50BFCE42-E51C-4A87-93AF-A13B06955E13-1009-000000CDA04A1E19The late and great Overend Watts was one of our favourite rock stars. The flambouyant Mott The Hoople bass player was the perfect seventies icon complete with thigh length stack healed boots and silver car sprayed hair – the perfect foil for Ian Hunter in one of the greatest ever British rock n roll bands.

I got to know him in his past few years and he was a humble and brilliant man, eccentric and hilarious who was very encouraging for my writing and for the music of my band, the Membranes. We even talked about collaborating on something at some point but luckily for him he didn’t and finally recorded his solo album which has finally been announced.

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It’s been five months since Pete Overend Watts, the soul of MOTT THE HOOPLE, passed away, and it’s now that the title of his only solo begins to make sense. “He’s Real Gone” – scheduled for September 1st release – was to be titled “She’s Real Gone” but, knowing it would see the light of day posthumously, the legendary bassist twisted the record’s opener tag into something more humorously poignant. Overend produced it and played all of the instruments himself, with THE STIFFS’ Phil Hendriks, Pete’s old friend, providing additional guitar and backing vocals.

The album features a baker’s dozen new cuts – although it’d been years in the making and finished in 2016 – and is capped with the demo of “Born Late ’58” that, in full form, appeared on Watts’ band’s swansong “The Hoople” back in the day.

OVEREND WATTS – He’s Real Gone
He’s Real Gone
1. She’s Real Gone
2. The Dinosaw Market
3. Caribbean Hate Song
4. He’d Be A Diamond
5. The Legend Of Redmire Pool
6. Prawn Fire On Uncle Sheep Funnel
7. Belle Of The Boot
8. There’s Berkeley Power Station
9. The Magic Garden
10. Endless Night
11. Rise Up
12. The Search
13. Miss Kingston
14. Born Late ’58 (original demo)

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Through my school years and beyond he was my absolute hero,i saw him 3/ times Aysebury/Slough and Hammersmith74.He was one of the best bass guitarists in the World and could hold his own with.anyone.He spent far too many years in the wilderness but there that.is life,Gutted he’s gone more like.


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