Jon Spencer of the Blues Explosion: My Life in 10 Songs

From Pussy Galore to 'Freedom Tower,' the combustible blues-punker looks back

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Boss Hog, "I Dig You" (1995)

We asked for a certain type of agreement. Of course, it was still a major-label agreement, but we were able to do what we wanted to do. They left us alone in the studio. I mean you can listen to that record, it's pretty funky. Funky in sort of a homemade way, it's not super polished or pro. We were careful, we read the contract, we knew what was going on.

When we were being wooed by Geffen, Cristina and I actually went in and had a meeting with David Geffen. I remember asking him something like, "So what do you think about a particular Sonic Youth song?" And David Geffen was very honest. I think he said something like, "You know, I couldn't tell you about that song, but I trust that these other. . ." He seemed like a straight-shooter.

It wasn't bad working with Geffen. It was not a bad experience, and I'm generally not a big fan of the music industry. We're talking two, three years post-Nirvana. That was like the gold rush. And as much as I resented all that, because that was the death of it all, and I'm a person that came out of the American underground and Nirvana and that success fucked everything up and ruined it. . .I think there were people that got in and got out unscathed. Melvins were one, Boss Hog was one, we're around today making a new record.

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