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Double Nickels on the Dime

MinutemenAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sst Records
  • ASIN: B000000LZV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Minutemen's Double Nickels on the Dime is a masterwork of American indie rock, a sprawling, 42-song explosion of terse, revolutionary rock & roll. Rifling through a kind of lurching punk-funk, this San Pedro, California, trio poses philosophical questions, mocks love-song clichés and Michael Jackson, covers CCR and Van Halen, and gets drunk on "Jesus and Tequila"--all of it brought to life by the jazzy, popping bass of Mike Watt; the rifle-shot fills of drummer George Hurley, and the staccato guitar and impassioned cries of the late D. Boon, whose voice will forever insist: "No hope? See, that's what gives me guts." --David Cantwell

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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "No hope? See, that's what gives me guts!" October 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Like many people, I can't stand what the media tries to pass off as punk rock nowadays. The scene with the tattoos, whiny vocals with faux-British accents (yes Billie Joe Armstrong - I'm referring to you- you can stop hiding behind the tour bus), the refried two-chord riffs, the hypocritical anti-corporate stances, and the cheap looking Hot Topic clothes would be comical if it weren't so annoying. While punk rock really isn't my cup of tea, I respect the pioneers like The Clash, Husker Du, and The Damned. And then there were The Minutemen who took not only punk rock, but all of rock music to a whole new level.

San Pedro, California's Minutemen were fronted by a chubby, sloppy, and very average looking singer/guitarist named D. Boon (1958-1985). Boon was not the most refined singer in the world, yet his confident, assertive vocals made it easy to overlook his imperfections. He had an interesting guitar approach because he would completely turn down the bass and mid-range frequencies on his amplifiers and only use treble. He lacked the precision and speed of an Yngwie Malmsteen or a Joe Satriani, but his playing was much more fun to listen to. Boon's childhood pal Mike Watt handled bass with such skill that he sounded far more like Jaco Pastorius than Sid Vicious. Rounding out the trio was drummer George Hurley, a man who could do astonishing things with a small drumkit. The Minutemen were fortunate to have not one, not two, but three very gifted musicians within its ranks.

1984's _Double Nickels on the Dime_ clocks in at a whopping 74 minutes with 43 tracks. It defied the convention of both mainstream music and punk rock with it's attitude and experimentation.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the 80's. June 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Though overlooked, this is the masterpiece of the 80's. I must agree albums like London Calling, The Queen Is Dead, Up On The Sun, I Can't Stop It & Zen Arcade are classic albums, none of them have the spirit of this album. 45 songs (43 on the cd) all delivered in the space of a regular cd (or double lp) and absolutely no gristle, it's all meat here.
To me, this is the true definition of "punk." Much like London Calling, it might not be 3 power chords at blazing speed, and screamed vocals, it's something more important. Intelligent music with intelligent lyrics. Punk isn't so much a sound, it's more an attitude/feeling.
I love the way the music here doesn't fit into any certain genre. Is it funk? Is it hadcore? Is it jazz? Is it blues? Is it folk? Is it country? It's all of that and more, usually in the same song.
The only thing I didn't like, was the band's cover of the classic Van Halen song "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" & their original "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders" were left off of the cd (to fascilitate a single cd, I'd imagine), but if you can't find the vinyl, then the cd is the next best thing. Either way you go, you will not be disappointed.
And to kidpunkrock182, thanks man. I really needed that. Best laugh I've had in ages! :D
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only album you really need! June 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I bought the LP in 1985 and fell in love; already had PROJECT MERSH, but it barely prepared me for DOUBLE NICKELS ON THE DIME. I agree with the politics--not everybody does. You'd have to be tone deaf, though, not to hear the pure superiority of these 3 guys. Mike Watt alone just makes me want to pound my head on the floor in amazement. He and George are even ahead of Foxton and Buckler in the early-80s rhythm section sweepstakes, and if you know those names you know what I mean. But D. was the front man and he put it over the top, with guitar, vocals, and lyrics. They covered every base except maybe the old fashioned love song. The only downside here is the limitation to the CD version. The LP is still in print, still sounds flawless, and has all the songs. The pictures are bigger too! The price of a good second-hand turntable is justified to get the whole package, so make amazon.com stock the LP, and get it. My personal CDs are copies of that same old 17 year old LP, and I'm luckier than you are. I still remember the feeling I had when I heard about D. and I still can't believe this was supposed to be an answer to Husker Du's double album, and the Minutemen didn't even need a 14 minute instrumental to pad it out. Better than EXILE ON MAIN ST., better than THE BLANTON-WEBSTER BAND, better than THE SUN SESSIONS, better than PIANO QUINTET IN F MINOR OPUS 34. It's better than ROCKET TO RUSSIA!! If you don't understand, you lose.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars San Pedro's Minutemen "jam econo." January 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The American post-punk/indie scene of the 1980's sure produced some great bands. Most of the bands took the minimalist, expressive, to-the-point ethos of punk and ran in different directions with it. (Early) REM's trade was in obscure vocals and folky, jangly music. Husker Du took hardcore punk and added catchy melodies and quirky lyricism to it. The Meat Puppets had their own odd brand of messy bluegrass-punk, while The Replacements crafted funny, poignant and sloppy garage rock that appealed to adolescent America. Finally, there are The Minutemen, who were way beyond simple genre classification.
It's easier to describe this San Pedro trio in terms of what they were than what they were not. The Minutemen experimented with punk, funk, jazz improv, folk/country and God knows what else. Their songs, while fully formed, are models of brevity being no more than 1-2 minutes long. Mike Watt's lyrics were strange bits of beat poetry that spoke out on pop culture, commercialism, politics, and war, among other things (yet without being heavy-handed at all). Sometimes the Minutemen were wonderfully anachronistic--who else would write Vietnam protest songs in '84, or cover CCR when it was way un-hip to do so? In short, these guys were totally different from any band before or since. The closest band I can think of that might be similar is Wire during their Pink Flag era, but only in the minimalist philosophy, and that band's sound would end up going in a very different direction. So, the Minutemen basically defy comparison.
Double Nickels On The Dime is one of punk's few double albums, a monument to intelligence and overflowing creativity. It is a platter of 43 (!
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5.0 out of 5 stars your risk chains me hostage
i feel compelled to pile on here

the best album ever recorded.

ever.

really.

i must look like a dork
Published 5 months ago by Thomas W. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Nickles Worth Every Penny
Rediculous musicianship. The skill level of the players on this album is second to none. Mike Watt is a force to be heard and felt on bass. D. Boone (R.I.P. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John Stoffick
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums from eightees.
Beautiful old school gatefold sleeve album without shiny plastic foil and no bar code, like a double LP's from past times.
Very carefully packed, shipped on time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gordan Zecic
5.0 out of 5 stars My Desert Island Album
This is my one "desert island" album (presuming electricity and some device for playing recorded/digital music, etc.)

Might not be your choice but it's mine.
Published 13 months ago by H. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars D.Boon Mike Watt and G. Hurly at their best
When people think of 1980's underground scene...they think Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat or Husker Du. But Minutemen were the actual only band that mattered.
Published 16 months ago by Akeem Tinsley
3.0 out of 5 stars I only LOVE 3 songs on this...
I LOVE tracks 33, 20 and 9 -THEY RULE!!! Track 9 is very addictive to me.

Otherwise I'm not really into the other songs on this album -usually the way it goes with me... Read more
Published on March 12, 2012 by kal667
5.0 out of 5 stars This album changed my life.
Brilliant from beginning to end. Unfortunately, D died before I had the chance to see them live. Saw Firehose in Tempe after Ragin' Full On - I was the only person in the bar who... Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by mark shipley
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I thought it would be....and then some.
Cohesion and History Lesson Part 2, just by themselves, are worth the 899 pennies that this album costs. BUY THIS NOW.
Published on June 3, 2011 by Jackson H
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic punk masterpiece for those who aren't sure they can like punk
This album is probably a great place to start for music fans of eclectic tastes & open minds who appreciate the DIY aesthetic and music played with passion & sincerity. Read more
Published on April 21, 2011 by Tito
4.0 out of 5 stars crazy ground breaking punk rock
Wierd and jazzy, rocking and silly at times. There are like 43 songs on this 1 cd, so lots of variety. Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by R. F. Harrington
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