Hunx is Seff (of Gravy Train!!! and trash-glam-punk-pop going all the way back to an Appleby’s in Tucson, Arizona) and Hunx and His Punx are Seff leading wide-eyed rocker babies through songs equal parts dirty Undertones and dirty underwear. They finish a wild visit to L.A. with an appearance at tonight’s vital Burger Basher! next door to the Smell. This interview by Daniel Clodfelter.
How are you doing?
I got strep throat the other night. A few nights ago in Seattle, I played a show and made out with everyone in the front row. Then the next night I decided to have a kissing contest and made out with a bunch more people. Last night I was really sick.
I saw somewhere that you had a Michael Jackson cover band in the early 2000s—what was your reaction when you found out?
Oh, my! I was so horrified—I literally cried for an hour straight. I was on the phone with stupid AT&T—on hold—and when the guy finally answered my call about this bill for $300, I was sobbing. They reduced my bill by so much! Because I think he thought I was upset about the phone bill but I was upset about Michael Jackson. I didn’t believe it at first. I guess I found out about it before it was confirmed so no one was really confirming that he was dead. It was kind of horrible—I don’t know why it hit me so hard. I remember when Tammy Faye died—when Joey Ramone and Anna Nicole Smith died, too. I cried really hard when they all died.
What kind of tombstone do you think he should have?
A giant sequined glove, I think, would be the best.
If you could pick your own tombstone, what would you choose?
Probably a dirty pair of underwear!
There is a certain catchiness to your songs that’s really addictive—I heard Justin from Nobunny contributed to some of the Hunx and His Punx songs.
There is really no ‘Justin from Nobunny.’ But Nobunny did write a couple of the early songs because we used to date for a long time—years ago. So I inspired him to write some songs. I guess his gay gene came out after dating me! Then he wrote some songs and I recorded them—actually we recorded them together. Some songs now are on my own and some have other songwriters. It’s kind of weird because all these people are asking to write songs for me now because I think they think I can’t write my own. But it’s actually cool because I feel like I’m a girl group.
There’s definitely a ‘60s girl group vibe.
I actually want it to be even more so.
One of my favorite Hunx and His Punx songs is ‘You Don’t Like Rock’N’Roll.’ What would you say to someone who doesn’t like rock’n’roll, other than what you already did in the song?
As long as they like punk or pop music, I’ll let them slide. And as long as they’re hot!
What’s your favorite rock’n’roll song?
I don’t know if it’s really rock’n’roll, but I really like the song ‘Rag Doll’ by the Four Seasons. And also ‘Rag Doll’ by Aerosmith.
You’ve released a number of 7” singles on various labels—are you going to keep it singles only or can we expect a Hunx and His Punx LP some time soon?
There’s going to be a compilation of all the singles because they’re all so expensive now. They are! One of them just sold for $60 on eBay—I was like, ‘What!? I still have a bunch of those in my closet!’ So there’s going to be a compilation of the singles. Then I want to make some disco 12’s next. I’m really into doing singles, I don’t know why. Well, more cover art and more photo shoots! But I would like to do albums, too.
You also co-own the Oakland hair salon Down at Lulu’s with Tina from the Bobbyteens, the Trashwomen, etc. Do you see yourself more as a musician or a business owner, shopkeeper or hair stylist or—
I see myself more as an entertainer actually! I don’t know if if it’s necessarily just musician—I recently just taped a reality show, but it’s secret. I do love owning a store but I’m definitely not a businessman. My dream is to just be an entertainer full time.
THE BURGER BASHER! WITH HUNX AND HIS PUNX, NOBUNNY, HARLEM, THEE MAKEOUT PARTY!, DEVON WILLIAMS AND WHITE NIGHT ON SAT., JULY 18, AT THE FIVE STAR BAR, 267 S. MAIN ST., DOWNTOWN. $10 / 8 PM / ALL AGES. MYSPACE.COM/BURGERRECORDS. HUNX AND HIS PUNX’S “DON’T CHA WANT ME BACK” IS OUT NOW ON TRUE PANTHER SOUNDS. VISIT HUNX AND HIS PUNX AT MYSPACE.COM/HUNXSOLO.