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Album Review

Not a follow-up to Double Nickels as much as it was an interesting assortment of odds and ends recorded during the band's infancy and pre-Minutemen days when they were called the Reactionaries. Unsurprisingly, the quality of some of these recordings is less than high quality, but the energy and excitement come through. Side two is arguably the most interesting, with Martin Tamburovich on lead vocals; this is perhaps the most exhaustive collection of Reactionaries material on record. Perhaps not an essential record, but a good one nonetheless.


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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