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We Jam Econo - The Story of the Minutemen
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The film weaves together personal tales from Watt and drummer George Hurley with archival interview footage of the band and rare live performances. New interviews with over 50 musicians, artists, journalists, and friends help tell the Minutemen story, from their humble beginnings in the harbor town of San Pedro, California, to the tragic 1985 death of D. Boon in a highway accident in the Arizona desert.
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To be sure, a number of the criticisms noted by other reviewers are on the mark. For example, there are possibly too many commenters; a large number pop up for one relatively un-illuminating comment (e.g., how great a drummer Hurley is, how funny a dancer Boon was, etc.). It would have been nice to have more sustained commentary from fewer commenters, but that's not a major fault.
And I'll agree that this isn't a highly polished effort, like the Clash documentary WESTWAY TO THE WORLD, or the Pistols documentary THE FILTH & THE FURY, but then I somehow don't think that would be appropriate for the Minutemen. These were working men, not art students. Fashion wasn't real big on their list of concerns; passion was.
And it's true; D.Boon's death is not dwelt upon at length. I think it would have been at a minimum redundant to do so, and possibly in bad taste. I think the filmmakers handle it with a deft and light touch that does not in any diminish the impact. For anyone who knows the band, of course, D.Boon's death hangs over the preceeding years of the story anyway. You dread getting to that inevitable part of the story. The filmmakers do not invite you to wallow in emotions; they allow you to breathe. I appreciate not being treated like a Spielberg fan.
I cannot fathom the reviewer who felt that Mike Watt was unemotional; I had the distinct impression that he was on the verge of tears at least three times in the segments that appear in the main documentary. My heart went out to him and George all over again, just the way it did when I first heard about D.Read more ›
It is hard to believe that it has been more than 20 years since I last saw the Minutemen perform. And like the above reviewer, I clearly remember talking to D. Boone, who was friendly to everyone, while the opening band played. I also remember the entire band sticking around after the show just to hang out and thank the fans. The British punkers had their haircuts and attitudes. The Minutemen were genuine.
Seeing the 9:30 concert brought me back. As I stood in front of my television, I was 19 again standing at the foot of that very small stage in Columbus where I saw so many great shows. As the 80s punk scene turned to fashion and glamor, The Minutemen were there to keep us honest. With The Minutemen, the music came first. When you saw the white van parked in front of whatever venue they were playing, you knew this wasn't about the money or about the fame. These guys were the real thing.
Early in the first part of the 9:30 show, George (drums) has to fix a broken snare. While it is a slow moment in the concert footage, it was so real. There is no roadie handing him a new kit. The show waits while George fixes it himself. A couple of years after The Minutemen, I remember seeing Mike and George's band FireHose ask the audience (who were patiently waiting for the show to start) if anyone had a guitar or amp, I don't remember which.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the best music to come out of the LA punk scene, hands down. Nice guys to boot. Great DIY philosophy, witty lyrics, propulsive energy. Read morePublished 22 months ago by ideasmilliondollar
This doc, seem to drag on forever, never really going anywhere. Seriously overrated, expensive and basically a waste of time and money.Published on February 8, 2014 by Bebicakes
how can you not enjoy this~? collection of live performances, plenty of spiel...
the minutemen were an amazing band
rip d boon~<3
hurley ruled that drum... Read more
Outstanding documentary of one of the most influential and important bands from the punk and post-punk scene. Get your hands on this or see it somehow. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Mark Patel
I became a fan of the Minutemen after D-Boons's demise, first listening in around 1987, and listened casually over the past 20+ years. Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by Explore
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen (Tim Irwin, 2005)
Back in 1984, when I was just a little punk, I would buy just about anything SST Records put out. Read more
I've been more of an "appreciator" of The Minutemen for years, not really pursuing their music but not changing the station if they came on. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by John Albert Beckwith
it's about the minuteman... what else do i have to say? buy it. it's awesome, it has 2 dvds: a documentary and live music. it arrived on time, good price, it rules. i recommend.Published on January 13, 2008 by Clark Shame