February 28, 1995
Sony Music Distribution
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 Train
  2. Against the 70's
  3. Drove up from Pedro
  4. Piss-Bottle Man
  5. Chinese Firedrill
  6. Intense Song for Madonna to Sing
  7. Tuff Gnarl
  8. Sexual Military Dynamics
  9. Max and Wells
  10. E-Ticket Ride
  11. Forever - One Brother's Opinion
  12. Song for Igor
  13. Tell 'Em, Boy!
  14. Sidemouse Advice
  15. Heartbeat
  16. Maggot Brain
  17. Coincidence Is Either Hit or Miss
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