Minutemen ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain?’

I was watching Nurse Jackie the other night and two versions of this song were played, including the original by 60s rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival. Which made me remember that I have a version of this song, Have You Ever Seen The Rain? by Minutemen from 1985. By their standards this is an epic, clocking in at 2 minutes 24 seconds.

Minutemen were post punk ‘corn-dogs’, signed to SST, home of Black Flag and Husker Du. Minutemen played jerky, sparse, politically- edged songs, often in around a minute or two. They don’t really sound like anyone else, and are true post-punk; inspired by punk but not Sex Pistols clones. Their 1984 double lp Double Nickels On The Dime has 40-odd songs on it, and hardly a duff moment. Some of their stuff is truly great. This was from their ‘mersh’ period (Minutemen slang for going commercial). Needless to say, they never crossed over, despite supporting REM in the mid-80s.

Singer and guitarist D Boon died in a van accident in 1985, and the band broke up, re-appearing as fIREHOSE. Bassist Mike Watt is an all round good guy, having done stuff with The Beastie Boys, and recently playing bass for The Stooges re-union. There’s a good Minutemen doc on dvd We Jam Econo, worth seeking out. In the meantime, here’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

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The Impossibles ‘The Drum’ (Weatherall Mix)

A request (kind of) for North Country Bhoy. The Drum by The Impossibles remixed by Andrew Weatherall from 1991. Pretty rare I reckon.
Great picture of Weatherall in Victorian clobber in office, isn’t it?

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