Minutemen discography

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The discography for the Minutemen, an American punk rock band, includes four studio albums, eight extended plays, one live album and seven compilations.

Formed in 1980 by guitarist D. Boon and bassist Mike Watt, the Minutemen signed to the Californian independent record label SST Records at their second concert.[1] Their first extended play, Paranoid Time, appeared later that year, followed by the Joy EP (on their own label, New Alliance Records) and their first studio album, The Punch Line. The Minutemen continued to release new material throughout 1982 and 1983 to a mostly local audience.[2] In 1984, the band released Double Nickels on the Dime, their only double album and best-selling release.[3] They continued to release more material, including the commercially oriented Project: Mersh and 3-Way Tie (For Last), until Boon's untimely death in December 1985.[4]

Following the band's breakup, SST Records purchased New Alliance and reissued a number of recordings on compact disc and vinyl. SST also released a live album, Ballot Result,[5] and Minuteflag, the result of an earlier collaboration with Black Flag.[6] A three volume compilation, Post-Mersh, which combined several of the Minutemen's EPs and albums, was released between 1987 and 1989.[7] The band's songs continued to appear in compilations, videos and soundtracks; "Corona" was the theme music of MTV's Jackass. A compilation album featuring a selection of songs from the band's career, the Watt-compiled Introducing the Minutemen, was released in 1998. We Jam Econo, a feature length Minutemen film, appeared in theaters in February 2005.[8]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title
1981 The Punch Line
  • Debut album
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 004/SST C004)
  • Released: November 1981
  • Format: 12" vinyl, cassette
1983 What Makes a Man Start Fires?
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 014)
  • Released: January 1983
  • Format: 12" vinyl
1984 Double Nickels on the Dime
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 028)
  • Released: July 1984
  • Format: 12" vinyl (x2), cassette
  • Reissued on CD by SST in 1987 (#CD 028) and 1990 (#CDEX 028)
1985 3-Way Tie (For Last)
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 058/SST C058)
  • Released: December 1985
  • Format: 12" vinyl, cassette

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Recorded Comments
1986 Ballot Result
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 068)
  • Released: December 1986
  • Format: 12" vinyl (x2)
  • Reissued by SST in 1987 on CD (#SST CD 068)
September 1980—30 November 1985 Live recordings from throughout the Minutemen's career selected from the result of a fan ballot.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Comments
1980 Paranoid Time
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 002)
  • Released: December 1980
  • Format: 7" vinyl
  • Format: 3" cd
  • Reissued by SST in 1985 on 10" vinyl (#SST 917)
Debut release.
1981 Joy
1982 Bean-Spill
  • Record label: Thermidor Records (#T 08)
  • Released: 1982
  • Format: 7" vinyl
1983 Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 016)
  • Released: November 1983
  • Format: 12" vinyl, cassette
  • Reissued by SST in 1991 on CD (#SST CD 016)
1984 Tour-Spiel
  • Record label: Reflex Records (#Reflex L)
  • Released: April 1984
  • Format: 7" vinyl
Comprises four cover songs.
1985 Project: Mersh
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 034)
  • Released: June 1985
  • Format: 12" vinyl
  • Reissued by SST in March 1992 on CD (#SST CD 034)
1986 Minuteflag
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 050)
  • Released: Early 1986
  • Format: 12" vinyl
Collaboration with the members of Black Flag.
1993 Georgeless Live EP of a concert in March 1980 with Frank Tonche as drummer.
2011 Minutemen/Saccharine Trust split 7"
  • Record Label: Water Under The Bridge
  • Released: March 2011
  • Format: 7" vinyl
3 songs each band recorded in 80/81 that were only available on Comp Records.


Year Title Comments
1984 The Politics of Time Features seven songs meant for a non-SST album, a number of live tracks, and a Reactionaries song.
1985 My First Bells
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST 032)
  • Released: 1985
  • Format: cassette
1987 Post-Mersh Vol. 1
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST CD 138)
  • Released: December 1987
  • Format: CD
Combines The Punch Line and What Makes a Man Start Fires? on one CD.
1988 Post-Mersh Vol. 2
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST CD 139)
  • Released: September 1988
  • Format: CD
Combines the EPs Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat and Project: Mersh on one CD.
1989 Post-Mersh Vol. 3
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST CD 165)
  • Released: December 1989
  • Format: CD
Combines four EPs (Paranoid Time, Joy, Bean-Spill, and Tour-Spiel) and The Politics of Time on one CD.
1998 Introducing the Minutemen
  • Record label: SST Records (#SST CD 363)
  • Released: 28 July 1998
  • Format: CD

Compilation appearances[edit]

Year Compilation Songs Comments
1980 Cracks in the Sidewalk "9:30 May 2" Later released on My First Bells. The compilation was New Alliance Records' first release.[9]
1981 Chunks "Clocks" Later released on My First Bells.[10]
Rodney on the Roq: Volume 2 "Search" From The Punch Line.[10]
Life is Beautiful So Why Not Eat Health Foods? "Prelude" T. Rex cover, later released on My First Bells.[9]
American Youth Report "Working Men are Pissed" Later released on The Politics of Time.[10]
The Future Looks Bright Ahead "Punch Line", "Warfare", "Straight Jacket", "Tension" Later released on The Punch Line.[10]
1982 Life is Ugly So Why Not Kill Yourself? "Shit You Hear At Parties", "Maternal Rite" Later released on The Politics of Time.[10]
1983 Hell Comes To Your House Part II "Corona" Later released on Double Nickels on the Dime.
The Blasting Concept "Paranoid Chant", "The Maze", "Boiling", "Games" "Paranoid Chant" and "The Maze" from Paranoid Time, and "Boiling" and "Games" from The Punch Line.
We Got Power "Party with Me Punker" Later released on The Politics of Time.
The Radio Tokyo Tapes "I Felt Like A Gringo" From Buzz or Howl Under The Influence of Heat.[9]
1984 Rat Music for Rat People Vol. 2 (CD Presents) "Fake Contest (live - KCRW 11/27/82)" Studio version from What Makes a Man Start Fires?.[9]
Mystic Sampler #1 "Party with Me Punker" Later released on The Politics of Time.[11]
Meathouse 1 "Split Red", "Base King", "Prelude" "Split Red" from Bean Spill, "Base King" from The Politics of Time. "Prelude" is a T. Rex cover, later released on My First Bells.
1985 The Radio Tokyo Tapes, Vol. 3 "Time" Richard Hell cover[9]
1986 The Blasting Concept Vol. 2 "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" Van Halen cover from Double Nickels on the Dime. Chorusless version of the song.
The 7 Inch Wonders of the World "Validation", "The Maze", "Definitions", "Sickles and Hammers", "Fascist", "Joe McCarthy's Ghost", "Paranoid Chant" All the songs of Paranoid Time.[12]
1987 The Best Of The Radio Tokyo Tapes "I Felt Like A Gringo" From Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat.[9]
1988 SST Acoustic "Stories" From 3-Way Tie (For Last).[13]
1990 CMJ 10 "Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing" From Double Nickels on the Dime.
Duck and Cover "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"
1994 Our Band Could Be Your Life "Badges (live)" A Minutemen tribute album, featuring covers of Minutemen songs by various artists. "Badges" is a live version recorded with Richard Derrick on drums.
1997 Live at WREK "Political Nightmare" From 3-Way Tie (For Last)
2000 Gimmie Indie Rock V.1 "Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing" From Double Nickels on the Dime.
Under the Influence "History Lesson - Part II", "Storm In My House"
2002 Modern Rock "Courage" From 3-Way Tie (For Last).
2003 D. Boon and Friends "I Felt Like A Gringo", "Self-Referenced", God Bows to Math", "Themselves", "#1 Hit Song", "History Lesson - Part II" "I Felt Like A Gringo" and "Self-Referenced" from Buzz or Howl Under The Influence of Heat, others from Double Nickels on the Dime.
2004 Party or Go Home "Party with Me Punker" From The Politics of Time.
Left of the Dial "Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing" From Double Nickels on the Dime.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Year Video Songs Comments
1989 Streets on Fire "Paranoid Chant", "I Felt Like A Gringo" Skateboarding video soundtracks.
Savannah Slamma III "Dream Told By Moto", "Cut", "I Felt Like A Gringo"
1995 5 Prime "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand"
1998 Strip Mall Heroes
1999 Magic "Anxious Mofo"
2003 Jackass: The Movie "Corona" Film soundtrack. "Corona" was also the theme music in the TV series.
2004 Levelland "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand", "Shit From An Old Notebook", "This Ain't No Picnic", "History Lesson - Part II" Film soundtrack.
2004 Word Wars "Do You Want New Wave (Or Do You Want the Truth)", "The Glory of Man"

Promotional releases[edit]

Year Title Comments
1984 Wheels of Fortune
  • Record label: SST Records (#PSST E28)
  • Released: Mid 1984
  • Format: 12" vinyl
Sampler of nine songs from Double Nickels on the Dime.
1985 "Courage"
  • Record label: SST Records (#PSST E58)
  • Released: Early 1985
  • Format: 7" vinyl
From their then-forthcoming album 3 Way-Tie (For Last), the single features three songs, "Courage", "What Is It?" and "Stories".

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director Album
1984 "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" Randall Jahnson Double Nickels on the Dime
"This Ain't No Picnic"
1985 "King Of The Hill" Project: Mersh
"Ack Ack Ack" John Talley-Jones 3-Way Tie (For Last)


Year VHS/DVD Comments
1986 The Tour Includes live performance by the Minutemen, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, SWA, and Saccharine Trust as recorded in March 1985.
2006 We Jam Econo - The Story of the Minutemen
  • Distributor: Plexifilm (United States)
  • Released: June 2006 (We Jam Econo released to theaters in February 2005)
  • Format: DVD x2 (#PLEXI028-1)
Two disc set. Includes the feature-length film We Jam Econo, the Minutemen's music videos and previously unseen interviews and scenes on the first disc, and several live shows on the second.
2011 "A History Lesson Part 1 Punk Rock in Los Angeles in 1984"
  • Record label: Historical Records
  • Distributor: Music Video Distributors
  • Released: March 2011 (released to clubs and theaters in August 2010)
  • Format: DVD
Live performances of 6 Minutemen songs in 1984 from the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles and the Cathay De Grande in Hollywood and an interview of Mike Watt. Also featured are performances and interviews of the Meat Puppets, Redd Kross, and Twisted Roots.


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  3. ^ Azerrad, 2001. p. 82
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