Archive | Mar 04, 2018

Certain Songs #1146: Minutemen – “History Lesson (Part II)”

Album: Double Nickels on The Dime
Year: 1984

Like their power trio contemporaries, labelmates and friendly rivals, Hüsker Dü, the Minutemen were both incredibly prolific and getting better by leaps and bounds. And yet it was still a massive shock when both bands released their twin landmark double-albums, Zen Arcade and Double Nickles on The Dime, during the long hot summer of 1984.

The irony, of course, is while the straightforward pop-punk of the Hüskers was always far more my jam than the jazz econo of the Minutemen, the Hüskers never wrote a song that resonated to me as personally on a lyrical level than the opening verse of “History Lesson Part II.”