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Ball-Hog or Tugboat?

Mike Watt

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Best record of all time; the first allstar effort with soul. Watt rules!


Although many people do not understand the importance of Mike Watt in the world of music and all of those he inspired, to far too few he is the monster truck of the bass world. Breaking strings with alarming frequency during his adreneline rush live performances as no instrument has been able to handle his catcher's mitt full of concrete approach to slamming chords at you until you submit. Dancing nearly gracefully with this grenade throwing approach is the obsessive plucking and threading of lesser chords that seem to float above the mosh-inspiring thrash. Although George (and Ed and d.(rip)) don't have any airtime on this one, the collaborations all work. Tight, heavy, lush and filling. Watt and Mascis' frankenstein-like rebirth of PFunk's Maggot Brain is enough to make you sweat cement -- awe inspiring -- and is but one of the laserpoints of light on this amazing collection of talent. Some disjointedness can be easily overlooked and if you are not a minutemen or fIREHOSE fan, you may feel it get thin on rare occasions by comparison to his live performances (how could it be as thick?) but well worth the bucks to own a piece of thumberbroom history.

Pretentious crap

Despite really respecting the review written by Baggage Handler who has a strong grasp of the use of words, this album is pretentious crap. I've learned never to trust an album that has that many tracks. It's usually a collection of a lot of talentless schlock. The feast of junk over the famine of quality.
Though showcasing decent instrumentals, the vocals and lyrics on this album are just awful. The lyrics come off as dumb and stupid. Extremely dim with annoyingly repetitive choruses. Further, his vocals show no talent. It's as if any average person is singing. I feel that you could get the same out of any person off the street in terms of vocals and lyrics at worst. There's also a bunch of pretentious random noises needlessly trying to make this seem worth listening to. Babies crying randomly and phone messages playing that all add nothing to the song or the story.


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...
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