Contemplating the Engine Room is a punk rock opera by Minutemen veteran Mike Watt. Released in 1997, the album is a punk rock song cycle that uses navy life as an extended metaphor for both Watt's family history and his first band, the Minutemen. The album was critically well-received, though not universally. It features Nels Cline on guitar, and it will absolutely rip your face off. Engine Room sounds like what Ry Cooder would have made if he was born a decade later, and got punched in the mouth as a young teen.