Leader of the Pack

August 6, 2013
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The Shangri-Las got knock-kneed for the “Leader of the Pack,” who crashed his motorcycle into girls’ hearts at the height of the mid-’60s girl-group era. The Ramones mined a similar aesthetic with the genders flipped, making every punk chick wish they were “Ramona.”

Seth Bogart, above, is garage-rock’s latest pinup boy. In this month’s GQ, he explains, “I’m 33, but I feel like a teenage girl!” Onstage, Bogart is Hunx, performing with his Punx, a rotating cast of girl backup musicians. (Don’t miss them Saturday at Comet Ping Pong.)

Hunx is both dreamy and the dreamer in his songs. (In a video for “Private Room,” off last year’s solo album “Hairdresser Blues,” he wears a pillbox hat and Jackie O pantsuit, lolling with his guitar on a bed piled with stuffed animals.) The Punx join him on the new full-length “Street Punk,” plotting to mug you in the ladies’ room.

Bogart is no stranger to kitsch (he’s a veteran of early-aughts gay parody-punk band Gravy Train!!!!). As Hunx, he shows a real gift for music you can swoon to. For garage to get new attention with a band in love with the irony and earnestness that the genre’s always balanced is a wonderful thing.

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