Posted in music | tour dates on November 17, 2008

by Black Bubblegum


If there's one thing that ATP is good at, it's a reunion. One gaze through the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas 2008 lineup and it becomes evident that the Melvins and Mike Patton haven't let us down with the addition of Boss Hog. The Jon Spencer/Cristina Martinez (husband-wife) project (formed post-Pussy Galore and pre-Blues Explosion) will be, though technically not broken up, playing their first gig in over seven years.

A little history, courtesy the world's most accurate online encyclopedia:

Boss Hog was formed in 1989, as something of an accidental side project, when Jon and Cristina were told of a last minute vacancy on the bill at the influential New York punk club CBGB's. The pair put together a group of musicians from members of The Honeymoon Killers and Unsane, along with Kurt Wolf from Pussy Galore. The gig is reported to have been an underground sensation in New York, not least because Cristina performed the whole show naked.

The same line-up of Spencer, Martinez, Charlie Ondras, Jerry Teel and Kurt Wolf recorded the mini-album Drinkin', Lechin' & Lyin' for the record label Amphetamine Reptile in 1989. Martinez continued the sexual notoriety by appearing on the cover naked save for thigh-length black leather stilletto boots and arm-length black leather gloves.

The ATP gig is in Minehead on December 5th, and Boss Hog have another UK show scheduled for December 8th at The Luminaire in London (tickets here, overseas folk), BUT FIRST, Boss Hog will play a show at Maxwell's in Hoboken on December 3rd (tickets are on sale), and we also hear they may be playing a BUST magazine (holiday?) party at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on December 17th.

Jon Spencer has also been keeping busy lately with his band Heavy Trash. They played a few NYC shows back in August. We're not sure what else Christina is up to. All Boss Hog dates and a video below...

Boss Hog - "Whiteout" City Slang Records

Dec 3rd - Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ
DEC 5th - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas MINEHEAD, UK
DEC 8th - The Luminaire LONDON, UK
DEC 17th - The Bowery Ballroom NEW YORK, NY ??



Comments (15)

updated, thanks!

Posted by brooklynvegan | November 17, 2008 3:54 AM

I'd hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2008 10:26 AM

I'd throw a plate of Mofongo on it.

Posted by nESTOR, A pouftet | November 17, 2008 11:08 AM

Dear Yeah Yeah Yeahs,
We'd like to take our sound back now.
Boss Hog

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2008 11:24 AM

"Dear Yeah Yeah Yeahs,
We'd like to take our sound back now.
Boss Hog"

What is a sound if you have crappy songs?

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2008 11:57 AM

Boss Hog had a cool sound but they never did care much about writing songs. Although "Ruby" was great. The Ike & Tina cover was their finest moment.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2008 12:14 PM

A great band from the early 1990s. Any records past 1994, however, are suspect. "Cold Hands" is a masterpiece.

Posted by Regular reader | November 17, 2008 12:26 PM

pussy galore, indeed

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2008 1:23 PM

@Regular reader:

Agreed! The Amphetamine Reptile stuff is where it's at!

Posted by noyokono | November 17, 2008 3:06 PM

"Cold Hands" is the greatest... but that "Boss Hog" album from 1995 is pretty fine though

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2008 3:38 PM

excellent Boss Hog memories all day.

hot stuff. Wish they'd come back full time.

Posted by Anonymous | November 18, 2008 4:35 AM

Girl + was the greatest thing they ever did. Saw them on that tour opening for TMBG (Apollo 18 tour) in NYC.

Posted by wingwalker77 | November 18, 2008 8:27 AM

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