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Julia Cafritz joined forces with fellow Brown University dropout Jon Spencer in 1985 to form lo-fi, garage noise band Pussy Galore. Starting out in an ostensibly uptight Washington, D.C. and relocating to New York City, Pussy Galore challenged the notion of what rock and roll— and music— could be. Enlisting a revolving cast of who’s who in the NYC punk/indie scene, Pussy Galore achieved cult status and spawned bands like Royal Trux and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
With no prior musical experience, Julia wielded her guitar and part-time screams as expressions of angst and weapons of provocation. After Julia quit Pussy Galore in 1989, she brought her attitude and intensity to bands such as the Action Swingers, STP, and Free Kitten. In this episode, Julia talks growing up as a goody-goody, impressing the Scarsdale Diet Doctor murderer, and creating “anti-music” out of anger.
Produced by Allison Wolfe and Jonathan Shifflett
Photo by Linda Wolfe