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Album Review

Whereas fIREHOSE's debut, 1986's Ragin', Full On, was issued quickly to get the new outfit off the ground (two of the three members were still reeling from the death of their previous band's frontman, the Minutemen's D. Boon), their sophomore effort, 1987's If'n, included more cohesive and focused songwriting. Touring together had obviously made Watt-Hurley-Crawford tighter as a unit, and several of their best all-time compositions reside here. Although the debut incorporated other musical forms besides punk and hard rock (funk, jazz, etc.), If'n was the first fIREHOSE release to feature folk-style originals — such as Crawford's "In Memory of Elizabeth Cotton." Standouts include the album opening highway anthem "Sometimes," the groovy '50s feel of "Honey, Please," the laid-back "Backroads," and the irate rockers "Anger" and "For the Singer of R.E.M." Also featured are several Mike Watt lead vocal spots — the perennial concert favorite "Making the Freeway" (included on the 1993 mini-album Live Totem Pole EP), the humorous "Me & You Remembering," "Operation Solitaire," and the closing epic "Thunder Child."

Customer Reviews

A must!

I promise you 90% of the alternative bands you listen to now, owned and loved this album. I once saw them play live at Santa Monica College. Mike Watt, as if he wasn't a bass playing God already, somehow not only broke a string in mid-song, but replaced it with a new string while he continued playing. Nirvana got the glory, but this band is what helped make SST the model for what "indie" labels dream of.

The fetchin' beats wretchin' like scratchin' cures itchin'!

Admittedly this is not a "new" review as this album has been out for roughly 20 years... but this and ALL the fIREHOSE albums mark a beginning of some incredible times! Recovering Minutemen from San Pedro, George, Mike & Ed (well, Ed's from Ohio!) make some of the greatest music you've EVER heard. Though not their first album, If'n is a fantastic starting point for the un-initiated. Almost anyone who appreciates rock 'n roll will like this, and the other, fIREHOSE albums! I couldn't possibly recommend this band any more than I already have to my closest friends!


You are exactly right. Nuf' said. The Minutemen invented "alt rock"


Formed: 1986 in San Pedro, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

In 1985, after D Boon's tragic death at age 27 signalled the end of the Minutemen, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley threw in their lot with then-22-year-old former Ohio State University student, guitar player, and Minutemen fanatic Ed Crawford to form fIREHOSE. Taking their group name from a line in Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," fIREHOSE continued in the Minutemen tradition of breathtaking musicianship combined with caustic lyrical fusillades inspired by the writing of the...
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