San Pedro was part of my stomping grounds in the 1970s to 1990s. I had heard of the Minutemen but never heard their music. Interesting and fun stuff. Appropriate name for a group that created short songs with minimal embellishment.
This is one of the greatest records of all times.
I friend down the street from where I grew up introduced me to this album when I was an early teen. I really only heard it in his room but I remember the interesting sound they had. Being a metal-head I ignored it for many years and decided to check it out again here. It brings back fond memories.
This double album is not just one of the greatest rock'n'roll records of the 1980s, it is one of the greatest recordings of any genre of music of all time. I recently finished reading Michael Fournier's 33 1/3/Continuum book devoted to DOUBLE NICKELS, so I have been listening to the record a lot again. I purchased a copy upon its release in 1984 and basically listened to it every day for the next four years. If there was a zenith in the 1980s it was 1984. Rock Against Reagan and the holy SST trinity of Husker Du's ZEN ARCADE, the Minutemen's DOUBLE NICKELS ON THE DIME and the Meat Puppets second eponymous album. We were riding high. Listen to D. Boon sing "It's expected I'm Gone" on side one and ask yourself, "What else sounds like this?" Swagger without the pose. Testosterone minus the machismo. Brilliance coupled with complete honesty.
Perhaps the greatest of all the great 80's post-punk albums. This band found a singular voice that brings in the personal and political. In the game "which visual artist would this band be?" the Minutemen are Goya (with a smattering of ...)
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