Keith Morris is an American singer and songwriter known for his role as frontman of the hardcore punk bands Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Off!. Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, he formed Black Flag at the age of 21 with guitarist Greg Ginn and performed on the band's 1979 debut EP Nervous Breakdown. Shortly after leaving Black Flag in 1979, he formed the Circle Jerks with guitarist Greg Hetson. In 2009 Morris formed the supergroup Off! with guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald, drummer Mario Rubalcaba. Morris has appeared as a guest vocalist on several albums by other artists. Morris grew up in Hermosa Beach, California, his father, had been a budding jazz drummer in his youth and practiced with visiting jazz groups at the Lighthouse Café. Jerry opened a bait shop in the 1970s and struck up a friendship with jazz record producer Ozzie Cadena. Keith attended Mira Costa High School, where brothers Greg and Raymond Ginn were students, graduated in 1973, he studied fine art and painting at the Pasadena Arts Center while working at his father's bait shop.
One of his co-workers at the shop was Bill Stevenson, a Mira Costa student eight years Morris' junior who would go on to be a member of Black Flag. Morris and his friends spent their spare time hanging out by the Strand under Hermosa Beach pier, where they took drugs: "I'd get off work, we'd get up to trouble," he recalled, "smoking angel dust, snorting elephant tranquilizers. Just real goofy,'why-would-you-want-to-do-that?' Kinda stuff, the kind of thing you get up to when you're young, into experimenting. If it was a good experience cool, his early musical tastes included various rock acts such as Bob Seger, Montrose, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Ten Years After, Status Quo, Uriah Heep, UFO, the Scorpions, Ted Nugent, the MC5, "any kind of fist-pumping,'flick-your-bic' rock. I was into anything, loud", he became a opinionated and passionate fan of heavy rock and protopunk, took a job working at local record store Rubicon Records. In 1976, Morris co-founded Black Flag along with guitarist Greg Ginn.
Their work ethic proved too challenging for some early members. Ginn's brother Raymond Pettibon and SST house record producer-to-be Spot filled in sometimes at rehearsals. After a number of line-up changes, Morris recorded vocals for the first Black Flag EP Nervous Breakdown, he left the band in 1979, among other reasons, creative differences with Ginn, his own "freaking out on cocaine and speed." After leaving Black Flag in 1979, Morris founded the Circle Jerks, along with former Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson. Cited as one of the most important hardcore punk groups, the Circle Jerks were active until 1990, when Hetson left the band to continue playing guitar and release a number of albums with Bad Religion. However, the Circle Jerks reunited in 1994, released their last studio album to date in 1995, performed on and off until 2010, when they entered another hiatus; as of 2010, Morris has been performing and touring with his latest project Off!, which he founded with Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides, Steven Shane McDonald from Redd Kross, Mario Rubalcaba from Earthless/Rocket From The Crypt/Hot Snakes.
Morris stated in a March 2011 interview that Off! was asked to open future dates for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and they said they would though it might anger some of their younger punk fans. Morris has known the band for over 30 years and Chili Peppers singer, Anthony Kiedis, wore an Off! Hat at every show on the band's entire I'm with You World Tour including some of their music videos. In 2013, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Descendents member Stephen Egerton, created FLAG as an offshoot of Black Flag; as of now, they are only touring. No plans of an album have been announced. Morris filled in for Red Hot Chili Peppers singer, Anthony Kiedis during one of the band's shows in the mid-80s; when Kiedis, off scoring drugs, failed to show up for the performance, the band asked Morris to fill in on vocals. Morris, who didn't know any of the lyrics and made up lyrics to the band's songs to get through the performance. After the Circle Jerks' first break-up in 1990, Morris led Midget Handjob.
He provided backing vocals on "Operation Rescue", from Bad Religion's album Against the Grain. Morris narrated Chris Fuller's 2007 Gotham Award-nominated independent film Loren Cass. Morris appeared as the DJ for the West Coast Punk Rock station Channel X in the video game Grand Theft Auto V released on September 17, 2013 In 1999, Morris was diagnosed with adult onset diabetes. Many of his friends held benefit concerts to help cover his large medical bills, he has been sober since 1989. Nervous Breakdown Selections from Everything Went Black Group Sex Wild in the Streets Golden Shower of Hits Wonderful VI Gig Oddities and Curiosities "Howling at the Moon" on Gabba Gabba Hey: A Tribute to the Ramones "El Dorado" on Roadside Prophets soundtrack "The Ballad of Dwight Fry" on Welcome to Our Nightmare: A Tribute to Alice Cooper Midnight Snack Break at the Poodle Factory First Four EPs (2010
West Hollywood, California
West Hollywood referred to as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, United States. Incorporated in 1984, it is home to the Sunset Strip; as of the 2010 U. S. Census, its population was 34,399, it is considered one of the most prominent gay villages in the United States. West Hollywood is bounded by the city of Beverly Hills on the west, on other sides by neighborhoods of the city of Los Angeles: Hollywood Hills on the north, Hollywood on the east, the Fairfax District on the southeast, Beverly Grove on the southwest; the city's irregular boundary is featured in its logo. West Hollywood benefits from a dense, compact urban form with small lots, mixed land use, a walkable street grid. According to Walkscore, a website that ranks cities based on walkability, West Hollywood is the most walkable city in California with a Walkscore of 89. Commercial corridors include the nightlife and dining focused on the Sunset Strip, along Santa Monica Boulevard, the Avenues of Art and Design along Robertson and Beverly Boulevard.
Residential neighborhoods in West Hollywood include the Norma Triangle, West Hollywood North, West Hollywood West, West Hollywood East, West Hollywood Heights, all of which are only a few blocks long or wide. Major intersecting streets provide amenities within walking distance of adjacent neighborhoods. West Hollywood has a Subtropical-semi-arid climate with year-round warm weather; the record high temperature of 111 °F was recorded September 26, 1963, while the record low of 24 °F was recorded on January 4, 1949. Snow is rare in West Hollywood, with the last accumulation occurring in 1949. Rainfall is sparse, falls during the winter months. Most historical writings about West Hollywood began in the late-18th century with European colonization when the Portuguese explorer João Rodrigues Cabrilho arrived offshore and claimed the inhabited region for Spain. Around 5,000 of the indigenous inhabitants from the Tongva Indian tribe canoed out to greet Juan Cabrillo; the Tongva tribe was a nation of hunter-gatherers known for their reverence of courage.
By 1771, these native people had been ravaged by diseases brought in by the Europeans from across wide oceans. The Spanish mission system changed the tribal name to "Gabrielinos", in reference to the Mission de San Gabriel. Early in 1770 Gaspar de Portola's Mexican expeditionary force stopped just south of the Santa Monica Mountains near what would become West Hollywood to draw pitch from tar pits to waterproof their belongings and to say mass; the Gabrielinos are believed to have burned the pitch for fuel. By 1780, what became the "Sunset Strip" was the major connecting road for El Pueblo de Los Angeles, all ranches westward to the Pacific Ocean; this land passed through the hands of various owners during the next one hundred years, it was called names such as "La Brea" and "Plummer" that are listed in historical records. Most of this area was part of the Rancho La Brea, it came to be owned by the Henry Hancock family. During the final decade years of the nineteenth century, the first large land development in what would become West Hollywood—the town of "Sherman"—was established by Moses Sherman and his partners of the Los Angeles Pacific Railroad, an interurban railroad line which became part of the Pacific Electric Railway system.
Sherman became the location of the railroad's main shops, railroad yards, "car barns". Many working-class employees of the railroad settled in this town, it was during this time that the city began to earn its reputation as a loosely regulated, liquor-friendly place for eccentric people wary of government interference. Despite several annexation attempts, the town elected not to become part of the City of Los Angeles. In a controversial decision, in 1925 Sherman adopted "West Hollywood", "...a moniker pioneered earlier in the decade by the West Hollywood Realty Board" as its informal name, though it remained under the governance of Los Angeles County. For many years, the area, now the city of West Hollywood was an unincorporated area in the midst of Los Angeles; because gambling was illegal in the city of Los Angeles, but still legal in Los Angeles County, the 1920s saw the proliferation of many casinos, night clubs, etc. along Sunset Boulevard. These businesses were immune from the sometimes heavy-handed law-enforcement of the L.
A. Police Department; some people connected with movie-making were attracted to this less-restricted area of the County, a number of architecturally distinctive apartment buildings and apartment hotels were built. Many interior designers, decorators and "to the trade" furnishing showrooms located in West Hollywood date back to the middle of the century; the area and its extravagant nightclubs fell out of favor. However, the Sunset Strip and its restaurants and nightclubs continued to be an attraction for out-of-town tourists. During the late 1960s, the Sunset Strip was transformed again during the hippie movement which brought a thriving music publishing industry coupled with "hippie" culture; some young people from all over the country flocked to West Hollywood. The most recent migration to West Hollywood came about after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when thousands of Russian Jews immigrated to the city. A majority of the 5,000 to 6,000 Russian Jews settled in two major immigration waves, 1978–79 and 1988–92.
Other than New York, West Hollywood's Russian-speaking community is the most concentrated single Russian-speaking region in United States. In 1984, resid
Milo Jay Aukerman, Ph. D is an American vocalist and former research molecular biologist. Aukerman is most known for being the lead singer of the punk rock band the Descendents, a group considered to be pioneers of "pop punk". A caricature of Aukerman serves as the band's mascot. Aukerman attended Mira Costa High School, with fellow members of the Descendents, he holds a doctorate in biology from UC San Diego, conducted postdoctoral research in molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Pennsylvania, worked as a plant researcher at DuPont and as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware. In a 2016 interview with Spin, Aukerman announced that he decided to quit researching in favor of doing music full-time. While not an original member, Aukerman joined Descendents after their first single was released, which featured founding members Frank Navetta and Tony Lombardo on lead vocals. Aukerman's first recording with Descendents was the Fat EP, released in 1981.
The first full length Descendents album was released in 1982 and was titled Milo Goes to College, as Aukerman had by decided to leave the group to pursue a degree in biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego. From 1983 to 1987 Aukerman would rejoin Descendents several times to record albums and go on tour. Aukerman left the band ostensibly for good at the conclusion of the supporting tour for the 1987 album All, after which the remaining members continued to tour and record with a series of lead singers under the name All. Aukerman decided to rejoin Descendents in 1995, releasing the album Everything Sucks the following year, he returned to his molecular biology career following the tour supporting the album, returning to Descendents intermittently over the next several years to tour and to record the album Cool to Be You and the EP'Merican, both released in 2004 on Fat Wreck Chords. In July 2016, Aukerman announced he would be leaving his scientific career to pursue the Descendents full-time, citing burnout with biochemistry and getting laid off from DuPont.
The band released their seventh studio album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate, on July 29, 2016. As a musician, Aukerman sings in a mid-range tenor, his upbeat lyrics encompass such universal topics as girls/rejection, dependence upon caffeine, the never-ending quest for good food, he is known for his bespectacled, unabashedly nerdy persona and self-deprecating, "anti-rockstar" demeanor. Apart from his work with Descendents, Aukerman has provided backing vocals for other musicians, fronted the band Milestone in 1988 in San Diego while attending university. Aukerman was born on January 1963 in Los Angeles, California, he has been married to Robin Andreasen since 1995 and is the father of two children and Claire Andreasen. Media related to Milo Aukerman at Wikimedia Commons Milo Aukerman - The Nerd King of Punk Rock
Curtis Matthew "Curt" Kirkwood is an American singer and songwriter. He grew up in Phoenix, but resides in Austin, Texas. Curt has been the lead singer, guitarist and a founding member for the alternative rock group Meat Puppets during all of its incarnations since 1980, he formed the band along with his brother Cris on bass, drummer Derrick Bostrom. The trio went in a hiatus in 1996 after a long career where the band became hailed as one of the premier and innovative indie bands as well as achieving mainstream success in the early 1990s, he re-formed the Meat Puppets in 1999 with Kyle Ellison, Andrew Duplantis and Shandon Sahm to complete one studio album, Golden Lies, released in 2000. The new lineup disbanded in 2002 after the departure of Duplantis. After the Meat Puppets, Curt toured as a solo act before banding together with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Sublime drummer Bud Gaugh to form Eyes Adrift, they toured the United States before going separate ways. Curt formed another band, which only released one album, before he decided to focus on his solo career.
His first solo album Snow was released in October 2005. He is an artist and created the cover art for several Meat Puppets albums, as well as for Stephen Beachy's novel The Whistling Song. In 2006, the Meat Puppets re-formed with Cris back on bass and drummers Ted Marcus and Shandon Sahm serving as replacements for Derrick Bostrom until he returned to the band in 2018. Since reforming, the band has released four new albums, Rise to Your Knees, Sewn Together and Rat Farm. Kirkwood is the grandson of Carl W. Renstrom, owner of Tip-Top Products and a multi-millionaire from Omaha, Nebraska. MTV Unplugged in New York Eyes Adrift Volcano Snow The Deaner Album Interview with Curt Kirkwood by Jarrod Dicker Meat Puppets' new official website, maintained by the band and Anodyne Records. Meat Puppets' original website, maintained by original drummer Derrick Bostrom Live Repository Moonglampers Ramble - a music blog focusing on live Meat Puppets. Little Dog Records' Curt Kirkwood Page Silver Wonder Press, Kirkwood designed cover for book by Lee Ranaldo, "Hello From the American Desert"
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. "Documentary" has been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, mode of audience reception", continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. Documentary films were called'actuality' films and were only a minute or less in length. Over time documentaries have evolved to be longer in length and to include more categories, such as educational and even'docufiction'. Documentaries are educational and used in schools to teach various principles. Social media platforms such as YouTube, have allowed documentary films to improve the ways the films are distributed and able to educate and broaden the reach of people who receive the information. Polish writer and filmmaker Bolesław Matuszewski was among those who identified the mode of documentary film, he wrote two of the earliest texts on cinema Une nouvelle source de l'histoire and La photographie animée.
Both were published in 1898 in French and among the early written works to consider the historical and documentary value of the film. Matuszewski is among the first filmmakers to propose the creation of a Film Archive to collect and keep safe visual materials. In popular myth, the word documentary was coined by Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson in his review of Robert Flaherty's film Moana, published in the New York Sun on 8 February 1926, written by "The Moviegoer". Grierson's principles of documentary were that cinema's potential for observing life could be exploited in a new art form. In this regard, Grierson's definition of documentary as "creative treatment of actuality" has gained some acceptance, with this position at variance with Soviet film-maker Dziga Vertov's provocation to present "life as it is" and "life caught unawares"; the American film critic Pare Lorentz defines a documentary film as "a factual film, dramatic." Others further state that a documentary stands out from the other types of non-fiction films for providing an opinion, a specific message, along with the facts it presents.
Documentary practice is the complex process of creating documentary projects. It refers to what people do with media devices, content and production strategies in order to address the creative and conceptual problems and choices that arise as they make documentaries. Documentary filmmaking can be used as a form of advocacy, or personal expression. Early film was dominated by the novelty of showing an event, they were single-shot moments captured on film: a train entering a station, a boat docking, or factory workers leaving work. These short films were called "actuality" films. Many of the first films, such as those made by Auguste and Louis Lumière, were a minute or less in length, due to technological limitations. Films showing many people were made for commercial reasons: the people being filmed were eager to see, for payment, the film showing them. One notable film clocked in at over an hour and The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight. Using pioneering film-looping technology, Enoch J. Rector presented the entirety of a famous 1897 prize-fight on cinema screens across the United States.
In May 1896, Bolesław Matuszewski recorded on film few surigical operations in Warsaw and Saint Petersburg hospitals. In 1898, French surgeon Eugène-Louis Doyen invited Bolesław Matuszewski and Clément Maurice and proposed them to recorded his surigical operations, they started in Paris a series of surgical films sometime before July 1898. Until 1906, the year of his last film, Doyen recorded more than 60 operations. Doyen said that his first films taught him how to correct professional errors he had been unaware of. For scientific purposes, after 1906, Doyen combined 15 of his films into three compilations, two of which survive, the six-film series Extirpation des tumeurs encapsulées, the four-film Les Opérations sur la cavité crânienne; these and five other of Doyen's films survive. Between July 1898 and 1901, the Romanian professor Gheorghe Marinescu made several science films in his neurology clinic in Bucharest: Walking Troubles of Organic Hemiplegy, The Walking Troubles of Organic Paraplegies, A Case of Hysteric Hemiplegy Healed Through Hypnosis, The Walking Troubles of Progressive Locomotion Ataxy, Illnesses of the Muscles.
All these short films have been preserved. The professor called his works "studies with the help of the cinematograph," and published the results, along with several consecutive frames, in issues of "La Semaine Médicale" magazine from Paris, between 1899 and 1902. In 1924, Auguste Lumiere recognized the merits of Marinescu's science films: "I've seen your scientific reports about the usage of the cinematograph in studies of nervous illnesses, when I was still receiving "La Semaine Médicale," but back I had other concerns, which left me no spare time to begin biological studies. I must say I am thankful to you that you reminded them to me. Not many scientists have followed your way." Travelogue films were popular in the early part of the 20th century. They were referred to by distributors as "scenics." Scenics were among the most popu
Minutemen were an American punk rock band formed in San Pedro, California in 1980. Composed of guitarist/vocalist D. Boon, bassist/vocalist Mike Watt, drummer George Hurley, Minutemen recorded four albums and eight EPs before Boon's death in an automobile accident in 1985, they were noted in the California punk community for a philosophy of "jamming econo"—a sense of thriftiness reflected in their touring and presentation—while their eclectic and experimental attitude was instrumental in pioneering alternative rock and post-hardcore. Minutemen began when D. Boon and Mike Watt met at age 13. Watt was walking through a park in their hometown of San Pedro, California when Boon, playing a game of "army" with other boys, fell out of a tree right next to him and found that his friends, one named Eskimo, must have ditched him. Both boys shared a passion for music. At first, Watt did not know the difference between standard guitars; the pair started playing music together covering songs from artists they admired.
In the summer of 1973 Watt and Boon formed the Bright Orange Band, with Boon's brother Joe on drums. In 1976 they discovered punk; the next year, the two joined. Following Starstruck's disbandment and Watt met drummer George Hurley and formed The Reactionaries with vocalist Martin Tamburovich. After the Reactionaries disbanded and Watt formed Minutemen in January 1980. Watt has said. In the documentary We Jam Econo, Watt states that the name was a play on "minute". After a month with no drummer, during which Boon and Watt wrote their first songs, the band rehearsed and played a couple of early gigs with local welder Frank Tonche on drums; the group had wanted George Hurley to join, but he had joined a hardcore punk band called Hey Taxi! with Michael Ely and Spider Taylor after the Reactionaries disbanded. Tonche quit the group, citing a dislike of the audience the band drew, Hurley took over as drummer in June 1980, their first live gig was as an opening band for Black Flag. Greg Ginn of Black Flag and SST Records produced Minutemen's first 7" EP, Paranoid Time, which solidified their eclectic style.
Like most punk bands at the time, the band sold the EP at their shows and at a few local record stores. It became a minor hit with the hardcore scene, they settled on their music style on their first LP, The Punch Line, toured around America promoting the album. Their third EP and fourth overall release was Bean-Spill, their second LP, What Makes a Man Start Fires?, gained attention from the alternative and underground press. They continued touring extensively; this tour strengthened their place as one of the most well-known acts in the hardcore scene. In 1983 they released their third LP, Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat. Minutemen's anti-rockist eclecticism was best exemplified on 1984's double album Double Nickels on the Dime. Though still somewhat obscure to mainstream audiences, Double Nickels has been cited as one of the more innovative and enduring albums of the 1980s American rock underground. On Double Nickels, they co-wrote some songs with other musicians, notably Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski, Joe Baiza.
In 1985 they released Project: Mersh. Though the album sounded more mainstream, it sold poorly compared to Double Nickels due to the negative reaction to such a commercial album from within the underground community, they continued touring, by the time of their final album, 3-Way Tie, they decided to take a small break. They played their last tour with R. E. M.. Their final concert was in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 13, 1985. On December 22, 1985, Boon was killed in a van accident. Watt fell into a deep depression after his friend's death, but was convinced to continue performing by Sonic Youth; this put an end to the band's plans to record a half studio/half live triple album with the working title 3 Dudes, 6 Sides, Half Studio, Half Live. The live tracks were to be based on the ballots that they handed out and as a way to counteract bootlegging. A year however and Hurley compiled various live recordings, based on the ballots, released as Ballot Result. In addition, Richard Meltzer had sent Watt lyrics for ten songs for an album on which he was going to collaborate.
This project titled Spielgusher, was completed and released in January 2012 on clenchedwrench. Following Boon's death and Hurley intended to quit music altogether, but encouraged by Minutemen fan Ed Crawford, they formed Firehose in 1986 and have both formed solo projects since Minutemen disbanded. Watt has created four acclaimed solo albums, recorded four with now-former-wife Kira Roessler as the duo Dos, recorded three others as part of the punk jazz jam band Banyan with Stephen Perkins, Nels Cline, Money Mark Nishita, contributed on "Providence" off Sonic Youth's album Daydream Nation and "In the Kingdom No. 19" and "Bubblegum" off EVOL, toured as a member of Porno for Pyros in 1996 and J Mascis and the Fog in 2000 and 2001, became
Double Nickels on the Dime
Double Nickels on the Dime is the third album by American punk trio Minutemen, released on the California independent record label SST Records in 1984. A double album containing 45 songs, Double Nickels on the Dime combines elements of punk rock, country, spoken word and jazz, references a variety of themes, from the Vietnam War and racism in America, to working-class experience and linguistics. After recording new material, each band member selected songs for different sides of the double album, with the fourth side named "Chaff". Several songs on Double Nickels on the Dime were outsourced to or inspired by contemporaries, such as Black Flag's Henry Rollins and Jack Brewer of Saccharine Trust. Double Nickels on the Dime is seen not only as Minutemen's crowning achievement, according to critic Mark Deming, "one of the best American rock albums of the 1980s"; the album now appears on many professional lists of the all-time best rock albums, including Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Slant Magazine listed the album at #77 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s". Minutemen were formed by guitarist D. Boon and bassist Mike Watt, both from San Pedro, California, in 1980. After their previous band, The Reactionaries, disbanded in 1979, the pair continued to write new material and formed the band with drummer Frank Tonche a year later. Minutemen signed to the Californian independent record label SST Records following their second gig. George Hurley, the former drummer of The Reactionaries, replaced Tonche as drummer soon afterwards; the Minutemen were noted in the California punk scene for a philosophy of "jamming econo". They soon released numerous recordings through SST and their own label, New Alliance Records, while touring with hardcore punk bands like Black Flag and Hüsker Dü. In January 1983, Minutemen were asked by ex-Blue Cheer keyboardist and local producer Ethan James to contribute a song to Radio Tokyo Tapes, a compilation named after the Californian studio where James worked.
The band agreed and contributed three songs to the compilation, with James recording them all for free. These three songs, another five recorded in May 1983 for a total of $50, were included in their 1983 EP Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat; the band had recorded with SST engineer Spot prior to the recordings. However, they were so impressed by the sessions that they enlisted James to record their next full-length album. After their European tour in mid-1983 with Black Flag, Minutemen entered Radio Tokyo Studios in November to record their next studio album. Minutemen recorded an "album's worth of material" with James in November 1983 in Radio Tokyo Studios. However, after hearing labelmates Hüsker Dü's double album Zen Arcade, recorded a month earlier, Minutemen decided to write more material. Watt commented: "It wasn't a competition even; when I wrote'Take that Hüskers!" in it was acknowledging that they gave us the idea to make a double album." Unlike Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade, Minutemen did not have a unifying concept, but soon decided that the record's concept would be their cars.
The band wrote two dozen more songs for a second recording session with James in April 1984. Double Nickels on the Dime was mixed on a single eight-track in one night by James and cost $1,100 to record. Several songs on the album were recorded elsewhere. For sequencing, the band decided that each band member would be allocated a side of the record, an arrangement inspired by Pink Floyd's 1969 double album Ummagumma; the band drew straws to select songs. The fourth side of the record was named "Side Chaff", an admission that the songs present were the leftover songs. Watt refers to the album as being the band's art record in the documentary We Jam Econo: The Story of The Minutemen; the songwriting styles of Boon and Watt on Double Nickels on the Dime contrasted. Boon tended to write the band's anthems, explored wider political issues. "This Ain't No Picnic" was an example of his approach. Exploring racism and the strife of the working class with both gravity and humor, he composed the song after his supervisor would not let him listen to jazz and soul music on the radio at his day job, claiming it was "nigger shit."Watt favored complex and abstract lyrical themes, exemplified by songs such as "The Glory Of Man" and "My Heart and the Real World".
Influenced by James Joyce's novel Ulysses and the stream of consciousness literary technique in general, Watt's lyrics were complex and philosophical. On "Take 5, D.", Boon felt that the lyrics were "too spacey". Watt agreed to rewrite the song, adding: "There ain't nothing going to be more real." He found a new set of lyrics: a note from a friend's landlady about a leaking shower. Double Nickels on the Dime contained several inside jokes. Watt remarked: "No one knew what the fuck we were talking about. We'd explain it to people and they'd say,'I don't get it, what's so funny about that?' And we couldn't tell them because it was our whole angle on the rock & roll, our worldview on the music scene." The album was named Double Nickels on the Dime as a reaction to the Sammy Hagar song "I Can't Drive 55," a protest against the federally imposed speed limit of 55 miles per hour on all U. S. highways in place at the time. Minute