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"The Spirit": Mike Watt Of The Missingmen's Favourite Albums
John Calvert , March 6th, 2014 10:13

Currently in the middle of a European tour, the Minutemen, Dos and Firehose founder pares down his record collection to give John Calvert his thirteen all-time top LPs

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Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country
Bayou Country was huge for us. 



D. Boon, that was the only band he knew! It was the only band he knew, at the start! But for me… I mean I kinda liked them, but I also liked Cream and The Who, and T. Rex. I sorta had more arrows in my quiver, y'know? 



But… there was definitely something about Creedence - something about their guitar and their song structures. And then there was Fogerty's voice – it had a little bit of the old rock & roll feel to it, a little bit Little Richard, but also a bit country. All in all, Creedence had a lot of shit in it, which definitely was influential on Minutemen.



Y'see, at that time it was all prog, which was OK. But it was a little hard for us to play. I mean, keyboards were so expensive back then: we didn't know one person who had a keyboard. We didn't even have Gibson and Fenders, we had these $15 pawn shop things! But with Creedence, you could learn guitar from their records.



We also learnt a lot from this guy who lived in his car. Roy Mendez Lopez he was called, this hippy guy we knew when we were like 13. He built his own guitars, taught us how to learn off records, and he taught D. Boon flamenco guitar! He was very influential on us.



But Fogerty's words man! [Starts quoting Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Up Around The Bend']. We didn't know what was up there "round the bend", but goddamn, if this guy wanted to go there then we wanted to fucking get with him! [laughs]. It was like the Stooges man, when Iggy sang: sometimes it's not about the meaning. Well it was. But it wasn't as… literal as that.


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Mar 6, 2014 4:09pm

Cue inevitable 'He's picked a load of albums I've heard of, boooooring' type comments. Sounds like a real gent, I'd love to go for a beer with him.

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Mark
Mar 6, 2014 4:57pm

Love Mike Watt, best Baker's Dozen ever. Thanks!!

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Mark
Mar 6, 2014 4:58pm

He is a real gent, had a drink with him when he last played the Lexington.

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alex connor
Mar 6, 2014 5:36pm

mike. fucking. watt.
That made my day.
I'm still smiling...

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F Again
Mar 6, 2014 5:42pm

Oh man, what a joy. Can you bring Watt back for a second and third Dozen?

Thank you for this, it's just the best.

Watt is The Man- then, now and forever.

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Taun Aengus
Mar 6, 2014 6:20pm

Mike Watt is the man. What a heartfelt soulful dude. All those albums are like pouring gasoline on a fire.
Just had a thought--How about getting Lester Bangs back from the dead and finding out his favs?

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PRINCIP
Mar 6, 2014 7:14pm

Mike Watt is almost impossibly cool.

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Manic Inventor
Mar 6, 2014 7:19pm

A Baker's Dozen that woke me up instead of putting me to sleep. Hell Yeah!

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j
Mar 6, 2014 7:26pm

everytime i read "D.Boon" written i can hear mike saying it in his voice hahaha. he fucking loves saying it.

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chris
Mar 6, 2014 9:48pm

Every bit as excellent a read as I'd hope.
Countdown to the Ruby Lounge...

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Mar 6, 2014 10:31pm

Blue Oyster Cult ** are ** (were) shorties!! And so is Richard Meltzer!!

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Mar 7, 2014 3:46am

Cowhouse

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BOD
Mar 7, 2014 2:27pm

This was a joy to read. Brilliant. Love Mike Watt and can't wait to see him again in a few weeks.

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Jeff
Mar 7, 2014 8:17pm

Not to nitpick, but in the first paragraph of the Stooges record, the word "shields" is used, when I think Watt meant "shills": to act as a spokesperson or promoter <the>

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Mar 7, 2014 11:49pm

In reply to Jeff:

It's possible that is what he meant. Apologies, if so. I was talking to him from another country so the connection was a little sketchy.

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AdamSz
Mar 8, 2014 11:05pm

Mike Watt Forever! Thank you for getting him to talk about his favourite records, I can now go off and love him just that extra bit more.

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Mar 10, 2014 11:08am

Mike Watt will always be the man and one of my biggest heroes. I think the first comment said something about "Cue the inevitable "He's picked a lot of albums I've heard of etc." but the great thing about his choices is that they aren't just name dropping the classics as some might do, but that you can hear each album's honest to god influence on his playing and his approach to life. Thank you Mike!

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AL
Mar 11, 2014 12:46am

Seeing Mike slay in Los Angeles last year was a blast (even jamming on "Sister Ray" in tribute to Lou). Love the term "hittin' the Creedence" - gotta use that.

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Chris
Mar 13, 2014 1:49pm

I didn't want that to end...just brilliant, give him a regular spot. Got me fired up like carburetor dung.

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Christian
Mar 13, 2014 4:48pm

Excellent

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sumlin
Mar 17, 2014 11:54am

I think when he says "second band" on the Stooges page he might have meant "Secondmen" as Iggy would have asked him to be in the Stooges around 2002 when Watt was doing the Secondmen band...

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Gareth
Mar 25, 2014 1:44pm

They say never meet your heroes, they obviously never met Mike Watt. I got 5 minutes with him after his gig in Belfast a few years ago and he was polite, engaging, enthusiastic and just the friendliest guy you could meet. Love the guy, love this article!

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veronica
Apr 4, 2014 2:10am

The many musical layers of Mike Watt. That is all.

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