is an American punk blues
band including the husband and wife duo of Jon Spencer
(guitar) and Cristina Martinez (vocals) along with Jens Jurgensen (bass), Hollis Queens (drums) and Mark Boyce (keyboard). Their name derives from a slang term amongst bikers for a desirable "boss" motorcycle "hog".
The band achieved some notoriety, not only due to their abrasive sound, but more to Martinez's confrontational use of full nudity on the band's debut live performance and record sleeves. Their releases were relatively sporadic, but comprised three full length albums, a mini-album, an EP and a number of singles in an 11 year history. Recently (2009) the band has toured again.
Jon Spencer's other bands include Pussy Galore
, of which Martinez became a peripheral member, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
which existed in parallel to Boss Hog.
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Jon Spencer and Cristina Martinez first met in 1985 at a gig by The Jesus and Mary Chain
in Washington, D.C.
, where both were living. Spencer had already formed the seminal noise-rock band Pussy Galore
, which soon moved from D.C. to New York
, accompanied by Martinez, mainly due to her romantic interest in Spencer, although she also enrolled in a film course at New York University
. Martinez was soon to drop out of her course and join Pussy Galore as 3rd guitarist, despite her lack of... Read More