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Double Nickels on the Dime serves as an affirmation of punk rock liberty from a band that believed in it more than any other. Spread over two records and a staggering 44 songs, the album’s girth spoofed the seventies excesses of Peter Frampton and Yes, yet it was also a verification of the band’s creative stamina. There was no reason for these blue collar “corndogs” to think they could indulge in the rock god fantasies of Frampton or Kiss, yet the Minutemen lit every inch of their double-wide opus with off-kilter imagination. For a band that thrived by attempting the unexpected, Double Nickels continued to thwart anyone’s ability to categorize the Minutemen. Anxious outbursts fall next to free-form guitar noodling, and as soon as you think you have the band’s agitprop agenda pinned down, they will completely disarm you with gentle, forlorn strumming on “Cohesion” and “History Lesson Part 2.” With its outlandish plays on political sloganeering, Double Nickels indulged the group’s love for leftist rabble-rousing, yet they spurned self-righteousness. They embraced their roots as working class everymen from the port town of San Pedro, California, and their emotions — confusion, frustration, nostalgia, humorousness — feel genuine. No band believed in sincerity as much as the Minutemen, and it is the undercurrent of earnestness that makes Double Nickels a heroic work.

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Note for the completist

As another reviewer mentioned, this version of the album is based on the 1989 CD re-issue and is missing three songs that were on the original vinyl release. If you really need to have them, they're all available elsewhere on iTunes. There's a live version of Mr. Robot's Holy Orders on Ballot Result, a live version of Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love on Post-Mersh v. 3, and Little Man With a Gun in His Hand is on both Buzz or Howl and Post-Mersh v. 2. Bottom line is that unless you have the vinyl LPs, this is what you're gonna get, which is a shame. All that said, this is one of the 5 greatest American rock records of the 80's, so buy it.

The Glory of .....

The summer of '86 I just turned 16 in Omaha and I was in a band with a couple of the Maxwell brothers jamming out covers and originals, 'Glory of Man' was top on our play list. D5 was the bible, and the Replacements' 'Tim' was the book of saints. If this album isn't in your collection in some form you may not actually be an American.

pretty much genius.

to say this is one of the greatest amercan or just plain greatest punk albums in existence would not be an exaggeration. it's both messy and spontaneous and yet incredibly tight. the musicianship is sound, but it's not stuffy at all -- it's fresh and raw and still manages to sound current today. it's got politics, it's got humor, it's got great songs ... pretty much a perfect album. not convinced? my ex-bf was into death metal and progressive jazz. i was into stuff like guided by voices and dinosaur jr. we went on a cross country road trip. this was the ONLY ALBUM we could both agree upon. we listened to it clear to california from ohio, and back. never got tired of it. living proof, this album rules.


Formed: 1980 in San Pedro, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

More than any other hardcore band, the Minutemen epitomized the free-thinking independent ideals that formed the core of punk/alternative music. Wildy eclectic and politically revolutionary, the Minutemen never stayed in one place too long; they moved from punk to free jazz to funk to folk at a blinding speed. And they toured and recorded at blinding speed; during the early '80s, they were constantly on the road, turning out records whenever they had a chance. Like their peers Black Flag, Hüsker...
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