Monday, November 17, 2008

Get it while you can: Boss Hog is back

Somewhere in the deep recesses of the EV Grieve "drafts" folder, I had a post in the works titled "Whatever happened to...Boss Hog." They were my favorite local band for years...part of a post-scum rock scene on the LES that included the likes of Unsane, Railroad Jerk, Cop Shoot Cop and the Honeymoon Killers, among others.

Well, I won't babble on about Boss Hog's biographical nuts and bolts and the seismic demographic shifts that have eroded the Orchard/Ludlow corridor. Maybe another day. Anyway, after a handful of releases spanning 1989-2000...the band just seemingly disappeared after 2001. Mainstays Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez (husband and wife) had a son...and Spencer continued on with The Blues Explosion and Heavy Trash. I'd see the two around once in awhile, in Union Square or in store. But I'm not the "hey, I'm a big fan, what the fuck you guys doing now?" type person.

Today, Brooklyn Vegan drops a report that allowed me to delete my "Whatever happened to..." post. Boss Hog will be getting back together to play a few gigs next month.

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 ??

If you want to know more about Spencer and the pre-Boss Hog days of Pussy Galore, Alex has you covered.

Meanwhile...from the archives....

The video for "Hustler" from the "Girl +" EP:

From CBGB in 1993:

An AmRep ad for their Big Action Box single:


Anonymous said...

I saw Jon Spencer in the Union Square Green Market this weekend (there's really no missing him). What's odd about this is that this is the SECOND time I've seen him in Union Square Park:

Anonymous said...

Ah, good stuff! I added the link to your essay out front.

Anonymous said...

am i allowed to post that photo of you with a certain boss hog member's name written on your stomach?

Anonymous said...



Anyway, please no. I may run for office one day.

Anonymous said...

OK, out of respect for the band member's father, who I know you are friends with, I will keep the photo to mice elf. For now.

Anonymous said...


check this website for Boss Hog and Spencer-info