Just announced MIKE WATT & The MISSINGMEN (Minutemen, Firehose, The Stooges) added to our May 2nd Alldayer Windmill Brixton also featuring Crumbling Ghost Lazarus Clamp Fishboy smallgang Former Utopia Splintered Man Russell and the Wolf Choir Capt.Lovelace on 2 Stages from 4pm
Wegottickets - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/313690
Songkick - https://tickets.songkick.com/events/23264038
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.
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 ____ _______________. ;)
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'!...
'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'.