We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen Image
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  • Summary: This feature length documentary chronicles the ground breaking, early 80's punk rock band from their humble beginnings in the harbor town of San Pedro, CA to their tragic and untimely demise when lead signer and guitarist D. Boon was killed in a van accident in December of 1985. (Rocket Fuel Films)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 80
    This smart and rocking video documentary by Tim Irwin follows the trio from its origins in suburban San Pedro, California, in 1979 to the death of singer-guitarist D. Boon in a 1985 car crash, which ended his deep and creatively fruitful friendship with bassist Mike Watt.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    A suitably unfussy tribute to a band that disdained even the slightest rock-star flash, We Jam Econo tells the story of the Minutemen, whose regrettably brief but brilliant career did much to expand punk's parameters during the early 1980s.
  3. The spiky documentary in their honor keeps alive the echoes of their slapdash, Smithsonian-worthy sound.
  4. Reviewed by: Mikael Wood
    70
    The charm of Tim Irwin's documentary, which charts via archival footage and talking-head reminiscences the arc of the band bassist Watt shared with guitarist D. Boon and drummer George Hurley in the early '80s, is that emphasis on the personal.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Irwin's film comes as a bracing reminder of what punk was once all about, and will hopefully serve as an inspiration for better bands to come.
  6. This is an insider's tour - the uninitiated are, frankly, not likely to be converted.
  7. 60
    For people who are Minutemen fans and movie buffs, We Jam Econo is kind of a mixed blessing. Watt and Hurley tell the Minutemen story well, but Irwin relies too much on corroborating interviews from punk vets like Flea and Ian MacKaye, who talk about how great the band was without offering much fresh insight.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. StevenM.
    Jul 7, 2006
    8
    I've always considered "Double Nickels on the Dime" one of the all-time best albums I've heard. I must admit I hadn't listened to it for a while, but after I watched "We Jam Econo" I listened to the whole thing twice straight through. Pretty good doc. Expand
  2. ChristopherN.
    Jul 17, 2006
    8
    If you are at all interested in the history of music or Punk Rock, you need to see this film. Really great footage, and some great insight from Mike Watt. A must for fans. Collapse