Wednesday, June 24, 2009

More Mike Watt on video

Banyan, covering Iggy and the Stooges' classic, "Funhouse". Mike Watt, former Minutemen bassist, keeps himself busy with Banyan (a sort of Mid-1970s Miles Davis meets punk/hardcore/alt. rock supergroup led by drummer Stephen Perkins), among other projects.

Bonus: Check out Watt on this video for Chris Murphy, "Blues for Bukowski":

Sidebar: I missed out on the Minutemen era - Dennes Boon died around the time I moved down to the SoCal area. The band that arose out of the ashes, fIREHOSE was one I did get to see quite a bit during the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s. fIREHOSE was pretty hard to classify - the OC Register once billed one of their live gigs as "jazz" - which wasn't very accurate, but not entirely inaccurate either. Watt's been defying easy categorization for an entire career - the music just is. Bassist Mike Watt brings an energy to any band he's with - if you don't catch that cat live at least once, you're really missing out.

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