Firehose – Ragin’ Full-On

ARTIST: Firehose 220px-Ragin',fullon

TITLE: Ragin’ Full-On

YEAR RELEASED: 1986

CHART ACTION: None.

SINGLES: Nope

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Brave Captain

LINEUP: Ed Crawford, Mike Watt, George Hurley

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Surprise! Watt and Hurley, grieving after D. Boon’s death and the loss of the Minutemen because of it, regroup with Minutemen fan Ed Crawford and form Firehose.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: NOTE: NOT FIREHOUSE.

From seemingly out of nowhere (at least to those not plugged into the West Coast punk scene) came Firehose, which gathered Mike Watt and George Hurley along with Minuteman fan-boy / guitarist Ed Crawford (from Ohio).

This, their first effort, sounds a bit tentative since the trio was just learning to work together. Watt and Hurley knew each other, but had to figure out how to play with Crawford, who was a bit more conventional than D. Boon, though he tried to be a bit outside.

That was one of the issues – Crawford tried too much to be in the spirit of D. Boon’s guitar work and that was not his strength. He did work well on some tracks, especially his tracks like “Brave Captain”, “The Candle and the Flame”, and “Choose Any Memory”.  The ones that Watt wrote (or-cowrote with his wife Kira Roessler) he struggled a bit with.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: THIS ISN’T FIREHOUSE.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

 GRADE B: For a band just coming together after a tragedy, it’s surprisingly good, but there was room for improvement.

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