Watt, I went into a music store today to cruise through CDs. My recent purchases have left me feeling a bit ripped off... but then again, I got them in the discount bin. So today I decide to check out every single CD available, in reverse alphabetical order... soon enough I got to the W's and who else should I see... why Mr. Mike Watt (that's you ) Though I hadn't heard much from you other than a few minutemen songs, I clung to this album and continued looking through the rest of the CDs... though tempted by other CDs, in the end I chose Contemplating the Engine Room... I made the right decision. My life, including my bassplaying... which is actually... well... my life has been a bit uninspired lately. I've been playing too much funk (we all love funk, but in order to be a versitale bassist you need to be a little more diverse) and the only inspiring bass albums I've bought recently was a James Brown album... funk. I popped in Contemplating the Engine Room and when everything came together, I was so excited. Bass, lyrics, concepts, guitar, drums, vocals... I loved everything. So I just wanted to say thank you, this album has really opened my ears. I even got a little teary eyed during Boilerman, beautiful song Watt... beautiful album. It's so genre spanning. Alright, I could go on and on... fellow Talkbassers... if you haven't ... Buy Contemplating the Engine Room... NOW! You won't regret it.