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Though they were too unique and specific to have far-reaching influence, Minutemen remain one of the most important and beloved bands to emerge from the '80s American underground. Time and again, they embodied impossible contradictions. They were working stiffs who promoted intellectualism and political consciousness; they personified the ideals of punk rock even as they broke every musical rule; they presented themselves as everymen, even though it was obvious that no one else could replicate their sound. Most importantly, they were a trio that operated as friends first. Their down-to-earth demeanor and open love for each other (and the music) is what makes the music on Introducing the Minutemen eternally relatable. Out of the hundreds of songs they wrote and recorded (before a 1985 van accident took D. Boon’s life), Minutemen left no mainstream hits. But without question, these 35 songs are hits to those who loved them. For all the music's fury, these guys were sweet at heart; their essence is contained in “History Lesson Part 2,” the best two-minute autobiography ever put to song.

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Perfect for a beginner to the Minutemen. I really like and respect the Minutemen. This CD isn't for all punkers though. They were the epitome of the underground in the 80's until Boon died. But they aren't for every body as I said. Those ripping bass lines, and D Boon's rough howl are irresistable to some ears irritating to others though. There is just so much creativity you can attribute to this band though; I mean an acid-jazz, riffing punk band. Cmon'! I really LIKE it. Not love though. Key Tracks: Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs, CUt, Corona (theme to jackass), history lesson pt. 2, and this aint no picnic. I promise though to all hardcore punk fans...YOU WILL warm up to this cd.

Great Album But....

You're better off just getting all the albums these songs appear on, they are just that good. Fortunately Watt compiled all their major albums and EPs (excluding Double Nickels On The Dime and 3-Way Tie (For Last)) onto three three CD releases entitled Post Merch Vol. 1, 2 and 3 so it wont take you forever.


Corona ( intro to JACKASS in case you didn't know) is such a good song!!! You have to have it.


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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