Mike Watt is best known for co-founding the rock bands Minutemen and fIREHOSE. As of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy and the Stooges. The Black Gang was the trio Mike Watt formed in 1997 to record and tour behind his second solo album, "Contemplating The Engine Room" (Columbia Records, 1997). For the recording of the album in May 1997, Watt tapped guitarist Nels Cline and sometime Tom Waits drummer Stephen Hodges. Hodges left the band for other commitments, and was replaced by Bob Lee in 1998.
I have been a fan of Watt and his "econo" work ethic since the Minutemen days, and was honored to share the stage with fIREHOSE both locally and on the road with National People's Gang. Every session he has done here is quick and easy, rock solid. Watt is discerning as he is generous and his quick affirmative response to my request for a song is testament to the great big heart pounding behind that thud-staff.
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