Minutemen were an American punk rock band formed in San Pedro, California in 1980. They were noted in the California punk community for a philosophy of "jamming econo"—a sense of thriftiness reflected in their touring and presentation—while their eclectic and experimental attitude was instrumental in pioneering alternative rock. Minutemen began when D. Boon and Mike Watt met at age 13.Both boys shared a passion for music; Boon's mother taught D. to play the guitar and suggested Watt learn to play bass. Minutemen's anti-rockist eclecticism was perhaps best exemplified on 1984's double album Double Nickels on the Dime.
On December 22, 1985, Boon was killed in a van accident, putting an end to Minutemen. Watt fell into a deep depression after his friend's death, but was convinced to continue performing by Sonic Youth.