10/153 – “Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing”

 

This one chugs along with a pretty straight forward rhythm. Stopping at the end of each verse for a lyrical punctuation: “I must look like a dork!”
And just before probably every Minutemen fans favorite D. Boon guitar solo: “If we heard mortar shells, we’d cuss more in our songs and cut down the guitar solos!” Wham!
Free-flowing lyrics from Mike Watt.
Politics vs Art?
Jabs at sloganeering punkers?
I don’t know. It’s shit from an old notebook. Killer tune.
Too bad Michael Jackson never recorded it. (Mike Watt did send it to him!)
From Double Nickels On The Dime

 

And live from Ballot Result

 

I’m going to slot this at number 12. Check out the current rankings here.

4/153 – I’ll put it in simple words: “Working Men Are Pissed”

Bodies stacking, hands shaking
Have you been there? I’ve been there!
I’ll put it in simple words: working men are PISSED

Timeless. You catch the vibe from the open with D’s hectic guitar before the rumble of the mighty Watt/Hurley rhythm.
Listen, I’m no music writer… I can’t bedazzle you with poetry about how awesome this song is or how when I hear it I must crank it up and hit repeat. Working Men Are Pissed!

politicsoftime

This should land in the top 10 no question. Recorded in 1981 for a never released non-SST lp and ultimately released in 1984 on the compilation The Politics of Time.

Follow the current rankings of all 153 Minutemen tunes, least to #1 Hit Song.

Here’s a smokin’ live version.
https://web.archive.org/web/20140227190323if_/http://www.youtube.com/embed/FDgeEFQNzj0?rel=0

I’m going to listen to this song every day.