Round One

by Jumpstarted Plowhards

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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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Track Name: On The Counter
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
Track Name: The Punk Setup
(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
Track Name: The Garter Snakes
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
Track Name: Claws Break Down
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
Track Name: Yeah, We're Gonna Learn to Fall
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
Track Name: Makin' It All Settle Down
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?
Track Name: Commie Klara
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
Track Name: Babylon Gone
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!

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