Double Nickels On The Dime by The Minutemen

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by josephbass86, May 9, 2021.

  1. consectaneus


    Sep 23, 2016
    Not alone. I got turned on to that album about the same time I got into the bass and I tried to cop as many Mike Watt lines as I could figure out. It was good training! I'm awed by the breadth of grooves and styles. That eclecticism struck me a being more "punk" than a lot of other bands who claim to be. It's true individualism. I was going to school in Long Beach when they formed and I suppose if I had been hip enough I might have caught them or any number of bands on the scene, but by the time I had the pleasure of seeing Watt live, he was playing with fIREHOSE, and then one time later when he put out a solo album. His personage impresses me as much as his playing.
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  2. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    3 Way Tie for Last.

    That was the only cassette of theirs that I bought. They seemed a little too hard-core for my sensibilities. I was more of an early REM fan. But this was a pretty good album I recall. Unfortunately it was their last regular album i think.
  3. josephbass86


    Aug 5, 2002
    You should do yourself a favor and get Double Nickels, 3-Way has some good tunes on it but it pales in comparison.
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  4. jw23mind

    jw23mind Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2017
    Reading MA
    Agreed. My least favorite of all their albums.
  5. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    I like all of their albums but will say the Three Way Tie is probably the least representative of their sound.
  6. FilterFunk

    FilterFunk Everything is on the ONE! Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    I just listened to this.

    I'd never heard of the Minutemen or "Double Nickels On The Dime."

    I want to hear more now.

    For me, it brings to mind a little Devo and a little B-52's.

    Very, very cool.
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  7. josephbass86


    Aug 5, 2002
    You should get it ASAP, just about every song has some great bass/drum work, quirky but with a strong funk and rock influence.

    Also check out Watt and Hurley’s work in fIREHOSE and Mike Watt’s solo albums. Tons of great playing throughout.
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  8. jw23mind

    jw23mind Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2017
    Reading MA
    Hyphenated-man is my favorite Watt solo album, and rather Minutemen-esqe as well!
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  9. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    Great record! Contemplating the Engine Room was also a great ‘un
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  10. josephbass86


    Aug 5, 2002
    I will always be partial to Ballhog Or Tugboat cause that was actually my first introduction to Watt’s playing. He does a ton of great melodic stuff in a variety of songs/styles and with really awesome bass tone. Not sure what he used, maybe his Precision?
    Also features a pretty great re-recording of “One Reporter’s Opinion” from Double Nickels on it that has some ripping guitar by Nels Cline.
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  11. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    Il Sogno del Marinaio is an excellent record too. And we must note all his "side" projects, like Banyan, Big Walnuts Yonder, Unknown Instructors and many more...
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  12. MCF


    Sep 1, 2014
    Pretty sure it was a lot of his NR Thunderbird! Like in this truly amazing vid.
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  13. josephbass86


    Aug 5, 2002
    Yeah that’s the tone. I could never make a Thunderbird sound decent but Watt makes it sound like a millions bucks.

    I forgot a live album was put out a few years ago of Watt touring Ballhog with this band (Vedder, Grohl, etc.), I think it was called “Ring-Spiel”, an interesting document and the tone and playing is mighty!
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  14. ProbablyTooLoud


    Aug 1, 2020
    Just randomly wondering like all of you (who noticed) why that one dude got deactivated after engaging so enthusiastically in this thread. No need to answer this or for me to actually find out, cause it's really none of my business - but noting that if anyone else was like huh? a few days ago, you weren't alone.

    Anyways, Boone, Hurley, and Watt have rocked my world since I saw them with REM in 84-85 and still do to this very day.
  15. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    Maybe....but that's live. Based on this post by the thunderbroom master himself, he might have recorded with his modified P or his 1995 Moon Larry Graham.
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  16. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    Quickly scanning his/her posts on this thread, none seem to justify a suspension, so it was probably something that happened on another thread.
  17. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    It's weird, the number of times I see posts by someone, and on the same day it says "member inactive" .

    I would have assumed a member would have to not log in for several years, for the system to automatically set that status (is it a user option?).

    This time it additionally states "suspended" ( for whatever reason) which we're not supposed to discuss, so I figured there must be good reason, but it's the "inactive" bit that I always find strange in these situations.
  18. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    Well I think he's "inactive" because he's suspended lol. Aside from being a wise acre, all I can say is that I don't know the criteria for an "inactive" moniker, but I would doubt it automatically happens when someone hasn't used their account in a while.
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  19. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Don’t forget Dos, the bass duet project with his then-wife, Kira Roessler, who spent time in Black Flag...

  20. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
    Love Dos, and love Kira! She didn't just spend time in Black Flag - she was half of one of Black Flag's best rhythm sections along with the maestro, Bill Stevenson. And her brother Paul has done many interesting musical things in his own right.
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