We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen
(2005, Dir. Tim Irwin)
Instead of comic book flicks, here’s where my inner fanboy feeds. As usual, I came to find this band after its demise. I picked up their reader-picked compilation album Ballot Result in 1988, three years after lead singer and guitarist D. Boon died in a tragic van accident. I felt like I missed out then, just discovering this amazing mix of blues, jazz, politics, poetry and punk rock played with reckless abandon by three great musicians, who hammered it out blue-collar style (jamming econo, indeed). This movie helps to bring back some of the joy and amazement I first felt upon hearing them on my crappy Walkmen headphones almost 20 years ago. It combines live footage with interviews of the band members and their contemporaries today.