Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Minutemen - The Punch Line

Hopefully the first of a few quality Minutemen/Firehose posts, if anyone is interested. An online punter said it better than I could so I quote,

"On early works like their first full-length release, 1981's THE PUNCH LINE, the Minutemen fashioned a unique hybrid out of the ashes of punk. At a time when pop music was heading into increasingly slick territory, the Minutemen strictly adhered to punk's short and fast aesthetic, but replaced punk's thunderous chords and nihilism with sprightly funk and politically savvy subject matter. The seriousness and extreme pointedness of their lyrics set the band apart from the American hardcore indie scene of 1981. While their SST label-mates Husker Du were singing about urban ennui and youthful frustration, the Minutemen, on the brisk title track, lambaste General George A. Custer. Not exactly cars-n-girls stuff. And yet their uncompromising approach and lo-fi fury struck a chord, earning them a passionate fan base. These 18 songs, with stripped-down titles like "Tension" and "Fanatics," are short, fierce bursts--most clock in somewhere between thirty and fifty seconds. The affect of Boon's shouted vocals and skewed funk riffs combined with the hard-charging rhythm section of George Hurley and Mike Watt is rock at its primal best." Cheers.


The Struggle
The Punch Line
Song For El Salvador
History Lesson

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DaddyRich said...


Anonymous said...

Double Nickles was a fave in college, but I never got around to getting any of their earlier stuff. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot! the more the better re the minutemen as far as i'm concerned

Anonymous said...

Oooh, yes please! More of both Minutemen and fIREHOUSE. Thank you!

Chenepan said...

gooood, vary good!
my favorite band.
im brazilian!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Love the Minutemen-I've had Double Nickels for years (still listen to it all the time) and need more Minutemen.
Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

Double Nickels is obviously their masterpiece, but so much of this earlier stuff is fantastic too (esp. lyrically). TERRIFIC band! x

Anonymous said...

It's not Firehouse, it's fIREHOSE. Firehouse was some crappy band that no one cares about anymore.