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Thursday, September 18, 2008

DVD Review: Nashville Pussy - Live in Hollywood

Nashville Pussy - Live in Hollywood
2008 MVD Visual
Ray Van Horn, Jr.



They may not be the biggest name in the biz, but they sure have one of the most memorable. In case you've never heard of this group, Nashville Pussy is one of the rowdiest-sounding punk and metal hybrids hitting the circuit. Their blazing debut album Let Them Eat Pussy from 1998 is somehow lumped into the psychobilly pack, but the foursome (always consisting of two scruffy dudes and two badass ladies, though the bass spot has changed four times including current pounder Karen Cuda, who appears to have the job locked now) are simply straight-up Jack Daniels-fused country rockers with lyrics featuring even more T&A than their notorious bouncing rhythm section.

Live in Hollywood finds the Pussy Brigade slinging bombing track after bombing track, 10 of them from their most recent album Get Some. The husband and wife team of Blaine Cartwright and Ruyter Suys belly up, sling hair, cut some wicked riffs and in Ruyter's case, nearly tumbles out of her top the more into the set she lets herself get. In fact, you're more than likely going to want a cold shower after watching Live in Hollywood as Ruyter, who is a severely underrated guitarist, swishes her blond curls enthusiastically and lets her flesh accentuate her blistering solos and heavy-handed chord strikes. When this gal does a solo, she tends to assume the on-the-back rock god pose, only in her case, it's almost as if she's letting the notes and beats of her band make maniacal love to her and she expresses herself orgasmically through six strings of howling satisfaction.

As Nashville Pussy tosses out some of their famliar cuts like "Go Motherfucker Go" and "I'm the Man" from Let Them Eat Pussy, "Piece of Ass" and "Shoot First and Run Like Hell" from High as Hell and "The Bitch Just Kicked Me Out" from Say Something Nasty, one can detect how Nashville Pussy has over the years scaled back their aggressively fast pace from the early days, gauging tunes from Get Some like "Come On Come On," "Lazy White Boy" and "Pussy Time." This doesn't mean the band has, er, pussied out, but rather they've settled into their snotrag and broken bottle rock 'n roll twang, particularly with the addition of Karen Cuda, whom Blaine Cartwright wastes no time in acknowledging as his choice for the band's best bassist, also noting that it is her presence that allows Nashville Pussy to take on a cover of Ike and Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits." Cuda may not be as colorful (and brazenly willing to pull her top down past her nipples as original bassist Corey Parks could do at times), but certainly the tradeoff for Nashville Pussy is having a steady thrum guiding their otherwise jacknifed beer bong blasts.

Included on this DVD are behind-the-scenes interviews, lots of live footage from around the world (including a gang up with grime rock legends Rose Tattoo) and an interview segment conducted by none other than Lemmy of Motorhead. Considering Nashville Pussy might be America's understated answer to Motorhead, it's unlikely coincidence we get this little on-camera tryst. Though The Pussy doesn't keep the exact same pace of "Somebody Shoot Me" or "Eat My Dust" from Let Them Eat Pussy, they do let their audience eat something else, which is a fuzz-distorted sammich, and that's all they need serve up for Live in Hollywood to be a carpet munching good video affair...

Rating: ****

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