Boss Hog by Boss Hog

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The New Punk

Jun 21, 2000 (Updated Jun 21, 2000)
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Pros:Fun punk approach with southern rock influence

Cons:Sometimes sounds a little too rough

Boss Hog is the made up of the remnants of Jon Spencer's now defunct older band Pussie Galore. A punk experimentation band that he and his wife, Christina Martinez, fronted back in the days when they stomped around good old Washington D.C. Boss Hog made their debut when a last minute cancellation at CBGB's forced them to perform. The band was forever remembered that night when, for their performing debut, Christina performed in the nude.

Later on Jon Spencer founded his own band the simply named, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion with Judah Bauer and Russell Simins (Not the Def Jam Records owner). But Jon also has another band fronted by his wife, Christina Martinez called Boss Hog, and in this band he's just a sideman.

Boss Hog is a punk band with a southern blues kick to it. Imagine the Clash, or the Stiff Little Fingers playing as a bar band in Louisiana and you have Boss Hog. Christina Martinez fronts the band with her sexy, confrontational voice and proves to everyone that this is her band. The guitar is fast and furious in songs like Winn Coma, which could've been the anthem to any teenage angst I've ever experienced.

My favorite song on the album is one that I can't really spell out on this reveiw, but that's never stopped me before. "What the F_u_c_k" is a rocking song with fun guitar chords and a sexy screaming Christina Martinez giving orders while old Jonny boy just shouting "Ya" in the background and a few obscenities just to show you that he's there. My only complaint about the song is that its too short, I mean with such a fun guitar rift and great vocals it could've held out for a lot longer.

I would suggest Boss Hog to those people who are looking for a good punk band to groove to, because you can groove to this band and still be considered a punk. The tracks are originally composed and have a real bite to them. There is also a little standout piece called "I Idolize You" which was originally written by Ike Turner. but don't be fooled into thinking that Christina and Jon are anything like that other husband and wife team. In Boss Hog things are harmonious between Chris and Jon, no violence or the presence of an overbearing male influence, in here Christina holds the reigns and Jon is only eager to follow his wife.


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