Album Details

July 28, 1998
Pop/Rock, Hardcore Punk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, College Rock, American Underground

Album Review

Along with such bands as Black Flag, Minor Threat, and the Circle Jerks, the Minutemen were one of the prominent underground punk bands of the early '80s, who helped pave the way for countless other bands who would soon follow. Although only a trio (the late, great D. Boon on vocals/guitar, bassist Mike Watt, and drummer George Hurley), the Minutemen were capable of creating quite an enjoyable racket, as evidenced from any one of the 35 tracks that comprise the 1998 career overview, Introducing the Minutemen. Although the band has ceased to exist since late 1985, after Boon died in an auto accident, they continue to be name-checked by new punk bands as a major influence. The majority of the tracks don't stretch past the two-minute mark (several not even past a minute), as the group specialized in succinct blasts of energetic punk -- "Definitions," "Fanatics," "Search," and so on. But toward the end of their career, the trio began to branch out musically -- "Corona" (which became the theme song for MTV's Jackass program), the surprisingly melodic "Price of Paradise," "This Ain't No Picnic," and "I Felt Like a Gringo." As the title suggests, Introducing the Minutemen serves as a perfect introduction to this notable '80s band.
Greg Prato, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Definitions
  2. Joe McCarthy's Ghost
  3. Paranoid Chant
  4. Search
  5. Punchline
  6. Fanatics
  7. Straight Jacket
  8. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs
  9. Fake Contest
  10. Anchor
  11. Split Red
  12. Life as a Rehearsal
  13. Cut
  14. Dream Told by Moto
  15. I Felt Like a Gringo
  16. Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
  17. Maybe Partying Will Help
  18. Toadies
  19. Corona
  20. History Lesson, Pt. 2
  21. This Ain't No Picnic
  22. King of the Hill
  23. Tour-Spiel
  24. Price of Paradise
  25. Big Stick
  26. Courage
  27. Spoken Word Piece
  28. Just Another Soldier
  29. If Reagan Played Disco
  30. Case Closed
  31. Futurism Restated
  32. Joy
  33. Black Sheep
  34. Badges
  35. Party With Me Punker
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