Editors’ Notes Hyphenated-Man brings Mike Watt back to his earliest days in the legendary Minutemen. Only two songs here out of 30 crack the two-minute mark. Everything plays like staccato-like bursts of energy where all the emotion is flushed out in record time. Playing as a power-trio with guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales, Watt’s musical vision is jagged but right. There is no polish anywhere. The lyrics run the gamut from pointed to surreal to silly. Sly humor and personal polemics do battle with a trio that is sharp and determined. “Belly-Stabbed-Man” is Watt’s version of old-school hardcore, always with a hint of beatnik jazz somewhere in the pocket. Watt plays his bass like a lead instrument and with Watson breaking his chords into pieces, the effect is often similar to two men wrestling one another for the prize (“Stuffed-In-the-Drum-Man”). The Captain Beefheart hollers of “Baby-Cradling-Tree-Man” make for a “ballad.”

SONG
Arrow-Pierced-Egg-Man
1
1:18
 
Beak-Holding-Letter-Man
2
1:34
 
Hammering-Castle-Bird-Man
3
1:50
 
Bird-In-the-Helmet-Man
4
1:25
 
Belly-Stabbed-Man
5
1:14
 
Stuffed-In-the-Drum-Man
6
1:21
 
Baby-Cradling-Tree-Man
7
1:21
 
Hollowed-Out-Man
8
2:04
 
Finger-Pointing-Man
9
1:46
 
Own-Horn-Blowing-Man
10
1:37
 
Fryingpan-Man
11
1:43
 
Head-and-Feet-Only-Man
12
1:43
 
Shields-Shouldered-Man
13
1:20
 
Cherry-Head-Lover-Man
14
1:47
 
Pinned-to-the-Table-Man
15
1:33
 
Mouse-Headed-Man
16
1:16
 
Antlered-Man
17
1:40
 
Confused-Parts-Man
18
1:18
 
Bell-Rung-Man
19
1:29
 
Boot-Wearing-Fish-Man
20
1:32
 
Thistle-Headed-Man
21
1:38
 
Funnel-Capped-Man
22
1:41
 
Blowing-It-Out-Both-Ends-Man
23
1:49
 
Jug-Footed-Man
24
1:38
 
Lute-and-Dagger-Man
25
1:23
 
Mockery-Robed-Man
26
1:26
 
Hill-Man
27
1:40
 
Hell-Building-Man
28
1:14
 
Man-Shitting-Man
29
1:48
 
Wheel-Bound-Man
30
2:04
 

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