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Double Nickels On The Dime

Album: Double Nickels On The Dime (Vinyl)
# Song Title   Time
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)    Big Foist, The
18)    God Bows to Math
19)    Corona
20)    Glory of Man, The
21)    Take 5, D.
22)    My Heart and the Real World
23)    History Lesson-Part II
24)    You Need the Glory
25)    Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts, The
26)    West Germany
27)    Politics of Time, The
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)    World According to Nouns, The
42)    Love Dance
43)    Three Car Jam
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • The CD reissue of DOUBLE NICKELS ON A DIME includes 43 songs. Two songs have been deleted from the original LP to insure playback on all CD players.
  • The Minutemen: D. Boon (vocals, guitar); Mike Watt (vocals, bass); George Hurley (drums, percussion).
  • Principally recorded at Radio Tokyo, Venice, California in November 1983 and April 1984. Originally issued as a 2-LP set.
  • This sprawling double-length release is the Minutemen's undisputed high-water mark, and one of the seminal platters of the post-punk, pre-grunge years. It perfectly encapsulates the strengths shown in their early works, then ups the ante. DOUBLE NICKELS runs the gamut from hardcore funk and honky-tonk to vaguely avant-garde experimentation, jazzy workouts, and a Steely Dan cover.
  • The level of songwriting has also been turned up several notches. The less-is-more aesthetic is still in effect--most songs last two minutes or so, and the essential elements of scratchy funk guitar and a hard and nimble rhythm section remain. But the canvas is more varied than before, with moments of oddball humor, songs about indoor plumbing, bizarro instrumentals, bits of gentle acoustic guitar. The group plays with its characteristic gusto, infusing songs like "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" and "The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts" with glorious rage. And d. Boon takes aim at such targets as the banality of advertising ("The Big Foist") and the hell of working for the man ("This Ain't No Picnic," one of their best) with articulate bluntness. One of many gems is a funkified live take of Creedence's "Don't Look Now."
Professional Reviews
Spin (5/01, p.110) - Ranked #22 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records" - "...Total art, total activism for 45 bite-size songs...melting jazz, folk and CCR....Funnier than ZEN ARCADE and looser than LET IT BE."

Alternative Press (8/01, p.112) - Included in AP's "10 Essential '80s Albums" - "...Gang Of Four-like funk, savagely jazzy chops and oblique poetry..."

Mojo (Publisher) (3/01, p.115) - "...[They] inadvertently patented and perfected jazzcore: short, writhing bursts of emotion, fun and fury, dominated by Mike Watt's flailing bass chops....DOUBLE NICKELS was their landmark..."
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