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Mike Watt

"Michael David Watt" (born December 20, 1957 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is a bass guitarist, singer and songwriter, best-known for co-founding the punk rock bands The Minutemen and fIREHOSE; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Iggy Pop & The Stooges. He is also a member of the art rock/jazz/punk/improv group Banyan and countless other post-Minutemen projects.

Though Watt has not had much mainstream success or visibility, he is often cited as a key figure in the development of American alternative rock; The Red Hot Chili Peppers dedicated their hugely successful ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'' to Watt. Throughout his career he has been known for his inventive, melodic playing; his basslines are often quite distinctive.


When he was young, Watt's family moved to San Pedro, California, where he became good friends with D. Boon. Watt and Boon picked up bass and guitar, respectively. Watt was a fan of T. Rex and Blue Öyster Cult, while Boon's exposure to rock music was limited to Creedence Clearwater Revival, another Watt favorite.

Watt and Boon were initially rather ignorant of music; they didn't know bass guitars were different from guitars, and Wat...

Background solo singer
Born December 20, 1957
Portsmouth, Virginia
Origin San Pedro, California
Instrument bass, vocals
Genre Punk rock
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Minutemen (band)
website Mike Watt's Hoot Page Mike Watt's MySpace Mike Watt @ Columbia Records
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