Album Details

Pop/Rock, College Rock, American Underground, Punk, Hardcore Punk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

Album Review

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, Rovi

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 Reporters 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, Pt. 2
  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. Doctor Wu
  41. The World According to Nouns
  42. Love Dance
  43. Three Car Jam
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