Punk Legend Mike Watt Takes on His Minutemen, fIREHOSE Legacy in Rockers’ Block

The legendary singer/bassist tells a story about a Michael Stipe solo album that never was

Watt_Mike.1995.002.Columbia.Ph. Kevin Mazur


Some music artists have released literally hundreds of songs over the years, to say nothing of the ones deemed too garbage-y to release. BlastEcho wondered if those involved in recording so many songs could remember them all. Enter Rockers’ Block.

For each Rockers’ Block contestant, we play five random songs from their catalog each song from the beginning to see how long it takes for them to guess (well, maybe guess isn’t the right word) the correct song. Then once they do (hopefully), they talk a bit about the song.

Mike Watt has one helluva memory. The founder of the seminal punk bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE regales us with many killer anecdotes throughout this edition of Rockers’ Block — often going back nearly 40 years to do so! He even reveals one amazing tale about a potential Document-era Michael Stipe solo album that Watt actually penned a song for but, sadly, never came to fruition. He later released the song himself and called it, appropriately enough, “For the Singer of R.E.M.”

Catch Watt on tour with the Missingmen and Secondmen, where you’ll be able to hear a ton of classics from the long defunct Minutemen. And check out, too, a recently released Watt live album, ring spiel tour ’95, which features an early version of the Pearl Jam song “Habit.”

And now…. Rockers’ Block!

P.S. The full songs are below, if you think you can do better than Watt did…

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