Commentary (music and lyrics not included). Chapters: Minutemen
(Band) Albums, Double Nickels on the Dime, Ballot Result, Ball-Hog
or Tugboat?, D. Boon and Friends, Buzz or Howl Under the Influence
of Heat, the Politics of Time, the Secondman's Middle Stand, the
Punch Line, What Makes a Man Start Fires?, Paranoid Time, Project
Mersh, Bean-Spill, 3-Way Tie, Post-Mersh Vol. 1, Introducing the
Minutemen, Joy, Post-Mersh Vol. 2, Contemplating the Engine Room,
Post-Mersh Vol. 3, Tour-Spiel. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 78. Not
illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial
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more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Double Nickels
on the Dime is the third studio album by American punk trio the
Minutemen, released on the Californian independent record label SST
Records in 1984. A double album containing forty-five songs, Double
Nickels on the Dime combines elements of punk rock, funk, country,
spoken word and jazz, and references a variety of themes, from the
Vietnam War and racism in America, to working class experience and
linguistics. The Minutemen had originally recorded an album's worth
of material in November 1983 with producer Ethan James, but after
hearing Husker Du's Zen Arcade, decided to write and record more
material in April 1984. After recording the new material, the band
members each selected songs for different sides of the double
album, with the fourth side named "Chaff." Several songs on Double
Nickels on the Dime were outsourced to or inspired by
contemporaries, such as Black Flag's Henry Rollins and Jack Brewer
of Saccharine Trust. Double Nickels on the Dime 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." The album now appears on many professional lists of the
all-time best rock albums, including Rolling Stone's 500
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