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Mike Watt: The Stooges Are Writing New Music

Mike WattThe Stooges are back to making new music, says bassist Mike Watt. The band, which hasn’t released any new material since 2007’s The Weirdness, is still in the very formative stages of writing.

“I’ll tell you this: James Williamson a few months ago had me put bass on nine songs that he gave to Ig [Iggy Pop] and Ig is writing up words,” Watt told Rolling Stone. “So I just know there are new tunes and in fact in November he wants me to do some more. I don’t know about some album or whatever or what the plan is with that stuff, but very interesting.”

Since guitarist Williams is introducing the music, Watt describes the music as going back towards the band’s 1973 album Raw Power. The bassist, who joined the band in 2003, still considers himself a fan of the group.

“The Raw Power stuff, for me, is always different than the first two albums, they’re just different kinds of musicians, James Williamson and Ron Asheton,” Watt continues. “This sounds more like James Williamson, more like the guy who’s playing guitar on Raw Power than the guy who’s playing on Fun House.”