Simply the best bass player in the world and one of a guy. Used to play in the bands Minutemen and firehose and jamed in econo on stage with everybody from Sonic Youth to Flea. Right now Watt is active with Iggy & The Stooges and Mike Watt & The Missing Men and pretty much on tour for 300 days a year. Lives and works in San Pedro, Los Angeles, from where he also hosts a weekly radio show geniusly called „the Watt from Pedro show“. One of his solo works is called „Big Train“, as Mike Watt is a big train fan - just to let you know.
The best cover artist in the world and a damn good painter indeed. He draws his characters and settings in a very significant black style, giving them a laconic and nostalgic feeling, also by adding found and original created lyrics along, which are not causaly meant to be fitting. A lot of his work is influenced by popular american culture as seen on television, baseball fields, in Charles Mansons mind and in Raymond Chandlers novels. Loaded with catchness, but a lot deeper than a cheese cake. Mike Kelley once said that Raymond is too smart to be a Punk - in a less dissing way Pettibon corrects it to: „I want to make images that have the disparities of Surrealism.“ Socialised in punkrock in Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, he now lives and works in New York City and L.A.. Pettibon is currently associated with the David Zwirner Gallery N.Y. and Regent Projects L.A. (USA) and CFA (Europe). He does not have a mobile phone, uses public phones instead and ignores Emails for most of their existence.
He loves trains so much that he wanna take them in his arms.
Together they are Sock-Tight, a band from the past for the future. Two friends with different working and communication patterns, united in the belief that culture and art are meant to be a social act and in the hands of all people. Sock-Tight is a psychedelic-inspired no-wave-mania which brings together the lyrical mantra of Raymond Pettibon, the bass of Mike Watt, the saxophon vision of the early Stooges as well as a lot more dark alley thoughts and sounds from America. They didnt exist before Edition Fieber, but we are quite sure they will be HUGE in the future.
From Fieber with Love
This thing called coming of age got its only empowerment, if by this we get get the chances of making the impossible dreams of our childhood suddenly real!
When i was a young boy in southern Germany, the westcoast of America and its punk scene got a huge attraction for me. I fall in love with that special climate of sunny california and nihilistic attitude. Bands like Circle Jerks and Black Flag were the catalysator for the teenage aggression of my pals and me as well as for the lust for cultural activity in the Do It Yourself style. Bands like the Minutemen and Universal Congress Of showed us that the stilistic horizon of these people was as broad as their arms were open for meeting kindred spirits from all over the world on their tours around this ball of existence. And artists like Mike Kelley and Raymond Pettibon made early on a point that artistic life does not end with music – even if we in the beginning of our hardcore and punkrock coming outs thought that this is the only thing worth living for.
For me personally Mike Watt, the legendary bassist of Minutemen and later on, after the tragic death of his friend and bandmate D. Boon, firehose, and Raymond Pettibon, the artist behind the artwork of so many SST records which rocked my heart, always meant special much.
Back then in the late 1990s in my south German Kinderzimmer i could not imagine that once the day will come i gonna work with them together on a project. But thats exactly the message hardcore and punkrock gave us from the first second on: there are no hierarchies, no above and below, we are all in there together to get something done while being down here to play.
So please welcome, Edition Fieber fourth release:
Sock-Tight. Indeed a very special moment for us as Raymond Pettibon and Mike Watt did pretty much get this band together for Edition Fieber. Without the edition there would be no Sock-Tight. Maybe thats the reason why it took two and a half years to get the double-7-inch out. Maybe it is cause Raymond had to write all the lyrics for the their songs which he also sings. Or maybe it is cause the labels traveled around the world a few times to get finally signed in Raymonds New Yorker studio with a little help from Mike.
Anyway. The shit is done! And we honestly hope it hits your as much as us and brings a little happyness to your hearts.
“Got Dapples, Yay“
“Who Tattled Told“
This edition contains two vinyl 7″Singles with music by Raymond Pettibon and Mike Watt and exclusive artwork by Raymomd Pettbon. Signed by the both artists. Limited Edition of 200 only!
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