Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
This is about as close to the blues as punk rock gets, and it ain't pretty. That's probably a given with Jon Spencer strangling yelps and moans from his six-string thing and belting away in that over-the-top shout of his. ... more »
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This is about as close to the blues as punk rock gets, and it ain't pretty. That's probably a given with Jon Spencer strangling yelps and moans from his six-string thing and belting away in that over-the-top shout of his. His partner in crime, singer Cristina Martinez, howls along in a desperate croon that suggests Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon but is far more dangerous. This whole mess, in fact, is a careening, drunken/stoned, stumbling trip through some of the seediest musical territory you'll encounter on a major label. Boss Hog bastardize and incorporate a miasma of blues-related styles, ranging from R&B to rap to some dirty-ass funk, and always sound as if they're having a ball doing it. Boss Hog are sleazy, sexy, debauched, and entirely raunchy, and we're not necessarily talking about the lyrics. While their sound is similar in certain aspects to Spencer's own Blues Explosion records (minimal, raw, and very analog), the extra dimension added by Martinez's voice effectively distinguishes the two bands. Fans of the Blues Explosion are likely to enjoy this album, as is anyone who likes really nasty, bluesy punk. --Adem Tepedelen
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Ronald Battista | Colorado Springs, CO | 12/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"John Spencer's side band with his wife, I believe...I haven't been able to dislike anything the man has touched, be it Pussy Galore, The Blues Explosion, or this.Bleeds through your speakers and hits you over the head with a shovel full of feedback drenched power chords and overamped squiggly solos. Plus, a few songs for Gen-X lovebirds: an Ike and Tina cover, and "I Idolize You". First record Ive heard to use a Telex printer as an instrument. Funky, noisy, full of testosterone. His wife is meaner than you. A combustion engine full of hard rock, and other such florid metaphors."
NYC Punk Rock with melody, edge, and some lovely violins...
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Spencer (of Blues Explosion) and his wife Cristina Martinez make some pretty loud punk music together. Cristina's got style and songwriting ability. John Spencer adds some spice, Blues Explosion style. They've got a fabulous combination of incredible guitar hooks (Punkture, for example) and weirdness (Texas...beautiful horror movie music, Ski Bunny...50s bop with a modern punk twist). The only problem I had was the cover of I Idolize You (originally Ike & Tina Turner--Dynamite! or Greatist Hits--buy those too!). John and Cristina may be the hippest, sexiest, most talented couple in NY music right now...but that doesn't make them no Ike & Tina. John Spencer (on fuzzy, overprocessed lead vocals) sounds like a sick tomcat and Cristina's backups are dull as a 6th grade talent show. I happen to love the original, so I'm glad they've got the taste to cover it, but they should have listened to it afterwards and said: "Okay, that was fun, but we should just keep this to ourselves." Overall a great record though. Highly recommended."
A brilliant sloppy mess...
ms. coupal | NY, USA | 10/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A brilliant sloppy mess! They tap into this grungy, sexual energy that propels the music through its more melodic, rocking bits to its noisy, sonic assualt pieces. The one step away from the mess is "I Dig You" which manages to keep the momentum of their louder songs but allow a little private moment for some charming white-trash love."