Tuesday, April 08, 2008

543. Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime (1984)

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. Big Foist
18. God Bows To Math
19. Corona
20. Glory Of Man
21. Take 5 D.
22. My Heart And The Real World
23. History Lesson
24. You Need The Glory
25. Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts
26. West Germany
27. 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. World According To Nouns
42. Love Dance
43. Three Car Jam


As you can see there are a lot of tracks here, it doesn't mean that the album is that long, however, it's just that many of the songs don't even get to the 2 minute mark. Yet, unlike many other albums from the same milieu of the Minute men, all the tracks are pretty much distinct.

What is amazing here as well, is just how many of these tracks stand up as great, this is truly a very good album. Imagine a mix of Pere Ubu and Gang Of Four with some Black Flag thrown in for good measure and you might have an approximation. A better tactic would be to actually listen to the album.

Double Nickels on the Dime is a vast and great album, from the lyrics to the effective and economic playing, the whole thing is pretty great. Also as you can see above some of the song titles are pretty funny... and that's always a plus in my book :P

Track Highlights

1. Corona
2. History Lesson Part 2
3. Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing
4. Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Truth

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Double Nickels on the Dime is often seen not only as the Minutemen's crowning achievement, but, as critic Mark Deming notes, "one of the very best American rock albums of the 1980s." Although Double Nickels on the Dime did not receive mainstream reviews upon its release, 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.

History Lesson Part 2:

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