Boss Hog – NME: On The Couch / Get It While You Wait [Review] (PRESS, UK)

22 April 2000 NME
Boss Hog - NME: On The Couch / Get It While You Wait [Review] (PRESS, UK)
Issue of NME which features a review of Get It While You Wait by Boss Hog and a short interview with Cristina Martinez in their weekly ‘On The Couch’ column (Jon Spencer answered these same questions in the issue of 5 December 1998)
“Cristina Martinez
Boss Hog

What song describes you best?
“Viva Las Vegas’. It’s the city of big-life glamour, of living your life like a movie. The city of sin!”

What is heaven?
“Being with my family, Jon and my son.”

What is hell?
“Being bored. Waiting.”

What’s your earliest memory?
“We used to live in a little house in Mount Pleasant, Washington DC; it was a very poor neighbourhood at that time. I remember my father and my brother and I were completely fascinated by this. My father just dumped the trash and wanted to go back in, but I insisted on freeing this rat. So we put a stick in the can, and the rat crawled up out on the stick, and it was not until then I realised I should probably be afraid, and I ran screaming back into the house.”

What’s your greatest fear?
“To lose faith. Primarilt in myself, or in the future being brighter than the present.”

Who is you all time hero?
“Probably Nick Cave, somebody who has a really had a great career and has always been very true to his art.”

What’s the worst trouble you’ve been in?
“When I lose hope and faith, I feel very alienated. You can do very desperate things in those moments, and I think that’s big trouble, to be desperate.”

Who was the first love of your life?
“My father was a big fan of rock’n’roll, and the first person who I wanted to be was Elvis. And then, very shortly afterwards, Dean Martin, because Dean Martin always got all the ladies and had all the charm!”

What’s your greatest talent?
“I can charm the pants off anybody.”

Upon whom would you most like to exact revenge?
“Wouldn’t you like to know!”

What can you cook?
“I can cook real well, but I can’t bake. I’m about the meat of the meal, let someone else handle the dessert.”

What’s your most treasured possession?
“My memories, and my life experiences – if you lose those, you don’t have anything. I don’t keep diaries – I make records.”

Can you read music?
“No. And sometimes I can’t even hear music.”

What have you most regretted doing while drunk?

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
“You only learn through your own experiences. When I was pregnant, Kim Gordon told me, ‘All the clichés are true, good and bad.’ Not until. you’ve lived through it do you know.”

If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?
“I live in New York; I’m invisible every single day.”

What are your final three wishes?
“To find peace. And really, that takes care of it all. I mean, I wish for world peace as well, but hey, it’s gotta start at home!” ”


“Boss Hog
Get It While You Wait (City Slang)

Another flavour of NYC cool, Cristina Martinez and co eking out the kind of ennui-laden electroid epic-pop fellow ex-goths Garbage used to dominate MTV with. But whereas Garage smear their existential grooves with an icy, ‘aren’t-I-screwed-up’ sub-Annie Lennox hysteria, there’s something altogether more honest, down-to-earth about this track. ‘Get It While You Wait’ is the sound of loneliness and isolation, a cigarette burning absently to the stub in an Edward Hopper painting. Uh-huh, their hair looks beautiful. ”