Double Nickels on the POLL

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This is really fucking hard.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
This Ain't No Picnic 9
History Lesson - Part II 8
Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing 7
Jesus and Tequila 2
My Heart and the Real World 2
Little Man with a Gun in His Hand 2
Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth? 2
Themselves 2
It's Expected I'm Gone 2
Maybe Partying Will Help 2
Toadies 2
The Glory of Man 1
West Germany 1
#1 Hit Song 1
Two Beads at the End 1
Viet Nam 1
Dr. Wu 1
Love Dance 0
The World According to Nouns 0
God Bows to Math 0
Corona 0
June 16th 0
Take 5, D. 0
Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love 0
Martin's Story 0
Untitled Song for Latin America 0
Storm in My House 0
The Big Foist 0
Retreat 0
Cohesion 0
Don't Look Now 0
Shit From an Old Notebook 0
Nature Without Man 0
One Reporter's Opinion 0
You Need the Glory 0
The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts 0
Mr. Robot's Holy Orders 0
The Politics of Time 0
Please Don't Be Gentle with Me 0
Nothing Indeed 0
No Exchange 0
There Ain't Shit on T.V. Tonight 0
Anxious Mo-Fo 0
Spillage 0
Theatre Is the Life of You 0


ablaeser, Friday, 21 November 2008 03:55 (fifteen years ago) link

shit, was hoping this was a nickelback poll

Kevin Keller, Friday, 21 November 2008 04:01 (fifteen years ago) link

"Shit From An Old Notebook" has lots of lessons we can learn.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Friday, 21 November 2008 04:03 (fifteen years ago) link

i just started reading the 33 1/3 on this album....haven't listened to it in a bit, though, really tough call.

dumb pseud (some dude), Friday, 21 November 2008 04:03 (fifteen years ago) link

This is the greatest album of all time, so this poll is impossible.

But for today, it's "One Reporter's Opinion."

a new Rock Hardy screen name because I can't find the old one (Rock Hardy), Friday, 21 November 2008 04:07 (fifteen years ago) link

My Heart and the Real World. But there isn't a bad song here.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 21 November 2008 05:22 (fifteen years ago) link

I must look like a dork

badg, Friday, 21 November 2008 05:30 (fifteen years ago) link

George's Car Jam

milling through the grinder, grinding through the mill (S-), Friday, 21 November 2008 05:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I wouldn't say there's not a bad song here...but it doesn't really matter since there's at least 30 good ones.

dumb pseud (some dude), Friday, 21 November 2008 05:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Make mine a Jesus and Tequila.

that's not my post, Friday, 21 November 2008 06:00 (fifteen years ago) link

"And if I were a word would my letters number a thousand/More likely coarse and gutteral one-syllable Anglo-Saxon."

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 21 November 2008 09:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I've said it before: most quotable record ever.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Friday, 21 November 2008 09:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Trying to resist urge to vote "Dr Wu". Might go with "Maybe Partying" or "Please Don't Be Gentle" instead.

My Lovely HOOS (Noodle Vague), Friday, 21 November 2008 09:34 (fifteen years ago) link

We did this before didn't we? Maybe on the temp-ilx. I think Little Man won and Maybe Partying Will Help (my vote) did surprisingly well.

dad a, Friday, 21 November 2008 14:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Aren't the songs out of order on this list? Strange not seeing History Lesson smack in the middle. And where are the cover songs?

dad a, Friday, 21 November 2008 14:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I used the original track list provided by Wikipedia but I wasn't sure which sides were where since I never had the vinyl. What covers are missing?

ablaeser, Friday, 21 November 2008 16:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Oops, you have all the covers, I'm just blind today. I think you have sides two and three flipped here, but all songs appear to be present and accounted for.

dad a, Friday, 21 November 2008 16:47 (fifteen years ago) link

history lesson, part 2 for me. the "me and mike watt playing guitar..." line is just too much.

69, Friday, 21 November 2008 16:48 (fifteen years ago) link

"List monitors arrive with petition!"

Jazzbo, Friday, 21 November 2008 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

voted "themselves", we covered it more than a few times and i learned to love it.

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Friday, 21 November 2008 17:02 (fifteen years ago) link

history lesson, part 2 for me. the "me and mike watt playing guitar..." line is just too much.

otfm

Fer Ark, Friday, 21 November 2008 22:05 (fifteen years ago) link

But, having said that (boring xpost) I am having rediscovering this trucker. Ripped it to my mp player a fortnight ago- the first time I've listened to it for what, 15 years. Still sounds so good. The whole lot. Right from the revving engines in>>>>

Fer Ark, Friday, 21 November 2008 22:07 (fifteen years ago) link

history lesson, part 2 for me. the "me and mike watt playing guitar..." line is just too much.

otfm

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otfm indeed

my inbox so hot (will), Friday, 21 November 2008 22:15 (fifteen years ago) link

....we'd go drink and pogo...

Fer Ark, Friday, 21 November 2008 22:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Any young sprightly fuckers remember The Tube playing 'This Ain't No Picnic' vid?

Fer Ark, Friday, 21 November 2008 22:44 (fifteen years ago) link

yes indeed this is very difficult. Possibly my favourite double LP of all time.
my pick: "two beads at the end"

@ FerArk... that rules. what a record to re-discover.

chad, Saturday, 22 November 2008 03:10 (fifteen years ago) link

hardest poll ever, but "themselves" for now

Zeno, Saturday, 22 November 2008 03:57 (fifteen years ago) link

This year it's "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth," mostly for the music, which is just haunting. I'm a substitute teacher and I play it in my mind to calm me down before a new class at a new school. I do the same with Sam Cooke's "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen."

Granted, "New Wave" isn't exactly a song I could actually play for the students, as I've done with "Nobody Knows."

Pete Scholtes, Saturday, 22 November 2008 04:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Now I wish I voted for West Germany, arguably the best riff on the entire record.

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 22 November 2008 04:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Runners up (in no particular order):

The Glory of Man
History Lesson - Part II
Corona
Anxious Mo-Fo
Spillage
Maybe Partying Will Help
This Ain't No Picnic
Nothing Indeed
Mr. Robot's Holy Orders
Cohesion
Themselves
Little Man with a Gun in His Hand
My Heart and the Real World
West Germany
It's Expected I'm Gone
One Reporter's Opinion

Pete Scholtes, Saturday, 22 November 2008 04:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Picnic

Bill Magill, Saturday, 22 November 2008 19:41 (fifteen years ago) link

"toadies"

abanana, Saturday, 22 November 2008 20:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Now I wish I voted for West Germany, arguably the best riff on the entire record.

I almost voted for this.

If I tried ranking all the songs on this album, it would take three hours and then my head would blow up.

a new Rock Hardy screen name because I can't find the old one (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 22 November 2008 20:16 (fifteen years ago) link

"number seven
on the chump list
playing stooge
eating shit"

would be good if the seventh band mike watt had played with was iggys lot

zappi, Saturday, 22 November 2008 21:09 (fifteen years ago) link

"History Lesson Pt. II" towers, but "One Reporter's Opinion" and "Please Don't Be Gentle With Me" are back-up picks.

Hubie Brown, Saturday, 22 November 2008 21:19 (fifteen years ago) link

If we heard mortar shells
we'd cuss more in our songs
and cut down on the guitar solos.....

Dr X O'Skeleton, Sunday, 23 November 2008 20:21 (fifteen years ago) link

LET THE PRODUCTS SELL THEMSELVES
FUCK ADVERTISING
COMMERCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS TO SELL
SHOULD BE DESTROYED

I logged in from Peru just to vote for this.

Take that, Huskers!

sleeve, Monday, 24 November 2008 01:31 (fifteen years ago) link

The time monitor, the space measurer

ablaeser, Monday, 24 November 2008 06:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Just voted for Viet Nam, though I was tempted by West Germany and Love Dance.

ablaeser, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 22:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Let's say I got a number

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 27 November 2008 07:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 28 November 2008 00:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 29 November 2008 00:01 (fifteen years ago) link

LET THE PRODUCTS SELL THEMSELVES
FUCK ADVERTISING
COMMERCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS TO SELL
SHOULD BE DESTROYED

I logged in from Peru just to vote for this.
Take that, Huskers!

― sleeve, Sunday, November 23, 2008 5:31 PM (5 days ago)

Shit From an Old Notebook 0

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everything, Saturday, 29 November 2008 00:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Wow. No love for "Corona".

өөө (Pleasant Plains), Saturday, 29 November 2008 02:57 (fifteen years ago) link

ha i voted for both the 2nd and 3rd place finishers

ice cr?m, Saturday, 29 November 2008 08:31 (fifteen years ago) link

I must have hit the wrong button, I think I accidentally voted for "New Wave". ah well.

ps poor "Cohesion", such a pretty instrumental

sleeve, Saturday, 29 November 2008 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Corona was/is probably tainted by the Jackass connection, which is unfair (especially since it probably made a bit of money for D's dad, like that Volvo commercial years ago) but them's the breaks.

MacDara, Saturday, 29 November 2008 17:37 (fifteen years ago) link

I hemmed and hawed about it for a week but never did vote.

dumb pseud (some dude), Saturday, 29 November 2008 17:40 (fifteen years ago) link

jackass and 2xnickles both unbelievably great imo

ice cr?m, Saturday, 29 November 2008 20:09 (fifteen years ago) link

ps poor "Cohesion", such a pretty instrumental

I like this well enough, and loved it the first few years I had the album in a "wow, a talking dog and/or a horse that does math" kind of way, but then I realized the album has at least 40 better demos of why D. Boon was one of the greatest guitarists of the 80s.

WmC, Saturday, 29 November 2008 23:30 (fifteen years ago) link

two months pass...

Read the 33.3 book too. Had no idea that was Watt doing both voice parts on "Dr. Wu".

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 2 February 2009 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

wait, really?! That sounds just like Boon doing the sung part.

WmC, Monday, 2 February 2009 22:43 (fifteen years ago) link

wATT claims it's both him.

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Monday, 2 February 2009 22:48 (fifteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Right now man!

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 7 November 2013 23:28 (ten years ago) link

Big fucking shit

kornrulez6969, Friday, 8 November 2013 01:29 (ten years ago) link

His sex is disease!

kornrulez6969, Friday, 8 November 2013 01:30 (ten years ago) link

pull toyyyyyyyyy

Linda Darmstadt (Jon Lewis), Friday, 8 November 2013 01:32 (ten years ago) link

I love how the CCR cover sounds like they're channeling ZZ Top.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 8 November 2013 06:28 (ten years ago) link

Sorry I missed this poll, and can't believe all the songs with 0 votes: No one voted for Nature Without Man? Corona? My pick would be Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing. I must look like a dork.....

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 8 November 2013 16:49 (ten years ago) link

six months pass...

Where to start...well, five years ago it would have been It's Expected I'm Gone, but nowadays I probably like the end of the album even better than the start and would have to go with Untitled Song For Latin America...but there are so many other contenders.

http://devonrecordclub.com/2014/05/08/minutemen-double-nickels-on-the-dime-round-66-toms-selection/

yugi ex, Thursday, 8 May 2014 19:12 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

can any practicing musicians comment on what the chord progressions/structures to the songs are like?

i haven't listened to this in years, and i'm struck by how monochromatic it seems

j., Sunday, 14 September 2014 02:54 (nine years ago) link

Off the top of my head "Viet Nam" has several monochromatic riffs, but I need to listen to the entire album again.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 14 September 2014 03:16 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

I just heard this for the first time finally a couple days ago. Its pretty awesome! I probably would go Glory of Man or New Wave

cortez the sissy (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 3 November 2015 00:23 (eight years ago) link

It's really hard to take most of these tunes as a singular item. The thing about this album is that it just pummels you with grooves and ideas one after another. While some of the songs might hold up outside the LP, I think they lose some pop when not in the one after another format.

earlnash, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 02:33 (eight years ago) link

You could just about say that the best song on this album doesn't really do well fitting in on this album at all.

("Little Man...", a song that Watt says was an inferior version of a first version.)

pplains, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 02:39 (eight years ago) link

Yeah definitely it's the ones with sonically distinctive qualities that tend to stand out to me rn...

Its weird: in a lot of ways this album is prob one of the pinnacles of sk8r & hardcore culture, but there does seem to be a bit of incongruity that the two major instances that this album has intersected with the mainstream have been Jackass and the History Lesson sample at the beginnibg of Sublime's 40 oz to Freedom album...do they talk about this,at all in the 33 1/3?

i live sweat but i dream light-years (Drugs A. Money), Tuesday, 3 November 2015 04:36 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

this album is really doing it for me right now

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 11 November 2016 19:25 (seven years ago) link

An abundance of awesomeness!

fappy, blurred (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 12 November 2016 09:05 (seven years ago) link

I see pitchfork has a new review of this. Has it been remastered yet?

Einstein, Kazanga, Sitar (abanana), Monday, 14 November 2016 03:43 (seven years ago) link

i think it's just, like, a revisitation

j., Monday, 14 November 2016 03:45 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

I am back with this record after a long time away. Oh man it has not diminished in power at all. Right now my favorite is The Roar of the Masses Could Be Farts, a title that feels like it came from Nostradamus for this strange moment in time.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 15:40 (six years ago) link

changes every day, but I've been feeling Toadies lately.

"This Ain't No Picnic" was my iPhone alarm sound for a few years, perfect way to start the day.

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 15:44 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

That was fantastic, thanks for posting. 40 years old and feels like it could have come out yesterday.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 3 July 2024 18:13 (one week ago) link

Truly so!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 3 July 2024 21:42 (one week ago) link

To break it down, “double nickels” is trucker slang for 55mph. In 1984 hard rocker Sammy Hagar released the execrable petrolhead anthem ‘I Can’t Drive 55’. In response, the Minutemen were, Watt said, “gonna drive safe and make crazy music, while that clown was gonna drive crazy and make safe music.” The album cover depicts Watt driving his VW Beetle at exactly 55mph down Interstate 10 (aka “The Dime” in trucker slang), with a sign for San Pedro coming up ahead.

Now this I did not know

PJ Scurvy (Matt #2), Wednesday, 3 July 2024 22:04 (one week ago) link

Many people were pissed at the highway speed limit being changed to 55 MPH. The Cannonball Run (1981) begins with a 55MPH sign being defaced

beamish13, Wednesday, 3 July 2024 22:47 (one week ago) link

Why was “little man” removed from the tracklists on the reissues? It’s also missing on streaming.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 4 July 2024 14:11 (one week ago) link

3 tracks were removed from the CD version due to time constraints iirc

it's on my vinyl reissue from about 15 years ago

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 4 July 2024 14:19 (one week ago) link

I think it got cut just because it had also been released on the Buzz or Howl EP.

pplains, Thursday, 4 July 2024 14:54 (one week ago) link


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