Boss Hog – Action Box [Maroon / Black] (2×7″, US)

Mid-1991 Amphetamine Reptile Scale 39
A. Big Fish
B. Bunny Fly

C. Black Throat
D. Not Guilty

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NOTES:
Double 7″ set, limited to 1000 copies on Maroon (Record One) and Black (Record Two) vinyl, European version is on black vinyl and the Black Throat / Not Guilty 7″ was available with an alternate picture sleeve. Sleeve has catalogue number printed in the top left hand corner, inside sleeve has a contact address for Cristina, records have different labels in comparison to the European edition and have jukebox-style centre holes.

Unusually Cristina is spelt with a ‘H’ inside the sleeve even though it is spelt without on the rear.

Each 7″ is in white paper inner-sleeves housed in wraparound cover.

All tracks were issued on the Japanese verson of Girl + and Black Throat also appeared on Porn Vol. 4 (7″, US) and Screwed: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

The following is an extract from issue #43 of Alternative Press where the band discuss various aspects of this release:

“The tour not only provided a recording locale for the most of the Action Box double 7”, but it also supplied part of the inspiration. The conversation becomes more heated as we verge onto a subject Boss Hog are very fond of: sleaze. Self-proclaimed experts in the subject, the group gets excited and begins talking over each other to explain the origins of the Action Box. Charlie, an expert on all things concerning action, begins.

“Ever since Cristina, Jon and I met Billy Idol at Jones Beach a couple of years ago, the phrase, ‘More, more, more’ really got into my mind.”

Cristina picks up the story. “We got to got to a Billy Idol photo shoot,” she continues, “and he kept going into the bathroom with his assistant. I wasn’t really paying attention, got bored after he started grabbing his crotch, and left. But I heard the next day that he’s infamous for going to do coke in the bathroom. And then we heard this story…”

“…that he was in the toilet stall getting a blow job and he was yelling, ‘More, more, more!'” Jon concludes with a flourish.

“So after that I started referring to Billy Idol as ‘the action man,'” smirks Charlie. “And ‘action’ was one of the many catch phrases I popularized amongst me and my friends. We were on this tour in Germany, and on the first rest stop we were in, they had these condom machines, and there was this condom package which they sell, two pretty bad condoms, actually…”

“Works fine for Charlie,” Cristina interrupts.

“…and this mysterious creme in a tube,” Charlie continues enthusiastically, “packaged inside this box with this firework display and wild type on it and it was called the ‘Action Box.'”

“We tried to duplicate the cover,” explains Cristina, “and we were initially going to put in two condoms and a little tube of lubricant – stay hard creme – but it was way too expensive. It didn’t work. We wimped out.”

The overall theme of action is carried on throughout the songs on the EP, especially on “Black Throat,” an all-star jam with Jim Thirlwell of Foetus (“When you think of porno rock you think of Jim Thirlwell,” opines Jon.) and Bewitched’s Bob Bert and DJ Cream O’Wheat. The song itself is a cover version of the theme from a movie made by the Dark Bros.

“The Dark Bros. are these wacky guys in California who make porno films,” Cristina smiles. “They made New Wave Hookers, Traci Lords was in a lot of their movies and had to be edited out. So we have this preview tape at home and it has this great brilliant song on it, really funny.” ”

SONG CREDITS:
BAND: Cristina Martinez, Jonathan Spencer, Charlie Ondras, Kurt Wolf & Jens Jurgensen

[The producer name is spelt ‘Dale Griffins’ on this release and ‘Dale Griffen’ on Girl + (CD, JAPAN)]

A1. Big Fish
Recorded for the John Peel Show, Radio 1, UK.
At Maida Vale Studio 3, London, BBC.
Producer: Dale Griffen
Sound Engineer: S. Askew & D. McCarthy.
Broadcast 30 March 1991 (p) BBC 1991.
Released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd.
Drums: Charlie Ondras
Bass: Jens Jurgensen
Guitar: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Kurt Wolf
Vocals: Cristina Martinez
Ashtray / Percussion: Remko

A2. Bunny Fly
Recorded for the John Peel Show, Radio 1, UK.
At Maida Vale Studio 3, London, BBC.
Producer: Dale Griffen
Sound Engineer: S. Askew & D. McCarthy.
Broadcast 30 March 1991 (p) BBC 1991.
Released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd.
Drums: Charlie Ondras
Bass: Jens Jurgensen
Guitar: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Kurt Wolf
Vocals: Cristina Martinez
Ashtray / Percussion: Remko

B1. Black Throat
Writers: Dark Brothers
Recorded at Bair Tracks Studio, NYC, 1991
Produced: Clint Ruin and Boss Hog
Guest Vocals: J.G. Thirlwell, Bob Bert & Charlie Ondras.
Drums: Charlie Ondras
Bass: Jens Jurgensen
Guitar: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Kurt Wolf
Vocals: Cristina Martinez

B2. Not Guilty
Recorded at Bair Tracks Studio, NYC, 1991
Produced: Clint Ruin and Boss Hog
Drums: Charlie Ondras
Bass: Jens Jurgensen
Guitar: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Kurt Wolf
Vocals: Cristina Martinez

SLEEVE NOTES:
“The Boss Hog All-Stars: Cristina Martinez, Jonathan Spencer, Charlie Ondras, Kurt Wolf & Jens Jurgensen. Guest Stars on ‘Black Throat’: Clint Ruin, Bob Bert & DJ David Cream of Wheat. ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Bunny Fly’ recorded at Maida Vale Studio 3, London, BBC. Producer: Dale Griffins. Sound Engineer: S. Askew & D. McCarthy. Broadcast 30 March 1991 (p) BBC 1991. Released by arrangement with BBC Enterprises Ltd. Black Throat & Not Guilty recorded at Bair Tracks, NYC. Special Black Throat mix by Clint Ruin.”

INSIDE SLEEVE:
“WRITE US:
Christina
P.O. Box 20528
New York, NY 10009”

DETAILS:
ARTWORK: [no details]

BARCODE: n/a

RUN-OUT GROOVE ENGRAVING:
1A: “NR-18795AX”
1B: “NR-18795BX”
2A: “NR-18796AX”
2B: “NR-18796BX”

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