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Post-Mersh, Vol. 1

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The first volume of the Post-Mersh compilations brings together the first two Minutemen albums: 1981’s The Punch Line and 1983’s What Makes a Man Start Fires?. This was the period in which the San Pedro, Calif., trio played music that was marvelously scrappy but brimming with creative ambition. The first 18 songs (from The Punch Line) fly by in 15 minutes flat. Unlike on later Minutemen albums, Mike Watt sings half the tunes here, including the classic “Search.” In these early songs, you can watch the band push restlessly against every punk dictum, searching for alternate angles to a genre that had quickly become codified. By the time of What Makes a Man Start Fires?, they'd become elder statesmen of the burgeoning indie rock underground. George Hurley’s drums are no less a melodic force than Watt’s bass or D. Boon’s guitar, and in “The Only Minority” and “This Road” the three instrumental voices are coiled and intertwined. The songs sputter with frustration and political intensity, but they also exude, in the words of one song, “Pure Joy.”

Customer Reviews

These albums...geez.

When these guys are on my dog and my neices go nuts. They all love the unbridled energy of the Minutemen anyway. And the precicely delivered spurts of art-punk tuneage are great for listening while doing menial tasks such as breathing, or waiting in line to buy a Wii. I've always dug MM ever since their tunes, and fIREHOSE's too, were featured on the early 80's Santa Cruz skateboarding video, "Streets on Fire". I would hear these songs and be like, "what a great song, who the heck was that?" and it was always Watt on the bass or speil. I will own anything showcasing the souls of these pioneers.

Watch as your comments fall.......

I wouldn't doubt when you found the Minute Men,
American art-punk masterminds and revolutionaries, you died with isht in your pants.


I certainly ishted in my ponts.


Formed: 1980 in San Pedro, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

More than any other hardcore band, the Minutemen epitomized the free-thinking independent ideals that formed the core of punk/alternative music. Wildy eclectic and politically revolutionary, the Minutemen never stayed in one place too long; they moved from punk to free jazz to funk to folk at a blinding speed. And they toured and recorded at blinding speed; during the early '80s, they were constantly on the road, turning out records whenever they had a chance. Like their peers Black Flag, Hüsker...
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