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Hyphenated-Man brings Mike Watt back to his earliest days in the legendary Minutemen. Only two songs here out of 30 crack the two-minute mark. Everything plays like staccato-like bursts of energy where all the emotion is flushed out in record time. Playing as a power-trio with guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales, Watt’s musical vision is jagged but right. There is no polish anywhere. The lyrics run the gamut from pointed to surreal to silly. Sly humor and personal polemics do battle with a trio that is sharp and determined. “Belly-Stabbed-Man” is Watt’s version of old-school hardcore, always with a hint of beatnik jazz somewhere in the pocket. Watt plays his bass like a lead instrument and with Watson breaking his chords into pieces, the effect is often similar to two men wrestling one another for the prize (“Stuffed-In-the-Drum-Man”). The Captain Beefheart hollers of “Baby-Cradling-Tree-Man” make for a “ballad.”

Customer Reviews


Brings the thunder!

re: nihilism

Ummm... Watt, The Minutemen, firehose, were never what you'd call nihilistic. Associating nihilism with punk is to miss the point of the man's (and many, many, other's) music. Way of thought, that thought being in it's simplest terms, "I'm doing what I want, the way I want, I'm not gettin' in yer box." Kinda the opposite of nihilism, actually. Not that there isn't nihilistic punk, It's just that trying to define the whole field with one philosophical word is really missing the point.

Awesome record.

Watt, my hero

I can't stop enjoying this record. I keep expecting D. Boon to pop in...Great job Watt, Tom and Raul. Keep on sailing...


Born: December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, VA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bassist Mike Watt was the living embodiment of the punk rock spirit. As a founding member of the highly influential Minutemen, he created one of the most important bodies of work in the American underground canon, delivering adventurous, fiercely polemical music informed by such disparate traditions as funk, folk, and free jazz. Although his subsequent material -- most notably his records with the trio fIREHOSE, as well as his latter-day solo efforts -- lacked the sheer impact of his earliest outings,...
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