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June 04, 2005
Posted at 01:44 PM

This just in, from Ryno of Stevens Ave., Minneapolis:

“Hey, Mama D.

It’s a reference to a Minutemen song called “History Lesson, Pt. 2.”

The song is a pretty autobiographical bit of nostalgia, in which D. Boon (the late, great frontman) addresses the influence of Punk Rock on his, and bassist Mike Watt’s “formative years,” when they drove up to LA from San Pedro, CA to participate in the punk scene.

History Lesson, Part 2
The Minutemen

Our band could be your life,
Real names will be the proof.
Me and Mike Watt, we played for years,
Punk rock changed our life.

We learned punk rock in Hollywood.
Drove up from Pedro.
We were fucking corn dogs,
We’d go drink and pogo.

Mr Narator,
This is Bob Dylan to me.
My story could be his songs
I’m his soldier child.

Our band is scientist rock.
But I was E. Bloom, Richard Hell,
Joe Strummer, and John Doe.
Me and Mike Watt, playing guitar.


The “Dylan” line is Boon drawing a comparison between the way in which numerous significant figures in the early punk movement influenced his “growth” and how ol’ Zimmerman had all the kids in the 60’s blocking traffic and composing earth shattering poetry on cafe napkins.

Even though it’s several years before my “time” (early 1980’s), that kind of punk romanticism is pretty rich stuff for me, as that whole punk rock/skateboard/rebel scene that carried over from bands like the Minutemen was very much the catalyst for what ended up making me, and probably Aaron and a lot of kids of our generation, the “adults” we’ve turned into (for better of for worse).

So, while John Doe, and Joe Strummer, and Richard Hell were Dylan to Boon and Watt, they ended up being Dylan to me, in a sense. Nice legacy.”

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NO HOPE! See, that’s what gives me guts.

Posted by: coyle on 06/06/05 at 2:03 PM
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