Discography: Minutemen / fIREHOSE / Watt

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        Minutemen / fIREHOSE / Mike Watt

Copyright © 1992-2014 by John Relph.


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Some information included in this discography was taken from Paul Hilcoff's Hüsker Dü discography, John Reeves' Minutemen discography, Rob Vaughn's Sonic Youth discography, Willy Tarzian's Mike Watt discography, and SkimTheFat (your guide to Skateboarding videos and Diarrhea). Many thanks, dudes!

Special thanks to: (in alphabetical order)

        Steve Beeho, MacDara Conroy, Zack Daly, Bill DeRouchey,
        Richard Derrick, Ric Dube, Gregg Epstein, Josh Fischel, Ken Forward,
        Filip François, Ramona Halajian, Mike Hogan, Joshua Houk,
        Steve Howe, Jim Kosluchar, Adam Lawrence, Brian K!z!K MacDonald,
        Michael McCullough, Daniel Allen McGuire Jr., Scott Myers,
        Ernest P., Rob Pfile, Bryan Poole, Randy Posynick, Carlo Prosperi,
        John Reeves, Philip Rhoads, Earl Sellar, Chris Selvig,
        Bruce W. Siart, Rob Vaughn, Peter Voskamp, Watt, Chris Whitehead,
        Jim Wyrsch, Jason Ziemniak.

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News and Information

Ed Crawford is in a band called FOOD, based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Widow Babies released an E.P. entitled The Mike Watt E.P., which tracks entitled “Mike Watt Created The Universe With A Bass Solo” and “In Which Watt Wins His Hands Back And Basses A River Into Existence”, among others (CD 2008.10 US Sounds Are Active SAA1147). Sir Millard Mulch performs a track entitled “Shit from an Old Minutemen Song” on his album How to Sell the Whole F#@!ing Universe to Everybody... Once and For All! (CDx3 2005.07.01 US Mimicry WOM023). The Jack Brewer band performs a song called “Personal Song for Mike Watt to Sing” on their album Harsh World (CD 1992 US New Alliance ?). Uncle Tupelo performs a song entitled “D. Boon” on their album Still Feel Gone (CD 1991.09.91 US Rockville ?).

Mike Watt appears as Sabrina's father in the feature film High School Record (DVD 2008.09? US ?). Mike Watt is the head jurist in the Good Charlotte video for “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, available on The Video Collection DVD (DVD 2003.12.02 US Sony ?).

An interview with Mike Watt appears in Looking For a Thrill: An anthology of inspiration (DVD 2005.02.22 US WEA ?). Mike Watt also appears in a documentary extra produced for the DVD release of Punk: Attitude (DVD 2005.09.06 US Capital ?).

We Jam Econo — The Story of the Minutemen, a feature length documentary, premiered on February 25, 2005, at the Warner Grand in San Pedro.

Volvo used the Minutemen song “Love Dance” (from Double Nickels on the Dime) in a 30 second TV commercial for the Volvo S40. The song was written by D. Boon, and the money is going to his father who is suffering from emphysema.

Ed “fROMOHIO” Crawford was in the band Grand National based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with Laura King on drums and Jenni Snider on bass. Ed Crawford played some gigs as a sidemouse with Whiskeytown in 1997 and 1998. (Note that there is another band called Grand National based in England. That's a different band.)

The Wylde Ratttz album was to be released in Japan in September 1999. It has apparently been shelved.

The last ever fIREHOSE gig took place Saturday, February 12, 1994, at the Warner Grand Theatre, 478 W. 6th Street, San Pedro, California. It was a benefit for the Angel's Gate Cultural Center.

Mike Watt appears in the video for Sonic Youth's “My Friend Goo” but doesn't play in the song. He also does a cameo in the video for “100%” by Sonic Youth. Mike Watt's voice is used in the Sonic Youth song “Providence”. D. Boon appears for about one second in the Sonic Youth “Teenage Riot” video.

Mike Watt stars as Fidel Castro in I, Fidel, directed by Raymond Pettibon and filmed on VHS (1992, never released), with Dick Rude as co-star. He also co-stars in the Raymond Pettibon films Sir Drone (1989, in the role of Duane) next to Mike Kelley and has a minor role in Weatherman 69 (1989, as Gabe Nemish).

Karate covered four Minutemen songs (“The Only Minority”, “Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs” “This Ain't No Picnic” and “Colors”) on their In The Fishtank 11 EP (2005.02 NL Konkurrent FISH 11). Calexico cover “Corona” on their Convict Pool EP (CD 2004.04.06 US Quarter Stick ?). Alan Licht covered Mike Watt's song “Polarity” on his album Sink the Aging Process (LP 1994? US Siltbreeze SB31). Sebadoh covered “Sickles and Hammers” on their album III (CD 1991 US Homestead HMS 168-2). Sublime sampled “History Lesson, Part 2” on their album 40 Oz. to Freedom (CD 1992 US Skunk ?). Plaid Retina covered “This Ain't No Picnic” on their Boxcar single (7" 1990 DE Musical Tragedies MT-072 / hs-22).

D. Boon did the cover art to the 1985 Tom Troccoli's Dog album on SST.

Promotional videos were filmed for these songs:

Minutemen: This Ain't No Picnic
Minutemen: Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Minutemen: King of the Hill
Minutemen: Ack Ack Ack
fIREHOSE: Brave Captain
fIREHOSE: Time With You
fIREHOSE: Riddle of the Eighties
fIREHOSE: Down With the Bass
fIREHOSE: Walkin' the Cow
fIREHOSE: Mannequin
fIREHOSE: Tien An Man Dream Again
fIREHOSE: Witness
Mike Watt: Big Train
Mike Watt: Piss-Bottle Man
Mike Watt: Liberty Calls!
Mike Watt: Tied a Reed Round My Waist
Mike Watt: Beltsandedman
Mike Watt: Burstedman
Mike Watt: Pelicanman

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Abbreviations and Definitions

num.    numbered        ltd.    limited         ed.     edition
p/s     picture sleeve  std.    standard        s/s     stock sleeve
s/l     slimline        j/b     jewel box       promo   promotional
c/n     catalog number  g/f     gatefold        p/d     picture disc
b/i     back insert     p/b     paperboard      w/s     widescreen

Album:  full album release, in one or more of the formats below:
  LP    12" vinyl long-player (33 1/3 RPM)
  CD    Compact (digital) disc (std. j/b unless otherwise indicated)
  CT    (Mini-) Cassette tape
  8T    8-track tape (obsolete)
  RT    Reel-to-reel tape
  DC    Digital Compact Cassette tape
  MD    MiniDisc (digital magneto-optical)
  CR    CD-R (CD Recordable or Read-Write)
  SA    Super Audio Compact Disc (SACD)
  DA    DVD Audio
  DR    DVD-R (DVD Recordable or Read-Write)
  DD    Digital Download (see Other Formats below)

Single: single or EP release, in one or more of the formats below:
  7"    45 RPM vinyl
  10"   45 RPM vinyl
  12"   45 RPM vinyl
  C3    CD-3, 3" (8 cm) CD single
  C5    5" (12 cm) CD single (s/l j/b unless otherwise indicated)
  CS    (Mini-) Cassette single (p/b p/s unless otherwise indicated)
  EP    Extended play single or mini-album (vinyl, usually 33 1/3 RPM)
  F7    7" flexi-disc, flexible vinyl single (usually one-sided)

Video:  video release, in one or more of the formats below:
  VHS   VHS-format video tape
  Beta  Beta-format video tape
  BRD   Blu-ray Disc
  UMD   Universal Media Disc (Sony PlayStation Portable)
  HVD   High-Definition Versatile Disc (HD DVD)
  DVD   Digital Versatile (Video) Disc (including DVD-ROM)
  VCD   Video CD, popular in Asia (MPEG1)
  CLV   Video disc in Constant Linear Velocity format (8" or 12")
  CAV   Video disc in Constant Angular Velocity format (8" or 12")
  LDS   Laser Disc single (Japan)
  VHD   Video High Density, obsolete laser disc format (Japan)
  NTSC  Video format for U.S.A. and Japan
  PAL   Video format for the E.C. (except France), Scandinavia, Australia
  SECAM Video format for France

Other Formats:
  ROM   CD-ROM, computer-readable disc
  MP3   Layer 3 MPEG encoded audio
  WMA   Windows Media Audio
  PZD   PocketZip floppy disk storage system
  Pub   A publication: a book, songbook, pamphlet, magazine, etc.

  Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4   Calendar quarters: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall.
  Radio Show    A release specially recorded for radio airplay.
  Interview     An interview transcription disc.
  Collection    A collection of tracks by this artist, usually previously
                released on various albums and singles.
  Compilation   A compilation of tracks by various artists.
  Soundtrack    Soundtrack to a film or play released in Album format.
  Box Set       Box set of previously released and/or unreleased material.
  Songbook      Book of words and music.
  Bootleg       Unauthorized release of previously unreleased material
                consisting of concert recordings, studio outtakes, and
                radio or television broadcasts.
  Pirate        Unauthorized release of previously released material
                without attempting to make the album look like an original.
  Counterfeit   Unauthorized copy of an officially released album.

Country codes are InterNIC domain names, except for the following:
        AA  Australasia         AS  Asia                BX  BeNeLux
        EU  Europe (EC/EEC/EU)  SC  Scandinavia         SO  South America
        WG  West Germany (prior to August 1990)         WW  Worldwide

The Fine Print

Please do not ask me where to find rare recordings, bootlegs, videos, or other releases listed in this discography.  Please do not ask me where you can get scans of artwork for these releases.  This discography is a list of releases that have been made available over time, not a list of my personal collection.  Just because any given release is listed in this discography does not mean that I own that release, nor does it indicate that I am willing to trade, sell, or make tape copies of that or any other release.  If you are looking for such recordings, try attending record shows, reading collector magazines, and hunting in used record shoppes.

While the existence of unauthorized recordings may be documented herein, I cannot advise on the legality of such recordings, nor can I advise where such recordings can be obtained.

All singles and EPs have a picture sleeve (p/s) unless otherwise noted.  Unless otherwise noted, CDs come in a standard jewel-box and CD-singles come in a slim-line jewel-box.  An “obi” is the paper strip (literally, the “sash”) that comes wrapped around most Japanese LPs and CDs.

Song authorship is denoted by names enclosed in braces, e.g., “{Blegvad/Moore}”.  Where possible, the name of the lyricist appears first.

Information flagged with a question mark has not been verified (a guess, a rumour).  If you have further information about these or other related releases or if you can supply missing artwork, please write me.

Many CD track times were found using my compact disc player and the time indicated on your CD player may vary slightly (± 1-3 seconds), due to the way different machines calculate track times.

Address all correspondence to:
       John Relph <John.Relph at alumni dot usc dot edu>

This list was compiled and formatted by John Relph.

While information about particular releases is not copyright and may be used without permission, the compilation of this information in this discography in this format is copyright and may not be published in any form whatsoever without the permission of the author.  Just ask.

This discography may be distributed electronically and otherwise if and only if the entire copyright notice and attributions are included.

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