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What Makes a Man Start Fires?


Download links and information about What Makes a Man Start Fires? by Minutemen. This album was released in 1982 and it belongs to Rock, Indie Rock, Punk, Alternative genres. It contains 18 tracks with total duration of 26:46 minutes.

Artist: Minutemen
Release date: 1982
Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Punk, Alternative
Tracks: 18
Duration: 26:46
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No. Title Length
1. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs 1:29
2. One Chapter In the Book 1:02
3. Fake Contest 1:43
4. Beacon Sighted Through Fog 1:00
5. Mutiny In Jonestown 1:08
6. East Wind / Faith 2:08
7. Pure Joy 1:29
8. 99 1:00
9. The Anchor 2:34
10. Sell or Be Sold 1:44
11. The Only Minority 1:00
12. Split Red 0:53
13. Colors 2:05
14. Plight 1:37
15. The Tin Roof 1:08
16. Life As a Rehearsal 1:34
17. This Road 1:24
18. Polarity 1:48



1983’s What Makes a Man Start Fires? codified Minutemen’s unique methodology, which bassist Mike Watt once summarized as “Little songs, high-end guitar, melodic bass, lots of toms.” Each composition seems to go in six directions at once. The antsy and colorful instrumental lines are mirrored by lyrics that are at once urgent and cryptic. The first words spoken set the album's tone: “I'm waiting/And diversing/I'm collecting/Dispersing/Information/Liberation.” Though Minutemen were still very much a punk band in ethos, their instrumental interplay outreaches all genre constraints on “Fake Contest,” “Life as a Rehearsal," and “Pure Joy.” George Hurley’s oil-drum solo on “East Wind/Faith” seems just as essential to what the group was trying to say. Clocking in at two and a half minutes, “The Anchor” was the trio’s first epic. The song’s optimistic riff belies one of D. Boon’s saddest (and most hilarious) lines, about the harsh reality that follows a lovely sex dream: “Wake up!/Heart yanked out/Anchor dragging behind.”