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.
While their 1981 debut The Punch Line was a buzzsaw, 1983 follow-up What Make a Man Start Fires?, which contains the same amount of tracks but doubles in length, finds the band slowing things down a bit to let their inventive songwriting really shine through. With Spot aka Glen Lockett back at the controls and D. Boon taking over exclusive lead vocals duties, Minutemen found their signature aesthetic and things would only get better from here.