Jon was already singing and playing guitar for
a brand new noise band called Pussy Galore. Within three
months of Pussy Galore's formation, the group had already played
every Washington's rock club and felt that the capital was a "dead
end" and a "loser town". Pussy Galore then decided to relocate to
New York City.
Cristina moved along with the gang. At this moment
she was not taking part of Pussy Galore's "experimentation".
She was supposed to attend the N.Y. University Summer Film program
but, shortly after, she dropped and officially joined Pussy Galore
as 3rd guitarist, an instrument she barely handled (but after all
we are talking about "noise"-punk).
2: Pussy Galore
The advent of Cristina Martinez among Pussy Galore
crew spurred in constant, sometimes ferocious quarreling with second
guitarist Julie Cafritz. Cristina put it this way: "We were
both struggling at getting Jon Spencer attention. Julie because
of the band, me because of sentimental reasons".
Between leaving or killing Julie Cafritz, Cristina
(surprisingly) chose to leave and started collaborating with Honeymoon
Eventually Pussy Galore finally broke up over
a heated dispute regarding a sum of money ($5,000), whose circumstances
still remain unclear.
Jon Spencer started moonlighting in seven different bands, including
The Gibson Brothers, Live Skull, and Born to Lose.
3: Boss Hog embrional
It was 1989. The advent of Boss Hog was near to
come. But at the beginning the Boss Hog was an "All-Star"
line up of musicians whose main interests laid elsewhere. A side
project rather than a real band on its own.
This was probably consequence of Boss Hog's much
Cristina and Jon were advised there was a gap to
fill next Saturday at CBGB ( the legendary NY rock club),
due to a last minute cancellation. They had less than one week to
put a band together with few time to practice. On the spur of the
moment they decided the new band's name, "Boss Hog", which was taken
from a biker magazine (not from the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show,
as is usually assumed). For Cristina it was going to be first show
as lead singer.
The show at CBGB went right (maybe even
to the surprise of Boss Hog members) and the band became an instant
sensation. Still one must notice that this could have been due,
at least partially, thanks to Cristina's decision to perform entirely
Anyway the Boss Hog experiment was worth to continue. and the first
CD was released in 1990. At this time member of the bands were Charlie
Ondras and Pete Shore (from Unsane), Jerry Tell (from Honeymoon
Killers) and Kurt Wolf (another survivor of Pussy Galore)
plus Jon and Cristina.
People kept coming and going and jealousy and resentment begun
to spread. Cristina felt it was no longer possible to maintain Boss
Hog as an unstable collection of talented ego.
The "All-Star" lineup was quickly turning into "All-Star"
4: Boss Hog maturity
At this stage two new characters entered on stage.
The first was a German factory worker named Jens
His hobby was building fully functional mechanical arms in the basement
of his West Berlin squat. When Pussy Galore toured Europe Jens and
Jon Spencer met during the Berlin show. The German brought one of
his mechanical arms and shook Jon Spencer's hand with it.
He told Jon that he was going to transfer in New York to attend
the Pratt Institute of Design. The two agreed to "integrate processes,".
Jen arrived in N.Y. but his stay at Pratt was short-lived: within
two months he was kicked out for vandalism, which he maintains was
a simple failure of the administration to comprehend "a series of
When Jon and Cristina scrapped the whole band restarting
from the scratch, it was Jens to be called as the new bass player.
In Cristina's opinion, a major benefit of Jen's "buzzsaw overdrive"
bass sound was that it eliminated the need for an extra guitar player,
leaving "one less ego and one less person to pay."
Second character was the chatty Hollis Queens.
She was selling quartz crystals in a magic shop near N.Y.U. when
she met the members of Boss Hog at a flea market.
She came to substitute the previous drummer who had converted to
Although she had never played the drums before, an ex-boyfriend
in the N.Y. hardcore band Cro-Mags had given her a set for
her birthday. More importantly, she displayed an unusually positive
attitude that the group felt might be an asset. After a few practices,
Hollis was in.
At this point, says Jon, Boss Hog finally began to feel "more like
a band and less like an indie rock supergroup".
is how it all begun
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