Best of What's Next: Hunx And His Punx
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Album: Gay Singles
For Fans Of: The Shangri-Las, Del Shannon, Girls
For a photo reference of Seth Bogart—the Hunx of Hunx and His Punx—just check the album art for his debut full-length, Gay Singles (out now). He’s the hairy, sweaty man behind the zebra-striped Speedo.
Bogart’s crotch has become fairly recognizable to those who have bought his 7” singles or anybody who has seen the (very NSFW) video for Girls’ “Lust For Life.” (“I was on one episode of a reality TV show, and I swear to God, I get recognized more for being in that fucking Girls video than I do for being on national television,” he laments.) But behind all the debauchery, there’s some damn fine rock ’n roll. Gay Singles offers a modern-day take on what happened in American pop in the late 1950s and early ’60s; Hunx and His Punx tap an era of rock history just after Elvis’ Sun sessions and just before The Beatles—one that was dominated by girl groups like The Ronettes and The Shangri-Las and swooning rockers like Del Shannon and Dion.
Backed up by a revolving-door cast of bandmates, Bogart croons three-minute pop songs with the same sincerity, fun and teenaged whine of the era, singing about longing, love, and heartbreak. That he often does so in flamboyant costumes—and sometimes no clothes at all—means Hunx and His Punx are compared to cult filmmaker John Waters as often as they’re compared to ’60s girl-groups. “I think it’s because all our music videos have chubby girls wearing crazy makeup and crazy gay dudes and trannies that are overly stylized and over-the-top,” Bogart says. “Being compared to John Waters and girl groups isn’t a bad thing, though.”
Hunx and His Punx will take their pop songs about kissing at Del Taco, taking photographs in their underwear and crying over a telephone while waiting for a man to call on the road late this winter and spring, with shows in the U.S. and Europe. Later this year, Bogart plans to record two full-length albums: one with Hunx and His Punx, and one solo gay dance club album. “I really want to make,” he says, “the gayest, gayest album ever.”