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HMS Watt: Contemplating the Engine Room

Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, 27 October 1997

WHAT BECOMES a punk-rock legend most? In the case of Mike Watt, it's love. His new Contemplating the Engine Room (Columbia) brims with the stuff. Love for his family and his roots. For his hometown: San Pedro, California. For music and the process of making it, and all the friends and allies he's shared that with. And, most poignantly for longtime fans of Watt's work, love for his lost friend the late D. Boon. Boon was someone who fell out of the sky – or at least a tree – to knock Watt unconscious and set him upon the road of his somewhat charmed life. What greater gift could a friend bestow?

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