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The Punch Line

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Tension
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Games
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Boiling
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Disguises
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The Struggle
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Monuments
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Ruins
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Issued
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The Punch Line
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Song for El Salvador
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History Lesson
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Fanatics
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No Parade
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Straight Jacket
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Gravity
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Warfare
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Static
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 15:00

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This is NO JOKE

MatthiasSchulz

"Double Nickles..." may be the most popular Minutemen release, but this ep is a concise distillation of everything that was great about this band: politically charged, spring-coiled blasts of jazz/punk. A good place to start if you don't already know why they are considered revolutionaries.

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This Is Your Life: Mike Watt

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

One of the treasures of American punk rock, Mike Watt has been pounding the bass since he played with Minutemen in the '80s. He's still touring and recording nonstop, with a seemingly infinite succession of bands and projects. He's also a great natural talker — or spieler, as he puts it in his one-man argot — and his idea of the relationship between recordings and performances is a bit different from a lot of rock… more »

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A Brief History of BYO Records

By Jason Pettigrew, Contributor

When put into the perspective of the history of American hardcore, the Los Angeles-based label BYO didn't make a "popular" impact: You don't hear historians referring to Mark and Shawn Stern's imprint with the same kind of reverence routinely bestowed upon such labels as Dischord and SST. But to dismiss the label as a mere footnote would be way off mark: Since BYO's 1982 launch, the Stern brothers - in their roles as founders of… more »

They Say All Music Guide

The Minutemen may have come out of the same California hardcore scene that produced Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Fear, but they not only bore little resemblance to their West Coast contemporaries, they didn’t sound much like anyone else in American rock at that time. The Punch Line was the band’s first album, packing 18 tunes into less than 25 minutes, and if the music shares hardcore’s lust for speed and assaultive rhythmic punch, their sharp, fragmented melodies, complex tempos, and overtly poetic and political lyrics made clear they were rugged individuals; imagine James Blood Ulmer teaching Wire how to get funky and you start to get an idea of what The Punch Line sounds like. It wasn’t until the band began to slow down a bit on What Makes a Man Start Fires? that the strength of the group’s individual songs became clear, and The Punch Line works better as a unified sonic assault than as a collection of tunes, but moments do stand out, especially “Tension,” “Fanatics,” and the title cut, which certainly lends a new perspective to Native American history. The Punch Line was as wildly inventive as anything spawned by American punk, and the band would only get better on subsequent releases. – Mark Deming

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