Live the funk
Mike Watt, dude. Which kinda sounds a bit "Like what, dude?" I squandered the chance to catch the man himself earlier this year. SO VVERY VVERY STOOPID!
For those unfamilar with SST Records, it's time stop everything, and join the human race! Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Blag Flag, Meat Puppets, Saccharine Trust, fIREHOSE, Dinosaur Jr, Bad Brains, Husker Du and a whole host of other band's formative years were spent with SST. And more than anyone they seemed happy with their reponsiblity for getting folks 'safely' though the eighties. Well, at least, that's how I see it; I can't profess to have been there at the time, and there is obviously a heck out a lot of good stuff i'm still getting introduced too, but you know what I mean... There is a frankly great write up on the history of the label right here, There is a also a interview of sorts with Joe Carducci here. Carducci comes across as a fairly jaded figure. Well, at least in the articles i've read - I haven't been able to get a copy of Rock and the Pop Narcotic, which goes for extortionate prices over on Amazon marketplace. He was SST's manager from 1981-86 though, and for that alone, he deserves our praise. I think he might write for the Arthur Magazine too, but i'm not sure.
As with most indie labels, some of bands would eventually leave the label to sign to majors (often with varying results), and a lot of other bands would struggle on underneath the radar - even disbanding and forming other projects. fIREHOSE were such a band. They were born from the ashes of Minutemen - after the 1985 death of Minutemen guitarist D. Boon in a car crash. Mike Watt and George Hurley would later be persuaded to return to making music by Minutemen fan Ed Crawford (known as Ed fROMOHIO), and the rest is history. The first album is a celebration of what the Minutemen were all about. The trio blended a seemingly chaotic mix of punk, rock, country, jazz. They were unique in every respect. fIREHOSE, while clearly indebted to the Minutemen sound (two thirds of the band, and their biggest fan will surely do that), were also a great band in their own right. Listen to the following track. You hear EVERYTHING! Mike. George and Ed sound like they've been playing together for years, and you can't deny the chemistry. Fuckin A.
fIREHOSE - Locked-In
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Click here to read an early interview with the band