Ball-Hog or Tugboat?

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For his first solo album, Mike Watt assembled a different band for each track, creating a veritable who's who of post-punk and alternative rock -- Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Thurston Moore, J Mascis, Frank Black, Evan Dando, Dave Pirner, Henry Rollins, Flea, Lee Ranaldo, Mike D, and Pat Smear all appear, among others. Predictably, the sound is somewhat schizophrenic, but no more so than the average Minutemen album. Ball-Hog or Tugboat? is more polished than anything the Minutemen released, yet looser than fIREHOSE, filled with jazz-inflected breaks and sheer sonic freakouts, but dominated by a surprisingly large number of pop songs. On the power pop rush of ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For his first solo album, Mike Watt assembled a different band for each track, creating a veritable who's who of post-punk and alternative rock -- Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Thurston Moore, J Mascis, Frank Black, Evan Dando, Dave Pirner, Henry Rollins, Flea, Lee Ranaldo, Mike D, and Pat Smear all appear, among others. Predictably, the sound is somewhat schizophrenic, but no more so than the average Minutemen album. Ball-Hog or Tugboat? is more polished than anything the Minutemen released, yet looser than fIREHOSE, filled with jazz-inflected breaks and sheer sonic freakouts, but dominated by a surprisingly large number of pop songs. On the power pop rush of "Piss-Bottle Man," Dando sings with more emotion than on most Lemonheads records, and "Chinese Fire Drill" shows an effective folky side to Watt's music. And Watt's own vocals on "Big Train" are as big-hearted, sly, and funny as the album itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/1995
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646708620
  • Catalog Number: 67086

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Watt Primary Artist, Bass, Vocals
Mark Lanegan Vocals
Lee Ranaldo Guitar
Henry Rollins Vocals
Bernie Worrell Hammond Organ
Nels Cline Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Joe Baiza Guitar
Paul Roessler Piano
Spot Mandolin, Viola
Pat Smear Vocals
Frank Black Vocals
Tony Atherton Alto Saxophone
Brock Avery Drums
Mario Caldato Jr. Hollers
Mike D Vocals
Evan Dando Vocals
Epic Soundtracks Tambourine
Flea Bass, Pocket Trumpet
Danny Frankel Percussion
Dave Grohl Drums, Lap Steel Guitar
Rachel Haden Background Vocals
Bob Lee Drums
J Mascis Guitar, Drums
Tony Maxwell Cello
Vince Meghrouni Percussion, Drums, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Molo Drums
Thurston Moore Guitar
Krist Novoselic farfisa organ
Stephen Perkins Percussion, Drums
Dave Pirner Vocals
Zander Schloss Guitar
Steve Shelley Drums
John P. Strohm Guitar
Eddie Vedder Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Anna Waronker Background Vocals
Cris Kirkwood Banjo
Curt Kirkwood Guitar
Petra Haden Violin, Background Vocals
Tiffany Anders Vocals
Gary Lee Conner Guitar
Carla Bozulich Vocals, Background Vocals
Ad-Rock Guitar, Drums, Hollers
Michael Preussner Drums
Richie West Drums
Ronda Rindone Bass Clarinet
Keith McCaw Acoustic Guitar
Wayne Griffin Drums
Technical Credits
Lee Ranaldo Composer
Eddie Hazel Composer
Mario Caldato Jr. Contributor
George Clinton Composer
John Golden Mastering
Kim Gordon Composer
John Hanlon Engineer
Thurston Moore Composer
Steve Shelley Composer
Mike Watt Producer
Raymond Pettibon Contributor, Drawing
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