RELEASE
February 28, 1995
LABEL
Sony Music Distribution
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

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.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Big Trainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/big-train/id190262560?i=190262898&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Big Trainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Against the 70'shttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Against the 70'shttp://itunes.apple.com/album/against-the-70s/id190262560?i=190263013&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Drove up from Pedrohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/drove-up-from-pedro/id190262560?i=190263050&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Drove up from Pedrohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Piss-Bottle Manhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Piss-Bottle Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/piss-bottle-man/id190262560?i=190263139&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Chinese Firedrillhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/chinese-firedrill/id190262560?i=190263225&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Chinese Firedrillhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Intense Song for Madonna to Singhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Intense Song for Madonna to Singhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Tuff Gnarlhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tuff-gnarl/id190262560?i=190263373&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Tuff Gnarlhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Sexual Military Dynamicshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Sexual Military Dynamicshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sexual-military-dynamics/id190262560?i=190263424&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Max and Wellshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/max-and-wells/id190262560?i=190263436&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Max and Wellshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. E-Ticket Ridehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. E-Ticket Ridehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/e-ticket-ride/id190262560?i=190263473&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Forever - One Brother's Opinionhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Forever - One Brother's Opinionhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Song for Igorhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Song for Igorhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/song-for-igor/id190262560?i=190263631&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Tell 'Em, Boy!http://itunes.apple.com/album/tell-em-boy/id190262560?i=190263636&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Tell 'Em, Boy!https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Sidemouse Advicehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Sidemouse Advicehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sidemouse-advice/id190262560?i=190263640&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Heartbeathttp://itunes.apple.com/album/heartbeat/id190262560?i=190263651&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Heartbeathttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Maggot Brainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Maggot Brainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Coincidence Is Either Hit or Misshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/coincidence-is-either-hit-or-miss/id190262560?i=190263865&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Coincidence Is Either Hit or Misshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ball-hog-or-tugboat/id192776207?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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