Our Band

They were the best and brightest from Indie Rocks Class of ‘84. The Minutemen, three self-proclaimed corndogs from San Pedro, CA, the brevity of whose songs was matched by their belief in “jamming econo.” Phoenix’s The Meat Puppets, Derrick Bostrom and the Kirkwood brothers, Curt and Chris, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock. From the Twin Cities, Hüsker Dü and The Replacements. Of Bob Mould, Hüsker Dü’s frontman, the Spin Alternative Record Guide would write

The sweat pouring off fat Bob Mould’s body, as he played enough guitar for two people on his Flying V, was one of indie’s most romantic sights; every time a drop hit earth, some band like Superchunk or Soul Asylum sprang into existence.

Helping to rule indieland, along side Hüsker Dü’ were  rivals, The Replacements,

scruffy Catholic boys from Minneapolis who drank too much beer and wore too much eyeliner to fit in with the hardcore crowd, but they defined a new brat-punk sublime.

1984 saw all four groups  release albums that defined what it meant to be indie in the 80s. None of these albums, The Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime, Hüsker Dü’s Zen Arcade, The Meat Puppets Meat Puppets II or The Replacements Let It Be will ever generate the sales figures of that years top three albums, Prince’s Purple Rain, Springsteen’s Born in the USA, or the best selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller

As of 2010, the album is estimated as having sold approximately 65-110 million copies worldwide.

Released in November 1982 it

was the only album to be the best-seller of two years (1983–1984) in the US

Despite such meager sales, Double Nickels (15M in 1984), and Zen Arcade (20M by Spring 1985) proved  there existed a market for indie music, but it would take the unexpected success of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in 1991 for people to realize how big that audience actually was.

A record’s meager sales may be of concern to a record label ex, but are of little concern to music critics and rock historians, and it because of the them, not the bean-counters, that these records place in rock history are secure.

Zen Arcade

Rolling Stone – #33 The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80’s

Spin – #4 Top 100 Alternative Music Albums

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has placed “Turn On the News” on its list of “500 songs that shaped rock and roll.

Let It Be

Rolling Stone – #239 The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone – #15 The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80’s

VH1 – #79 VH1’s 100 Greatest Albums of Rock and Roll

Spin – #12 25 Greatest Albums of All Time

Double Nickels on the Dime

Blender – #83 The 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time

Pitchfork Media – #17 Top 100 Albums of the 1980s

Rolling Stone #411 The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone – The Essential 200 Rock Records

Meat Puppets II

The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Pitchfork Media #94 Best Albums of the 1980’s

The album was performed live in its entirety at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival as part of the ATP Don’t Look Back season.

In the process of preparing this post I’ve come across several things that relate to it and maybe of interest.

NPR’s Our Concert Could Be Your Life

In the decade since its publication, Michael Azerrad’s book Our Band Could Be Your Life has taken on a sort of biblical quality among fans of independent music. So it’s no surprise that this concert — 14 current bands performing the songs of 13 icons of indie rock at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan — occasionally felt like church.

This coming December at UK 2011 ATP Curated by Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) george hurley and mike watt of the minutemen are doing songs they did when they were w/d. boon from 1980 to 1985.

Lastly, and though a bit late, the Chicago area band Econoline performed the Minutemen’s Double Nickels in it’s entirety. For those readers in the Chicago area you might want to watch out for this band, because you never know, they could repeat their performance.

Dü Hüskers The Twin Cities Replay Zen Arcade

Playing Time: 76:45

1. Hammerhead – Something I Learned Today (2:40)
2. The Mighty Mofos – Broken Home, Broken Heart (2:20)
3. Prest Asbestus – Never Talking to You Again (3:06)
4. Muskellunge – Chartered Trips (2:48)
5. Lies Incorporated/TVBC – Dreams Reoccurring (1:45)
6. Superball `63 – Indecision Time (2:07)
7. Dogfight – Hare Krsna (3:29)
8. God’s Favorite Band – Beyond the Threshold (2:03)
9. Pseudonymphs – Pride (1:40)
10. Salabando – I’ll Never Forget You (2:50)
11. Dylan Hicks + 3 Pesos – The Biggest Lie (3:02)
12. Janitor Joe – What’s Going On (4:54)
13. Vertigo – Masochism World (2:46)
14. Zuzu’s Petals – Standing By the Sea (3:53)
15. Walt Mink – Somewhere (2:15)
16. Flour – One Step At A Time (1:53)
17. The Blue Up? – Pink Turns to Blue (1:56)
18. Balloon Guy – Newest Industry (4:29)
19. Willie Wisely Trio – Monday Will Never Be the Same (1:09)
20. Arcwelder – Whatever (3:22)
21. Teenage Larvae – The Tooth Fairy and the Princess (3:59)
22. Big Trouble House – Turn on the News 4:59
23. TVBC – Reoccurring Dreams (9:13)
24. The Hang-Ups – Eight Miles High (Bonus Track) (4:07)

Dü Hüskers The Twin Cities Replay Zen Arcade
(Part 1) (Part 2)

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Our Band Could Be Your Life
A Tribute to D Boon and the Minutemen

Playing Time: 73:32

1. Sparkalepsy – King of The Hill (3:37)
2. Seam – This Aint No Picnic (2:40)
3. Overpass – Fake Contest (1:49)
4. Hazel – Storm In My House (2:04)
5. Nuzzle – Futurism Restated (0:58)
6. Oswald Five – 0 (1:48)
7. Joe Boon & Tony Platon – Sickles and hammers (0:49)
8. The Brain Surgeons – Tour-Spiel (2:53)
9. The 3M Company – Search (0:57)
10. Treepeople – Shit From An Old Notebook (1:54)
11. Vida – ’99 (1:06)
12. Ethan James & Cindy Albon – Themselves (2:41)
13. Tsunami – Courage (2:27)
14. Cellophane – More Joy (1:15)
15. Strawman – Untitled Song For Latin America (2:14) 16. Meat Puppets – Price of Paradise (3:19)
17. Crackerbash – The World According to Nouns (2:50)
18. Nels Cline Trio – Self-Referenced/West Germany (3:37)
19. Dos – Do You Want New Wave or Do You want the Truth (2:01)
20. Experimental Polen #68 – Games (1:04)
21. Overwhelming Colorfast – Corona (3:08)
22. Free Kitten – Party With Me Punker (0:56)
23. Jawbox – Its Expected Im Gone (2:28)
24. Locos Borachos – The Product (2:41)
25. Thurston Moore – Shit You Here At Parties (1:32)
26. Joe Baiza – 9:30 May 2 (0:58)
27. 67 Riot – Case Closed (1:33)
28. Kaia – Stories (1:29)
29. Unwound – Plight (1:55)
30. The Meices – Political Song For Micahel Jackson to Sing (1:32)
31. Blowout – Times (0:49)
32. Corduroy – Cut (2:06)
33. Lou Barlow – Black Sheep (1:23)
34. D Boon – Interview (8:13)
35. Minutemen – Badges (0:45)

Our Band Could Be Your Life
A Tribute to D Boon and the Minutemen
(Part 1) (Part 2)

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A Tribute to D Boon and the Minutemen
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