We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

We Jam Econo


(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.



Posted on July 8, 2006, in Film log. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

  1. I LOVE the Minutemen, but I have to admit that I LOVE a couple of the fIREHOSE albums even more.

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