Minutemen
Double Nickels on the Dime


4.5
superb

Review

by Hogan CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
November 11th, 2013 | 140 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Serious as a heart attack.

I always liked to think that Minutemen was a breed unlike any other. So unique and complex that no other band would ever be able to produce the same sound; the band was structured in such a confusing nonsensical way that it actually worked. Fusing together genres such as punk, jazz, folk, spoken word, and even funk; it created this weird quirky output that still sparks a burning light in the history of punk that will never be forgotten. While the band attempted heavily to maximize their uncanny music on their first two outings, the band never really reached their full potential until the fiery beast known as Double Nickels on the Dime exploded onto the scene.

It’s hard to necessarily pick out the best moments of Minutemen’s 1984 punk masterpiece Double Nickels on the Dime. There are so many outstanding moments that are scrawled across its massive forty-five song set list that it’s blatantly impossible to choose a favorite. It’s like choosing your favorite star in the night sky, just to return the next day and pick a completely different one. The typical song on the album is fast and fun, but it slows down every few songs to give the listener a cautious break, just before they are shot right back into the fire. Spunky guitar lines are replaced by slow guitar picks, while fast paced drum fills are replaced with jazzy cymbal touches. The album runs off of such an idiosyncratic structure that it may be easy to be lost in a quick daze of intrepid thoughts as another guitar solo flies by unexpectedly, just for it to return as a quick ferocious boomerang that shatters their skull in a sublime fashion.

The lyrics are completely surreal and they strike as somewhat thought provoking. Though sometimes highly comedic, the album can take itself pretty seriously while tackling subjects such as racism, the Vietnam War, or even the injustice delivered to the working class. For instance, the punk magnum opus known as “This Ain’t No Picnic” tells the story of a black man being abused by his employer. The dark themes centered around a punk album was rather understandable at the time; as bands such as Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, and The Clash all incorporated themes of dark and miserable life styles into their music as well. Yet Minutemen hide their dark and serious themes in the crazed instruments and an obnoxiously loud vocal presentation. Using a stream of conscious lyrical process, the music contrasts so differently to the lyrical content that understanding the meanings of each song is a lot harder then it may seem. It’s a smart way of hiding subjective themes and symbols that it becomes a joy to decrypt such secrets scribbled across the surface.

Double Nickels on the Dime is definitely not a perfect album, as it is marred by a few personal blemishes. The vocal performance can be a lot to take in, as it’s as loud and bombastic as punk vocals can get. Also, the same drum sections and guitar lines can be found recycled from previous songs, but it’s not a common mistake. For the most part, everything here is fine tuned to the best. Minutemen have crafted not only a punk watermark, but an explosive memorial worthy of a legacy.



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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2013


1730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my old highschool teachers was a huge fan of this, so I thought I would do him a favor by showing him what I think of it.

Gwyn.
November 10th 2013


15321 Comments


I'm listening to this right now it must be a sign

Gwyn.
November 10th 2013


15321 Comments


Not your best review, as I find it to be rather bare bones and with a few odd points where the flow is
broken slightly, but it is good nonetheless, and no grammatical errors that I noticed.


One thing though:

its massive forty-five song set list


You might wanna change this depending on what version you wanna talk about, or at lease specify, as
the album has different versions and the CD release only has forty three songs.

tommygun
November 11th 2013


25409 Comments


good as always hoges

Digging: Banks - Goddess

KILL
November 11th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my body

my mind

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

dimsim3478
November 11th 2013


5408 Comments


Ya, best fucking band.

Digging: Full Of Hell and Merzbow - Full Of Hell & Merzbow

Gwyn.
November 11th 2013


15321 Comments


I must look like a dork!

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2013


1730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks gwyn. And I'll edit that when i get home today, I went by the sputnik set list but yeah I see what you mean. And this band kicks ass

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2013


1730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh and thanks as always tommy!

LifeAsAChipmunk
November 11th 2013


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yus

sapient
November 11th 2013


2163 Comments


I need to listen to this

Digging: Cal Chuchesta - Cocoa

KILL
November 11th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if this was a la dispute review it would have like 50 comments by now god this site is so faggot sometimes

Gwyn.
November 11th 2013


15321 Comments


do it its gr8

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2013


1730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol KILL, I was suprised this only had one review to begin with.

Gwyn.
November 11th 2013


15321 Comments


pretty sure this had another review once, guess it was deleted

hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2013


1730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ahh I was gonna say, one damn review for this incredible album?!

KILL
November 11th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what makes a man start fires only has 2 pages this sites gay

SeaAnemone
November 11th 2013


20946 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fivey as fuck album

Digging: Viet Cong - Viet Cong

KILL
November 11th 2013


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

have any staff even fuckin heard this

SeaAnemone
November 11th 2013


20946 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ya probably all of them except
dave de sylvia
daveyboy
greg
irving
jacob royal
rudy
voivod

judging them hard right now



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