Thursday, December 22, 2005

D. Boon

Twenty years ago today, Dennes Dale Boon, guitarist and singer for the Minutemen, was killed in an auto accident in Arizona. He was 27.

D. Boon, bassist Mike Watt, and drummer George Hurley were an ambitious and prolific trio from San Pedro, California, who mixed punk, funk, folk, jazz, beat poetry, and leftist politics. Their creative peak was in 1984 -- when they released the 45-song Double Nickels on the Dime.

(If you don't know the band, you may have heard Boon's song "Corona" as the theme music to MTV's Jackass.)

Boon has always been, for me, one of rock's most compelling musicians. I love his treble-heavy guitar playing and he was an absolute joy to watch on stage. His political passion and commitment -- speaking out against the Reagan administration's illegal actions in Central America -- made me look critically at politics for the first time, setting me on a path that eventually led me to leave the United States for Canada.

Sadly, there isn't that much information on the Minutemen out there. A chapter in Michael Azerrad's book Our Band Could Be Your Life, which takes its title from one of the band's best songs, recounts the band's six-year history.

The band's page at Wikipedia is quite good and Sidemouse has some fanzine interviews and photos. You can download live recordings and video clips at Corndogs. Also, check out Mike Watt's Hootpage.
i'll put it into simple words
working men are pissed

6 comments:

Bennimon said...

D Boon!
"punk is whatever we made it to be"

Mikey said...

Always wish I could have seen the minutemen, but always damn glad to see Watt play.

L-girl said...

And soon you'll be telling a wider public about them... Yippee!

If I've said too much, you can delete this comment with my blessing.

bill d said...

What happened to "In Cold Blog"?

L-girl said...

See, people liked ICB.

redsock said...

Yes, but I didn't anymore.

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You didn't say too much. I do wish I had your confidence in this matter.