Stress Jingle #12: Mike Watt


Mike Watt is an American bassist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for co-founding the rock bands Minutemen, dos and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Stooges and a member of the art rock/jazz/punk/improv group Banyan (featuring Money Mark and Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins) as well as many other projects. He has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, among them Sonic Youth, Bikini Kill, Dinosaur Jr, Henry Rollins, David Thomas, Glenn Branca, Steve Albini, and many others. Though Watt has not had much mainstream success or visibility, he is often cited as a key figure in the development of American alternative rock; the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magic was dedicated to him.
Aside from his many colaborations, Mike Watt has recorded 4 solo albums, including 1995's Ball-Hog or Tugboat?; the punk rock song cycle Contemplating The Engine Room (1997); 2004's The Secondman's Middle Stand, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy; and more recently, Hyphenated-man (2011), a collection of 30 short songs based on the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch.
When he is not on tour, Watt hosts a regular internet radio show, The Watt from Pedro Show, a continuation of a program Watt had first done on a low-power FM station in the late 1990s.

Now you can hear him on Stress FM: 



"A blue-collar hero in an art-school world, bassist and working-joe conceptualist Mike Watt has been a titanic presence on the avant-rock scene since the dawn of the 80s."

David Sprague, Trouser Press