Sound Opinions interview with Mike Watt
With his classic album Double Nickels on the Dime about to turn 30, bassist Mike Watt of Minutemen speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.
This is not only a fantastic interview, it’s also an excellent introduction to The Minutemen.
Since I’m on tour right now, I loved the bit paraphrased here in Our Band Could Be Your Life:
Where we had the most control was at the gigs. So the idea was to get people to the gig. We had divided the whole world into two categories: there was flyers and there was the gig. You’re either doing the gig, which is like one hour or your life, or everything else to get people to the gig. Interviews were flyers, videos were flyers, even records were flyers. We didn’t tour to promote records, we made records to promote the tours, because the gig was where you could make the money.”
Flyers and gigs. Flyers and gigs.
Welcome to the future.
Turn your hand over, dummy, you have an email.
Why are you looking at your watch while you’re holding your phone. Look at your phone. Not the watch. The phone.
Fine. Be that way. Touch the watch with your only hand without technology. Consider buying another phone for your non-phone hand. Perhaps it’s lonely without a phone to hold.
You recorded this with your Google Glass, didn’t you?
Why am I even asking, of course you did.