A punk band from the mid 1980's to mid 1990's that formed from the ashes of the Minutemen after singer D. Boon died.
fIREHOSE was Mike Watt, ed fromohio, and George Hurley, and put out their first albums on SST Records before a failed major label debut and breaking up.
They had all the elements and attitude of a punk band, but musically were as far from punk as possible, applying jazz elements, lots of pop sensibility, and (gasp) talent. They were also called the "hardest working band in show business" from their constant touring, recording, and touring again.
They became popular with the 80's skateboarder culture after having songs featured in videos such as Santa Cruz's Streets of Fire, though never really "broke out" to mainstream popularity until their last album. Even then, they were only known for their cover of Public Enemy's "Sophisticated Bitch."
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fIREHOSE is also best known as the last good thing Mike Watt did musically (quit hitting me, i put a warning!).