Double Nickels on the Dime

Thursday, August 09, 2007

It's hard to know where to begin when discussing the Minutemen, one of the most overlooked American 'underground' bands of the 80's. Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and so on, all receive far more attention.

Whereas for some bands this can be difficult to explain, with the Minutemen its perhaps down to the tragic death of guitarist/singer (in an rta) in 1985, and the emphasis on short songs. It is tragic, but they have left us with a magical catalogue - with this album being a real favourite. Over 40 songs, displaying some amazing talent, lyrical insight and development. Amidst the anger of Black Flag, the noise of Big Black, the experimentation of Sonic Youth and the art of Pussy Galore, they can easily stand strong.

Listening to this stuff gets me through the madness that is trying to commute in Edinburgh during August. Really, the public transport cannot cope with the mass arrival of visitors and it grinds to a halt. Roll on September, in more ways than one.

No festival events for me this year - I've had enough of poor venues, cramp conditions, no air conditioning and the lack of quality control.

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