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Album: Boss Hog
# Song Title   Time
1)    Winn Coma
2)    Sick
3)    Beehive
4)    Ski Bunny
5)    Green Shirt
6)    I Dig You
7)    Try One
8)    What the Fuck
9)    White Sand
10)    I Idolize You
11)    Punkture
12)    Strawberry
13)    Walk In
14)    Texas
15)    Sam
 

Album: Boss Hog
# Song Title   Time
1)    Winn Coma
2)    Sick
3)    Beehive
4)    Ski Bunny
5)    Green Shirt
6)    I Dig You
7)    Try One
8)    What the Fuck
9)    White Sand
10)    I Idolize You
11)    Punkture
12)    Strawberry
13)    Walk In
14)    Texas
15)    Sam
 
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Performer Notes
  • Boss Hog: Cristina Martinez (vocals); Jonathan Spencer (guitar); Jens Jurgensen (bass); Hollis Queens (drums).
  • Recorded at Sear Sound, New York, New York in 1995.
  • The sludge-based blues idioms that dominate Boss Hog's major-label debut can be traced back to the band's first releases on the Amphetamine Reptile label, and to the band-members' former/current projects like Pussy Galore, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Live Skull and The Swans. The back-bone of this now-solid quartet is Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez, whose affected vocal interplay suggests that in each other they've found their true soulmates, both musically and matrimonially. Martinez's ferocious growls, sensual whispers and girl-group vocals play the perfect foil to Spencer's incomprehensible blues babble and smooth-talkin' R&B jive.
  • Their synergy is best felt on cuts like "Ski Bunny," "I Dig You" and the cover of Ike Turner's "I Idolize You," where Spencer's falsetto is backed by Martinez's best imitation of Martha Reeves' Vandellas. The band ventures into uncharted waters on the dissonant noise groove of "Punkture," evoking a Kim and Thurston-like dynamic, and on "Texas," a gentle waltz with orchestrated piano, cello and pizzicato violin buoying Martinez's urgent-yet-repressed vocals.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (11/16/95, p.113) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Hog firmly place the emphasis on full-force rocking out....It's the kind of sound you would expect to hear if there were such thing as a futuristic juke joint..."

Q (12/95, p.134) - 3 Stars - Good - "...a groovy lurch, a grimy garage rock'n'roll aesthetic, and Jon Spencer, rapidly establishing himself as the grunge Elvis and boasting junkyard guitar like nothing currently on earth..."

Alternative Press (12/95, p.78) - "...This is real big sound, a real strong record, and while it could be Spencer's closet riffs Boss Hog are airing out, the addition of Cristina's colorful vocal wardrobe makes for a totally fresh kind of listen. Econo-soul with girl-positive attitude."

Melody Maker (9/30/95, p.34) - Recommended - "...Fronting possibly the best looking band on the planet, Cristina [Martinez] has developed her previous sexploited persona into one of sophisticated, subversive glamour....BOSS HOG has [the band] defining a unique sound that's travelled far from its punk-rock roots..."

Musician (3/96, p.92) - "...the best tracks build from the bottom up; that commitment to deep groove makes Boss Hog's blues uplifting..."

NME (Magazine) (9/30/95, p.56) - 7 (out of 10) - "...This isn't only a hundred degrees Fahrenheit punk rockabilly with alcohol poisoning....Hog vocabulary also takes in prom rock and roll...moodier, woozier cello landscapes...stiletto-bitch metal...and teenage delinquency....their major label debut is sweet and cunning..."
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