The Minutemen

Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s


Formed in 1980 in San Pedro, California, USA, and originally known as the Reactionaries, this influential hardcore trio initially comprised D. Boon (Dennes Dale Boon, 1 April 1958, San Pedro, California, USA, d. 22 December 1985, Arizona, USA; guitar/vocals), Mike Watt (b. 20 March 1957, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA; bass) and Frank Tonche (drums), but the latter was replaced by George Hurley prior to recording. Although the trio donated tracks to several independent compilations, notably for the pivotal Radio Tokyo Tapes and the Posh Boy and New Alliance labels, their association with SST Records resulted in some of the genre’s most impressive recordings. The unfettered rage of their early work was less apparent on Buzz Or Howl Under The Influence Of Heat and Project: Mersh EP (‘mersh’ is San Pedro slang for ‘commercial’), but Double Nickels On The Dime and 3-Way Tie (For Last) showed an undeterred passion and commitment. The Minutemen came...

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