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Mike Watt: On and Off Bass

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Bassist Mike Watt began his career with the influential California punk group Minutemen in the 1980s, then launched more bands, a solo career, a gig with The Stooges – and an interest in photography. Watt joins us to talk about a photo memoir called "Mike Watt: On and Off Bass.”


Mike Watt

Comments [5]

Harley from Queens, NY

I was working, doing sound, at a club called Brownies on Avenue A and 10th Street from the late 90s to early 2000s. I had the pleasure of mixing Watt's first show back after his illness. The band was Murph on drums and Jay Mascis on guitar. They played Stooges covers and it was amazing.

We told Watt all he had to do was show up with a bass and we would sort out an amp for him. He showed up with just a bass, literally. No cable, not even a strap. I sat and listened to him talk as he "fixed the bass" with a screwdriver.

After the show Watt asked me how the show was. I told him I thought the energy was incredibile and it looked like the 3 of them were having a good time on stage. I said it was cool except for one particular guitar pedal that Jay was using. I told Watt that when Jay hit this pedal it sounded like a lightning bolt blasting right through my skull. Immediately after I told Watt this he yelled over to Jay, who was standing near by, and repeated verbatim what I had just told him about Jay's guitar pedal. Watt was typically stoked, Jay was typically not. I loved it.

May. 02 2012 07:05 PM

Mike ,I did hang with you & the minutemen at the RAT and did photos upstairs in the office I think .I know I have a great live shot D Boone mid air did you ever see that? I'm sure you heard about ALL AGES the Boston Hard Core movie that just opened,I got over 100 photos in it,check it out when it comes to your town,Im glad your well and still at it.My bro SPRINGA says hey let me know when you come to Chicago I will dig out a photo for you ! UROCK PHLASH

May. 02 2012 03:14 PM
suzanne from brooklyn

..from Pedro too, Mary Star girl 86'. would love to meet Jonathan Winters in a grocery store.

May. 02 2012 02:31 PM
John from Long Branch, NJ

I met Mike when he was playing for Porno for Pyros and my group opened up the show at our school in St Louis back in 96. He approached ME and said," hey - bass guy - how you doing?" I'll never forget that, such a down to earth guy, not to mention great player

May. 02 2012 02:27 PM
Rod from Charleston, SC

I learned my lesson long ago. When Mike comes to town I clean my house and fridge in case his band needs a place to crash. He likes to jam econo.

May. 02 2012 12:45 PM

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