Artist: The Minutemen Song: "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?" Album: Double Nickels on the Dime

About the track A while back, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, currently the world's best music writer besides me, noted that Minuteman bassist Mike Watt will be helping Kelly Clarkson on her new record. Watt's eclectic style and expansive experience playing with likely hundreds of bands should be an interesting element to the work of the most talented female pop persona to emerge in a decade.

Artist: The Minutemen Song: "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth?" Album: Double Nickels on the Dime

About the track A while back, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, currently the world's best music writer besides me, noted that Minuteman bassist Mike Watt will be helping Kelly Clarkson on her new record. Watt's eclectic style and expansive experience playing with likely hundreds of bands should be an interesting element to the work of the most talented female pop persona to emerge in a decade.

Why you need to know it This partnership is even more solid proof that Clarkson is not what your jealous, misinformed ex-girlfriend and your self-righteous art-school roommate claim she is. Clarkson is awesome, and her music will only get better with moves like this.