The years spent sleeping on stages after sound checks and in vans between gigs have left a permanent mark on Mike’s sleep when he’s home. “I’ve got no bed in my pad,” he admits. “All my life I always ended up on the deck. When I was a kid and slept in the bed, I always fell on my face. Fuck that shit. Now I konk on a rug.” He pauses to give me some time to finish painting a mental image of his sleeping situation. “Soft beds are the lamest. There’s something about firmness. When I went to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson believed that you should not sleep with too much blood in your head. He was also 6 feet tall and probably couldn’t fit in his bed… like me in the boat… it’s not wide enough, so I like a little angle. He lived to his 80s, so fuck, he must know something.”
Sleeping With the Band: Mike Watt | Dr. Christopher Winter
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