The Meat Puppets & Mike Watt
May 7 @ 8:00 pm11:55 pm$16
ABOUT THE MEAT PUPPETS
Until last September, things were relatively quiet in Meat Puppets 2016 world. Then Riotfest popped up on their schedule. There are not too many “firsts” left for the Puppets to experience, but out of the blue, Curt was invited to meet with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders (!!) at Suder Montessori Magnet School in Chicago.
Suder teacher Rachel Jacobson was the match maker:
“I have put forth the idea that Curt Kirkwood is the coolest person that walks
the earth and my kids have bought in…showing up will confirm it all.”
When the kids dropped a video along with the invite, that did it, and the band got to cut loose with the kids singing along.
Tears were had.
Following that outing, the band has started to revisit the folk and singer-song writer nuggets Curt put out in 2005 on his solo masterpiece, Snow, as well as similarly veined tracks from Rat Farm (“Sometimes Blue”).
ABOUT MIKE WATT
This question is from the song “One Reporter’s Opinion.” It first appeared on “Double Nickels on the Dime,” the Minutemen’s acclaimed 1984, 45-track, two record release; often named among the best and most influential albums of the 1980’s. At the time of the song’s recording, this query may have seemed rhetorical, as the band was an integral part of Los Angeles’s explosive early punk and hardcore scene. By 1984, The Minutemen – – Mike Watt on bass, guitarist D Boon and drummer George Hurley – – had already earned a reputation for fierce, rapid-fire performances. Their songs were abrupt gusts of genre-bending music, with concise, satirical lyrics that probed and skewered topics like Reagan era politics and commercial popular culture.
Yet nearly 30 years later, this question continues to haunt Watt, although it’s long been freed of any presumed irony. In the intervening years, it has become increasingly evident that much of this bass player, songwriter and “spieler’s” life is in fact very romantic to Mike Watt.