Saturday, August 29, 2009

Minutemen - 1 June 1985 - backyard party in Lomita, CA

This footage from a Summer 1985 backyard party where the Minutemen performed for the assembled crowd is a happening display of their working man's punk rock. The vibe is low key and helps produce a straight forwardly rocking set of excellent Minutemen songs.

The documentary We Jam Econo offers a great look at the history and individuals who made up the San Pedro, California combo known as the Minutemen. Also worthy of note for Minutemen knowledge is the chapter devoted to them in Michael Azerrads' Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 and Michael T. Fournier's 33 1/3 - Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime - a wonderfully thorough examination of their classic double album released on SST Records in 1984.

This is a stripped down, re-worked and re-edited version of a blog I first posted on MySpace in August of 2008, now highlighting the backyard show.


Toadies • Big Foist • Retreat • Anxious Mo-Fo
Theater Is The Life of You • Glory of Man

Have You Ever Seen The Rain • Don't Look Now

Jesus And Tequila

profile from MTVs The Cutting Edge – 1985


  1. Hey Scott. Great post. I enjoyed the clips. It's always cool to learn about music I've never heard before. Hope you had a good weekend. Cheers!

  2. The Minutemen rocked in their own way and brought the punk/funk/fill-in-the-blank. Thanks for checking 'em out.

  3. Themselves is one of those damn near perfect songs - can't get enough of that tune.