History Music / TheMinutemen

6th May '15 4:50:22 PM FinnNicolas
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* MeaningfulName: Their name comes from the word "minute" - as in, both "the unit of time", and "a small amount of something" as a reference to their music. When they first started out, their average song length was a minute or less, and even when they occasionally moved away from that, their songs still tended to be short.

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* MeaningfulName: Their Contrary to popular belief, The Minutemen were not named for the shortness of their songs. They were instead named after the 18th Century militia group. The name comes from the word "minute" - as in, both "the unit of time", and "a small amount of something" as was also a reference to their music. When they first started out, their average song length to, and a lampooning of, the right-wing reactionary group of the same name that was a minute or less, and even when they occasionally moved away from that, their songs still tended to be short. founded in the 1960s.
14th Feb '15 12:08:55 PM RampinUp46
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* MeaningfulName: When they first started making music, their average song length was a minute or less. Even if they occasionally moved away from that, their songs still tended to be short.

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* MeaningfulName: Their name comes from the word "minute" - as in, both "the unit of time", and "a small amount of something" as a reference to their music. When they first started making music, out, their average song length was a minute or less. Even if less, and even when they occasionally moved away from that, their songs still tended to be short.short.
5th Feb '15 2:51:56 PM bt8257
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* HardcorePunk: Albeit a somewhat [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly unusual]] example.

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* HardcorePunk: Albeit a somewhat [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly unusual]] example.



* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: A lot of their songs have titles like "The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts," "Do You Want [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] Or Do You Want the Truth?" and "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders."

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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: A lot of their songs have titles like "The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts," Farts", "Do You Want [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] Or Do You Want the Truth?" and "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders."Orders".



* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: D. Boon pronounces "measure" as "may-sure." Mike Watt admits this is a large part of the reason why he used the word in some of their lyrics.

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* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: D. Boon pronounces "measure" as "may-sure." "may-sure". Mike Watt admits this is a large part of the reason why he used the word in some of their lyrics.



* PunBasedTitle: "The Toe Jam."

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* PunBasedTitle: "The Toe Jam."Jam".



** [[WordOfGod According to Mike Watt]], "on the dime" means "on the spot." They thought it would be funny to make the album's title a response to "I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar -- they thought the idea being the song wasn't rebellious, so they decided to mock it in the title of the album.
-->'''Watt''', about Hagar's song title: Okay, ''we'''ll drive 55, but we'll make crazy music!

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** [[WordOfGod According to Mike Watt]], "on the dime" means "on the spot." They thought it would be funny to make the album's title a response to "I Can't Drive 55" by Sammy Hagar -- they thought the idea being that the song wasn't terribly rebellious, so they decided to mock it in the title of the album.
-->'''Watt''', about Hagar's song title: Okay, ''we'''ll ''we'll'' drive 55, but we'll make crazy music!



** D. Boon stylized his shtick of going by his first initial and last name after E. Bloom of Music/BlueOysterCult, a band they often covered and referenced in songs like "History Lesson - Part II" and "Tour Spiel."

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** D. Boon stylized his shtick of going by his first initial and last name after E. Bloom of Music/BlueOysterCult, a band they often covered and referenced in songs like "History Lesson - Part II" and "Tour Spiel."Spiel".



* TheSomethingSong: "Song for El Salvador," "#1 Hit Song," "Political Song for Music/MichaelJackson to Sing," and "Untitled Song for Latin America."

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* TheSomethingSong: "Song for El Salvador," Salvador", "#1 Hit Song," Song", "Political Song for Music/MichaelJackson to Sing," Sing", and "Untitled Song for Latin America."America".



** The liner notes of Double Nickels on the Dime reads, "Take that [[Music/HuskerDu Hüskers]]!" According to Mike Watt, he wrote that to give them credit for giving the Minutemen the idea to record a double album (Hüsker Dü's double album, ''Zen Arcade'' was in the same year as ''Double Nickels''), in an odd case where a TakeThat doubles as a friendly ShoutOut.

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** The liner notes of Double Nickels on the Dime reads, "Take that [[Music/HuskerDu Hüskers]]!" According to Mike Watt, he wrote that to give them credit for giving the Minutemen the idea to record a double album (Hüsker Dü's double album, ''Zen Arcade'' ''Music/ZenArcade'' was in the same year as ''Double Nickels''), in an odd a rare case where a TakeThat doubles as a friendly ShoutOut.



** Also "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" and "This Ain't No Picnic," the latter targeted at a racist auto parts store owner who wouldn't let Boon play jazz on the radio.

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** Also "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" and "This Ain't No Picnic," Picnic", the latter targeted at a racist auto parts store owner who wouldn't let Boon play jazz on the radio.



* TitleOnlyChorus: "This Ain't No Picnic," "Nature Without Man," arguably "Little Man With a Gun in His Hand."

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* TitleOnlyChorus: "This Ain't No Picnic," "Nature Without Man," arguably "Little Man With a Gun in His Hand."Hand".



* TropeMaker: Arguably one of these for PostHardcore, along with Music/BigBlack, Music/HuskerDu, Music/MeatPuppets and Music/NakedRaygun.

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* TropeMaker: Arguably one of these for PostHardcore, along with Music/BigBlack, Music/HuskerDu, Music/MeatPuppets and Music/NakedRaygun.Naked Raygun.
4th Jan '15 5:37:42 AM FingerPuppet
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* DoingItForTheArt



* NoBudget: They took the frugality of Hardcore at the time and cranked it UpToEleven, in the process pioneering a style known as "Jamming Econo" where their live shows relied on charisma from the members and nothing else and albums mostly consisted of first takes recorded on used tape on impossibly shoestring budgets. For example, ''[[MagnumOpus Double Nickels]]'' had 45 songs recorded a budget of ''$1,100''.
24th Dec '14 3:51:38 PM BadSplice
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* QuirkyCurls: George's hairstyle near the end [[ICallItVera which he called "The Unit"]].
24th Dec '14 3:49:30 PM BadSplice
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* DoingItForTheArt


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* LyricalDissonance: [[ProtestSong Protest songs]] set to funky, energetic backing music.


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* NoBudget: They took the frugality of Hardcore at the time and cranked it UpToEleven, in the process pioneering a style known as "Jamming Econo" where their live shows relied on charisma from the members and nothing else and albums mostly consisted of first takes recorded on used tape on impossibly shoestring budgets. For example, ''[[MagnumOpus Double Nickels]]'' had 45 songs recorded a budget of ''$1,100''.
7th Dec '14 8:50:24 PM sharkcrap11
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* HardcorePunk: Albeit a somewhat [[NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly unusual]] example.


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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Everywhere from a 3 to a 6. Some of their faster stuff would be a 7 with a heavier guitar sound.


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* PostHardcore: One of the [[TropeMaker first]] examples.


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* TropeMaker: Arguably one of these for PostHardcore, along with Music/BigBlack, Music/HuskerDu, Music/MeatPuppets and Music/NakedRaygun.
8th Nov '14 2:13:57 AM bluesno1fann
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** ''Double Nickels'' also had a solo song for every member ("Cohesion" was D. Boon's, "Take 5, D." was Mike Watt's, and "You Need the Glory" was George Hurley's), which was inspired by Music/PinkFloyd's ''Ummagumma''.

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** ''Double Nickels'' also had a solo song for every member ("Cohesion" was D. Boon's, "Take 5, D." was Mike Watt's, and "You Need the Glory" was George Hurley's), which was inspired by Music/PinkFloyd's ''Ummagumma''.''Music/{{Ummagumma}}''.
6th Oct '14 1:05:53 PM m8e
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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: A lot of their songs have titles like "The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts," "Do You Want Music/NewWave Or Do You Want the Truth?" and "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders."

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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: A lot of their songs have titles like "The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts," "Do You Want Music/NewWave [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] Or Do You Want the Truth?" and "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders."
1st Oct '14 1:48:45 PM moloch
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* StepUpTotheMicrophone: D. Boon did vocals on most songs, but Mike Watt did vocals every now and then. George Hurley also did vocals on two songs: the "speech" during "Ruins" and the scat singing in his solo song, "You Need the Glory."

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* StepUpTotheMicrophone: StepUpToTheMicrophone: D. Boon did vocals on most songs, but Mike Watt did vocals every now and then. George Hurley also did vocals on two songs: the "speech" during "Ruins" and the scat singing in his solo song, "You Need the Glory."
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