The Minutemen – Paranoid Time

ARTIST: The Minutemen 220px-ParanoidTime
TITLE: Paranoid Time
YEAR RELEASED: 1980
CHART ACTION: Nope
SINGLES: This basically was a single – it was a seven track 45RPM EP.
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Joe McCarthy’s Ghost was probably the one anyone really remembers.
LINEUP: D. Boon, Mike Watt, George Hurley
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First release from the prolific and influential trio lays out their political point of view.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Seven songs in 6:40. Yes, the Minutemen is a great band name for them. This first release is more of straight forward punk musically (though you really never could call Watt or D. Boon’s playing punk per-se), with political leanings sometimes to the left of Bernie Sanders.

The production (done at SST Records by Spot – this was the second ever SST record) didn’t allow for overdubs except for vocals. It’s not crisp and clean like some Minutemen records but they cared more about getting the release out the door than niceties.

While not as musically adventurous as other Minutemen releases, this is a good start.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The talking under Joe McCarthy’s ghost is Watt telling the others what to chant. The tape was rolling for the overdub and they just left it in.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but the best way to get this is one of the Post-Merch releases.

GRADE: B: It’s good – a couple of memorable songs and nothing that’s bad.

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