“Knock My Teeth Out, Make Way For The Gold…” — Boss Hog, ‘I Dig You’

boss hog jon spencerIn the early-mid ’90s, while I was knee deep into the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, this “side project” by Spencer and his wife Christina Martinez was a god send. It called itself Boss Hog, and was a mixture of the JSBX’s trademark howling and rock & roll sneer, coupled with a punkish pop sheen that made things all the more bizarre and messier.

In my head I always imagined an indie rock take on Ike and Tina Turner’s shtick, which actually still sounds fairly appropriate today. Christina Martinez, more that a little easy of the eyes, takes an equal share of the reins insuring that Boss Hog are anything but a “Jon Spencer Blues Explosion + female vocalist” novelty. The album is all fuzzed out and garage-y pop that still sounds relevant today. If you’re into the Blues Explosion and somehow missed out on the Hog, dig these tracks below for a taste.

Boss Hog released a follow-up LP, five years later, entitled Whiteout, in 2000 — I have yet to pick it up. Heard it?

Related: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion :: Afro (video)

Elsewhere: WXPN in Philly is broadcasting their four day music festival live with about twenty bands playing. You can hear it streaming here. Also, they are ramping up their 885 Moments In Music feature.

MP3: Boss Hog :: I Dig You
MP3: Boss Hog :: Sam
MP3: Boss Hog :: Walk In
Amazon: Boss Hog – Boss Hog

www.thejonspencerbluesexplosion.com ++ get boss hog’s s/t album at emusic

+ Download Boss Hog through eMusic’s 25 Free MP3 offer.
+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional JSBX MP3s.

7 Responses to “Knock My Teeth Out, Make Way For The Gold”

  1. I was/am a huge Blues Explosion fan and liked the first Boss Hog, but was severely disappointed with Whiteout. It was too polished for my tastes, I needed something a little more garagey and dirty.

    Heavy Trash is great though, if you didn’t already know. It’s what I’ve been wanting from Jon Spencer for a long long time.

  2. I too am a huge JSBX fan, but unlike Greg I loved Whiteout…it was polished, but the term is relative…

  3. […] New Music Friday: Thirty-Second Edition Ready for some free music in your Zune? Okletsgo: First up this week, Arjan Writes has a free MP3 of Freezepop’s “Ninja Of Love,” taken from their upcoming album “Future Future Future Perfect” Next up this week, a treat for Hip hop fans: Different Kitchen has two Camp Lo tracks. Free music is awesome, isn’t it? Anyways, Brooklyn Vegan serves up a Black Lips track Music for Robots this week posts a Ben Folds track, and one from Budos Band Also, Florence and The Machine feat. Kid Harpoon rock Cleveland And you can get a Fionn Regan track, over at Chromewaves, who calls the record “unassuming” Dodge at MOKB posts a track from my favorite band: Tokyo Police Club, as well as 2 other good bands An Aquarium Drunkard links to three Boss Hog tracks. Jax from Rockinsider has a track from The Valley Arena. Awesome. In a post that will appeal to fans of many genres Fluxblog posts tracks from GZA, Clipse, and Pavement. It’s true, I love Spoon. GvB has a track for us all to enjoy. And last but certainly not least, You Can Take the Boy Out of Brooklyn posts a track from another favorite of mine:  Fine Frenzy. Ok folks, enjoy the music and have a great weekend!  |  Saturday, July 21, 2007 12:18 AM  |  0 Comments Tags: new music, Friday  […]

  4. Justin have you heard his latest album Spencer Dickinson?

    “The Book Of Love” and “Away Baby” are insane!

  5. yeah – great joint. i just got a copy of Heavy Trash in the mail 2day as well

  6. I dig your groovy hips.

    I dig your Barbecued Lips.

  7. Boss Hog had several albums & ep’s prior to these two that are also worth checking out. They have a more Pussy Galore-ish sound. You should seek them out, if only for the album covers alone 😉 .

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