Not only is this the first time I’ve heard it – it’s also the first fIREHOSE album I’ve ever heard. But I was always interested in the band. Because I’m fairly interested in what Mike Watt gets up to with music. I remember reading about fIREHOSE in the music mags and from there I checked out the Watt solo album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat? This was a crucial thing, a staple for grunge-era music listeners because of its impressive guest-cast. It was like a who’s who of alternative music.
Anyway, I also love Minutemen and especially Double Nickels on the Dime which I had got to from reading some other list in some other book or magazine some other time. But that’s a classic. I’m not big on stuff from the hardcore and American punk scenes – but the stuff I like I really love.
And yet when I finally got to hearing fIREHOSE, via this, their third album, it wasn’t really quite what I was expecting. And was neither great not terrible. More an assignment being ticked off. Which is what this challenge is – in a way. I’m glad I got to hear it and I’ll play it some more just to see. But really it just makes me want to dig out that Ball-Hog album and go back to Double Nickels again. Now that’s certainly no bad thing.