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Double Nickels On The Dime

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D.'s Car Jam / Anxious Mo-Fo
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Theatre Is The Life Of You
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Viet Nam
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Cohesion
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It's Expected I'm Gone
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#1 Hit Song
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Two Beads At The End
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Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Truth
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Don't Look Now
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Shit From An Old Notebook
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Nature Without Man
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One Reporters Opinion
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Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing
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Maybe Partying Will Help
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Toadies
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Retreat
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The Big Foist
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God Bows To Math
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Corona
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The Glory Of Man
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Take 5, D.
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My Heart And The Real World
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History Lesson Part 2
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You Need The Glory
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The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts
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West Germany
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The Politics Of Time
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Themselves
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Please Don't Be Gentle With Me
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Nothing Indeed
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No Exchange
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There Ain't Shit On T.V. Tonight
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This Ain't No Picnic
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Spillage
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Untitled Song For Latin America
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Jesus And Tequila
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June 16th
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Storm In My House
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Martin's Story
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Dr. Wu
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The World According To Nouns
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Album Information
EXPLICIT // EDITOR'S PICK

Total Tracks: 43   Total Length: 73:35

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Review 54

Alex Naidus

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01.17.06
Minutemen, Double Nickels On The Dime
2006 | Label: SST Records / The Orchard

Forget whatever prog-induced nightmares the 43-song tracklist brings to mind — Double Nickels on the Dime cuts a swaggering path through an hour's worth of breakneck punk-funkery. The Minutemen are known for doing a lot with a little, and for having done it first. Double Nickels finds the guys taking the less-is-more m.o. and dancing all over the musical map. The spirit is undoubtedly "punk" (scratched-out guitars, dime-store production, singer D. Boon's throat-y shouts), but… read more »

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This album changed my life.

luce67

To hear this album as a rebellious teenager frequenting many 80's punk concerts, this band and the Bad Brains impressed me the greatest amount for raw energy and skill in the playing of their instruments. This album is..... monumental it is like no other \"punk\" album. The songs are short but there are 43 of them and they hit like a machine gun. $6 for one of the greatest albums of all time? You kidding me?

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Greatness Doesn't Grow Old

thundercurtain

I wouldn't doubt if this album could be more influential today than it was in the 80s. Boon and Watt were as good a guitar/bass combination as rock-and-roll has ever seen, and Hurley (not unlike Grant Hart of Husker Du) has a complex, subtle drum style all his own. Superb. I might add that the Minutemen also stand out from their time period for never whining or posing at all. They simply kicked ass and had a blast doing it with art/punk/poetry that told the truth.

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think about it

doriangreytoday

This sprawling set and Husker Du's double-lp Zen Arcade were released almost simultaneously! Two of the decade's top ten achievements. In the nickel's gatefold there's a sign sayin' take that, huskers. Cool - and they always will be.Definitely a high-water mark in post-punk.

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Post Punk Realism

Sherab

Mr. Narrator, this is Bob Dylan to me. This recording made us realize, once and for all, there is no seperation between art and artist. In 1984, the Minutemen were us!

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Best Indie Album of the 80's

jrh330

A sprawling experimental herky-jerky rock and roll jam explosion. Lyrics of great insight. Amazing musicianship -- George Hurley is very under-rated as a great drummer. A fantastic listen, start to finish.

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Brilliance

WhetherAlive

So many of my favorite genres fused into one cohesive sound, the Minutemen were an incredible band. As a bassist, I have to say Mike Watt is nothing short of an inspiration. If you don't already have it, quit sucking your thumb and download this album.

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Great

FreshFish

Ricardo222's comment made me buy this album.

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So F-ing Great

Digitalisdante

What the heck, Minutemen? How do you write 43 awesome songs on one album? I'm in awe.

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Old yet timely

jmstrebig

Music brings some of the fifties up to date---I like it.

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A marker in the sand...

HalfCutHero

... An absolute heroic album.

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This Is Your Life: Mike Watt

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

One of the treasures of American punk rock, Mike Watt has been pounding the bass since he played with Minutemen in the '80s. He's still touring and recording nonstop, with a seemingly infinite succession of bands and projects. He's also a great natural talker — or spieler, as he puts it in his one-man argot — and his idea of the relationship between recordings and performances is a bit different from a lot of rock… more »

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A Brief History of BYO Records

By Jason Pettigrew, Contributor

When put into the perspective of the history of American hardcore, the Los Angeles-based label BYO didn't make a "popular" impact: You don't hear historians referring to Mark and Shawn Stern's imprint with the same kind of reverence routinely bestowed upon such labels as Dischord and SST. But to dismiss the label as a mere footnote would be way off mark: Since BYO's 1982 launch, the Stern brothers - in their roles as founders of… more »

They Say All Music Guide

If What Makes a Man Start Fires? was a remarkable step forward from the Minutemen’s promising debut album, The Punch Line, then Double Nickels on the Dime was a quantum leap into greatness, a sprawling 44-song set that was as impressive as it was ambitious. While punk rock was obviously the starting point for the Minutemen’s musical journey (which they celebrated on the funny and moving “History Lesson Part II”), by this point the group seemed up for almost anything — D. Boon’s guitar work suggested the adventurous melodic sense of jazz tempered with the bite and concision of punk rock, while Mike Watt’s full-bodied bass was the perfect foil for Boon’s leads and drummer George Hurley possessed a snap and swing that would be the envy of nearly any band. In the course of Double Nickels on the Dime’s four sides, the band tackles leftist punk (“Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing”), Spanish guitar workouts (“Cohesion”), neo-Nortena polka (“Corona”), blues-based laments (“Jesus and Tequila”), avant-garde exercises (“Mr. Robot’s Holy Orders”), and even a stripped-to-the-frame Van Halen cover (“Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”). From start to finish, the Minutemen play and sing with an estimable intelligence and unshakable conviction, and the album is full of striking moments that cohere into a truly remarkable whole; all three members write with smarts, good humor, and an eye for the adventurous, and they hit pay dirt with startling frequency. And if Ethan James’ production is a bit Spartan, it’s also efficient, cleaner than their work with Spot, and captures the performances with clarity (and without intruding upon the band’s ideas). Simply put, Double Nickels on the Dime was the finest album of the Minutemen’s career, and one of the very best American rock albums of the 1980s. – Mark Deming

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