fIREHOSE
Ragin', Full On


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tojes Dolan USER (33 Reviews)
July 8th, 2010 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Continuity in form and matter are important, even if not remotely a tribute per se

With the Death of D. Boon, mastermind and backbone of the legendary punk rock band Minutemen, came the depression from the formerly mentioned band's bassist Mike Watt. Death is an incredibly difficult situation to overcome, especially when it is someone we find underserving of going through such process.

Mike Watt didn't feel like it was time to move on. Enter Ed Crawford, a silly punk rocker from Ohio (more on that later... as in 2 reviews later), nagging and being a bitch regardless of Watt's position on moving on with his musical career. One thing led to another, and then in 1986 we get fIREHOSE.

Musically this album is what you'd expect from Minutemen. It starts as a ravaging punk anthem with Brave Captain, politically-themed, all is good. Minutemen is back in full form. Under the Influence of Meat Puppets, fully instrumental, gives Minutemen fans a reason to live. Another Theory Shot to ***, a stagnant, malicious punk rock for inconformity.

The most important part of this album though is not the continuation of Minutemen's work as a political punk rock band. No sir, you are wrong if you were looking for this in here. This album is about mourning and sorrow from Mike Watt. It matters, This, Choose Any Memory and The Candle and The Flame are all clear songs to remember old-time friend D. Boon after his departure. All of their memories, everything he once meant as a band member and most possibly close friend comes down to this. This being the absolute anthem of how Watt felt after D. Boon departed.

This is my house / By the River / And a Lonesome Pine / Sighs Resign

If we as human beings require emotional distress when facing terrible moments in life, musicians have it hard by giving others their view on it, in the most beautiful form to give a partner in life the tribute he deserves, and keeping the vibe that has been created in the musicianship trip going along for many years. Rest in Peace, D. Boon. Screw politics. Have a Corona.



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beatific
July 8th 2010


102 Comments


go back to mexico

Spare
July 9th 2010


5313 Comments


good review i should get this because i didn't know it existed

porch
September 7th 2011


8459 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

never really liked crawford's vocals all that much but this is cool

sonictheplumber
July 18th 2013


4629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kicks ass

ExcentrifugalForz
September 1st 2013


1756 Comments


A calmer album for the most part than I would have thought. However Watt and Co. still shine and pull it off nicely.

Mendross
September 20th 2013


391 Comments


oh my, Brave Captain.

demigod!
December 24th 2013


44722 Comments


so basically the review is saying this is minutemen but not really minutemen?

guess i should listen to minutemen, cause this jams

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

KILL
January 29th 2014


71955 Comments


man this fucking jams

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

sonictheplumber
January 29th 2014


4629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it rules

KILL
February 3rd 2014


71955 Comments


on ur kneez

KILL
March 21st 2014


71955 Comments


man mike tears shit up on here

zakalwe
March 21st 2014


8511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Chemical Wire - ya fuckin pay for desire.
Absolute classic.

Digging: Throwing Muses - Red Heaven

WeepingBanana
July 7th 2014


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn this is fuckin sick. i was always scared to check this out but this is up there with some minutemen albums

WeepingBanana
August 24th 2014


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hurley's drumming on this rips harder than almost anything

jagride
August 24th 2014


2355 Comments


gotta be a top 5 punk drummer surely, not that i've worked out the rest



WeepingBanana
August 25th 2014


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i mean he's probably in my top 5 period. that solo-y part in it matters has so much fucking finesse

got if'n today, will listen soon probably

jagride
August 25th 2014


2355 Comments


if'n's pretty good too, after that there's only a coupla firehose tracks i like. daniel johnson cover
on flyin the flannel is cool


early 90s stuff is way less distinctive, i forget which one j mascis produces but it just sounds like
another band with a hard on for dino jr

WeepingBanana
August 25th 2014


10186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think it's mr. machinery operator (most watt album name ever), which i know because i just added it to the database yesterday

Pheromone
October 13th 2014


3633 Comments


bmp

Digging: Squirrel Bait - Skag Heaven

BMDrummer
October 15th 2014


8688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn didn't know hurley played on this



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