VINTAGE VIDEO: “This Ain’t No Picnic” By The Minutemen
The Minutemen were one of the most revered of the punk bands to come out of California in the early 1980s. The band, which included D. Boon (pictured above, center) on guitar and lead vocals, Mike Watt (pictured above, right) on bass, and George Hurley (pictured above, left) on drums, were known for their short songs that did not feature a chorus.
Boon, unfortunately, was killed in an automobile accident in 1985. Watt, friends with Boon since childhood, was devastated and initially planned to quit music. Watt eventually did return to music, though, forming fIREHOSE with Hurley and Ed Crawford in 1987.
Watt later had a minor solo hit with a track called “Against The 70s” that featured Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder on vocals. These days, Watt is working with everybody from Iggy Pop and The Stooges to Kelly Clarkson (!).
“This Ain’t No Picnic,” which was a track on The Minutemen’s 1984 album Double Nickels on the Dime, is a typical Minutemen tune—short, powerful, and to the point. To watch the video for “This Ain’t No Picnic,” click below: