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Studio album by Mike Watt

October 6, 2010 (Japan)

March 1, 2011 (rest of world)
Recorded May 2009 and June 2010
Genre Alternative rock
Length 47:12

Parabolica Records (Japan)

clenchedwrench (rest of world)
Producer Mike Watt
Mike Watt chronology
The Secondman's Middle Stand (2004)String Module Error: Match not foundString Module Error: Match not found hyphenated-man (2010/2011)
Alternate cover
Front cover of 2010 Japanese release
Front cover of 2010 Japanese release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Spin 6/10 stars[1]

Hyphenated-Man (rendered on the cover in all lower case letters as hyphenated-man) is the fourth solo album by Mike Watt, and the first full-length recording he made under his own name since parting with Columbia Records in 2005. Initially released in Japan by Parabolica Records in October 2010, the album was released in the rest of the world on clenchedwrench, an independent record label newly founded by Watt. He is accompanied on the album by his band The Missingmen, guitarist Tom Watson and drummer Raul Morales.

Writing and Recording[edit]

The album is a loose concept album (Watt refers to it as his third "punk opera") of thirty short songs, all two minutes or under (most average about a minute and a half) inspired by creatures from the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch; each of the thirty song titles is derived from a nickname Watt came up with for each creature, "since I don't know three-hundred-year-old Dutch".[2] According to Watt, the album "is quite different" from his previous punk operas Contemplating the Engine Room and The Secondman's Middle Stand "in that it has no standard narrative... meaning no regular beginning-middle-end."[2] Another inspiration woven into the album's lyrics was taken from "the idea of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz kind of tripping on what men do to 'be' men."[2]

Musically, Watt was inspired to write short songs again after re-immersing himself in the back catalog of his first band, The Minutemen prior to and in the course of filming the documentary We Jam Econo. Watt had seen a parallel between the album's initial concept and The Minutemen in "how many little trips could roll up into one big one."[2]

The music to all thirty songs was written by Watt on one of Watt's late friend and Minutemen bandmate D. Boon's Fender Telecasters.[2][3] The guitar and drum tracks were recorded in three days in May 2009 during a planned break in a tour Watt undertook with the Missingmen, at Studio G in Brooklyn, New York, the studio of ex-Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone.[3] Watt overdubbed his vocals and bass parts thirteen months later.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Arrow-Pierced-Egg-Man[5]
  2. Beak-Holding-Letter-Man
  3. Hammering-Castle-Bird-Man
  4. Bird-In-The-Helmet-Man
  5. Belly-Stabbed-Man
  6. Stuffed-In-The-Drum-Man
  7. Baby-Cradling-Tree-Man
  8. Hollowed-Out-Man
  9. Finger-Pointing-Man
  10. Own-Horn-Blowing-Man
  11. Fryingpan-Man
  12. Head-And-Feet-Only-Man
  13. Shield-Shouldered-Man
  14. Cherry-Head-Lover-Man
  15. Pinned-To-The-Table-Man
  16. Mouse-Headed-Man
  17. Antlered-Man
  18. Confused-Parts-Man
  19. Bell-Rung-Man
  20. Boot-Wearing-Fish-Man
  21. Thistle-Headed-Man
  22. Funnel-Capped-Man
  23. Blowing-It-Out-Both-Ends-Man
  24. Jug-Footed-Man
  25. Lute-And-Dagger-Man
  26. Mockery-Robed-Man
  27. Hill-Man
  28. Hell-Building-Man
  29. Man-Shitting-Man
  30. Wheel-Bound-Man


  • Mike Watt - vocals, bass, songwriter, producer
  • Tom Watson - guitars
  • Raul Morales - drums
  • Tony Maimone - engineer, mixer

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "SPIN Review". 
  2. ^ a b c d e "'hyphenated-man' mike watt", Mike Watt's Hoot Page, archived from the original on January 26, 2011, retrieved January 26, 2011 
  3. ^ a b Gary Graff (January 26, 2011), "Mike Watt Revisits Minutemen Music For 'Hyphenated' Rock Opera", Billboard, retrieved January 26, 2011 
  4. ^ Mike Watt (2010), "back cover liner notes", Hyphenated-man, Parabolical Records (Japan) 
  5. ^ The Arrow-Pierced-Egg-Man is the creature depicted on the front cover of the album.

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