Archive for Mike Watt

Drummer Alex Kirst Killed in Hit and Run Accident

Posted in Deaths, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2011 by Ro


Alex Kirst (far right), the drummer for the iconic 1990’s band The Nymphs, was killed on January 13 in a hit-and-run car accident in which he was a pedestrian. He was 47 years old.

The Nymphs time was sadly short-lived as trouble with their record label Geffen along with some band member’s battles with drugs and alcohol lead to their early break-up in 1992. Since then, Alex and his guitarist brother Whitey Kirst played occasionally for punk-rock godfather Iggy Pop. Whitey said in a statement,

“I’m devastated. Just devastated. He was my big brother. He’s dynamite. He’s great. I loved playing with my brother, and since I was a kid, I always wanted to do that and I got to do that.”

Check out their only release in 1991 called “The Nymphs”.

On a personal note, In the 1990’s The Nymphs sold out every venue they played. I remember waiting in line with Mike Watt (The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Iggy and the Stooges), Raymond Pettibon (artist), and Ricky Sepulveda (Guitarist for Lawndale and Nervous Gender) at Raji’s on Hollywood Boulevard when all of a sudden the fire marshal came to shut down the venue. We all scattered and ended up drinking in a seedy TV bar where the “ladies” were interested in Raymond and Mike Watt. They ignored me, and they hated Ricky.  But then again, most women hated Ricky.

 

25 Years Ago Today: D Boon from the Minutemen Died at Age 27

Posted in Deaths, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2010 by Ro


On December 22, 1985, D. Boon, the 27-year-old singer/guitarist for the band Minutemen died tragically. He was killed in a single car accident on I-10 in Arizona after the van that he was a passenger in ran off the road and ejected him from the rear doors.

 I went by his grave on Thanksgiving and cleaned it during my   annual grave-cleaning trek (My father, aunt, father-in-law, and lots of friends are buried in the same cemetery). But his grave is at the bottom of a hill and was caked in mud and oil (as you can see from the greasy tire mark made from a riding mower).

 Another tragedy is that the Minutemen albums are big sellers for SST records (owned by Greg Ginn), and I can tell you on behalf of George Hurley that he hasn’t seen a lick of royalties ever. Time to lawyer-up, I say. If it weren’t illegal, I’d recommend that you go and download “3-Way Tie (For Last)” on the torrents. But that’s illegal so don’t do it.

ZZZlist Radio Episode 22

Posted in Comedy, Entertainment, ZZZcast Episodes, ZZZlist Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2009 by Ro
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Big Tone scores with a lucky groupie in Lake Tahoe.

Check out our newest episode, ZZZlist Radio Episode 22.

Ro Hurley and Chris Otto are joined by friends of the show Bob Freeman and Big Tone. Retardedness ensues.

Intro song “Thru Fade Away” by Mother Love Bone. Outro “One More Hour” by Sleater-Kinney.

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RIP Brendan Mullen

Posted in Deaths with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2009 by Ro
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Mike Watt and Brendan Mullen

Brendan Mullen died of a major stroke this week at the age of 60.  He was the founder of the legendary Hollywood Hardcore Punk club Masque in 1977.

Brendan Mullen was always very kind to me… in the old days, always a kindness and interest. When the band before the minutemen made two cassettes of a prac (only recording of them), I gave one to brendan – he was only person to get cuz the other got kept in a drawer. Ever since old days we’d have huge spiels together, lots. Intelligent man. Helpful man. Drummer man, too. He’d call me with ideas all the time… more recent was to make album… now there’s no time. Fuck. He was great cat, great cat! Big love always to him from Mike Watt. He touched many folks’ lives…

Big loss for our team – missing you! ~ Mike Watt

LA Times Obituary

2007 Interview with Brendan Mullen

Interview With Bass Legend Mike Watt

Posted in Entertainment, Interviews, Music, ZZZcast Episodes with tags , , , on February 2, 2009 by Ro

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Chris and I interviewed legendary bass player Mike Watt (The Stooges, The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, the Secondmen). To download the interview, right-click/save as here.

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