Mike Watt Remembers Derf Scratch: "We Must Be More Intense Before We Lose More!"
|Keith May/OC Weekly|
|Mike Watt and the Missing Men at DiPiazza on April 10, 2009.|
Watt, one of the hardest working musicians we know, may be currently on tour with Iggy and the Stooges in St. Petersburg, Russia, but he took the time to send in some thoughts on Scratch...
Watt, before signing off his e-mail with "on bass, watt," was sure to include an image taken in 1981 of him with the bass he purchased from Scratch:
"I bought my first fender bass from Derf--I recorded Minutemen "What Makes a Man Start Fires" with that precision bass and probably more but that one for sure--he let it go for tiny monies! He was very kind man to me. He told me to not buy new bass strings but to boil old ones to make them new--econo! I have nothing but good thoughts about him cuz he always showed me respect so respect back. It broke my heart when I heard the sad news yesterday cuz I felt we lost another brother. We must be more intense before we lose more!"
|Courtesy of Mike Watt|
|Mike Watt with the Fender bass he purchased from Derf Scratch, taken 1981|
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