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Friday, January 13, 2012

Speaking of Jennifer Herrema...

Posted by on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

  • K.C. Fennessy

For those who only know Herrema from RTX and Black Bananas, she has a long history in music, not as long as that of Gerard Cosloy, but long enough.

While digging through my archives—a magazine rack in the hallway—I happened upon my sole issue of Conflict, the acidly funny fanzine from the Matador co-owner, who also oversees sports-oriented site Can't Stop the Bleeding.

  • K.C. Fennessy

I would've followed Conflict more closely, except I was following a dozen other fanzines—Motorbooty, Rollerderby, Bananafish, etc.—back in the heyday of the form. So anyway, I'm pretty sure I picked up this issue because of the cover stars: Herrema and ex-Pussy Galore guitarist Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux. I was a big PG fan, so I was bound to take an interest in anything Hagerty did next.

Trux wasn't what I was expecting, but I like surprises, and Jennifer and Neil offered up downer-fueled experimentation that stood in opposition to Pussy Galore's upper-fueled provocation. As Cosloy states in the interview above, "Whether or not Royal Trux seem much at all like a rock band is a subject of minor controversy (depends, probably, on what you think rock is to begin with)."

In classic Cosloy style, he adds, "It's OK if you'd prefer to view Royal Trux as 2 untalented, junkie retards...that's what people say behind their backs anyway."

By contrast, Pussy Galore singer/guitarist Jon Spencer's segue to the sleaze-filled shenanigans of the Honeymoon Killers, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Heavy Trash wasn't quite so surprising (and I loved the 'Killers, too).

Given the choice, I'd take Hagerty over Spencer any day, though I suppose that's a blog post for another day, i.e. I still have all my PG singles, CDs, and cassettes, but my shelves are JSBX-free. Shout your name too many fucking times—"Blues Explosion!"—and I'm giving you the boot. It's the audio equivalent of Patrick Bateman staring at himself in the mirror while sexing up some lovely (seriously, American Psycho features the upper-fueled performance for which Christian Bale should have won the Oscar, though he's good value in The Fighter, too).

Forget Kim and Thurston, Courtney and Kurt, Cristina and Jon—Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty were the hottest hot couple of the late-1980s/early-1990s.


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And "Twin Infinitives" is one of the all-time greatest aural mindfucks ever.
Posted by maddogm13 on January 13, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
i feel bad for anybody who only know herrema from rtx and black bananas. royal trux is better than both those bands combined!
Posted by bp baggins on January 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Estey 3
You riff marvelously, KC. PG > all the rest related, yes. Jennifer = narcotic crush. I drool to read that Conflict. And thanks for reminding me of the other contemporaneous zines during Motorbooty's beginnings; it sprained my brain to remember those titles when Dave brought it up the other day.
Posted by Estey on January 14, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this
love this
Posted by Kelly O on January 14, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 5
@1, 2, 3, 4 Yes and thanks! Dave's Motorbooty post jogged my memory. There's something in the air, because a Chickfactor festival is also on the way. So glad zines haven't been forgotten.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on January 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM · Report this
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Posted by tallchris on January 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
od 7
re - the above commenter... as much as I love Royal Trux's zoned out crusade, I think Black Bananas offers another distinct reality - naturally psychedelic, spirited, true, hot....I just can't live in the past....
Posted by od on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM · Report this

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