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Round One

by Jumpstarted Plowhards

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On The Counter Step on the gas or you’ll lose it Cover your ass and reuse it The vain and the proud will abuse it Some other guy beat you to it I’m on the counter and counted this time Say you’re gonna use it You know you’ll just abuse it Some of us will lose it this time Get on the top of elusive Abra cadab the abuses Stand at the door of excuses Hell of a time just to lose it Say you’re gonna use it You know you’ll just abuse it Some of use will lose it Banned if you choose it
(here we envy the oldest trick in the book…the punk setup) It’s written then set into stone They bought it. Come out all alone It’s rotten but count it for sale And later go count it for bail They got all the paint off the door But what for? And they go all the way To the mountains to play The Punk Set Up It ain’t worth it to say When they’ll just find a way. The Punk Set Up Go fire the cannons on em x4 And they go all the way To the mountains to play The Punk Set Up It ain’t worth it to say When they’ll just find a way The Punk Set Up All they wanted was more Til they couldnt find the door The Punk Set Up Now. They just want to say That they stripped all the paint The Punk Set Up
Hey who let the garter snakes in here? Been living with the garters far too long Don’t know to fight when something’s wrong The best deed is to throw it away Maybe somewhere there’s a better day Been livin with the garters much too long Do tell when something’s wrong
Yea you’ll catch it someday But I won’t get caught I bet the timings costly But my time wont cost They’re stuck on us but the claws break down I get a private sully To them yer the boss When you take a walk on a sunday You know you gotta run from the start Now I can’t imagine the Tuesdays and Wednesdays The Thursdays, the Fridays and Saturdays
Look at the place Look at the walls Down on your face Out in the hall You can’t even wait Til your numbers called Cos every young country’s bound to fall Get to the station Climb all the walls Down on the pavement Better stay tall The run of the bulls Ain’t nothin at all Cos every young country’s bound to fall Pallet up. Break down. Its side to side. Lost crown The better the taste The faster they fall The common mistake is They never stood tall for you I’ll write calm on the battled wall Cos every young country’s bound to fall Gonna learn to fall on the 9 to 5 Gonna learn to fall on a late night drive Learn to fall on the Hollywood scenes Learn to fall on the card that reads “FALL!”
Makin’ it all settle down We can’t all wear the captains crown They’re gonna stomp on my throat On their climb to the steep throne Hands will shake at the carnival Settle the deal on the 18th hole The mess ignored on aisle 3 Is it really getting ya down?
Commie Klara 02:15
They’re running outta plastic Yea the plastic’s fallin off Until it all collapses The plan is called off Every time you look up They go down under the way out Commie Klara,her comma ,correct all along. Commie Klara the source you collect is all wrong Commie Klara could see And with the fire reichstag Die_Gleichheit saw it all Is still a current tactic The best stats sawed off Die Gleichheit could read And bury it down under the sea
Babylon Gone 02:15
Gimmie your home, ballots and bones Babylon gone Radio songs balance their funds Babylon gone In this culture of a headache And the cost of the pathetic Go write your own song! A Perm and decay on cross colored stain I wanna see something better Bitter the taste of the laws that we break To the letter Throw me away like the trash from today Cos I wanna be something better Bitter the taste from the verse that we take to the letter Go write your own song!


Round One is the first of series of projected releases from Jumpstarted Plowhards, a furiously rocking combo featuring bassist extraordinaire mike watt (MINUTEMEN, fIREHOSE, Stooges and countless collaborations), guitarist/singer Todd Congelliere
(Toys That Kill, F.Y.P, Underground Railroad to Candyland) and a rotating cast of drummers including George Hurley (MINUTEMEN, fIREHOSE), Patty Schemel (Hole), as well as regular watt colleagues Jerry Trebotic (secondmen) and Raul Morales (missingmen) among others. The album is being released on 45RPM 12” vinyl by Congelliere’s Recess Records October 4.

Todd and mike first met in the early 90’s when F.Y.P. shared bills with watt’s bass duo, “dos.” In 2013, mike and his secondmen released their version of Toys That Kill’s “No One” on both a split 7” with Qui and a compilation of covers of Todd’s songs. Throughout the first two decades of the 21st century, mike’s missingmen frequently did dates with the former’s Toys That Kill, and after a 2017 West Coast tour together watt proposed a collaboration. He’d supply Todd with bass parts recorded to click tracks and Congelliere would flesh out the songs with guitars and vocals and recruit different drummers to complete respective tunes.

In the Summer of 2018, Todd received a CDR with 15 selections, headed to his Clown Sound studios and got down the business feeling both excited and overwhelmed. After laying his parts, and getting watt to record spiels on two songs, Congelliere began contacting drummers. As each song started taking shape, a prospective drummer usually popped into his head. Here’re Todd’s observations of what each one brought to the sessions:

“Nick Aguilar (Neighborhood Brats, Slaughterhouse) is very versatile. I wanted some pounding and a li’l surf with ‘On The Counter’ and he pulled it off without making those desired aspects obvious. 

“’The Punk Setup’ just one of the songs in the long-term project that fit George Hurley (MINUTEMEN, fIREHOSE). No one I know plays like George. Some of these I thought, ‘George or nothing’ right from the start. I changed the song a bit after I tracked him. So, he made the song better. 

“Jimmy Felix (Toys That Kill) is a jungle beat pounder. ‘The Garter Snakes’ is the closest to the stuff I write with Toys That Kill so Jimmy was obvious for it. 

“’Claws Break Down’ is another song that I went back and improved AFTER drum tracking. Patty Schemel (Hole) is sparse on this and it really adds to it tremendously. 

“Brian Brunac (Fartbarf) is super technical but I think excels at the rock. ‘Yeah, We’re Gonna Learn To Fall’ needed rolls without overfilling. I had a drum loop on that was close to the basic idea but also terrible. I took it off and just had the click and he got it right away. 

“Trevor Rounseville (Clown Sounds) loves heavy music and ‘Makin’ it All Settle Down’ is the heaviest song we got. 

“Jerry Trebotic (mike watt & the secondmen) has so much hyper energy but doesn’t overdo it. It’s rare. I think he nails it. There’s even a happy accident on ‘Commie Klara‘ that anyone else would 99% for sure redo. 

“Raul Morales (mike watt & the missingmen) played in my old band F.Y.P. before joining watt. “Babylon Gone” sounds nothing like my F.Y.P. songs but the chemistry is the same.” 

Jumpstarted Plowhards plan to record five installments of the series before playing live.
The basic songs for Round Two are already taking shape and drummers are being lined up as of this writing with drums tracking scheduled for later this year.



released October 4, 2019

Produced by Todd Congelliere & Mike Watt
Recorded in 2018/19 at Clown Sound in San Pedro, CA
Watt's bass and spiel recorded in 2018 at studio tHUNDERpANTS in San Pedro, CA
Mastered by John Golden
All songs written by Mike Watt & Todd Congelliere
(p) 2019 tHUNDERsPIELS (BMI) / Chachi’s Vouched For Music (ASCAP)
All lyrics by Todd Congelliere


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