Thursday, January 06, 2011

What Makes a Man Start Fires?, The Minutemen

"Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs" announces the first cut on the Minutemen's second album, and they mean that as a compliment. The songs here are political, polemical, confrontational, abstract and biographical -- and played loud and fast. Supposedly, the name of the band refers to the soldiers of the American Revolution, although it just as well indicates their speed: this is a band that's all about capturing the moment with no dicking around. On this, their second album, 18 songs fly by at just under 27 minutes. The Ramones by comparison sound as if they are playing waltzes.

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