Mike Watt

https://bit.ly/2Lb1BQo Witness the genius and continual evolution of this astonishingly prolific and diverse bass master: Michael David Watt. You never know where this cat is coming from – he can play farther out than any other bassist I’ve heard, or he can groove in the pocket akin to the studio icons. The tones Mike conjures from his instrument range from no lows to no highs to midrange perfection to fuzzed out madness and variations thereof.

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With the legendary Minutemen, Mr. Watt was a feverish proponent of punk meets free jazz – and to my ears, his work on the band’s masterpiece Double Nickels on the Dime (1984) evokes comparison to his peer Jamaaladeen Tacuma as heard with (and without) Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time.

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In the fIREHOSE trio Mike streamlined his playing to support band-mate Ed Crawford’s pop inclinations along with his own growth as a songwriter as evidenced on the amazing collections If’n (1987) and Fromohio (1989). On his terrific solo bow Ball-Hog or Tugboat (1995), Watt was supported by a roster of alt-rock superstars including Eddie Vedder, Flea, Frank Black, Dave Grohl, Henry Rollins, Pat Smear, Evan Dando, Dave Pirner, J. Mascis, and Lee Renaldo.

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Watt’s membership in Pornos for Pyros (Good God’s Urge, 1996) and the revamped Stooges on The Weirdness (2007) and Ready to Die (2013), and scores of collaborations and cameos with artists spanning Rickie Lee Jones to Kelly Clarkson are a testimony to his importance as a player and an innovator.