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Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by zach88, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. zach88


    Feb 18, 2003
    Honored to be able to do this! Loved "Contemplating" and eagerly await the upcoming record.
    I had a couple questions I hope you can answer for me.

    *What forces of earth conspired to make SST such a kick-ass label in the early days? It seems like every single band made a classic, signature record for almost no money. Was it Greg's relentless work ethic? Or just a matter of right place right time? And why are there no independents that strong and revolutionary today?

    *Also, speaking of bass, I was wondering if you were a Flipper fan.

    Thanks and hope to see you live soon.
  2. watt

    watt the man in the van w/a bass in his hand Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2001
    san pedro, california

    I dug flipper much, the minutemen played w/them.

    as for sst records, that was an intense time and all the bands there had intense work ethics and the drive to find their own sound and identity. it was very important not to do clone work and dig deep down and find out who we were as individual bands. sst was righteous enough to support that kind of autonomy. much respect to that tradition!

    if you search, there's cats trying to do the same these days. try kill rock stars, dischord or merge for starters!

    on bass, watt