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Pussy Galore

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Washington DC, United States (1985 – 1990)

Pussy Galore was an American band from 1985 to 1990, formed in Washington, DC. Being young Jon Spencer’s first band, Pussy Galore was reknowned for their sonic disharmony, capacity for sheer noise power, utter contempt for the local emocore and straight edge bands, and complete disregard for lyrical decency and musical songcraft. The band’s earliest incarnation consisted of guitarist and vocalist Jon Spencer, guitarist Julie Cafritz and drummer John Hamill though this line-up would be subject to both change and expansion in later years. Following the self released 7” Feel Good About Your Body, they added guitarist Neil Hagerty, and replaced Hamill with former Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert after the band moved to New York City. They further expanded the line-up by taking on then 16 year old Cristina Martinez as a guitarist though she was not really a musician, she had simply taken the photograph for the 7”, and recorded the EP Groovy Hate Fuck. The EP, like all of their early releases, would be self-released on their own Shove Records label.

Just prior to the EP’s release, they publicly vented their hatred for Dischord Records boss Ian MacKaye and made themselves even more unpopular amongst Washington D.C.’s hardcore punk scene. They subsequently left for New York where they released a limited-edition cassette-only cover album of the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. They followed this up in January 1987 with another self-released mini-set Pussy Gold 5000. Shortly after this Martinez left the band and formed Boss Hog a few years later.

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