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Double Nickels on the Dime
Double Nickels on the Dime cover
Double album by Minutemen
Released 1984
Recorded November 1983-April 1984
Genre Alternative, Punk
Length 81:01
Label SST
Producer Ethan James
Professional reviews
Minutemen chronology
The Politics of Time
(1984)
Double Nickels on the Dime
(1984)
Project: Mersh
(1985)

Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by Minutemen on the SST label in 1984. Image File history File links Cover of Double Nickels On The Dime by The Minutemen. ... A double album is an audio album of sufficient length that two units of the medium in which it is sold (especially records and compact discs) are necessary to contain the entirety of it. ... The Minutemen were an American Punk rock band from San Pedro, California comprised of singer/guitarist D. Boon, singer/bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Ethan James Ethan James (born Ralph Burns Kellogg (1946-June 22, 2003)) was a musician, record producer, and recording engineer best known for his work on the Minutemens seminal album Double Nickels on the Dime. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 5_stars. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Image File history File links 3. ... The Minutemen were an American Punk rock band from San Pedro, California comprised of singer/guitarist D. Boon, singer/bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley. ... The Politics of Time is the seventh overall release, third album-length release, and first compilation by influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen. ... Project: Mersh is the pentultimate release (final extended play, or EP release) from influential punk/alternative trio The Minutemen before D. Boons death later that year in an auto accident. ... The Minutemen were an American Punk rock band from San Pedro, California comprised of singer/guitarist D. Boon, singer/bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ...


The album is a diverse combination of punk, funk, spoken word, 70's rock, acoustic guitar instrumentals, and even jazz. Standout tracks include "History Lesson Part II", "Corona", "Untitled Song for Latin America", "Toadies", "Jesus and Tequila", "Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing", "June 16th", and "This Ain't No Picnic". Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Corona is a song by American punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, which was composed by the bands lead singer and guitarist D. Boon. ... This Aint No Picnic is a song by influential punk/alternative band The Minutemen. ...


Double Nickels is often seen not only as the Minutemen's crowning achievement, but, as critic Mark Deming notes, "one of the very best American rock albums of the 1980s."[1] In 2003, the album was ranked number 411 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This article is about the magazine. ... The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. ...

Contents

Album History

The title of the album is a reaction to the Sammy Hagar song "I Can't Drive 55"; the title essentially states that the Minutemen intended to take chances with their music rather than behind the wheel, as opposed to Hagar, who the Minutemen thought did the exact opposite. (The cover photo depicts Mike Watt driving his Volkswagen Bus, with the spedometer at exactly 55mph, while the freeway exit sign for his hometown of San Pedro is visible through the windshield.) The phrase "double nickels" is also CB Radio and trucker slang used for the 55mph speed limit, dating back to at least 1976 [1]; Watt has noted this fact inspired the album title as well [2] "The dime" is a nickname for the Santa Monica Freeway, a portion of Interstate 10. Samuel Roy Hagar (born October 13, 1947 in Monterey, California, USA), better known as Sammy Hagar (aka The Red Rocker), is an American rock guitarist, singer, and composer. ... Michael David Watt (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. ... Volkswagen Bus may be a reference to: T1 Volkswagen Type 2, generation T1 T2 Volkswagen Type 2, generation T2 T3/Vanagon/T25 Volkswagen Type 2, generation T3/Vanagon/T25 T4 Volkswagen Eurovan, generation T4 T5 Volkswagen Eurovan, generation T5 This is a disambiguation page—a list of articles associated with... Speedometer gauges on a car, the left one showing the gear in which the automatic transmission is in as well as the velocity of the vehicle in miles and kilometre per hour on the out– and inside respectively while the right gauge displays the engine rotations per minute A... San Pedro is the Spanish language form of Saint Peter. ... Citizens band radio (CB) is, in the United States, a system of short distance radio communication between individuals on a selection of 40 channels within the single 27 MHz (11 meter) band. ... A trucker is a person who is employed as a truck driver (particularly of semi-trailers). ... A road speed limit is the maximum speed allowed by law for road vehicles. ... Interstate 10; the Santa Monica Freeway segment is highlighted in red and the San Bernardino Freeway is highlighted in blue. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 10 Interstate 10 (abbreviated I-10) is the southernmost east-west, coast-to-coast interstate highway in the United States. ...


Initially meant to be a single album, the Minutemen had already recorded an album's worth of material in November of 1983 when they learned that their labelmates Hüsker Dü were about to release the double album Zen Arcade. In response, the Minutemen wrote an entire album's worth of material and recorded it in May of 1984. The group then mixed all of the newly recorded songs and remixed the songs recorded the previous November in one all-night session. (On the inside back cover of the double album's gatefold is the note, "Take that, Hüskers!"). The total cost for recording and mixing the entire double album was just over $1,000.00. Hüsker Dü were a rock band formed in Minneapolis-St. ... Zen Arcade is Hüsker Düs third full-length album, released in 1984 by SST Records, originally released as a double album on two vinyl LPs. ... A gatefold cover or gatefold LP is a form of packaging for LP records which was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...


Another double album, Pink Floyd's Ummagumma, inspired the track sequencing of the original album. Each member of the band selected the tracks, sequenced them for their own respective side of the album, and included a solo cut in their sequence -- D. Boon's cut was the acoustic guitar instrumental "Cohesion", Watt's was the spoken-word with music cut "Take 5, D." (so named that three other guitarists, rather than Boon, play on the cut), and Hurley's was the multi-tracked percussion and scat-singing composition "You Need The Glory" -- with the leftovers being put on side "Chaff" (the fourth side of the album). Each side of the album began and ended with the respective Minutemen members' car engines being revved; the fourth side has all three cars going. Pink Floyd are an English rock band that earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... Live album cover Ummagumma rear album cover Ummagumma is a progressive and psychedelic double album by Pink Floyd released in 1969. ... Chaff is the seed casings and other inedible plant matter harvested with cereal grains such as wheat. ...


In addition to the three members of the band, Double Nickels On The Dime also features lyric contributions from Black Flag's Henry Rollins and Chuck Dukowski, Saccharine Trust's Joe and Jack Brewer, and SST co-owner Joe Carducci. There are also cover versions of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Don't Look Now", Van Halen's (whom ironically would add Sammy Hagar a year later) "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love", and Steely Dan's "Dr. Wu". Black Flag was a hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn: the guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ... Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield[1]) is a singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, book author (prose and poetry), radio and TV personality, occasional movie actor, comedian, and voice-over artist. ... Chuck Dukowski is the stage name of Gary McDaniel, born February 1, 1954. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Joe Carducci is a writer, record producer, and former A&R executive, formerly most closely associated with the influential record label SST Records. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Van Halen is an American rock band formed in the 1970s. ... Aint Talkin Bout Love is one of the best known songs from Van Halen. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1987, bassist Mike Watt remixed most of the album for an initial CD release, leaving out the three cover versions as well as "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders" and "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand" and all of the "car jams" except for D. Boon's opening. An outcry from Minutemen fans led to a reinstatement of the original album mix on a 1989 CD reissue, with two of the cover songs restored, but all of the car jams, save for D.'s opening and the three-car jam at the end left off. At the time, technology would not allow the reinsertion of the Van Halen cover or the latter two deleted originals. Rumors persisted in the wake of many labels remastering new editions of their CD back catalog that a fully-restored and remastered CD version of the original album with all 45 songs will be released, either by SST (unlikely, given the long history of bands who have complained about not being paid royalties by SST, and have since taken their masters and reissued them elsewhere) or another label. In a 2006 interview reproduced on his official website, Watt announced his intention to discuss a remastered, complete edition of the full Double Nickels album with SST owner Greg Ginn.[3] Michael David Watt (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. ...


Track listing

Original double album

Side D.

  1. "Anxious Mo-Fo" – 1:19
  2. "Theatre is the Life of You" – 1:30
  3. "Viet Nam" – 1:27
  4. "Cohesion" – 1:55
  5. "It's Expected I'm Gone" – 2:04
  6. "#1 Hit Song" – 1:47
  7. "Two Beads at the End" – 1:52
  8. "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?" – 1:49
  9. "Don't Look Now" – 1:46
  10. "Shit From an Old Notebook" – 1:35
  11. "Nature Without Man" – 1:45 (Chuck Dukowski)
  12. "One Reporters Opinion" – 1:50

Chuck Dukowski is the stage name of Gary McDaniel, born February 1, 1954. ...

Side Mike

  1. "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing" – 1:33
  2. "Maybe Partying Will Help" – 1:56
  3. "Toadies" – 1:38
  4. "Retreat" – 2:01
  5. "The Big Foist" – 1:29
  6. "God Bows To Math" – 1:15 (Jack Brewer of Saccharine Trust)
  7. "Corona" – 2:24
  8. "The Glory of Man" – 2:55
  9. "Take 5, D." – 1:40
  10. "My Heart and the Real World" – 1:05
  11. "History Lesson - Part II" – 2:10

This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Corona is a song by American punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, which was composed by the bands lead singer and guitarist D. Boon. ...

Side George

  1. "You Need the Glory" – 2:01
  2. "The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts" – 1:20
  3. "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders" – 3:05
  4. "West Germany" – 1:48
  5. "The Politics of Time" – 1:10
  6. "Themselves" – 1:17
  7. "Please Don't Be Gentle With Me" – 0:46 (Joe Baiza of Saccharine Trust)
  8. "Nothing Indeed" – 1:21
  9. "No Exchange" – 1:50
  10. "There Ain't Shit on T.V. Tonight" – 1:34
  11. "This Ain't No Picnic" – 1:56
  12. "Spillage" – 1:51

This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... This Aint No Picnic is a song by influential punk/alternative band The Minutemen. ...

Side Chaff

  1. "Untitled Song for Latin America" – 2:03
  2. "Jesus and Tequila" – 2:52 (Joe Carducci)
  3. "June 16th" – 1:48
  4. "Storm in My House" – 1:57 (Henry Rollins)
  5. "Martin's Story" – 0:51 (Martin Tambourovich)
  6. "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" – 0:40
  7. "Dr. Wu" – 1:44
  8. "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand" – 2:53 (Dukowski)
  9. "The World According to Nouns" – 2:05
  10. "Love Dance" – 2:00

Joe Carducci is a writer, record producer, and former A&R executive, formerly most closely associated with the influential record label SST Records. ... Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield[1]) is a singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, book author (prose and poetry), radio and TV personality, occasional movie actor, comedian, and voice-over artist. ...

1987 CD with remixed songs

This version of the album was remixed by Mike Watt and Vitus Matare in August 1987.
  1. D.'s Car Jam
  2. Anxious Mo-Fo
  3. Theatre is the Life of You
  4. Viet Nam
  5. Cohesion
  6. It's Expected I'm Gone
  7. #1 Hit Song
  8. Two Beads at the End
  9. Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?
  10. Shit From an Old Notebook
  11. Nature Without Man
  12. One Reporter's Opinion
  13. Mike's Car Jam
  14. Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
  15. Maybe Partying Will Help
  16. Toadies
  17. Retreat
  18. The Big Foist
  19. God Bows To Math
  20. Corona
  21. The Glory of Man
  22. Take 5, D.
  23. My Heart and the Real World
  24. History Lesson - Part II
  25. George's Car Jam
  26. You Need the Glory
  27. The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts
  28. West Germany
  29. The Politics of Time
  30. Themselves
  31. Please Don't Be Gentle With Me
  32. Nothing Indeed
  33. No Exchange
  34. There Ain't Shit on T.V. Tonight
  35. This Ain't No Picnic
  36. Spillage
  37. Three Car Jam
  38. Untitled Song for Latin America
  39. Jesus and Tequila
  40. June 16th
  41. Storm in My House
  42. Martin's Story
  43. The World According to Nouns
  44. Love Dance

1989 CD

The 1989 CD restores the original album mix but still leaves off "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love", "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand", and "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders". The songs were deleted to ensure the CDs would play on all CD players.
  1. D.'s Car Jam/Anxious Mo-Fo – 1:19
  2. Theatre is the Life of You – 1:30
  3. Viet Nam – 1:27
  4. Cohesion – 1:55
  5. It's Expected I'm Gone – 2:04
  6. #1 Hit Song – 1:47
  7. Two Beads at the End – 1:52
  8. Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth? – 1:49
  9. Don't Look Now – 1:46
  10. Shit From an Old Notebook – 1:35
  11. Nature Without Man – 1:45
  12. One Reporters Opinion – 1:50
  13. Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing – 1:33
  14. Maybe Partying Will Help – 1:56
  15. Toadies – 1:38
  16. Retreat – 2:01
  17. The Big Foist – 1:29
  18. God Bows To Math – 1:15
  19. Corona – 2:24
  20. The Glory of Man – 2:55
  21. Take 5, D. – 1:40
  22. My Heart and the Real World – 1:05
  23. History Lesson - Part II – 2:10
  24. You Need the Glory – 2:01
  25. The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts – 1:20
  26. West Germany – 1:48
  27. The Politics of Time – 1:10
  28. Themselves – 1:17
  29. Please Don't Be Gentle With Me – 0:46
  30. Nothing Indeed – 1:21
  31. No Exchange – 1:50
  32. There Ain't Shit on T.V. Tonight – 1:34
  33. This Ain't No Picnic – 1:56
  34. Spillage – 1:51
  35. Untitled Song for Latin America – 2:03
  36. Jesus and Tequila – 2:52
  37. June 16th – 1:48
  38. Storm in My House – 1:57
  39. Martin's Story – 0:51
  40. Dr. Wu – 1:44
  41. The World According to Nouns – 2:05
  42. Love Dance – 2:00
  43. Three Car Jam – 0:36

Personnel

D. Boon in 1985. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Michael David Watt (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is a bass string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... George Hurley in 1985. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

Miscellanea

  • "Love Dance" was licensed by Volvo for a commercial in 2001. Watt, as administrator of the Minutemen's copyrights, authorized the use solely because, since it was a D. Boon composition, the royalties were going directly to D. Boon's father, who was suffering from emphysema. Watt simply and humbly rationalized the business move as a way for D. Boon to "help his pop" from beyond the grave.
  • "Corona" was used as the theme song for the MTV show Jackass.
  • The Badlees borrowed the line "You and me, babe. Twinkle, twinkle. Blah, blah, blah." from "#1 Hit Song" for their own "Back Where We Came From" on their Diamonds In The Coal album.
  • Several different song lyrics from the album are interpolated by poet/saxophonist Dan McGuire on "Punk (is Whatever We Make It to Be)", a track from The Way Things Work the debut album by improvisatory rock group the Unknown Instructors, which includes Watt and Hurley in its lineup.
  • "History Lesson - Part II" is sampled in the beginning of Sublime's 40 Oz. to Freedom.
  • "It's Expected I'm Gone" is sampled for the drum track in Pinback's "Hurley", which is named for drummer George Hurley.
  • Michael Azerrad's punk/indie rock history book Our Band Could Be Your Life takes its title from "History Lesson - Part II".
  • One of the records stolen by Vince and Justin in the movie 'High Fidelity' is 'Double Nickels On The Dime'.

Volvo Cars is the car maker using the Volvo Trademark. ... Corona is a song by American punk/alternative trio The Minutemen, which was composed by the bands lead singer and guitarist D. Boon. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Badlees are a folk rock band from central Pennsylvania. ... The Way Things Work is the debut album by American improvisational band Unknown Instructors, featuring Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, The Stooges, Dos, Banyan), George Hurley (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Red Krayola), Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress Of), Jack Brewer (Saccharine Trust), and poet Dan McGuire. ... Front cover of the first Unknown Instructors album, The Way Things Work. The Unknown Instructors are an all-star improvisational rock outfit that features the former rhythm section of The Minutemen and fIREHOSE, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley; Saccharine Trust members, guitarist Joe Baiza and vocalist Jack Brewer... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Sublime was an American band that originated in Long Beach, California. ... 40 Oz. ... Pinback is an indie rock band from San Diego, California currently signed to Touch and Go Records[1] . The band was formed in 1998 by singers, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Armistead Burwell Smith IV (a. ... George Hurley in 1985. ... Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 is a book by Michael Azerrad (ISBN 0-316-78753-1). ...

References and footnotes

  1. ^ Mark Deming, untitled review of Double Nickels On The Dime at AllMusic.com
  2. ^ Chimpomatic.com, 2001 interview with Mike Watt, not published until 2004
  3. ^ Michael T. Fournier, "Mike Watt Talks w/Michael T. Fournier About Double Nickels On The Dime", reproduced at Mike Watt's Hootpage.

External links

  • details on the missing songs
  • Lyrics to Double Nickels On The Dime
The Minutemen
D. Boon | Mike Watt | George Hurley
Discography
Albums: The Punch Line | What Makes a Man Start Fires? | Double Nickels on the Dime | 3-Way Tie (For Last) | Ballot Result
Extended plays: Paranoid Time | Joy | Bean-Spill | Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat | Tour-Spiel | Project: Mersh | Georgeless E.P.
Compilations: The Politics of Time | My First Bells | Post-Mersh Vol. 1 | Post-Mersh Vol. 2 | Post-Mersh Vol. 3 | Introducing the Minutemen
Other releases: Minuteflag | D. Boon and Friends
Bootlegs: ...Just A Minute, Men | Live In 1985: Acoustic Blowout | Live At Flynn's Ocean 71
Related articles
The Reactionaries | New Alliance Records | Martin Tamburovich | George Hurley and Mike Watt

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Double Nickels on the Dime - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1120 words)
Double Nickels on the Dime is an album recorded by The Minutemen on the SST label in 1984.
The title of the album is a reaction to the Sammy Hagar song "I Can't Drive 55"; the title essentially states that the Minutemen intended to take chances with their music rather than behind the wheel, as opposed to Hagar, who the Minutemen thought did the exact opposite.
"The dime" is a nickname for the Santa Monica Freeway, a portion of Interstate 10.
Minutemen - Biography - AOL Music (903 words)
The length of the album was a response to Hüsker Dü's 1984 double album Zen Arcade, but the expanded length gave the group an opportunity to stretch out and showcase their increasing musical depth and vision.
Double Nickels on the Dime was a considerable underground hit, earning substantial college radio play and critical praise; many critics named it one of the best albums of the year.
Finally, the Minutemen released the full-length follow-up to Double Nickels on the Dime, 3-Way Tie (For Last), toward the end of the year.
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