Associated Entries: Pussy Galore, Unsane
Band which includes Jon Spencer and Christina Martinez, as well as Jens Jurgensen, Hollis Queens and Mark Boyce.
Boss Hog was formed in 1989, when Pussy Galore, led by Spencer, was still active. However, internal fighting within the band eventually destroyed them and thus Boss Hog went from being a side project of sorts to a full-on band, including Spencer, his wife Christina Martinez and members of fellow bands Unsane and Honeymoon Killers.
As a line-up of Spencer, Martinez, Charlie Ondras (Unsane), Jerry Teel and Kurt Wolf (Pussy Galore), they recorded Drinkin’, Lechin’ and Lyin’ for Amphetamine Reptile in 1989. Martinez appeared nearly naked on the cover of the album, which eventually became a band’s trademark (she also played naked during the band’s first show at CBGB’s).
In the 90s, band line-up was changing frequently – Pete Shore from Unsane joined the band and they a did tour with Laughing Hyenas in the early 90s. After release of Cold Hands album in 1990 Shore and Teel left the band and Jens Jurgensen joined in as a tour bassist for their European tour. They recorded “Action Box” in 1990, which was followed by a departure of Wolf and an addition of Marcelus Hall (Railroad Jerk) to the line-up.
In 1993, they released “Girl +” EP (produced by Martin Bisi), which became the turning point in their career. It led to a deal with David Geffen Company/DGC. Fake biography created by DGC mentioned that Jourgensen was a former member of Swans, a rumor that was misreported by many as a fact.
Their self-titled 1995 album once again featured Christina Martinez on the cover, but this time as a cartoon. The band toured Europe in support of the album, after which they decided to take a break – the band appeared in “Joe’s Apartment” movie and Jon and Christina had their first child, whom they named Charlie, in the honor of Unsane/Boss Hog guitarist Charlie Ondras, who died from an overdose in 1992.
Their next release was 2000 “Whiteout” and featured Mark Boyce on keyboards. There were two different album covers, both of which featured Martinez – on one cover she appeared topless and on the other she was seen wearing white underwear. “Whiteout” became another of their successes, but Boss Hog took an extended break again until 2008, when it was confirmed that in December they will play at “All Tomorrow’s Parties” festival.
– “J.D. (Jefferson Davis) Hogg (better known as “Boss” Hogg) is afictional character featured in the American television series, The Dukes of Hazzard. He was the greedy, unethical commissioner of Hazzard County. Boss Hogg always wore an all-white suit with a white cowboy hat and regularly smoked cigars. The role of Boss Hogg was played by Sorrell Booke, who appeared for many years on radio, stage, and film before finding the role that made him a household name.
His namesake is Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.” (Wikipedia)
– Christina Martinez appeared completely naked on some of their record covers, which generated a considerable amount of controversy.
– Their name comes from a slang term used by bikers.
– Jon and Christina met The Jesus & Mary Chain concert in Washington DC in 1985
– The band played themselves in 1996 movie “Joe’s Apartment”
– Jon and Christina named their first child Charlie, in order to honor former bandmate Charlie Ondras (who
was also playing in Unsane)
Charlie Ondras (1965-1992) (Unsane)
Drinking, Lechin & Lyin’ LP (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1989)
Cold Hands LP (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1990)
Action Box 2×7 (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1991)
Girl+ EP 10″/ CD (Amphetamine Reptile, 1993)
Boss Hog LP / CD (Geffen / DGC, 1995)
I Dig You 12″ (Geffen, 1995)
Porn 4 7″ (Split with Cows) (Amphetamine Reptile, 1995)
Winn Coma maxi-single (1996)
Get It While You Wait (1999)
Itchy + Scratchy (2000)
“Fix Me” on Crunchouse (Glitterhouse, 1989)
“Red Bath” on Dope, Guns ‘N’ Fucking In The Streets Vol.4 / Volumes 4-7 (Amphetamine Reptile, 1990)
“Gerard” on Ugly American Overkill (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1990)
“Action Box Commercial 1 + 2” on Dope, Guns & Fucking Up Your Video Deck, Vol. 2 (Amphetamine Reptile + Atavistic, 1992)
“Fire Of Love” on Smells Like Smoked Sausages (Sub Pop, 1992)
“Some Sara” on 1993 Sampler (Amphetamine Reptile Europe, 1993)
“Hustler” on Dope, Guns And Destroying Your Video Deck, Vol. 3 (Amphetamine Reptile + Atavistic, 1993)
“White Sand” on Swag (Geffen, 1995)
“Sam” on USA Today (New Musical Express, 1995)
“Winn Coma” on Buy Product 2: Brief Encounters (DGC, 1995)
“Soultrap” on Swag American Style (Geffen, 1996)
“What The Fuck” on Lords Of The Boards (Ariola, 1997)
“I’m Not Like Everybody Else” on Suburbia Soundtrack(Geffen, 1997)
“Whiteout” on A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise 2000 (PIAS Benelux, 2000)
“Stereolight” on New Voices Vol. 34 (Rolling Stone Germany, 2000)