Double Nickels on the Dime
Released in July, 1984: 30 years ago.
[Another case where the Internet doesn’t remember the exact release date.]
While it was fIREHOSE — specifically the album Fromohio — that kicked off my continuing obsession with Mike Watt, I owe whoever it was that said "you know that Watt and Hurley were in another band before Firehose, right?" a debt of gratitude.
Forty five songs in eighty one minutes. Half of the songs written for and recorded in a second session, because releasing a double album seemed like a good idea after Husker Du released Zen Arcade. Stylistically all over the map and elsewhere. The order of the songs selected by drawing straws.
By all rights this record should be a mess, and perhaps it is, but it is an absolutely perfect mess. The best of all possible messes.
Everything about it; the fundamentally Minutemen punkness of the title, the moment at the end of side Mike when History Lesson Part II rolls out of the speakers, Boon ranting and wailing through Shit From An Old Notebook, the gleam in Watt’s eyes looking back at you from the record jacket; everything.