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A day to remember a lost friend: D Boon [Dec. 22nd, 2005|02:49 pm]
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Dennes Dale Boon died on this day in 1985. Some people like to remember John Lennon on his death day, for me it's D. Boon and the end of the Minutemen.

D. Boon was a fat guy in a uniquely weird punk band. He was a working class guy with a great mind and a huge heart. I went to countless Minutemen shows for the two years I had the privilege of being his fan. To me he meant a whole world view: resistance to Reaganism, the DIY ethic, punk rock that was passionate for change, and just plain old big sweaty fun.

I saw the Minutemen at colleges, in bars, on big stages, in record stores, on the street, in the middle of nowhere, anywhere they played. I jumped up and down and shouted and sang the lyrics with them, dived for the set list after shows, yelled out requests and got them played. Double Nickels on the Dime was a life-changing record for me.

I want to thank D. Boon for teaching me that resistance is possible, that art is for everyone to make, and that you can dance your ass off and make your point at the same time. I've missed him for 20 years now, but he gave me that.

Here's the first of their songs I ever heard, in 1983 on KPFK:

Little Man with a Gun in his Hand (MP3, 4.5M)
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[User Picture]From: jodymeme
2005-12-22 11:00 pm (UTC)
Double Nickels on the Dime was a life-changing record for me.

me, too, it was one of those albums that opened new doors for me in terms of how i heard music. they were revolutionary. i have the same vinyl copy i bought fifteen years ago, in excellent shape despite repeated plays. thanks for the tribute.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2005-12-22 11:05 pm (UTC)
I got Zen Arcade at the same time after hearing Husker Du's version of "8 Miles High". Between them, those two SST double albums framed my life perfectly.
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[User Picture]From: jodymeme
2005-12-22 11:13 pm (UTC)
yeah, i got Zen Arcade around the same time, too, but due to my age, like with the Minutemen, i was a few years late to it so the first Husker Du album i bought was Candy Apple Grey, a pretty nice sonic blast. for some reason i was never able to get into Zen Arcade in a huge way.
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[User Picture]From: godforesaken
2005-12-22 11:32 pm (UTC)
i've listened to "pink turns to blue" a number of times in the past week. the 4th side of zen arcade was very instructive when i first heard it and it still is. bob mould makes dance music now...?

i got into the minutemen through an old skate video (bones brigade?) that featured 'i felt like a gringo' (also inexplicably included on our wedding mix).

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[User Picture]From: swaz
2005-12-22 11:17 pm (UTC)
They started out great and got better.

The desert bus adventure was epic and "joy at sea" on the boat was real fun too.

But their last show, in the missle silo at Angel's Gate, was so amazing the crowd was absolutely dumbfounded, staring at each other shaking their heads with jaws hanging after it was finished.

Boon was a genius.

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[User Picture]From: spacemummy
2005-12-22 11:34 pm (UTC)
Funny, I listened to that song three times yesterday. Didn't remember this was the day D. Boon died.
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[User Picture]From: bruisedhips
2005-12-22 11:35 pm (UTC)
Minutemen love.
and this is really sweet, how honored he would be.
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[User Picture]From: maps_or_guitars
2005-12-29 08:06 pm (UTC)
Well said, sir.

I joined the party too late to hear D. in person: All I have are the recordings, and there's still nobody I've heard that could write and holler political tunes like he could.

Consider yourself friended.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2005-12-29 08:22 pm (UTC)

history lesson part XVII

Well met!
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[User Picture]From: maps_or_guitars
2005-12-29 08:31 pm (UTC)

Re: history lesson part XVII

Saw your comment on the Rees Blog, an' that you were on LJ, so I figured, hey howdy.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2006-01-07 08:06 am (UTC)

maybe partying will help.

Now more than ever we need leftist punk funk that makes you wanna dance.
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[User Picture]From: deadflowers
2006-01-09 09:00 am (UTC)
thanks for introducing me to them. i got the double nickles album the day you posted this and it's been in heavy rotation since. like, wow.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-03-13 05:51 am (UTC)

chemistry

d. boon to me is an icon. with that said, minutemen tore it up as a whole. 'nickles' is my favorite album of all time and i hold minutemen as the greatest band of all time. boon, watt, and hurley were the epitome of chemistry and boon's death (in my opinion) halted a musical revolution that could have changed mainstream music for the better. the world could benefit from getting to know 'nickles'. america (en masse) will always fail to recognize real talent due to television, top 40, and everything else socially aceptable in this sickening industry. we jam econo is the greatest thing to happen to music in a while.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2007-03-13 09:55 pm (UTC)

Re: chemistry

Agreed.
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[User Picture]From: hotelsamurai
2007-04-20 04:20 am (UTC)
Hey -
I just found this post while I was searching for the story about the officer who got killed when he kicked the anchor chain. I was going to print the story out and show it to my dad. I think he'd like it.

Anyway, I have no Minutemen at all and was hoping you'd make this (or any!) track available for download. I'm DYING out here in the 'burbs, man.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-03-25 03:57 am (UTC)

Awesome post

I agree 100% double nickles on the dime changed my perspective on music.... D Boon lives still
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2008-03-25 04:05 am (UTC)

Re: Awesome post

Thanks man. Good to hear.
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