Minutemen was an American punk band formed in San Pedro, California in 1980. Composed of guitarist D. Boon, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley, Minutemen recorded four albums and eight EPs before Boon’s death in an automobile accident in December 1985. They were noted in the California punk community for a philosophy of “jamming econo”, a sense of thriftiness reflected in their touring and presentation, while their eclectic and experimental attitude was instrumental in pioneering alternative rock.
The history of Minutemen began when D. Boon and Mike Watt met at age 13. Watt was walking through a park in their hometown of San Pedro, California, when Boon, playing a game of “army” with other boys, fell out of a tree right next to him, and found that his friends, one named Eskimo, must have ditched him. Both boys shared a passion for music; Boon’s mother taught D. to play the guitar and suggested Watt learn to play bass. However, at first, Watt did not know the difference… read more