers

    IM FUCKING OVERWHELMED

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • wlarge63

    I absolutely love this band.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mindholes

    fyi http://cangrejoide.bandcamp.com/

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    V funny statement other than the fact that minute in the meaning they intended is: beneath notice; insignificant.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
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