Party with me punker, in a movie theater


class=img_thumbleft>Their only eventual claim on the mainstream imagination was becoming the

theme song



(with "Corona," a song about poverty), and serving as a soundtrack to a car commercial ("Love Dance," though I forget which car). But even if the



American punk band

deserves better than the new documentary opening Friday for a week at the


(where's the industrial landscape of San Pedro? Or the music videos? Or the stuff from

IRS's The Cutting Edge

? Or the bulk of their

studio recordings

?), I won't quibble with Spin editor Jon Dolan's eloquent

rave in City Pages

: "Equal parts civics lesson and group-therapy purge, a flashback to the hardly Edenic indie '80s, and an 'R.I.P.' written in sweat,

We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

sends up a solemnly sweet glory-be for the corndog superheroes of American punk-rock humanism." Plus the rare live footage goes a long way.

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