JULIE CAFRITZ of PUSSY GALORE & FREE KITTEN

“SONG FOR EWE”
with JULIE CAFRITZ of
PUSSY GALORE & FREE KITTEN

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“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

Today’s guest is someone for whom an SM57 microphone in the hand is like a stick of dynamite, she’s not only been in one epochal punk band she’s been in two, both of which seismically rocked my world, both of which featured duelling vocals, where the winner for me was always JULIE CAFRITZ of PUSSY GALORE and FREE KITTEN.

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I owned and loved the Pussy Galore records “Right Now!” and “Dial M For Motherfucker” but it wasn’t until Free Kitten put records out on Wiiija Records, the label run by Gary Walker who was a great supporter of the original Velvet Sheep fanzine, that I got to see Julie Cafritz play live.

With Kim Gordon, Mark Ibold & Yoshimi, Free Kitten rocked the Rough Trade Neal Street sweatbox and then tore up my regular haunt the Highbury Garage. I was so blown away I bought a t-shirt (the white and green cartoon one), a rare occurrence those days and was never out of it.

I was thrilled when last year Julie agreed to be interviewed for a piece on The Quietus to celebrate/commemorate 25th anniversary of “Dial M For Motherfucker” particularly as the disintegration of the relationship (at the time) between Jon Spencer and Julie coincided with the production of the album, so Julie’s account was key to the story. The piece went down well, and I’ve stayed in touch with Julie since.

I can honestly say she’s one of my favourite people in rock music, and I was chuffed when she agreed to share a song she’s enjoyed recently with the resurrected Velvet Sheep fanzine…

Over to Julie:

“There were so many choices because having recently completed a monster mixtape, many songs, obscure and not obscure, have been obsessively floating through my head. Like many songs. Like a hundred and thirteen songs. But I narrowed it down to five. And then to two. The first of the two was “Television Addict” by The Victims…awesome fucking smart dumb punk greatness.

This is not that. Number two, but for your purposes, Number Won is Vivien Goldman’s “Launderette” brilliant…”

MANY THANKS AGAIN TO JULIE CAFRITZ

Author: Nick Hutchings

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