Download of the Week: Minutemen
Double Nickels On The Dime, released on SST Records in 1984, is a great record. The Minutmen's third studio gig, "Double Nickels" is a double album, filled with 45 genre-jumping songs and more energy than spring-loaded nymphs in Spring.
"Double Nickels" is everything I want, nay need, from a record: superb musicianship, meaningful words, humor, and wanderlust. Guitarist/vocalist D. Boon, bassist/vocalist Mike Watt, and drummer George Hurley do it all and do it all well, sounding like an army of sublime schizophrenics on Grand Tour.
Adrenaline squeeze didacticism.
Watt later remarked: "No one knew what the fuck we were talking about. We'd explain it to people and they'd say, 'I don't get it, what's so funny about that?' And we couldn't tell them because it was our whole angle on the rock & roll, our worldview on the music scene."
Own up and own Double Nickels. You won't be sorry.