Party with me punker, in a movie theater
class=img_thumbleft>Their only eventual claim on the mainstream imagination was becoming thetheme 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 thegreatest
-everAmerican punk band
deserves better than the new documentary opening Friday for a week at theBell
(where's the industrial landscape of San Pedro? Or the music videos? Or the stuff fromIRS's The Cutting Edge
? Or the bulk of theirstudio recordings
?), I won't quibble with Spin editor Jon Dolan's eloquentrave 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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