The Pussy Rock Monologues

On one man's obsession with opera, MySpace, and NYC's female-fronted rock hopefuls

This sort of utopian talk doesn't necessarily energize club owners, of course. "These people are not interested in music anymore," Noto complains. "They're interested in money. That's the only thing. Continental and CBGB's should be happy to put up some real punk-rock shows, but it's not like that. They're pissed if you don't bring any people or make any money, and the next time they don't book you. Even if you're good."

"You know what it reminds me of?" Glunch shouts, interrupting. "Back in Georgia I was sitting in a philharmonic hall. It was huge—B.B. King played there. It was the '80s, and I was in a Communist country, and the owner of the hall told me, 'I don't give a fuck what you play. You can shit on the stage, I'll clean it. But I want to count the money at the end of it.' I ran away from that and came here, and it's exactly the same thing. I'm not blind—I pay bills, when I have money. But if you're dealing with art, you have to be willing to give."

Speaking of clashing with clubs, the moniker Pussy Rock has already been banned from Continental shows and had to be re-invented as "PRS Presents." Other sensitive New Yorkers probably cringe at the name as well. "My mother knows the word pussy," Glunch counters. "You know it, Lisa knows it, I know it, the lawyers know it, the police and everybody knows it. So why is everyone is so ashamed to talk about it? It's a great name!"

Seasick drowns out the noise from the Dick Rock showcase across the street
photo: Chiara Barzini
Seasick drowns out the noise from the Dick Rock showcase across the street

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See also:
Slideshow: Pussy Rock
Music Gallery by Chiara Barzini


For future Pussy Rock affairs, see myspace.com/pussyrockshow.

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