No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, and we aren’t making this up. In an Email conversation with Pitchfork, Mike Watt–formerly of the Minutemen, currently of the Stooges–has revealed that he recently layed down some bass tracks for Kelly Clarkson’s next album. Apparently Watt received the call from the album’s producer/engineer David Kahne, who’s an old friend. After the jump, you’ll find Watt’s full explanation of the events. [more:]”The producer/engineer David Kahne is an old friend, and that’s why I was asked aboard, though the guitarist and co-songwriter, Jimmy Messer, knew all about my history and was very enthusiastic; he’s a great cat. Actually, it was pretty interesting. I didn’t [know] what to expect, but [Kahne] had me trying all kinds of tripping stuff. Altogether, I played on six [songs]. They were already recorded, and I was replacing and adding in bass.”Everyone there gave me much respect even with me being nervous, big time at first. I knew nothing of Kelly Clarkson before this but can tell you, in my opinion, that she can sing her ass off. Man, she’s got pipes and goes for it. She also didn’t have any airs or a big posse of sycophants and was just plain up-front people, which to me is very happening ’cause I ain’t so used to all the fronting that can go [on] in some scenes.
“It was a challenge too ’cause it was much different than where I’ve been with music, but different is good, especially when what the people involved wanted was to hear someone working a bass like they meant it, and that’s where I’ve always tried to come from.
“When [Clarkson] had to bail, she said to [Kahne], ‘I think the old punk guy idea’s a good one,’ and we all laughed. It’s just studio stuff, and I haven’t been asked to be in any band for a gig or tour.