fIREHOSE
Ragin', Full On


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tojes Dolan USER (33 Reviews)
July 8th, 2010 | 12 replies | 4,982 views


Release Date: 1986 | Tracklist

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

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

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



5223 Comments


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

porch
September 7th 2011



8390 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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

sonictheplumber
July 18th 2013



3891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kicks ass

ExcentrifugalForz
September 1st 2013



1120 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



351 Comments


oh my, Brave Captain.

demigod!
December 24th 2013



40988 Comments


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

guess i should listen to minutemen, cause this jams

KILL
January 29th 2014



67191 Comments


man this fucking jams

sonictheplumber
January 29th 2014



3891 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it rules

KILL
February 3rd 2014



67191 Comments


on ur kneez

KILL
March 21st 2014



67191 Comments


man mike tears shit up on here

zakalwe
March 21st 2014



5061 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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

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