Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (CD)

Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (CD)

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Double Nickels on the Dime is the third studio album by American punk trio MINUTEMEN, released on the Californian independent record label SST Records in 1984. A double album containing forty-five songs, Double Nickels on the Dime combines elements of punk rock, funk, country, spoken word and jazz, and references a variety of themes, from the Vietnam War and racism in America, to working class experience and linguistics.
MINUTEMEN had originally recorded an album's worth of material in November 1983 with producer Ethan James, but after hearing HUSKER DU's Zen Arcade, decided to write and record more material in April 1984. After recording the new material, the band members each selected songs for different sides of the double album, with the fourth side named "Chaff". Several songs on Double Nickels on the Dime were outsourced to or inspired by contemporaries, such as BLACK FLAG's Henry Rollins and Jack Brewer of SACCHARINE TRUST.
Double Nickels on the Dime is seen not only as MINUTEMEN's crowning achievement, but, as critic Mark Deming notes, "one of the very best American rock albums of the 1980s." The album now appears on many professional lists of the all-time best rock albums, including Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Slant Magazine listed the album at #77 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980's".


Track listing

  1. D.'s Car Jam / Anxious Mo-Fo
  2. Theatre Is the Life of You
  3. Viet Nam
  4. Cohesion
  5. It's Expected I'm Gone
  6. #1 Hit Song
  7. Two Beads at the End
  8. Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?
  9. Don't Look Now
  10. Shit from an Old Notebook
  11. Nature Without Man
  12. One Reporter's Opinion
  13. Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
  14. Maybe Partying Will Help
  15. Toadies
  16. Retreat
  17. The Big Foist
  18. God Bows to Math
  19. Corona
  20. The Glory of Man
  21. Take 5, D.
  22. My Heart and the Real World
  23. History Lesson - Part II
  24. You Need the Glory
  25. The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts
  26. West Germany
  27. The Politics of Time
  28. Themselves
  29. Please Don't Be Gentle With Me
  30. Nothing Indeed
  31. No Exchange
  32. There Ain't Shit on T.V. Tonight
  33. This Ain't No Picnic
  34. Spillage
  35. Untitled Song for Latin America
  36. Jesus and Tequila
  37. June 16th
  38. Storm in My House
  39. Martin's Story
  40. Dr. Wu
  41. The World According to Nouns
  42. Love Dance
  43. Three Car Jam


Eleven of the titles are over 2:00 and thirteen more over 1:40, but structures are still so abbreviated that the way one riff-song segues into the next changes both. This is poetry-with-jazz as it always should have been, and while D. Boon may be a somewhat limited singer, he's a hell of a reader, with a guitar that rhymes. - 5/5