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Minutemen - This Ain't No Picnic

I never bothered listening to the Minutemen as a teenager. All I knew about Minutemen was that they were nuclear missiles, and any band named after them must be well dodgy. I'm not sure what my reaction would have been if I'd know about the original guerrilla fighters from which both band and missile took their names. I'd probably have refused to change my initial assumption out of sheer stubbornness, and find a justification for it afterwards. As I said, I was a teenager.

So I didn't come to the band until years after D. Boon's tragic early death, and what a shame that was. Minutemen were clearly a band who could attract genuine devotion from their fans, and they were just the sort of group I could have developed a huge mancrush for. Politically aware lyrics, ethical behaviour, respect for their audience and an anti-consumerist ethos. So easy to believe all of this, especially when it's D. Boon singing it, a man with one of the most honest voices ever.

If you enjoy the punk/funk bass playing of Mike Watt on This Ain't No Picnic, bear in mind that he only got to become the band's bassist because D. Boon's mum insisted that her son play the guitar. Thank you, Mrs Boon. Find this on their classic 1984 album Double Nickels on the Dime.

Minutemen - This Ain't No Picnic
(alternate download)