the 27 Club ain’t no picnic

So like I was saying before, not every musician that died at age 27 went out with a glamorous bang.

Mia Zapata was murdered.

and D. Boon was killed in an automobile accident.

Dennes Dale Boonfell out of a tree one day when he was 13 and landed on a kid named Mike Watt. This surprise introduction turned out to be a good thing for the two boys from San Pedro, California, because they became best pals and discovered they both had a big love for music. So they started playing in bands, and by 1980 they formed the Minutemen with drummer George Hurley.

The Minutemen were a hard working and vital part of the California punk scene, and played with other important acts in the region like Black Flag and the Circle Jerks.  They were also a big part of the underground music network that was developing in America during the 1980s, playing with and helping to support bands from across the country.  For proof of what I’ve just written, please refer to the handy posters and fanzine cover that I’ve kindly provided directly below:

If those pictures aren’t enough to convince you, please watch this video and see what these talking heads have to say about the Minutemen:

And if that still isn’t enough, watch THIS VIDEO:

…or this one:

And to top it all off, they wore flannel even before it was cool in Seattle.

At the end of 1985, they had finished a tour with R.E.M. and were set to make a record with Richard Meltzer. Boon was sick with a fever just before Christmas, but that didn’t stop him from wanting to travel with his girlfriend to Arizona to visit her folks for the holidays. They were driving by night in the Minutemen’s tour van – Boon was lying down in the back and his ladyfriend was behind the wheel when she fell asleep…the van crashed and Boon was thrown from the vehicle.

He broke his neck and died instantly.

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  1. […] thing about punk is, as D. Boon said: “punk is whatever we made it to be.” From the late 1970s to the early 1990s, punk was a melange of not only different races, but also […]


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