Tag: Minutemen

Interview: Mike Watt. Take A Crow Bar To Your Head.

Mike Watt limps over to greet me with a big smile. He’s preparing for the final show of a two month tour and has a bad knee and a soundcheck to do. None of this dents his enthusiasm for sitting down to talk about his third punk opera, how literature and 500 year old painters are the best inspiration for music and why Iggy Pop is the only man to get the shirt off his back. Initially known for being part of early 80s US trio Minutemen, he almost quit music when his bandmate D Boon was tragically killed....

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Live Review: Mike Watt & The Missingmen.

Mike Watt & The Missingmen ended their 56 date European tour in London at The Lexington. Exhausted? Maybe, but their performance refused to show that this was anything but a tight, energetic and entertaining act. Watt’s influential early 80s band Minutemen may be a big part of his attraction to the crowd of very varied ages (with the show selling out well in advance), but his eclectic Missingmen era work is heartily embraced and enjoyed tonight. Taking to the stage, he introduces what he describes as “a 45 minute song” – his third punk opera ‘Hyphenated-Man’. The work has...

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