August 23, 2008

I WANT TO BE NONA HENDRYX WHEN I GROW UP

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In high school I wanted to be Thurston Moore when I grew up. Then I saw Sonic Youth and realized that Lee played all the parts I had attributed to TM. And I didn't want to be Lee; he's not very glamorous.
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Then I wanted to be Lester Bangs, as some of you who have read Hit it or Quit it surely remember that long phase of bluster... that has not ended.
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But now I want to be Nona Hendryx when I grow up. Patti's big gospel swoop tends to steal the light, but Nona is a terror. After they broke up, Nona did a metal album, joined Talking Heads, did a bunch of insane disco singles with all manner of people, she still dresses in head to toe leather and wrote seven of the 10 songs on Nightbirds, which is the only record that matters to me right now.

Posted by Jessica at August 23, 2008 11:16 AM | TrackBack