Dir. Tim Irwin
Viewed: From the Couch
The music documentary is a tough nut to criticize.
Might I get personal? Who's to say We Jam Econo is a better movie than The Devil and Daniel Johnston or Live Forever or any other music doc. Sure you can talk about how nicely framed the talking heads are and such but it is all a matter of personal taste when it comes to the music. For me, We Jam Econo: The Story of The Minutemen is a movie 15 years late. And for all you punks who think all these movies are just another 90 minutes of Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore doing all the jibber jabberin -- not so. Yes, they both make their appearance but it is kept to a minimum.
We Jam Econo is a special document of the punk I hold dear. The punk that has nothing to do with the piercings or the leather. The punk that couldn't care less how you're dressed or what color hair you might have. The Minutemen. A band made up of two childhood friends and a guy who'd rather be playing in a new wave band. D. Boon on guitar, Mike Watt on bass, and George Hurley on drums. All three of them doing things that a punk band shouldn't be doing -- playing their instruments well. The tragedy is that D. Boon died at the height of the band's trajectory.
I have no attachment to The Minutemen, I would not call myself a fan, I have no reason to go on about them. The point is: these guys didn't give a fuck. That is punk. It has nothing to do with that tattoo. This movie does a wonderful job of capturing their brief but sweet impact. This video below is a nice little edit job and it captures an amazing bit of meaningfulness.