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fIREHOSE was formed in the spring of 1986 shortly after the accidental death of guitarist/vocalist D. Boon brought an end to bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley's previous band, Minutemen.
fIREHOSE continued in the Minutemen tradition of intricate musicianship combined with caustic lyrical fusillades inspired by the writing of the Beat Generation and the indignation of the Blank Generation, but developed their own musical identity apart from the Minutemen while still maintaining the same dynamic synthesis of punk, funk, and free jazz. Adapting a relentless do-it-yourself work ethic, the band toured non-stop and consistently played to capacity audiences over the course of 7.5 years - playing nearly 1000 shows before disbanding in 1994. lowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology ('91-'94) features the complete remastered fIREHOSE Columbia recordings including 2 full length albums (1991's critically acclaimed "Flyin' The Flannel" and 1994's "Mr. Machinery Operator"); a rare live EP ("Live Totem Pole") as well as rare, out of print and previously unreleased recordings. This Spring, after 18 years, fIREHOSE are re-uniting, performing and touring together for the first time since 1994 culminating with performances at this year's Coachella Festival (taking place April 13-15 and 20-22 in CA).

Disc: 1
1. Down With The Bass
2. Up Finnegan's Ladder
3. Can't Believe
4. Walking The Cow
5. Flyin' The Flannel
6. Epoxy For Example
7. O'er the Town Of Pedro
8. Too Long
9. The First Cuss
10. Anti-Misogyny Maneuver
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Disc: 2
1. Formal Introduction
2. Blaze
3. Herded into Pools
4. Witness
5. Number Seven
6. Powerful Hankerin'
7. Rocket Sled/Fuel Tank
8. Quicksand
9. Disciples of the 3-Way
10. More Famous Quotes
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 3, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B0077PHPBS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,338 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J.H. Randall on April 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I got into this band a few years ago after listening to the Minutemen nonstop for several months and deciding to give this band a try. The first thing that struck me was how fIREHOSE isn't just The Minutemen all over again. They were their own band with their own unique sound through and through. I promptly bought all of their albums, some of which were out of print and I had to buy used from sellers here on Amazon. Listening to those records, there are some nods to the Minutemen here and there, sometimes in the guitar playing and song structures, and fIREHOSE continued making music that melded punk, funk, rock, jazz and other genres just like the Minutemen did, but they always played with their own unique style and sound. The difference between the two bands is easily identifiable: D. Boon and Ed Crawford. Both insanely talented guitar players and vocalists, each in their own different, unique way. Those two powerhouses, backed by the best rhythm section in rock with Mike Watt and George Hurley and you have two great bands. The Minutemen may be more well-known and classic but fIREHOSE is one of those bands that deserves its due.

This two-disc anthology is a great way to get into this great band. It consists of three records they released on Columbia records: "Flyin' The Flannel," "Mr. Machinery Operator" and the "Live Totem Pole EP" as well as some bonus tracks, including instrumental and live versions of some songs and the song "Max And Wells," which I didn't even know fIREHOSE ever did until I saw the track listing of this set. I had previously heard the song on Mike Watt's "Ball-Hog Or Tugboat?" solo album. The sound quality of the set is great and the overall package and booklet are perfect for a release like this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stargrazer on April 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's difficult to rate something like this.

Essentially, it is a budget-priced repackaging of fIREHOSE's two Columbia albums (Flyin' The Flannel and Mr. Machinery Operator), along with the criminally rare Live Totem Pole EP (which is one of the best live documents of a band ever waxed), plus a few superfluous bonus tracks. It arrives hot on the heels of fIREHOSE's surprise reunion for the Coachella festival and a string of West Coast live dates.

For in-depth reviews of Flyin' The Flannel and Mr. Machinery Operator, see the pages for the original albums.

I'm going to tackle this as a whole. I already owned the original albums, so what does lowFLOWs bring to the table that wasn't already there?

First, a little context: fIREHOSE was a fiercely original band, chalking up a stupendous run of albums on their former label SST and carving deep furrows into the nascent underground touring circuit that their compadres in Black Flag and Hüsker Dü had forged. I mean, Uncle Tupelo, Fugazi, and The Screaming Trees opened up for THEM! They were certainly touring heavyweights, considering their albums to be advertisements for gigs, rather than touring as a way of selling albums. Their move to Columbia presaged the wholesale grunge dragnet that followed Nirvana and Pearl Jam a cultural minute later -- which is fine, because they were never even close to grunge. It also afforded them a burlier sound, thanks to producers like Paul Kolderie and (especially) J. Mascis.

Very little changed about their working method, but they did stretch their legs a bit with some great covers (their version of Daniel Johnson's "Walking The Cow" verges on definitive) and some fine guest appearances (Mascis, Nels Cline, Mac MacCaughan, Freda Renté).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Jorgensen on November 6, 2012
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I was so excited when I first saw this was available. The remastering of Flyin the Flannel is awesome, and finally we have a listenable version of Live Totem Pole. Listening to this version of flyin the flannel I heard nuances I had never heard before. If you are a fIREHOSE fan, this album is a "must have".
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