Something 4 The Weekend # 248
Sylvia Juncosa is still around, bless her. Her career started back around 1980, playing keyboards at the age of sixteen for The Leaving Trains. A couple years later she decided she'd rather play guitar, and started her own band, To Damascus. Bands are difficult things, and a few years later she went solo and signed with SST. Nature is her only solo record released on that vaunted label in 1988, but she ended up releasing three more solo records on various indie labels in the next three years.
In 1988, I knew nothing of Sylvia Juncosa, but when I ran across the artwork to this album while flipping through the stacks at Atomic Records, I was intrigued enough to pick it up and flip it over, finding the SST logo on the back, and this song title standing out, making me chuckle.
I think I would say that Sylvia Juncosa was the Marnie Stern of the Grunge era, except Marnie Stern is a much much better guitarist, not to take anything away from Ms. Juncosa, of course, because there's some pretty hot shit going on in this furious instrumental. From a historical perspective, there were not very many women in the Punk or Grunge movements, much less a female instrumentalist in the indie scene in whole of the '80s (and even '90s), and by the time the Riot Grrl movement caught steam, Sylvia had retreated to Europe, so she was and remains a woman out of time.
Anyways, I think it's impossible to deny the beauty of a song titled "Lick My Pussy, Eddie Van Halen". It's 100% RAWK!