The influential working-man's punk/rock/jazz trio Minutemen was formed in San Pedro, California in 1980 by D. Boon (guitar/vocals), Mike Watt (bass/vocals), and George Hurley (drums). The band went on to release four full-lengths and a series of EPs before D. Boon's death in an automobile accident in 1985. Watt and Hurley would go on to form fIREHOSE.
Produced by Spot aka Glen Lockett, 1981's The Punch Line served as Minutmen's first full-length effort, a blink and you'll miss it 18-track assault which clocks in at under 20 minutes. The band's signature sound may not have been quite fully formed at this point but it was as inventive and uncompromising as anything to ever come out of the SST Records camp none the less.