Minutemen, What Makes A Man Start Fires?

Mac McCaughan (Superchunk)

By Mac McCaughan (Superchunk)

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The Minutemen hit their jumpy stride

The Minutemen played in the basement of a local church around 1984 or '85 and blew all of our conceptions about what hardcore was, how long songs could be, what a guitar could sound like. d. boon was bouncing around the stage, Mike Watt strangulating the bass, drummer George Hurley on fire; it was maybe the best show I've ever seen. (Honor Role from Richmond opened and was equally fantastic.) After that, I went and got a Tele. By this second album they'd already hit their jumpy stride, d. boon's scratchy guitar and friendly bark all over Watt and Hurley's frenetic, melodic grooves on classics like "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs."