Firehose (stylized as fIREHOSE) was an alternative rock band consisting of Mike Watt (bass, vocals), Ed Crawford (guitar, vocals), and George Hurley (drums).
fIREHOSE was formed in the spring of 1986 shortly after the untimely death of D. Boon brought an end to Watt and Hurley's previous band, the Minutemen. Crawford, a then 21-year-old Ohio State student and Minutemen fan heard a false rumor that Watt and Hurley were auditioning guitarists for the band and having found Watt's phone number in the phone book, called him up and expressed his desire to come out to California and play with them. Still mourning the loss of his friend Boon, Watt initially was not interested and in fact had lost much of his desire to play music, however Crawford's persistence eventually paid off when he showed up unannounced in San Pedro and asked Watt for the chance to come over and play for him. Watt eventually agreed and the two met with Crawford ?auditioning? for Watt by playing him the Who's, "I'm One" as well as a few Minutemen songs. Impressed with Crawford's passion and enthusiasm, Watt (and Hurley) agreed to give the inexperienced "kid" from Ohio a shot and the band was formed. Crawford quickly relocated to San Pedro where he became known as ed fROMOHIO and spent the first nine months living under a desk in Watt's one bedroom apartment. The name of the band was taken from a short film of Bob Dylan doing "Subterranean Homesick Blues" as Watt thought it was funny when Dylan held up a cue card for the lyric that said 'firehose'.
The band played their first gig in June 1986 and by the end of the year released their debut album, 'ragin', full-on' via the independent label, SST. That same year, they also supported Sonic Youth on their "Flaming Telepaths Tour". The band quickly gained a loyal fanbase especially among the underground skateboarding crowd thanks in part to the inclusion of some of the their early material in several key skateboarding videos from the late 1980s. "Brave Captain" from 'ragin', full-on', as well as "Sometimes", "Hear Me", and "Windmilling" from their sophomore release, 'if'n' were all featured in the Santa Cruz Skateboards video series, "Streets on Fire."
Over the course of seven and a half years, the band developed their own musical identity apart from the Minutemen while still maintaining the same dynamic synthesis of punk, funk and free jazz. They toured non-stop and consistently played to packed audiences. All in all, fIREHOSE played 980 gigs, released five full-length albums and two EPs before disbanding in 1994. They played their final gig on February 12, 1994 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, California.
Since disbanding, Mike Watt has released three solo albums and been involved in numerous musical projects including the longstanding bass duo, Dos (with ex-Blag Flag bassist, Kira Roessler), Banyan (with Jane's Addiction drummer, Stephen Perkins), the Stooges and the Unknown Instructors (along with George Hurley). He also hosts a regular internet radio show aptly entitled, the Watt From Pedro Show.
Ed Crawford has also been involved in a handful of musical projects including fronting the North Carolina trio, Grand National (not to be confused with the UK band) and playing guitar and touring with the now defunct alt-country band, Whiskeytown. He currently fronts the Ed Crawford Trio.
George Hurley has been involved in several musical projects and bands as well including Vida (with ex-Blag Flag member, Dez Cadena), Red Krayola and Tripod (both with Tom Watson) and the Unknown Instructors.
Mike Watt, raised in San Pedro, California since 1967, still resides there as does George Hurley. Ed Crawford currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA.
Folk-rock band Eddie from Ohio took their name from their drummer, Eddie Hartness, who was nicknamed Eddie from Ohio after fIREHOSE's ed fROMOHIO.
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